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Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:15 AM
On today's show, you were reintroduced to Pam Cope, the Missouri mother of four who was inspired to rescue a little boy sold into slavery in Ghana after seeing his haunting face in The New York Times. Since then, Pam has been on a mission to help other children find freedom and safety. Find out how her life has changed since we last saw her and get an update on that very special boy, Mark.
Each year, I like to spend New Year's Day reflecting on the many things for which I am grateful, and today I'm particularly grateful for this chance to share an update on Mark Kwadwo, a very special little boy who has forever changed my life.
Mark was first introduced to the world five years ago as a 6-year-old slave in Ghana. For 12 hours each day, he worked on Lake Volta under brutal conditions, and the scars were obvious. Well, he is no longer that boy. Now, he is a happy, healthy 10-year-old with a dream of becoming a pilot, a talent for soccer and a fondness for Dr. Seuss. I've been back to visit him 14 times in these last few years, and every time I hear his contagious laughter or experience his resilience and kindness, I realize that in finding him, I have, in so many ways, found myself.
When I first shared my story, I hoped that doing so might help to change the lives of some of the 7,000 children who remain enslaved on the dark waters of Lake Volta. That has certainly happened. Through the generosity of complete strangers, our nonprofit organization, Touch a Life Foundation, has been able to rescue more than 90 additional children from slavery, ranging in age from 5 to 21. While each of them is now well on his way to recovery, the idea that there are still so many children enslaved in Ghana gets me up every morning and pushes me to keep working. We haven't saved every child—not yet—but it's a start.
But something else has happened that I never expected.
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:10 AM
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:02 AM
This week, join Oprah for a little breathing space on the coast of Central California. She describes the beauty of the ocean and reminds us to stay connected with others, just like the message in Tom Shadyac's documentary, I Am. Visit the California coast now!
What will you do today to strengthen your connections? Share your comments below.
Posted: Sun 01/01/2012 10:00 AM
This week's SoulPancake short, "Pop Your Problems," is all about releasing your stress by writing down the things that are weighing on your mind. Watch the video now!
What's troubling you and keeping you from living your best life? Share your worries with us below in comments and feel the weight begin to lift!
Posted: Sat 12/31/2011 12:00 PM
When director Tom Shadyac appeared on Oprah's Lifeclass, viewer Kathleen had a question inspired by her wireless provider: Why does she only get results when she's persistent with customer service? Find out why Oprah and Tom say being assertive isn't a negative way to live. Watch the video now!
I Am premieres on "Super Soul Sunday" tomorrow morning! Tune in at 8 a.m. and noon ET/PT for this life-changing documentary.
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