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Warning! Graphic depiction of a Nobel laureate.

Now whatexactly were you expecting to see… Nelson Mandela in his underwear? I spent time recently at the United Nations with NobelLaureate Aung San Suu Kyi. She was famously placed under house arrest in Myanmar for 15 years. While cut off fromthe rest of the world, Aung San Suu Kyi was oblivious to the existence of the Internet. When I asked her what websites sheloves to surf now that she's free, she told me all she wants to know from the web is newsabout Myanmar. Check out the four websites she visits every day, including rfa.org, better known as Radio Free Asia.

Warning! Graphic depiction of a Nobel laureate.

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According to Aung San Suu Kyi's peeps, about 0.2% of the population in Myanmar has access to the Internet. That's compared to about 78% of Americans. I love to complain about how expensive my cable package is, but in Myanmar, it would cost me around $1,000 to get Internet installed and $300 in monthly fees! Don't think for a moment that buys you lightning-fast surfing. Oh no, you can probably make lunch while you wait for a page to load.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.