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Hannah Testa featured in Mind Body Green

Mind Body GreenYoungest Environmentalist Ever? How This 14-Year Old Is Changing The Planet, February 2017

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“Tomorrow, visitors will gather in the Georgia State Capitol building to celebrate the first annual Plastic Pollution Awareness Day—an occasion that will encourage people to cut down on plastic consumption. Artists, speakers, and environmentalists will speak out about the importance of low-impact living as February 15 is officially declared a state holiday the Senate floor. The day will culminate in a presentation by the impassioned activist who made it all happen—an eighth grader named Hannah Testa.

Read the whole article, Youngest Environmentalist Ever? How This 14-Year Old Is Changing The Planet, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Hannah Testa featured on WALB News 10

14-year-old girl leads plastic pollution statewide efforts, February 2017

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“A 14-year-old girl is leading state efforts to stop plastic pollution.  A Cumming native, Hannah Testa said she first saw how much of a problem plastic pollution is when she watched a Netflix documentary with her mom.  She said plastic doesn’t biodegrade like many other items we use in our everyday lives.  Instead, it photo-degrades, breaking down into small pieces but never disappearing.  She said the small pieces become very toxic and are often eaten by fish, which gets back into our food chain. ”

Read the whole article and watch the video, 14-year-old girl leads plastic pollution statewide efforts, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Hannah Testa featured on WSAV 3HD

14-year-old Georgian helps create first Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, February 2017

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““Hi, I’m Hannah Testa and I’m on the beautiful beaches of Bermuda and I went on a little stroll and was able to make my own plastic soup,” Hannah Testa, an environmental activist, said in video when she was 11. Nearly three years ago Testa found her calling to help the environment. “After I watched the documentary called Plastic Paradise that’s what really opened me and my family’s eyes to making that shift,” Testa said. “We stopped using single use plastic products like plastic bags and straws and cups.” Testa made changes with her family then shared her cause with schools and through social media.

Read the whole article and watch the video, 14-year-old Georgian helps create first Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Umra Omar featured on ZDF, Germany

Mima-Reporter: Safari-Doctors in Kenia, February 2017

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“Jörg Brase ist unterwegs mit den Safari-Doctors. Sie liefern medizinische Versorgung für die armen Regionen Kenias. Diese gelten oftmals als sehr unsicheres Terrain – auf Grund islamistischer Terroristen.

Watch the video, Mima-Reporter: Safari-Doctors in Kenia, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Umra Omar featured on CNN

CNN logoGroup braves danger delivering health care to rural Kenya, February 2017

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“The eastern coast of Kenya is riddled with danger. Once a sought-after tourist destination, today people are being warned to stay away because of threats by Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab. Others are fleeing the area for good. But Umra Omar keeps going back. In the remote area of islands near the Kenyan-Somali border, the Lamu Archipelago, aid groups have stopped working and infrastructures are crumbling. 

Read the article, Group braves danger delivering health care to rural Kenya, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Umra Omar featured on Better Worldians

Safari Doctors , February 2017

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““From those to whom much has been given, much is expected.” That’s the motto of Safari Doctors founder, Umra Omar, our guest this week on BetterWorldians Radio. Omar will talk about how she left behind a career in Washington, D.C. to return to her homeland of Kenya to provide medical care to those who otherwise wouldn’t receive it.

Listen to the Podcast, Safari Doctors, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Murthy Kantimahanti featured in The Times of India

The Times of IndiaSave the Snakes: Conservation initiative to protect snakes in Eastern Ghats, January 2017

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VISAKHAPATNAM: With the idea to conserve snake fauna in the Eastern Ghats, the organisation ‘Save the Snakes’ has commenced a unique initiative under Pollination Project. The initiative aims to improve the livelihoods of people who live in areas with high incidence of conflict with snakes and educate the locals to minimise rampant killing of the reptiles of Eastern Ghats.

Read the whole article, Save the Snakes: Conservation initiative to protect snakes in Eastern Ghats, here.

Learn more about Murthy Kantimahanti’s project here.

Hannah Testa featured in Forsyth County News

Vickery Creek student works with Forsyth senator to create official plastic pollution awareness day, January 2017

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“A local middle schooler and environmental activist partnered with a Forsyth County state senator to have Feb. 15 proclaimed as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol. Hannah Testa, 14, of Cumming, spent the last few months working with Sen. Michael Williams, R-District 27, to raise awareness of the growing health crisis due to plastic pollution. An event commemorating the day will be held at the capitol from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 and is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide. 

