Global Q&A: ‘What’s the best example you’ve seen of cooperation in your community?’
Global Q&A: ‘What’s the best example you’ve seen of cooperation in your community?’
Deepa Chauhan, 42, Jewelry Consultant, Bangalore, India: July 26, 2005, Mumbai witnessed a cloudburst that brought the city that never sleeps to a standstill for three days. The city was flooded, people were stranded not only at work or home but en route, trying to reach home. ... What touched me most was that people reached out to each other, supported, handed out water and food to complete strangers they would never meet again. The most reassuring part was that not one item of electronics, fashion goods, alcohol, or even food and water was vandalized from abandoned stores and homes. Over 50 percent of the people live in slums and shanties. I'm proud that my city has a soul. (Epoch Times)

Deepa Chauhan, 42, Jewelry Consultant, Bangalore, India: July 26, 2005, Mumbai witnessed a cloudburst that brought the city that never sleeps to a standstill for three days. The city was flooded, people were stranded not only at work or home but en route, trying to reach home. ... What touched me most was that people reached out to each other, supported, handed out water and food to complete strangers they would never meet again. The most reassuring part was that not one item of electronics, fashion goods, alcohol, or even food and water was vandalized from abandoned stores and homes. Over 50 percent of the people live in slums and shanties. I'm proud that my city has a soul. (Epoch Times)

Laird Siemens, 60, Chaplain, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada: About seven years ago, a group of people came together and built a children’s fishing pond. So, we raised about $100,000 [through] various service clubs, companies, and individuals. Just in the matter of maybe 12 months we built this pond and [it] is still being used today to teach children how to fish. (Epoch Times)

Laird Siemens, 60, Chaplain, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada: About seven years ago, a group of people came together and built a children’s fishing pond. So, we raised about $100,000 [through] various service clubs, companies, and individuals. Just in the matter of maybe 12 months we built this pond and [it] is still being used today to teach children how to fish. (Epoch Times)

Ani Fagundes do Nascimento, 35, Celebrity Promoter, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: An example is my social community project, which saves young people from the evils in society. The project gives a message of hope and comfort. ... I collect food, clothing, and toys to make donations to the people in need, and if there are people in need in other locations, I help too. Right now, a model who used to use drugs doesn’t use them anymore—when girls have particular moments of moral and material weakness, they often think about such nonsense as prostitution and illegal drugs. It is rewarding work; it is very nice. (Epoch Times)

Ani Fagundes do Nascimento, 35, Celebrity Promoter, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: An example is my social community project, which saves young people from the evils in society. The project gives a message of hope and comfort. ... I collect food, clothing, and toys to make donations to the people in need, and if there are people in need in other locations, I help too. Right now, a model who used to use drugs doesn’t use them anymore—when girls have particular moments of moral and material weakness, they often think about such nonsense as prostitution and illegal drugs. It is rewarding work; it is very nice. (Epoch Times)

Iwona Makowska, 40, Nurse, Marieholm, Sweden: I am actually involved and active in an international blog in my free time. There are different kinds of people, and I feel that I want to help others discuss, and give some advise related to different kinds of diseases, even more unusual diseases, or questions related to different symptoms. It’s very interesting and I feel that my knowledge is used for a good thing. (Epoch Times)

Iwona Makowska, 40, Nurse, Marieholm, Sweden: I am actually involved and active in an international blog in my free time. There are different kinds of people, and I feel that I want to help others discuss, and give some advise related to different kinds of diseases, even more unusual diseases, or questions related to different symptoms. It’s very interesting and I feel that my knowledge is used for a good thing. (Epoch Times)

Greg Simpson, 47, Organizational Development Executive, New York City, United States: I worked on a project with my company and as a way to give back to the community we raised funds for the project called Operation Phone Home where people were able to donate funds or bring in travel-sized toiletries … and then we donated those to the USO so that the USO could help all the veterans that are coming through the airport … or were able to provide phone cards to those overseas so they could call back with videophones and see their loved ones. We ended up raising 12,000 minutes worth of time and we had about 400 different pieces of toiletries that people donated. (Epoch Times)

Greg Simpson, 47, Organizational Development Executive, New York City, United States: I worked on a project with my company and as a way to give back to the community we raised funds for the project called Operation Phone Home where people were able to donate funds or bring in travel-sized toiletries … and then we donated those to the USO so that the USO could help all the veterans that are coming through the airport … or were able to provide phone cards to those overseas so they could call back with videophones and see their loved ones. We ended up raising 12,000 minutes worth of time and we had about 400 different pieces of toiletries that people donated. (Epoch Times)

Raquel Cantos, 36, Business, Cadiz, Spain: Well, in my city there has always been a fair with festivities for a whole week, but this year the council wanted to reduce it to only three days due to the economic crisis. All of the owners of the booths who are in the fair have met and decided to put up the money themselves to cover the costs of the organization of the festival, so that the fair would last the entire week as usual. (Epoch Times)

Raquel Cantos, 36, Business, Cadiz, Spain: Well, in my city there has always been a fair with festivities for a whole week, but this year the council wanted to reduce it to only three days due to the economic crisis. All of the owners of the booths who are in the fair have met and decided to put up the money themselves to cover the costs of the organization of the festival, so that the fair would last the entire week as usual. (Epoch Times)

From community togetherness following disasters to widespread volunteer work on a daily basis, people across the world witness great cooperation. Epoch Times reporters from India to Brazil asked locals:

What’s the best example you’ve seen of cooperation in your community?

Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question, “Do you think your country should do something about world population growth?”

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