Good News for Girls: Pee Generators + Cell Phone Chargers + Mending Kits

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GoodNews_200Smarts:

I’m leading with my favourite link this month: four teenage girls in Africa invented a generator that runs on urine. Serious awesomeness.

Eesha Khare, an 18-year-old girl from Saratoga, California invented a device that will charge your cell phone in 20 seconds. Yes she did!

And Zubaida Bai created clean birth kits; cheap and simple medical kits made by and for women in rural areas who don’t have access to safe birthing facilities. Healthy moms and babies? Yes, please!

Justice:

Check out the Twitter account of Mark Cherrington–youth court worker from Edmonton, Alberta. Mark tweets from the front-lines as he works with homeless girls and young moms. These are heart breaking, but they give a very real picture of the face of poverty and the very basic needs he seeks to meet.

And in case you’ve wondered if child sponsorship really works—it does!

Super-smart, super-secret ads against child abuse that only kids can see. A poignant ad campaign against domestic violence in Saudi Arabia. And the very clever Ring the Bell campaign to stop domestic violence in India.

Bogaletch Gebre, an Ethiopian activist, has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation.

Can we use dance to end exploitation of children in Brazil? Yes, Meninadança does it!

New York’s Hot Bread Kitchen and San Francisco’s La Cocina are food-based business incubators which serve low-income, immigrant women and help them to establish their own businesses. So smart.

Male and female pastors and leaders serving side-by-side? “This is my dream, this is one of the areas I believe the gospel restores.” ~ Suzanne Burden

Summer Plans & Unexpected Beauty:

Before heading out this summer, remind yourself that you’re not the saviour of the world, and nine other things you should know before going on a mission trip. And before you pack craft foam to take along, consider taking along mending kits instead.

And be sure to take some time to check out these painful stories transformed into art.
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Erin Wilson
Erin Wilson is a curator + photographer, storyteller + story gatherer, listener + learner, student + teacher, mentor + cheerleader, local food advocate + unrepentant lover of kale. Erin teaches photography to kids who don't yet know they're artists through The ONE SHOT Project. She's currently making her home in Kurdistan (northern Iraq).
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  • http://forthisisthetime.com/ Esther Aspling

    Thank you for that twitter link! You were right, they are heart breaking, but I need those reminders mixed in with the humor I’ve sheltered myself with.

    http://forthisisthetime.com

    • Erin Wilson

      Esther, thanks for this. I have no idea how Mark does his job, but I’m so grateful he does!

  • Stephanie

    Eek! This makes my heart so happy. So much inspiring and powerful goodness, as well as challenging reminders. I had read about the girls who invented the generators that run on urine – isn’t that brilliant? Thanks for sharing this. You are awesome.

    • Erin Wilson

      Hey Stephanie :) Total brilliance in those generators…
      Celebrating it together feels so much better than me dancing here myself. Ha!

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  • http://www.idelette.com idelette

    Erin, I was wooping with laughter and delight in Uganda when I saw your post this month. I adore the lead story too–whew!. Love, love, love it ALL, friend.

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