Read the whole article, Vickery Creek student works with Forsyth senator to create official plastic pollution awareness day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Cianne Tima Jones featured in We News

‘Queen of Katwe’ More Than Entertainment for Ugandan Girls, January 2017

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“Recently we took a class trip to see the Disney film “Queen of Katwe.” For many Teen Voices readers this may seem like an ordinary thing, but for us it was remarkable.The day held so many firsts:
* The first trip to Kampala, which is 145 kilometers (90 miles) and is a city compared to the villages where we all live.
The first time going to a cinema.
* The first time using a toilet. All of us use a pit latrine at home and at school. These are essentially holes in the ground so the toilet was a whole new experience.
* The first time eating fried chicken with chips  and sweet popcorn.
* The first time seeing a tea plantation, a sugar plantation, the Mabira forest, Lake Victoria and the Nile river.”

Read the article, ‘Queen of Katwe’ More Than Entertainment for Ugandan Girls, here.

Learn more about Cianne Tima Jones’s project, Teen Voices Uganda!, here.

Ezeokoli Ogechukwu Chinenye featured in Woman, Nigeria

Woman logoAn Interview With Ogechukwu Ezeokoli – The Woman Helping Secondary School Students Start Their Own Businesses, January 2017

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Although, entrepreneurship is said to be a major solution to unemployment in Nigeria, the funds to start a business is a major obstacle to many people and this has given rise to different forms of social vices in the country. In view of this, Ogechukwu Ezeokoli decided to start a foundation that is committed to promoting the interest of young people in discovering and maximizing their potentials.

Read the whole article, An Interview With Ogechukwu Ezeokoli – The Woman Helping Secondary School Students Start Their Own Businesses, here.

Learn more about Ezeokoli Ogechukwu Chinenye’s project Teens Entreprenuership Club here.

Hannah Testa featured in The Forsyth Herald

Local middle school student creates Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, January 2017

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“Vickery Creek Middle School eighth-grader, Hannah Testa, is your average teenager for the most part. Except, when she’s not at school, playing soccer or hanging out with friends, she’s changing the world, one cause at a time. At age 10, she began raising money for a horse farm in Cumming. The event was so huge it gained national media attention. From there, she was hooked on helping others. Since then, the 14-year-old has fought for issues affecting various animals and the environment. Up next, she will travel to the state Capitol Feb. 15 to join State Senator Michael Williams while the Senate passes a resolution declaring the day Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in Georgia.”

Read the whole article, Local middle school student creates Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Ietef Vita featured on Rachael Ray Show

Hip Hop About Gardening?! Yep! Meet the Most Organic DJ Ever, January 2017

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“Want to get kids to learn about gardening and healthy eating in a fun way? DJ Cavem Moetavation is a man of many talents — he’s a rapper, emcee, and (wait for it)… organic gardener! He travels all over the country to teach kids about health through hip hop, and even has his own documentary From Gangs to Gardens, which you can watch a clip of above. His organization “Going Green, Living Bling” teaches youngsters how to grow their own food, prepare it, cook it, and even sell it! Today, he’s making a juice made with apples, beets, kale, ginger and cilantro!”

Watch the video, Hip Hop About Gardening?! Yep! Meet the Most Organic DJ Ever here.

Learn more about Iete Vita/DJ Cavem’s project, The Breakground: Food As Medicine, here.

Hannah Testa featured in The NorthFulton Herald

Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is on its way, January 2017

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“Forsyth County’s own eco-activist and one of the leading young environmental leaders in the South, Hannah Testa, is spearheading a major event with Senator Michael Williams. This event, called Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, will include a resolution being read and passed by the Senate, along with informative exhibits and guest speaker presentations from leaders in the industry at the State Capitol Building.

Read the whole article, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is on its way, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Samantha Ngcolomba featured in Al Jazeera.com

Lady Liberty brings legal options to South Africa women, January 2017

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“It’s still early, but scores of women are already steadily filing into the Pimville Community Hall in Soweto, Johannesburg. The women fill out their details with the welcoming volunteers at the front desk, take a seat facing the stage and wait patiently. When most of the seats are filled, Samantha Ngcolomba, a lean and energetic 33-year-old lawyer dressed in a buttoned-up white shirt and dark jeans, greets the women warmly, flitting between Sesotho, Xhosa and English. She skims over the order of proceedings for the morning and then leads a short prayer and gospel hymn. The women harmonise effortlessly. Some of them bounce small children or grandchildren gently on their laps as they sing.”

