There are many second chance stories in progress. Some people
have just realized that they have received a second chance. Others are
in the middle of doing something productive with them. Some have had
success and are finding ways to give back. All are inspiring and motivating in their
Faces of survivors: Noy, Sarri Singer, and Stav
Terrorism survivor survives by helping other survivors
Moved by the tragedy of 911, Sarri Singer moved to Israel
and volunteered with a group who helped victims of terrorism.She then miraculously survived a
suicide bus bombing with a broken clavical, burst ear drums, and multiple
with Jacob Kimchy, whose father was killed by a suicide bombing attack, to help
the surviving victims of terrorism across the globe to overcome long lasting
terror-induced psychological and physical trauma. They founded an organization called, One Heart Global.
Some of their projects include a summer camp for survivors and monthly support
group meetings in New York City.
Chance on the River" in Australia keeps offenders out of jail with cattle farm
This pre-sentencing program is a first
in Australia and is trying to change the lives of young Aboriginal men in
trouble with the law.
According to the Brisbane Times article, written by Yuko Narushima, indigenous affairs correspondent,
"The goal is clear: to reverse the trend making
indigenous people 13 times as likely to be incarcerated as other Australians.
Substance abuse, of alcohol in particular, is the strongest factor in the
over-representation of Aboriginal men in jails."
"As well as learning how to budget and write job applications, elders teach
the men turtle diving, cooking around a stone campfire, Aboriginal art and how
to clean a porcupine. 'A lot of them don't even know how to skin a roo,' an
elder, Bob Caldwell, said."
Their image is being changed with the big hearts of this
motorcycle group.They are
encouraging a family atmosphere and community participation from all of their
members. From food drives at Thanksgiving to supplies at the schools, they are
creating goodwill and a giving purpose for their club.