It’s True: Not All Who Wander are Lost

Are you unsure what to do next in your life? Or perhaps it’s not you but it’s your loved one or close friend who feels that way.

There maybe times when we are not so sure what step to take next after a career change, a relocation or a change of status. Or it could be that you sense that after a time of prayer, God is putting you in the waiting room.

Well then, perhaps this infograhic will bring a smile to your face or to your loved one or friend who sees it 🙂

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Image: fundersandfounders.com

Afghanistans’ 1st Female Rangers Patrol Band-e-Amir National Park

For Afghanistan to hire women to protect Band-e-Amir, its 1st National Park, is a breath of fresh air in the light of us hearing mostly war stories about this country. After all, this is a pioneering initiative in a country where only 16 percent of women work.

The Band-e-Amir Park and the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan were said to be popular stops in the hippie trails of the 1960s. But the wars that have beset Afghanistan and the reality of the Taliban has meant the lost of foreign tourists frequenting these scenic spots.

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Band-e-Amir national park

As Afghanistan tries to move forward and rebuild itself, it has made an apparently bold move to hire women to train and protect the country’s National Park. Fatima, Kubra, Nikbakht, and Sediqa are the park’s first and only female wardens. Along with other rangers their responsibilities include: assisting local tourists, teaching children about conservation and ensuring visitors do no harm to the park.

The 1st female wardens in Band-e-Amir.
The 1st female wardens in Band-e-Amir.

Stretching over 570 square kilometres, Band-e-Amir was declared a national park in 2009. It has six azure blue mineral lakes surrounded by cliffs. It is also home to wildlife such as the Persian leopard, ibex, urials as well as the Afghan snow finch.

We look forward to Afghanistan making more strides towards development and growth especially in its peace situation, opportunities for women to work and protection of its natural resources and wildlife.

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Based on reports from Aljazeera.com
Photos: Leslie Knott/Aljazeera

From Problem to Opportunity: Houses Made of Tires in Colombia

What may appear to be a problem can actually mean an opportunity.

Colombians throw out more than 5.3 million tires a year, according to official figures. This means nearly 100,000 tonnes of rubber that can pollute the environment. But these tires that litter the roads of Colombia have now been used as materials to build unique houses instead, thanks to the efforts of  a 35-year-old environmental activist: Alexandra Posada.

Posada revealed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that she gets the tires for free “because it’s a huge problem for people to get rid of them.” She added: “They take thousands of years to decompose — which we’ve transformed from a problem into an opportunity.” When these tires are used as construction materials, “they become virtually eternal bricks.”

The houses made of tires are also a picture of artistry. See photos of the houses below:

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Based on reports from AFP
Photos: Eitan Abramovich/AFP

On Change and Letting Go

Contemplating about change? Or about letting go and starting something new? Perhaps these cards from crosscards.com will inspire you just as they inspired me 🙂

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It can be this simple:

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Take that step with a dose of faith.

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Thanks to crosscards.com for the images.