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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, June 9, 2007

German groups provide disaster drills at schools

The Jakarta Post

It was just another normal day at SLB Karnna Manohara, a special school for children with hearing problems in Condongcatur village of Depok subdistrict, Sleman regency. As usual, the students were studying inside their classrooms with their teachers.

All of a sudden, someone beat repeatedly on one of four drums placed at the school, followed almost immediately by the beating of the three remaining drums, filling the school compound with noise. While the older students hid calmly under tables and desks as instructed, some of the younger ones cried out.

The students were taking part in an earthquake drill; the drums were an alarm to alert all at the school of an earthquake.

A short time later, the students exited their classrooms one by one in orderly fashion, assisted by their teachers, and headed to the front courtyard where a supervising teacher was waiting for them.

"This is our first experience at having an earthquake drill here. That is why some of the children were crying during the drill. But I am glad it ran relatively smoothly," SLB Karnna Manohara headmaster Tantan Rustandi told The Jakarta Post after the drill.

He added that the school planned to conduct the simulation regularly.

"I do realize the importance of such drills in reducing the risk for children in disasters, as their safety is our topmost concern," said Tantan.

SLB Karnna Manohara, which is managed by Yayasan Tuna Rungu Yogyakarta, has a total of eight classes spanning preschool, kindergarten and elementary school levels. A typical school day runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each class has between eight to 12 students, many of whom come from the neighboring Central Java regencies of Magelang, Surakarta, Kebumen, Cilacap and Banyumas.

The drums, Tantan said, were used as a signal to the children, warning them of an earthquake. Although the students had auditory disabilities, they could still hear the sounds produced by a drum.

"Through the drills, hopefully the students will know exactly what to do when there is an earthquake," he said, adding that the program was held with the support of Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), a government-sponsored German technical cooperation.

Speaking separately to the Post, the principal advisor of the group's Science Education Quality Improvement Project (GTZ-SEQIP), Dieter Goepfert, said the organization had been providing the same program to about 400 elementary schools across Indonesia since September 2005 in response to the December 2004 tsunami.

"We have a target of around 200 elementary schools in Yogyakarta and Klaten alone," said Goepfert, adding that the SLB Karnna Manohara was thus far the first school for disabled children that GTZ had assisted.

While the majority of schools take part in the earthquake drill at the initiative of GTZ in cooperation with local education offices, the program is provided to schools for disabled students upon request.

"We have so far received about five other requests from schools for disabled students in Yogyakarta," Goepfert said.

As part of the program, the headmaster, teachers and administrative staff at a particular school are given a two-day workshop, which provides with information about the impacts of a disaster and how to react when one occurred.

"We also provide them with first-aid training for life-threatening injuries, bleeding and cardiac arrest," Goepfert said.

The training program closes with a simulation for disaster preparedness that involves all students.

Aside from the simulation, students are also given three posters to take home. The posters provide information on earthquakes and what people should do during an actual disaster.

"We have experience that such programs do contribute a great deal in reducing the risks of a disaster, especially earthquakes," said Goepfert.

When the May 27, 2006 earthquake rocked Yogyakarta and parts of Central Java, for example, about 40 percent of students who had taken part in the program applied what they had learned, even though the earthquake happened when they were at home.

"What is also worth noticing is that none of these students were injured," Goepfert said.

However, he said, for the program to have a real, positive impact, the drills must be conducted regularly -- once a week in the first month and then every two months, alternating between an announced and then an unannounced drill.

Goepfert also said that elementary students were selected deliberately because previous experience had shown that they were among the most vulnerable groups in a community during a disaster.

"We strongly suggest that schools in areas prone to disasters, not only earthquakes but also others including tsunamis, floods and landslides, must have such training," he said.

Project manager Sae Kani of Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), a German non-governmental humanitarian group, shares the same belief. Kani said that in many other countries, earthquake evacuation drills did contribute a great deal in reducing risks.

"During a recent powerful earthquake in Japan, for example, where such drills have been conducted regularly not only in schools but also in offices, no fatalities were recorded," she said.

In response to the Java earthquake, over the past few months the Berlin-based ASB has developed elementary school teaching materials for earthquake preparedness in partnership with the Asian Disaster Reduction Center, the biggest disaster management institution in Asia, based in Kobe, Japan.

"The project aims to improve relevant guidance and information that can be immediately used and practiced," said Kani during a recent earthquake drill involving 300 students of SD Deresan elementary school, also in Condongcatur village.

As much as possible, she added,the project avoided presenting academic concepts on the causes of earthquakes; instead, it focused on what people should do in the event of an earthquake.

The ASB has so far completed training programs for more than 1,000 of almost 1,200 elementary schools in Yogyakarta, Bantul regency and Sleman regency, involving two teachers from each school.

"Approximately 164,400 students in the three areas are now trained in earthquake evacuation procedures," said Kani. She claimed it was the largest disaster preparedness project ever held in Indonesia.

According to Kani, the ASB is planning to provide the training program to additional schools in Gunungkidul and Kulonprogo regencies, as well as 60 other schools for disabled students across the province.


adrie_potter said...

hello sir, my name is adrianus dian widyatmoko.
i am a student in sanata dharma university. i am very interest with the report on your blog about tuna rungu (deaf child).
may i get your school adress because i like to visit your school. if you want send me some news or letter please send it to my email at:
excuse me sir, may i have some information about deaf children who are studies in public school. thanx for your cooperation.
i am sorry about my language, because my english is so poor.

adrieanus dian w.

adrie_potter said...

hello sir, my name is adrianus dian widyatmoko.
i am a student in sanata dharma university. i am very interest with the report on your blog about tuna rungu (deaf child).
may i get your school adress because i like to visit your school. if you want send me some news or letter please send it to my email at:
excuse me sir, may i have some information about deaf children who are studies in public school. thanx for your cooperation.
i am sorry about my language, because my english is so poor.

adrieanus dian w.