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Esteemful living in Dignity Village

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It started as a Tent City founded for homeless people and grew into a permanent neighborhood called Dignity Village.  After conducting elections, Dignity Village even has their own administrative and legislative branches of government.  The name tells it all: Dignity Village is a place that gives dignity back to people who’ve lost their jobs and homes.


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Esteem for our wildlife

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Our visit of the Wildlife Refuge in Vermont made me think of the important mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association which is: To conserve America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect, enhance, and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries that secure its ecological integrity.

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Esteem and congratulations to the 8 Design Lab Finalists

Established in 2003, Electrolux Design Lab is a global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for future households.

Every year Electrolux challenges design students all over the world. The challenge is to create a concept that is relevant to the time and raises questions about what design will be like in the future. The brief for 2013 calls for innovative ideas for urbanization – Social Cooking, Natural Air and Effortless Cleaning.

From more than 1700 submissions by students all over the world they’re now down to these 8 Finalists.

The Jury will choose the winning concept October 16 in Stockholm, Sweden. Now is your chance to vote for People’s Choice!


The Fresh Air Fund gives esteem to children

There are many ways to give esteem to children. One of them Fresh Air Fund is living.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.

This program is a real gift for children, but also for host families. If you’re interested in becoming a hosting family for this summer, the Fresh Air Fund is happy to give you all necessary information. What a great gesture of esteem toward children!

Esteem for beautiful destinations

National Geographic published a list of the world’s 50 greatest destinations.  Among these 50 special places, 7 are located in the U.S..  Being added to this list represents a great sign of esteem.   These are the selected U.S. destinations:

  1. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  2. Piedmont of Virginia
  3. Atlanta in Georgia
  4. Coast Redwoods, California and Oregon
  5. Sawthooth Mountains in Idaho
  6. Aleutian Islands in Alaska
  7. Molokau in Hawaii

If you find your favorite destination on this list it may encourage you to give esteem toward this place.  You can give your dream destination esteem by speaking about its beauty or special meaning.  Which destination would you choose to be your favorite place?

Esteem for agricultural education

Being able to cultivate your own fruits and vegetables is a big step toward developing esteem for gardening and nature.  The Dom Fragoso Family Farm School (EFA), located in the rural part of northeastern Brazil, offers agricultural courses for students from nearby communities.

Students alternate two weeks at the farm school with two weeks at home where they put into practice what they’ve learned.

Schools like this deserve esteem for educating young people in agricultural knowledge.   The students learn to respect nature, to accept the knowledge of experienced farmers and to raise their self-esteem with every positive experience.

Agricultural education in general deserves esteem because it creates esteem for farmers and their work.  Educating the youth in ecological agricultural techniques helps them to develop esteem toward nature as well as toward new techniques.

It’s a classical win-win-situation created through mutual esteem

Esteem and the Cloud Appreciaton Society

There are numerous societies and communities out there which focus on a particular subject.

For some of these groups their goal is to simply open the eyes of the public to a certain object or theme.

The Cloud Appreciation Society is one of them.  Its members want to call our attention to something as common as clouds.

They express their esteem toward this natural phenomenon by describing clouds as “Nature’s poetry”, and as an “expression of the atmosphere’s moods which can be read like those of a person’s countenance”.

When people give esteem publicly toward something like clouds they create curiosity in others and eventually the same urge to give esteem.

The website of the Cloud Appreciation Society provides visitors with all kinds of information about clouds.  There are even the “fans of the clouds that look like something”.

Who hasn’t spent a lazy afternoon in the park trying to find something familiar in the clouds?


Esteem for Michael Nyangi, microfinancer in Nairobi

When he arrived in Nairobi in 1999, 18 year old Michael Nyangi was hoping he’d find work.  He ended up living in one of Nairobi’s slums.

But Michael’s will was strong and he knew what he wanted to achieve: getting out of poverty and helping others.  He went to work for a construction company during the day and attended college at night.

In 2003 he graduated with a degree in accounting. Immediately after his graduation he founded a micro-financing organization called “Lomoro”.  It didn’t take long for him to find clients.  His first client was a widow with four children.  He gave her 26 dollars – basically all he had saved from his work – to start a small vegetable trading company.  Today she is the successful owner of a small restaurant.

Michael’s office is still in the middle of the slum, but his efforts have expanded tremendously.  He now has 15 employees to help him with his operation.

Through his micro-financing Michael gives esteem toward people those coming from poverty by acknowledging their will to work.  Michael deserves the esteem of others.  He enables people to find a way out of poverty by helping themselves with a little bit of start-up support of Lomoro.


Esteem for community gardeners

There’s nothing new about community gardening.  But it still continues to provide an exciting for first time participants.

The Railyard Park in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the result of over 10 years of planning and construction.  The park opened in the fall of 2008 and continues to add new features.

This spring planners unveiled a new community garden.

Anyone from the community who was interested could apply for a 10 x 5 foot plot and pay a small fee to get everything they needed except the plants.  The new gardeners range from a group of local teens to a father with his 3 year old son.  One man, without any gardening experience, is using the opportunity to learn from a garden engineering advisor.

Community gardeners deserve esteem just for putting their time and energy into this great hobby and for sharing their knowledge with each other.


Esteem and Vision of Humanity

Each year the Global Peace Index compiles a ranking of the most peaceful countries around the world.

In the last three years the same four countries have been ranked among the top 5 most peaceful.  This year New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, are the first four countries of the list.  Because of involvement in several conflicts around the globe the USA came in at 83rd out of a total of 144 countries.

One of the most important indices for deciding if a country is peaceful or not is how conflicts are handled.   Conflicts can happen everywhere and anytime.  The question is how a country handles them.  If they solve their problems with mutual esteem they create a peaceful situation.

The Global Peace Index is considered as a Vision of Humanity, a great phrase for peaceful living.  In the end it’s up to each of us to make it possible for our country to walk the peaceful path.  When we live esteem in our daily life we create a portion of this vision of humanity.