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Good News Tuesday for March 29, 2022: Humanity and Hope for Ukraine, Philanthropist Giving Away Half her Fortune, Music & Mental Health, and Finally a Gold Medal for Black Women who Served in WW2

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Stories of Humanity and Hope for Ukraine

The Good News Network has collected 8 of many good news stories coming out of Ukraine. One of my favorites is #3 “Ukraine Joins European Power Grid, Ending Its Dependence on Russia.” Other stories include helping a perinatal center in Kharkiv, World Central Kitchen, a Russian and Ukrainian chef cooking to raise money for UNICEF, animals, and the Italian Government plans to rebuild the Mariupol Theater. For details, visit The Good News Network.

Habitat for Humanity gets $436 million from Mackenzie Scott, and that’s not all.

Mackenzie Scott donated $436 million to Habitat for Humanity. The third wealthiest woman in the US was previously married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. She is now married to a high school science teacher, Dan Jewett. The Habitat donation was part of Dan and Mackenzie’s pledge to give away most of their wealth. For details, see this article from AP. The day after I read about the Habitat donation, I saw this NBC article reporting another round of donations. So far, Ms. Scott has given away more than $12 billion in four rounds of funding.

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Music is Just as Powerful as Exercise in Improving Mental Health

It might not come as a surprise, but it’s still good to find out that music is just as good for mental health as exercise. Makes me want to put on some dancing music! Here’s the evidence gathered by Science Alert.

Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Black Women’s Unit Who Served in WW2

On March 14, US President Biden signed a law awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion who served in WW2. “The unit traveled to Great Britain in 1945, surviving encounters with Nazi U-boats and a German rocket explosion along the way, before spending months sorting through mail and packages stacked to the ceiling in unheated warehouses…” Here’s more from CNN plus a video below.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 19, 2021: Malaria Vaccine, Pay What You Can Farm Stand, Black Women Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Giving Rice for Plastic in Bali

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W.H.O. Endorses Malaria Vaccine

Earlier this month, The World Health Organization endorsed the first vaccine for malaria. The disease has historically killed about half a million people each year including 260,000 children under 5. The New York Times has details here.

Pay What You Can Farm Stand

Raleigh City Farm in North Carolina, has a “Pay What You Can” farmstand that offers fresh produce. Customers take what they need and put money in the cashbox at the farm or at the Salvation Army locations. Here’s the website

Nine Black Women Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Nine black women, all over 40 years of age, recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The inspiring trip took six days. For details and photos, visit this article from Good Morning America.

“Opportunity in Challenge”: Giving Rice for Plastic

On the island of Bali, covid 19 dramatically hurt the tourism industry. Many workers returned to their villages and trash piled up on the beaches. Made Janur Yasa, a vegan restaurant owner in the town of Ubud, started a program in his home village where local villagers could exchange plastic for rice. His non-profit, Plastic Exchange, became a success and spread across other villages in Bali. You can learn more about the program and its creator at CNN Heroes. I hope you will also watch the following short video about the Balinese teachings that help Made Janur Yasa in his mission. His energy is gentle yet powerfully positive.

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Good News Tuesday for July 13, 2021: Free School Lunch & Breakfast, Phasing Out Plastic, Extraordinary Black Women, Hopes for Equality in Chile, and The Carters Celebrate 75 Years of Marriage

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California Public Schools Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch to All Students

“In the newly adopted state budget, all public school students in California will receive free breakfast and lunch, no questions asked.” From NBC Los Angeles

New Zealand Phasing Out Single Use Plastics by 2025

Between 2022 and 2025, New Zealand will be phasing in bans on single use plastics. Here’s more from The Guardian.

Three Accomplished Black Women: The Spelling Bee Winner, “The Solar Woman,” and The Black Mermaid of South Africa

A lot of Black women have been in the good news lately. Here are three who’ve made extraordinary accomplishments:

Zaila Avant-garde, age 14, is the first African American to win the Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. She has also set three world records in basketball. Read more about Zaila in this article from Good News Network.

Kristal Hansley is the first Black woman to launch a community solar program for low and moderate income households in Maryland. Read more about this remarkable woman and her company, WeSolar, in this article from Vogue Magazine.

Zandile Ndhlovu organizes ocean exploration programs for Black children across the country of South Africa– many of whom have never seen the ocean. Here’s her story from CNN with a beautiful video.

Hope for Equality in Chile

Last Sunday in Chile, 155 elected delegates assembled to begin work on “the world’s first constitution to be drafted by an equal number of women and men.” 77 Women and 78 men met with many women wearing purple and green scarves bearing the slogan: “Nunca más sin nosotras,” meaning “Never again without us.” The Constitutional assembly also hopes to give more power to indigenous groups and focus on climate change issues. This article from NBC gives details including historical perspectives and significance.

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Celebrated 75 Years of Marriage

Happy Anniversary to Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter who celebrated 75 Years of Marriage last week. At 96, Jimmy Carter is the longest living person to have served as US President. The Carters have the longest marriage of any US President.

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