Read the article, Lady Liberty brings legal options to South Africa women, here.

Learn more about Samantha Ngcolomba’s project, Lady Liberty, here.

Maria Maneos featured in The Times Herald

‘Brush With the Law’ mural unveiled at Norristown police station, January 2017

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“A new mural depicting Norristown police officers serving the community was unveiled in the roll call room at the police station in a special ceremony held Thursday afternoon. The brightly colored mural, which features a cityscape, a squad car and a K-9 in the foreground surrounded by scenes of officers interacting with children, is the result of a collaborative effort between the police department and Brush With the Law, a nonprofit, arts-based offender re-entry program headed by Maria Maneos.”

Read the whole article,‘Brush With the Law’ mural unveiled at Norristown police station, here.

Learn more about Maria Maneos’ project, Brush With The Law, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in OC Weekly

Orange County’s First Needle Exchange Tries to Bring Hope to a Wretched Situation, January 2017

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Tanner (not his real name) sat in the stairwell connecting the first and second floors of a parking structure near the Santa Ana Civic Center on a recent, cold Saturday afternoon. His rib cage was visible through a snug, faded red T-shirt; his long, dark hair exaggerated the thirtysomething’s jolty mannerisms. Snapping out of a trance, he glanced around, then grabbed something from a white paper bag between his legs.”

Read the whole article, Orange County’s First Needle Exchange Tries to Bring Hope to a Wretched Situation, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project, The Solace Foundation Of Orange County, here.

Umra Omar featured in Daily Nation, Kenya

Taking affordable medical care where few dare to go, January 2017

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“It is 7:30 am. The tide is low and the small town of Lamu is just waking up as we prepare to leave for Kiangwe Village. “This is the best time to leave so that we can come back before the tide gets stronger,” nurse Harrison Kalu tells one of his team members as he carefully places a box containing a variety of drugs into the speedboat. The four-member team takes their position in the boat and the coxswain starts the engine. Although the ocean is still calm, some water still splashes into the boat.

Read the article, Taking affordable medical care where few dare to go, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Nicole Cardoza featured in Forbes

Nicole Cardoza on Forbes Lists 30 Under 30 – Education (2017), January 2017

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“On the cutting edge of placing yoga programs in public schools. Training and curriculum is provided free to teachers at Title I schools; to date 20,000 students in 800 classrooms in 39 states have benefited. Cardoza, a Camelback Fellow, is focused on using yoga as a mindfulness tool for social-emotional learning issues many low-income kids face.”

Read the whole article, Nicole Cardoza on Forbes Lists 30 Under 30 – Education (2017) here.

Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s project, Yoga Foster, here.

Melody Moore in the National Geographic

A Challenge for Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’, January 2017

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“Alexandra lives in a peaceful, leafy subdivision in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with her parents, a brother, a sister, and at the moment, five dogs—her family rescues dogs. Alexandra, who is 22 years old, rescues people.
In high school she was president of the teen board of a suicide hotline. Before that, she and friends had founded a blog on Tumblr for suicidal adolescents. She gave out her cell phone number and counseled people who called, tracking down their Facebook friends and even calling the police.”

Read the whole article, A Challenge for Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’ here.

Learn more about Melody Moore’s project, The Embodied Love Movement, here.

Samuel Rigu featured in The National Geographic

Could Climate Change Build Big Business in Kenya?, December 2016

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“When Sam Rigu was a kid, growing up on a maize farm in central Kenya, his grandmother made a disturbing prediction.
“She said something I’ll never forget,” he recalls. “She said, ‘Twenty years ago we were harvesting double this. Twenty years from now we might have nothing to feed our children.’ That really scared me.” It wasn’t until many years later, when Rigu first learned about climate change as a university student, that he realized just how right she was. After college, Rigu began managing his own maize farm, and saw firsthand the toll that rising temperatures and unpredictable rain had on his corn. He sought solutions, but he was never much of a green thumb: His dream was to help farmers with the business side of farming. One day, on a shopping trip to the rice-trading hub of Mwea, he saw his opportunity.
 

Read the article, Could Climate Change Build Big Business in Kenya?, here.

Learn more about Samuel Rigu’s project, Safi Organics, here.