It’s time for another Good News Friday to provide a positive balance to offset all of the negative news stories we hear and read about daily. The more of us that are talking about, and living positivity, the stronger our impact can become.
Who knows, maybe ‘being positive and peaceful’ could even ‘go viral’ in the future. One can only hope! Have a great day, here we go…
Invention Turns Waste into Potable Water
Bill Gates drinking water which, 5 minutes previously, was feces.
The purification system developed nations use to clean sewage water is simply too expensive for the developing nations of the world to utilize. As a result, raw sewage and a lack of clean, safe, potable water is a serious problem worldwide:
[A] shocking number of people, at least 2 billion, use latrines that aren’t properly drained. Others simply defecate out in the open. The waste contaminates drinking water for millions of people, with horrific consequences: Diseases caused by poor sanitation kill some 700,000 children every year, and they prevent many more from fully developing mentally and physically. – Bill Gates
And so it was that Bill Gates challenged some of the brightest engineers to develop a cheaper system to purify sewage into potable drinking water for use all over the world. An amazing invention has come out of this project named the Janicki Omniprocessor.
This wonderful machine takes solid waste, super-heats it to sanitize and dry it, burns the dry waste as fuel which powers a steam-engine-run generator and creates electricity; with this electricity it collects the vapor from the super-heated waste, purifies it for drinking water, and delivers it to a tap. After using the fuel as waste, the machine even creates a surplus of energy, allowing electricity to be exported to the local grid.
The entrepreneur and owner of this machine will make money for:
– Receiving the waste.
– Providing drinking water.
– Providing electricity.
– The ash created.
The next generation of these machines will “will handle waste from 100,000 people, producing up to 86,000 liters of potable water a day and a net 250 kw of electricity” (source). Wow, talk about a win-win-win situation!
Here’s a great video summarizing how this game-changing invention works:
One can only hope that these systems can be installed in developing nations worldwide as soon as possible.
Girl Beats the Odds: From Homeless to Harvard
Dawn Loggins overcame all odds to attend and thrive at Harvard University.
Dawn Loggins was nationally recognized in 2012 for getting accepted to Harvard. While attending such a prestigious university is an accomplishment in itself, it’s all the more noteworthy because just one year prior, she was homeless:
In 2011, Loggins returned home from a summer program for gifted high school students to discover her parents, who were experiencing a number of problems, had abandoned her. She lived with several people, notably middle school custodian Sheryl Kolton, and worked as a custodian herself at Burns High School in her senior year. Despite the tumult of her personal life, she was accepted at Harvard. – Charlotte Observer
While it was a tough situation, she adjusted and overcame. She stayed focus on her goals believing that “[g]etting an education is the most important thing that you can do for yourself. It is the only way to lift yourself out of poverty, and an education can never be taken from you.”
While the story gained national attention in 2012 as she graduated from high school and was accepted to Harvard, her future wasn’t guaranteed. Thankfully, in a 2014 update of her story, we have learned that she is thriving in her study of Linguistics at Harvard. Dawn continues to visit her hometown, and while she has declined interviews in order to keep her life private, she is on track to graduate in 2017 from the prestigious institution.
Another reminder that with dedication and self-belief, we are capable of amazing things.
Legally Blind Woman Sees Her Newborn Son
Kathy Beitz seeing a baby for the first time… and it happens to be her son!
From a young age Kathy Beitz has been legally blind. Her older sister, Yvonne Felix, is also legally blind, and has been able to help guide Kathy as she’s grown up. A number of years ago Yvonne had children, and said that one of the hardest parts about being a parent was not being able to see your child.
With that back story, Yvonne wanted to make sure that her sister Kathy never had to go through the same hardship. After contacting the eSight Corporation, they agreed to lend Kathy one of their $15,000 pair of specialized glasses for the day of her child’s birth.
Yvonne Felix took a video of the first time Kathy laid eyes on a baby… which just so happened to be her own child:
Felix has gone on to start the #MakeBlindnessHistory project, in order to raise money to purchase eSight glasses for Kathy, as well as other legally blind individuals:
“When we finish raising money for Kathy’s eSight, we will raise money for another blind individual’s eSight,” Yvonne Felix wrote on makeblindnesshistory.com. “Then another, and another, and another. We won’t stop until every blind person who wants to see, gets eSight.”
Yet another story of an individual using their disability as motivation to help others. What a wonderful time that we’re living in as medical advances continue to impact, and improve our quality of life. I hope we see the price tag on these special glasses drop, and become more accessible to legally blind people everywhere.
The world is full of great stories like the Minneapolis man who handed out 520,000 sandwiches to the homeless and hungry in 2014; the former burn victim who opened a business, giving paramedical facial tattoos for burn victims to help them regain their confidence; and the cab driver who received a $1,000 tip for a 2 minute ride.
If you watch the news you’d never know any of this has happened, because unfortunately, crime / terror / war / loss is what is fed to us via mainstream media. We can work to change this by turning off the news (until they (hopefully) get their act together) and sharing these positive news stories with friends and family.
There are good people out there doing good deeds. Let’s work to share their stories and impact the world as positively as we can. Have a great day!
Good News Friday VII.