Sustainable Village in Uganda built on Shea Butter and Solar Energy
The village of Okere Mom-Kok, destroyed during the Ugandan Civil War, is now a sustainable community of 4,000 people. Electricity, generated through solar energy is available to everyone, and clean water comes from modern borehole methods. Ojok Okello, who started the project with $54,000 from his own pocket, was inspired by the city of Wakanda in the movie, Black Panther. He recognized that the shea tree could be like the natural resource vibranium in the film. The Good News Network brings us more about Okere Mom-Kok.
High School Student Creates Online Shop to Help Domestic Violence Victims
Krystyna Paszko, a high school student in Poland, created a online shop to sell cosmetics where domestic violence victims can hide requests for help by appearing to be shopping online. Her idea won a European Union prize that came with €10,000 (£8,700; $12,120) and was ignited by a pharmacy in France where asking for a special mask alerts staff of a domestic violence situation. You can learn more about Krystna’s program in this BBC article.
Two Women were Nominated for Best Director in the 2021 Oscars
For the first time in Academy Award history, two women were nominated in the same year for best director. Previously, only five women had ever been nominated in the best director category. Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” are the two women nominated this year for best director. Good Morning America has details on these nominees and others.
Student Raises $27,000 for Former Substitute Teacher
Steven Nava raised over $27,000 for his former substitute teacher, 77 year old Jose Villarrue, who was living out of his car. Learn more in this celebration:
The Little Boy Laughed to See Such Fun
Click the link below for a very short, funny video with a little boy laughing at his parents’ water trick:
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March 16, 2021 at 11:43 am
The little one in the last video is a delight. Xxx ❤
March 16, 2021 at 11:23 pm
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 XXX ❤
March 16, 2021 at 1:31 pm
All great news, JoAnna! I especially admire the initiative by Polish high school student Krystyna Paszko to help victims of domestic violence.
March 16, 2021 at 11:27 pm
I’m glad you liked the stories. Yes, Krystyna’s initiative gives me hope. She did good work for an important cause. I can imagine women being strengthened by the support, knowing they are not alone.
March 16, 2021 at 3:34 pm
I love the story of the student residing money.
March 16, 2021 at 11:30 pm
Me, too! I had read the story, then went searching for a video. Seeing Mr. V and the students gave me joy and hope. I’m glad you liked it!
March 17, 2021 at 3:53 am
Krystyna’s initiative wins today’s prize
March 17, 2021 at 9:33 pm
Krystyna is showing us how one person can make a powerful difference in helping others.
March 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm
I especially liked the story of students helping Mr. V. Great post, JoAnna! I always enjoy your good news post!
March 17, 2021 at 10:22 pm
Thank you so much for supporting the good news, Cheryl! I liked the Mr. V. story a lot. I hope he is doing well.