The Good News: March, 2016

It's time for another month of...

So, for those of you who haven't seen it before, this is a new monthly blog series I've started!

The lowdown:

Ok, so I have always been all for being positive and optimistic
(read about my take on The Importance of Positivity ☺️).
A long time back, I had the idea of doing a blogpost series called 'The Good News'.

The news and current affairs of our world is so important, it is crucial we keep updated on what is happening around us.

BUT...
A lot of that tends to focus on what is going wrong.

And, although it is necessary to think about what is wrong in order to right it,
I think we could stand to gain a lot from appreciating what is already right, or getting good, as well!

Click here for last month's edition!

And now for this month's...

THE GOOD NEWS!

March, 2016

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Free food fridge for the hungry

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The tea cafe Pappadavada (a restaurant in India) came up with an idea that will not only feed the local homeless community, but aims to teach society about not wasting food. A 24-hour fridge was installed offering meals to those in needs, the diner plans to stock 50 meals a day - along with meals their diners donate (as they posted a message on their Facebook asking for spared leftovers).
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From gang member to lawyer helping troubled kids


Drug dealer, larcenist, arrested 13 times before turning twenty - would have been the only things mentioned when talking about David Lee Windecher.

However, he changed that. Dramatically.

Writing his memoir, The American Dream: HisStory in the Making, he gives troubled kids
"a road map to putting their adolescent mistakes in the rearview mirror".

“Second chances come hard,” he says. “The problem is that everyone, even the gangsters, looks at the worst, not the potential in other people. But the fact is, you are not a victim of circumstance. You have a choice.”

"His message: Too many Americans buy into a myth that youths are a lost cause."

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Team Refugee Olympic Athletes


Yusra Mardini and her sister fled Syria with another 20 refugees. After motor boat complications, she and her sister swam 3 and a half hours, pushing the boat to shore, saving everyone on board.

"For the first time in its history, the International Olympic Committee announced earlier this month the nations competing at the summer Games will be joined in Rio by a team of refugees, made up of athletes who would otherwise find themselves stateless and excluded."

“By welcoming the team of Refugee Olympic Athletes to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, we want to send a message of hope for all refugees in our world,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic flag and with the Olympic Anthem. They will have a home together with all the other 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village.”

Yusra will trial for the team very soon.
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First entirely solar-powered Airport in the world


With a 45-acre solar panel field to support Kerala's Cochin International Airport, they will not be spending any money on electricity. Even more impressive is that this is the 7th busiest airport in India and it's sending a strong green and sustainable development model of infrastructure development to the world. 
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SeaWorld ends captive breeding for Orcas

Picture of killer whale and calf

Entering into a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, the entertainment company has officially ended its killer whale breeding program, and is now providing only natural encounters for its last generation of orcas (no circus acts for giant ocean mammals to be held). 

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Obama signs a ban on products made by children and slaves

Via

Severing the supply of seafood caught by Southeast Asian slave workers, gold mined by children, and clothes sewn by abused Bangladeshi woman. The development closes an 85-year old tariff law loophole that allowed importation of products of forced and child labour. 

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Sign Language classes instead of Playtime, the kids decide.


A class of fifth graders give up their recess every Wednesday to learn sign language to better communicate with deaf classmate, Rhemy Elsey.

Rhemy has cochlear implants, but still relies on signing for much of his ability to communicate with others. He’s been overwhelmed by the willingness of classmates to give up free time just so they can learn to carry on conversations with him. “It’s like they want to be like me."
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That was some of The Good News for March! ☺️

What were you surprised to hear about? Do you have a favourite?
Do you like listening to some Good News? ☺️

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❤️Raashi

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36 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, a solar powered airport sounds amazing! I can't believe it's taken so many years for this to happen. Also a fridge for the hungry is just brilliant, makes me happy to hear!

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. I love that all these developments are happening that can slowly spread all over the world :) Will make such a difference!

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  2. Love the idea of this.

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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  3. This is a brilliant post. With so much negativity surrounding the world today it's incredible to see some good news. Pappadavada seems like an inventive idea and will be great to see the long term changes. Also love the idea of teaching sign language to kids, my friend actually took a course during university and said it was really eye opening xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Caroline! One of my friends from uni did a sign language course too - so proud of such young kids taking the initiative to do something like that out of their own will and want though! :)

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  4. Its such a relief to read some good news and how common and weird is it that good news isn't reported as much, it really needs to be. The fridge story has to be my favourite along with the Obama ban, I mean how different and amazing are both ideas. Free food fridge, it must've helped so many people ♥



    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Trishna! It's definitely nice to keep hearing good news every now and then, it's good (and faith restoring :P) to appreciate the good things <3 How good that the ban on products made by children and slaves finally happened! I'm super excited for more free food fridges to start existing!!!

