Serena and Venus Williams inspire kids in Nigeria

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Serena and Venus headed to Africa this week to inspire kids in Nigeria.  They went to a private club on Ikoyi Island to play tennis with some of the locals.  Hopefully they'll make it to some of the more rural areas to play with the kids as well!

The two sisters have come far in their careers to become two of the top tennis players in the world. They have proven that anything is possible for anyone.  "We were able to break the mold in a sport that was really dominated by white people ... it doesn't matter what your background is and where you come from. If you have dreams, if you have goals, that's all that really matters."

"We're looking forward to being inspired by the young women in Nigeria and also to inspire them as well. It's a two-way street. We can learn so much from each other," Venus told the governor.

Peace & Love,


Jon

- The Good World News

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Orphaned girl starts university in Zimbabwe at age 14

Maud Chifamba is showing that with enough determination, you can accomplish ANYTHING.  At the age of 14, she is the youngest person to attend university in not only Zimbabwe, but all of southern Africa!

It wasn't easy getting to this point.  Born on November 19th 1997, she was raised in a poor family that had a farm as their only source of income.  She lost her father at the age of five and her mother last year.  It was only her and two brothers who were left to take care of themselves and the farm.  She says that her parents' passing caused her to work extremely hard. "It really motivated me to work harder because there was no one to take care of me except myself in the future. That was ... a motivator for me to have something to do with my life."

Her brothers couldn't afford to pay for her formal schooling so Maud had to study on her own.  She would spend hours and hours every night studying and learning the material on her own.  Her immense studies paid off - she skipped 4th and 5th grades and went straight to 6th. She aced her proficiency exams all through school.  Maud blew right through the Advanced Level Exams which earned her entrance to the University of Zimbabwe with a $10,000 scholarship!!

After one week of school, Maud is having a good time.  "I'm really enjoying it. It's better than what I expected. I'm just enjoying all the lectures."  Her dream job is to become an accountant.  The Good World News team knows that she will get there!

Keep up the great work Maud!  Your story is very inspiring!!  Keep up the wonderful work :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

The Good World News

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Emmanuelle Chriqui stands up for human rights in the Congo

Emmanuelle Chriqui, aka "Sloan" (for all of you Entourage fans), is showing the world that there is a very large heart along with that big smile of hers.  She has taken many steps to help stop the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Since the "Second Congo War" began in 1998, 5.4 million lives have been lost.  Violence continues in spite of peace accords in 2003.  A war that once began for political reasons has now turned to fighting for money.  As with many African countries, outside countries take advantage of the weak nation and the civilians end up getting hurt.

The Good News is that people like Emmanuelle are starting to make an impact.  She has teamed up with the JewelMint group to curate the "Mumbai Bracelet".  Chriqui donates 50% of the jewelery proceeds to "Raise Hope for Congo", a campaign by the Enough Project which aims to end the human rights violations in the Congo.  Emmanuelle also signed a petition at Change.org urging Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to make an Apple product that uses conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo.  The petition currently has over 67,000 signatures!  Emmanuelle frequently speaks out on the topic to raise awareness.

As technology continues to connect each part of the world together, the beautiful Earth that we live on becomes smaller and smaller.  Every choice that we make can easily affect many others.  It is so so beautiful to know that there are good & genuine people that truly want to make this a better place to live in.  Each and every one of us can make that difference in someone's life. 

Thank you Emmanuelle for helping the wonderful people in the Congo and for inspiring others to follow suit!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

The Good World News

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