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The Work These Folks Do Is Nothing Short Of Magic. Watch Closely — You Might Be Mesmerized.

What if we used our privilege to help change the world in small but powerful and sustainable ways? These folks are doing it.

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This is some amazing work they do; empowering local populations through helping to build schools, clean water systems, women's alternative income programs, medical centers, and a sustainable food supply. In addition to all of the win-win-wins that provides, this keeps big oil from buying up their land — and the rainforest — in order to ... well, you know the drill. Pun intended.

To date (December 2014), Change Heroes has accomplished a lot.


Projects funded:

  • 100+ schoolhouses Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, China, India, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Laos, and Tanzania
  • Libraries in India and Bangladesh
  • Water projects in Nepal
  • Girls scholarships in India
  • Anti-sex-trafficking work in Cambodia

Stats:

  • Over 5,000 people have given $3.33 a day for three months from over 40 countries.
  • Campaigns have launched in Swedish, German, French, Spanish, and English.
  • They plan to expand to hundreds of more cases in 2015.
  • Approximately 154,000 people will be affected by the projects to date.

Countries served:

  • Kenya
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ghana
  • China
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Nicaragua
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • Tanzania

They also have a page on their website that keeps updating how they're doing. Here's one from Dec. 10, 2014:

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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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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