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Did you know that blindness is 500% more prevalent in developing countries?

Whoa, that is a lot. And not only that, but about half of the blind kids and adults in the developing world could get their eyesight back with a relatively straightforward surgery.

National Geographic brings us the story of sisters Anita and Sonia, who come from a very poor family in India.


All GIFs via National Geographic/YouTube.

They've been blind since birth.


When kids from acutely poor families remain blind for life, their families often send them to beg on the street. But there is an amazing way out.

Like an "in-15-minutes-you'll-have-eyesight" way out.

See, there's this miracle surgery that can restore the eyesight of a blind child in 15 minutes.

15 MINUTES! And the organization 20/20/20 is helping thousands of kids receive the treatment for free.

Imagine giving someone the gift of sight. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Anita and Sonia were able to get the surgery. Their reactions after the bandages came off? Incredible.

To see Anita and Sonia's full story and hear from their parents and doctor, check out the video below.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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Family

A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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