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Man Decides to Donate 90 Houses to the Homeless Instead of Paying for Lavish Wedding
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Tags: Inspirations Uplifting News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCJ4pPgWxSQ

Anna Hunt, Staff
Waking Times Media

There are still people in this world who realize the importance of generosity and compassion over their own self-interest. Such is the case of Manoj Munot, a business owner in Aurangabad of Maharashtra, India. Munot gifted 90 houses to the homeless in his community instead of throwing a extravagant wedding for his daughter.

Munot had planned to spend Rs 70-80 lakh (approximately $105k-$120k) on the wedding. Instead, inspired by a young politician Prashant Bamb, the businessman decided to spend the money on the construction of 90 houses outfitted with water and electricity. This became Munot’s wedding gift to his daughter Shreya.

In India, wedding costs can be quite excessive, especially for some of the higher castes. For example, former Indian People’s Party minister Gali Janardhan Reddy married his daughter off in a Rs 500-crore wedding. In other words, he spent an equivalent to over 100 million USD on the wedding.

Wedding costs for an average Indian middle-class family start at about 20,000 USD. This excludes expenses such as the dowry. In the U.S. a middle-class Indian family is likely to spend upwards of $60,000 on a wedding. Luckily, dozens of families in Aurangabad now benefit from a man’s realization that such a hefty sum can be better spent.

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The lack of affordable housing is the primary cause of homelessness in India. Estimates for homeless Indians range from 1.77 million to 3 million. Additionally, there are millions more families affected by the housing shortage and living in dilapidated, obsolescent or makeshift housing. The total of Indian people unable to maintain a regular safe shelter amounts to 78 million people.

Worldwide estimates for people who lack an adequate home or are literally homeless reach one billion. Maybe Munot’s gift of 90 houses doesn’t seem like much when looking at the global homelessness problem, but perhaps others will take notice and follow suit.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is co-owner of OffgridOutpost.com, an online store offering GMO-free healthy storable food and emergency kits. She is also the staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Anna is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and founder of Atenas Yoga Center. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Visit her essential oils store here. Visit Offgrid Outpost on Facebook.

Sources:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/homelessness-in-india/1/600356.html

http://www.socialsolutions.com/blog/2016-homelessness-statistics/

http://hlrn.org.in/homelessness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCJ4pPgWxSQ


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Big-hearted Brierley Hill shopkeeper cooks up free food for the hard-up and hungry
Category: Uplifting News
Tags: Inspiration Human Interest

Chas Singh, right, with his father Gian Singh

BIG-HEARTED Brierley Hill shopkeeper Chas Singh is providing free home cooked food for hard-up hungry people every Sunday evening at his Premier High Street Convenience Store.

Between 50 to 70 people regularly arrive to take up the offer and find themselves treated to curries, vegetable samosas, spring rolls, fruit, bread - plus hot and cold drinks.

 

The good deed costs Chas between £100 to £150 a week, but the shopkeeper insists he will continue with the scheme he started in late June for as long as he can.

 

Chas said he hit upon the idea after catching a shoplifter stealing a bottle of water.

He said: "It wouldn't have bothered me if they'd been trying to steal beer, but I thought they must be desperate if they were trying to steal water.

"It made me want to do something to help people. If I can stop someone shoplifting or stealing, then it must be a good thing.

"I don't know the circumstances of the people who come here, but they would appear to be homeless or with nowhere to go - so there is clearly a need for something like this."

Chas provides the free food every Sunday evening between 7pm and 8pm at his store in Brierley Hill High Street.

He added: "I deliberately hold it at that time, because there are a large number of food outlets in the High Street and I wouldn't want to deprive them of any trade.

"When I first started giving away free food people thought it was a religious thing, but it has nothing to do with that.

"It just seemed a good thing to do and I find happiness from doing it."

However Chas admitted for the first time last week he was forced to turn people away.

He said: "I only had about half an hour to cook the food and there must have been between 60 to 65 people who turned up so I couldn't cope with them all."

Source

 

Costa Rica Is Shutting Down All Zoos And Freeing Every Animal In Captivity
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Tags: Community Consciousness News

Higher Perspective

Costa Rica has announced that it will be the first country in the world to shut down its zoos and free the captive animals they hold. Costa Rica is an especially biodiverse country, holding about 4% of the world’s known species. Sadly, the country is contractually obligated to keep two of its zoos open for another decade. Still, after that, they plan to shut it down in favor of a cage-free habitat for the animals to live in.

Treehugger reports that the nation, which also recently banned hunting for sport, will close the last two zoos in the next 10 years and give the animals a more natural habitat in which to exist. They want to convey to the world that they respect and care for wild animals.

Environmental Minister René Castro says, “We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way.”

We don’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them.”

Any animals currently in captivity that would not survive in the wild will be cared for in rescue centers and wildlife sanctuaries. No new zoos will be opened.

 

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