February 28, 2010

New York Woman Saves Lives of 10,000+ Dogs

If you’ve ever walked past Emelinda’s mobile miracle on wheels in the heart of New York’s Union Square - it’s hard not to get teary eyed as you see the happy, somber and nervous faces and wagging tails of the dogs in cages, anxiously waiting for loving homes.

Emelinda Narvaez, believes dogs are “Angels of This Earth.” But to the more than 10,000 dogs she’s rescued in York – she is the Angel. She does her miracle work through her non-profit, “Earth Angels,” a no-kill canine rescue and adoption organization established to rescue homeless and abandoned dogs.

For the past 41 years, every single day, rain, shine, or sleet, Emelinda has been saving pets on the streets and picking up dogs from overcrowded shelters (that otherwise would’ve been euthanized). She then nurses them back to health and finds happy, healthy homes for her four legged friends.

On average she gets about 8-10 rescue calls a day. Her van is just crammed full of cages, rags and dog toys. She's really a one-woman show – many times, driving into the most dangerous parts of the boroughs to rescue these dogs.

Emelinda ‘s passion to save dogs is deep rooted. As a little girl, she recalls witnessing animals in her community being abused. She would rescue dogs, cats, and other animals by placing them in homes around her local community. This inspired her to start her own organization when she got older.

Go Inspire Go’s New York volunteer, Stephanie Lin was inspired to produce a video on Emelinda’s amazing efforts and shares the amazing story of selfless heroism:

This miracle worker relies on donations and pays for the bulk of her operation: microchipping, shots and treatment for the dogs out of her savings and social security.

“Even if it’s one I can save a day, it’s one that is out of problems,” She says in a matter of fact tone of voice.

With a deep rooted love for her dogs, Emelinda puts the dog’s problems before her own.

Emelinda is a cancer survivor. She tells us she still suffers from numerous health problems. But instead of using the money to care for her own personal health, she spends her money to care for the dogs.

After the economy took a downturn, donations have fallen by 25% -- she now desperately needs your help. To make matters worse, in May, the New York housing authority banned large dogs from the public housing projects. This led to a spike in the number of large dogs being abandoned, and many were being turned in to Animal Control. This has increased pressure on Emelinda -- she now has less funding and more dogs to save.

Meanwhile, Emelinda says she strongly believes that “If you want to raise your children to be good citizens, you should teach them to be kind to animals.” If you ever witness her compassion in action, you will see her explaining to children the importance of loving and respecting animals.

Please check out her website, share the video and make a donation.

February 15, 2010

How You Can Help New Jersey Rev. Lemaire Alerte Build a School in Haiti

“Please pray for them, pray for my people in Haiti.” Rev. Lemaire Alerte, pastor of the Haitian Evangelical Church in Jersey City, New Jersey pleaded to me over the phone. His voice was calm, stern and deeply melancholy. “Please pray.”

I believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking – and I also believe we can do more to help Haiti. Like Rev. Alerte, I know that, as a global community, we can put more of our time, energy and resources in helping others who desperately need our help.

Rev. Alerte is from Grande-Saline in central Haiti. He has made many missionary trips back to his homeland to help his impoverished community. With a sense of urgency, he tells me that it was already “a bad situation --poverty, orphans.” all elements in the pandemonium haunted Haiti before the recent tragedy. While visiting his hometown, Rev. Alerte says the constant pleas for education touched him deeply: “Please help us bring education and schools here, our kids need it,” He heard over and over again.

He listened.

For the past three years, Rev. Alerte has been on a mission to build a Jr. High School in Grande-Saline. The total cost: $75,000. Through donations and fundraisers, Rev. Alerte has raised about $10,000 and has spent about $18,000 of his own money for the project. With the $28,000 raised so far, construction began. However, the project can not be completed without your help.

Particularly now.

Grand–Saline was not physically devastated by the recent 7.0 Earthquake, but the ripple effects will be felt for a long time. Rev. Alerte tells me many families are flooding his hometown to flee the devastation. Therefore, the need for a Jr. High School is even more urgent as many children, orphans – Haiti’s future -- are immigrating to Rev. Alerte’s hometown for refuge, schooling and hope.

GoInspireGo.com’s youngest volunteer, New Jersey high school student, Julian Cohen and his friend Jamie Cahn, was moved by Rev. Alerte’s story and captured it on video for you to see:

Rev. Alerte is also working with the Red Cross in New Jersey to collect, money, food, clothes and other resources for his community in Grande-Saline. He plans to visit to his hometown at the end of February to oversee construction and connect with his community.

Rev. Alerte listened. But he needs your help.

If you’d like to make a donation to Rev. Alerte’s mission, please visit www.hefoundation.weebly.com.

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