It’s time for another We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB, started by Damyanti Biswas. In light of all the tragic, political, warring news we typically hear from around the world, Damyanti asked bloggers to highlight a news story that “shows love, humanity, and brotherhood.”
Today, I have two stories to share.
The first is about Ethiopia Skate. I first heard about this on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show Parts Unknown. Ethiopia Skate brings together kids in Addis Ababa to “empower youth in Ethiopia by providing access to skateboard materials and by creating skate spots.” The organization provides not only a physical outlet for these kids, but also creates a community for them to learn skating, share that love with others, and form lasting friendships.
I found this other story interesting because of the technology (houses constructed using advances in 3D printing!), but more importantly, because businesses are using that technology to help less fortunate people around the world in such countries as Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, and Haiti. New Story is one of those businesses, and cofounder Brett Hagler says, “There are over a billion people without adequate shelter. It’s a massive deficit, and traditional construction methods are not enough to make a dent. But 3-D printing promises significant decreases in cost and build time.
Here is New Story’s 3-D-printed prototype for shelter in the developing world:
You’re welcome to join the blogfest and “speak for peace.” Blogs are posted the last day of each month. Read the details here.
What is your good news?