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Good News Tuesday: Video Games for Peace, Electricity from Sound, Homes for Canadian Veterans, and an Elephant Finds Sanctuary


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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time


Former Refugee’s Video Game for Peace

“Peace is something that is built over time,” Mayen said. “It’s not about people coming together and signing cease-fires and so on. It’s a generation of change. It’s a change of mindset. It’s a change of attitude toward each other.”

Lual Mayen was born in war torn South Sudan. Shortly after his birth, his family treked 225 miles to a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. His two older sisters died on the journey.  While still a refugee, he developed the first version of his video game, Salaam, which means “peace” in Arabic. Mayen is now launching his company, Junub Games which includes newer versions of Salaam. The game involves surviving as a refugee in a war zone and buying food, water, and medical supplies with real money which is then donated to help real life refugees.

You can read more about Lual Mayen’s story in this article from The Washington Post

High School Students Generate Electricity from Sound

A group of 11th graders from the Philippines have invented a device that uses sound waves to generate electricity. The device would cost about $4 and currently can provide enough electricity for a small light. However, the potential exists to generate greater amounts of electricity from noisy places like airport runways.  Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Homes for Heroes

A complex of 15 tiny homes for Canadian veterans is now complete. The complex includes mental health support and family space. This news report from CTV News includes a video with perspectives from veterans.

Chile’s Last Performing Circus Elephant is at Her Sanctuary!

After 50 years in the circus and being isolated from her own kind, Ramba has been rescued and has been in a temporary space while waiting to go to the Global Sanctuary for Elephants.

These are the final steps of a journey that began over 7 years ago. In 2012, Ecopolis—a Chilean animal welfare group—contacted the Global Elephant Sanctuary (GSE) to help rescue Ramba from her abusive circus owners.  GoodNewsNetwork

 Tuesday morning update: The Global Elephant Sanctuary Facebook Page says,

“Ramba is Home!”

You can learn more about Ramba and her rescue on her GES Rescue Page. 

This video is from a couple of weeks ago when they were trying to get her used to the transport crate for the final part of her journey to sanctuary.


Many thanks to Ecopolis, Global Sanctuary for Elephants, and those who help rescue animals from abuse and exploitation.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

7 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Video Games for Peace, Electricity from Sound, Homes for Canadian Veterans, and an Elephant Finds Sanctuary

  1. It really does seem that as the Good News movement gains traction, there’s more and more of it to share!

  2. I am always impressed to read about veterans getting a much needed home which is a lovely thing for soldiers who have given so much. And if course the elephant finally being rescued from a very long life of abuse. Mu goodness a 5o year old soul who loved the life of a circus animal. Thank God she will at last enjoy some freedom.

  3. That was supposed to read “My goodness, a 50 year old soul who lived the life of a circus animal.” So sorry, I thought that I had proofed my comment but it seems I missed some places.

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