people making a difference (episode guide)
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -- Ghandi
Today's guests are taking that quote to the next level, making a difference in their community and the world.
Robin turned personal tragedy into her life’s purpose when she moved her entire family to Africa and founded “Mothers to Mothers,” an organization whose mission is to improve the health of mothers living with HIV, putting them at the heart of efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
Susan Burton spent 15 years in and out of the prison system. But it wasn't until she was released that she discovered it was life on the outside that would be her biggest challenge. Susan created A New Way of Life, a program to help formerly incarcerated women to get back on their feet.
Tiffany spent 16 years in prison for murdering her rapist. She's here to tells us how Susan’s program, which has helped transform the lives of hundreds of women and children, saved her life.
Meet a pro surfer-turned-philanthropist who found his life's mission when tragedy struck. Pro surfer Jon Rose was aboard a boat off the coast of Sumatra during a surf trip in Sept. 2009 when he felt a slight shake. He had no way of knowing that a 7.6 magnitude earthquake had destroyed the city of Padang – with more than 1,000 lives lost and 100,000 homeless – until he came to shore and saw the devastated city.
Jon happened to be en route to Bali to deliver 10 water filters for what would have been his first Waves for Water mission. But with tragedy striking Sumatra, he made his way through the crumbled buildings in the early hours after the quake to get water filters into the hands of rescue workers to help the overwhelmed country and wounded victims in need of clean water. Waves for Water works on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. They work with world leaders and strategic partners who take a no-nonsense attitude toward making global change.
Jon shows Ricki and the audience how his clean water system works by turning muddy water into clean drinkable water.
Do you know someone who makes a positive impact on the world? Tell us about him/her in the comments!
Adults aren’t the only one’s changing the world, meet some amazing kids with hopes of inspiring the world.
Mary Margaret 13-year-old girl who submitted her idea to us at one of our live on line production meetings. She tells us what inspired her to start Kids are Heroes a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement.
Jonas was just six years old when he knew he wanted to make a difference. It was then that he started Love in the Mirror, an organization to benefit homeless youth. Since then, Jonas has helped over 7,000 people with basic necessities like food and clothes. He has organized drives, picked up donations, spoke in front of hundreds of people and inspired everyone he meets.
Brittany Wenger is only 17 and already changing the lives of women. The Google Science Fair winner wrote an app that helps doctors diagnose breast cancer, according to the description of her project on Google, correctly identifying 99 percent of malignant tumors.
What's the best way to teach children to give back to their community? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Plus, lifestyle expert, Mar Yvette shares products you can buy that are giving back to the community and the world.
OPI Pink of Hearts 2012—breast cancer awareness
One Hope Wine, half of all profits donated to charity
-- Chardonnay—breast cancer
-- Cabernet Sauvignon—autism
-- Sauvignon Blanc—planet
-- Graceful Journey shampoo, 100 percent of net proceeds from bath and shower gel sales benefit Look Good Feel Better, dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life for people undergoing treatment for cancer
-- Green fresh pear shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath gives 100% of the net proceeds from the sale directly to the Rainforest Foundation
-- sample size of Bear Naked Wipes is in support of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Polar Bear SOS initiative
-- sample size of Argan Oil supports Morocco Women’s Co-Ops programs, which provide women of rural Morocco with steady income, fair wages and good working conditions as well as education classes
-- for each sample size of GOGO mascara purchased, Josie Maran cosmetics will donate one mascara to a City of Hope cancer patient/survivor
Mezzmer Eyewear, three percent of proceeds from every purchase is donated to the consumer’s choice of the following charities: Helen Keller International, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Animal Welfare Institute, Action Against Hunger, Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Do you know companies or products that give back? Share with us below!