I’m always on the search for inspirational stories.  I stumbled upon and began following Amy Purdy the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports years ago after seeing a very moving and heartfelt presentation she gave at an actions sports conference I attended.   
Amy Purdy is a model, actress with her most relevant and important work being done alongside her boyfriend, Daniel Gale, in which together they started Adaptive Action Sports. 
Her determination and perseverance was dominated by her dream to once again snowboard after losing both legs at the age of 19 to bacterial meningitis. 
“I dreamed about snowboarding on a daily basis and went on a mission to figure out a way to do it again — what type of feet work, what type of sockets work, how do I even keep these detachable body parts attached to my body in the first place (this reality came with some pretty funny experiences, I’ll just leave it at that).”
ADACS is the first adaptive snowboard and skateboard specific non-profit that creates skateboard, snowboard and other action sport camps, events and programs for youth, young adults and wounded veterans living with permanent physical disabilities, TBI and PTSD.
Together they have put in such tireless efforts to the impassioned initiative bringing joy, hope and new dreams to others.  They set on a mission and achieved getting the paralympic competitions and hosting the first X Games adaptive boardercross event.
As of recent Amy Purdy and the ADACS has been quickly rising to the well-deserved attention of mainstream media.
Congratulations to Amy, Daniel and Adaptive Action Sports.  I love your work that you do.
@adaptiveactionsports @amypurdygirl  http://amy-purdy.blogspot.com/  http://adacs.org/  #brandswelove #nonprofitswelove #peopledoinggood #changemakers #WHPwomenwhoinspire  photo credit:  Nikki Sixx  @nikkisixxpixx

I’m always on the search for inspirational stories. I stumbled upon and began following Amy Purdy the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports years ago after seeing a very moving and heartfelt presentation she gave at an actions sports conference I attended.

Amy Purdy is a model, actress with her most relevant and important work being done alongside her boyfriend, Daniel Gale, in which together they started Adaptive Action Sports.

Her determination and perseverance was dominated by her dream to once again snowboard after losing both legs at the age of 19 to bacterial meningitis.

“I dreamed about snowboarding on a daily basis and went on a mission to figure out a way to do it again — what type of feet work, what type of sockets work, how do I even keep these detachable body parts attached to my body in the first place (this reality came with some pretty funny experiences, I’ll just leave it at that).”

ADACS is the first adaptive snowboard and skateboard specific non-profit that creates skateboard, snowboard and other action sport camps, events and programs for youth, young adults and wounded veterans living with permanent physical disabilities, TBI and PTSD.

Together they have put in such tireless efforts to the impassioned initiative bringing joy, hope and new dreams to others. They set on a mission and achieved getting the paralympic competitions and hosting the first X Games adaptive boardercross event.
As of recent Amy Purdy and the ADACS has been quickly rising to the well-deserved attention of mainstream media.

Congratulations to Amy, Daniel and Adaptive Action Sports. I love your work that you do.


@adaptiveactionsports @amypurdygirl http://amy-purdy.blogspot.com/ http://adacs.org/ #brandswelove #nonprofitswelove #peopledoinggood #changemakers #WHPwomenwhoinspire photo credit: Nikki Sixx @nikkisixxpixx

nprradiopictures:

The Nasaji Bagrami camp for internally displaced Afghans sits on the outskirts of Kabul, a vast expanse of crumbling mud structures with tarps and tent sheets for roofs. These structures look like ruins from hundreds of years ago, but they’re actually only about five years old.

About 360 families live here in absolutely primitive conditions: litter is strewn about, children wander around barefoot in the cold, barely clothed, yet still smiling and playing with each other.

For Afghans In Camps, A Harsh Life With No End In Sight

Photo Credit: David Gilkey/NPR

awkwardsituationist:

  • globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school
  • there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education
  • girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children
  • a girl with 7 years of schooling in the developing world will have 2.2 fewer children
  • a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
  • two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of illiterate youth, are female
  • literate mothers are twice as likely to immunize their children and send them to school
  • a girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV
  • a girl earns 20% more as an adult for every additional year of education she receives
  • a nation’s GDP rises an average of 3% when 10% more its girls attend school
  • less than 2% of international development funds are specifically allocated to girls
  • school is not free in over 50 countries

sources from girl rising

photos: (1) malala yousafza before addressing the un; (2) joey l. of a school for the hamar tribe in ethiopia; (3) beawiharta in jakarta of students who risk life crossing a collpased bridge to get to school; (4) muhammed muheisen in pakistan; (5) altaf gadri of an unofficial school run for slum dwellers held under a bridge in new delhi; (6) paula bronstein of burmese refugees in thailand at a school in their refugee camp; (7) noah seelam in hyderabad, india; (8) per anders pettersson, uganda; (9) lana slezic in afghanistan; (10) roberto schmidt in afghanistan, where acid attacks and poisoning of water by the taliban is on the increase at schools for girls

Incredibly powerful images. We still have such a long way to go with education in this world and the incredible democratic power it can have on the future.

#education #volunteer #hrw