This week Awesome Stories brings you bionic drumming, compassionate care, and healing waters.
Gazi Jalaluddin grew up with extreme poverty, where he and his family often didn’t have enough to eat or money to go to school like many of his fellow villagers. Gazi started pulling rickshaws at 13, and later learned to drive a taxi. Knowing the challenges of poverty, he always wanted to help his fellow villagers so he starting teaching others how to drive for free only asking that they give back 5% when they started earning money. But his hunger to help others was never satisfied, so he started a simple two-room school to teach young children. This too wasn’t enough, so he found the will and donors to buy land and build a bigger 12 room school to serve more students. Gazi’s passion and dedication continue to inspire others in his village. Now they’ve built Sundarban Orphanage Mission to house, feed, and teach local orphans. Maybe one day Gazi will rest, but not yet for this taxi driver who runs two schools and an orphanage.
Jason Barnes has become an inspiration for others with disabilities or challenges in their lives. After losing his right hand in a freak transformer explosion, he went into a deep depression over losing his arm and ability to play drums. But then he decided to try playing with a drumstick taped to his bandage and everything changed. His joy of playing helped him overcome the pain of his injury. With time and practice, Jason honed his skills and started playing in gigs where besides the joy of playing, he became a role model for overcoming challenges. Since then, he has been fitted with fancy prosthetics and partnered with professor Gil Weinberg of Georgia Tech doing leading-edge research on bionics. They’ve created bionic hands that can respond to Jason’s brain signals and see a future where prosthetics will improve people’s capabilities.
By now, most of us know the importance of water to life for humans and the planet. This video offers a poignant reminder about the healing nature of water and the importance of trees and watersheds to protect, filter, and hold water. In fact, scientists are now realizing that trees don’t simply collect and hold water, they can also release water, contributing to rain, wind, and weather patterns! In an effort to encourage planting trees and protect water, India has created this lovely video called the Story of Kaveri, as told by the river herself.
May your week be full of compassion, creativity, and healing waters.