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  5. Aw, such a cute idea for a post! Now I feel happier :) Miranda xxx http://mirandasnotebook.com/

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    1. Awww yay, I'm so glad! Thanks for reading, Miranda! :)

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  6. what a great news

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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  7. This post made me so happy! What a great way to spread positivity <333

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Edye! I am so, so glad that it is actually spreading positivity! :)

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  8. Aww seriously such a lovely post! Makes me smile to think of all he good happening in the world - news isn't always bad!! Xx
    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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    1. Thank you guys so much! It definitely isn't!!! So many amazing things are being achieved and developed, we definitely should recognise and get happy about it :)

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  9. Aw what a great idea for a blog feature, loved reading these stories! I think my favourite was about the Refugee Olympic team - those girls are seriously badass!!!!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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    1. Thank you so much Sinéad for such a lovely compliment! How insane are they - it's amazing how people overcome adversity and go on to accomplish incredible things! :)

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  10. Always love your good news series, hun, you never fail to cheer me up! :) <3 So happy about the end of captive breeding for orcas, and also, I love the idea of a free food fridge! So much food just gets wasted these days, not only in households but predominantly in supermarkets. Too much fresh food just goes to waste every day so a little idea like this is absolutely fab, and I hope it becomes more common! :) <3 Hope you're having a lovely week so far, kisses. x

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Kay, that is such a gorgeous comment - so glad you enjoy this blog series! :) How great will it be when it starts getting more common, it will make such a difference!

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  11. love this series! So positive and uplifting !

    Darriyan xx | darriyancateland.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww, thank you Darriyan! I'm so glad it does that :)

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  12. Such a great round-up Raashi! & How is it the last day of March already?!
    I love the story about the free food fridge - what a simple yet great idea, I'm surprised this hadn't been thought of before but so glad for it.

    Similarly the solar-powered airport - that's such a great example to follow. Hopefully it'll be the start of many more.

    Such a positive thing to read as a break from all the negativity.

    Much love,
    Ana xx

    www.namastefromananya.com

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    1. ANA - this year is FLYING BY! It's crazy. They're such great stories, right? And two developments that can slowly but surely be implemented in so many different locations :)

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  13. Hi dear! It's my first time on your blog so i'm new to this lovely series. I have to say this is a wonderful idea for spreading positivity and I applaude you for that. These stories and news are indeed so motivational, definitely worthy of attention. I'm from Argentina, and there's a restaurant in one of our cities where they do the exact same thing as the free food fridge in India. They started doing it announymously but it quickly gained so much attention by the media that other restaurants and cafes are implementing it as well. <3
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. Deb, thank you so much for such a lovely comment, and thank you for reading!!! Oh wow, that's so, so great! I'm sure (and hopeful) that lots of other countries will have similar fridge systems starting up!

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  14. These are such great news, I love this series on you blog, it's really inspiring. I'm happy to hear that Sea World is finally ending captive breeding for orcas and the Yusra's story is just incredible. I also love the idea of the food fridge, there should be in every town, so much less food would be wasted. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Mira, that means a lot to me :) I am so glad that such massive corporations like Sea World are doing the ethical thing, even though it will end up being such a massive change for them to implement!

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  15. i love news stories about good things (even though they are so rare in mainstream media), and these are some great news! xx

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I most definitely agree, they are rare, but when you do hear them it's so lovely to know great things are happening all over the place! :)

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  16. Hurrah! I love The Good News on your blog Raashi! The free food fridge is such a brilliant idea, I desperately hope people don't take advantage of it! Seaworld has been a place that has long since frustrated so I am glad they are (FINALLY) making some change! What a lovely post to read on a Sunday!

    Musings & More

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    1. Awww Emily! Thank you so much, hehe :) Oh my gosh - me too! I think that's where the whole concept of you can't let some bad people prevent you from doing good things for other people. Fingers crossed it's helping more than it's hurting though! I was so proud when I heard that Seaworld was properly making the change :)

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  17. These news are so nice! I especially love the one about Seaworld changing its policy (it's about time!) because I think too little is being done for the animals and this is such a positive start. Thank you for sharing this :)

    aluminah.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you for reading, Rory! With all the issues in the world I feel like sometimes animal issues don't get as much mainstream media coverage, it's great to see that big corporations are taking a proper stand for what's right :)

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  18. Ok, you totally restored my faith in humanity! It's so great to be reminded of all the good and positive stories :)

    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

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    1. Awww, I'm so glad this post brought a little positivity! It is definitely refreshing to read about what's right in the world! :)

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