2016 in Good Stories
There’s no debate that 2016 has been a trying year around the world. Idols and legends have died, a hateful man was elected as the president of one of the most powerful countries on earth and war is still raging all around the worlds. The November Gauteng floods wrecked Alex and led to the loss of many lives. But even in this frustrating climate, there were pockets of good news. Here are three feel-good stories that came out of 2016:
In late October, African Twitter users started using a picture of a little boy scribbling in an exercise book. The look on his face is intense, and in the meme that ensued, African Twitter was imagining what was going through his mind or what he was writing.
“O reke 2 coma 5 ya sukiri, boupi jwa mabele, le seshabo. ha go ka sala sengwe nyana ebe o nthekela di units” pic.twitter.com/YvMytOZVtA
— Shook Avery (@thekingkiid) October 25, 2016
JMPD: Khuluma phela ndoda
Me: Grootman yaz ngishiye iWallet endli…
— Hova weOkapi (@Hovalani) October 21, 2016
When the teacher asks you to write a list of noisemakers and someone you hate coughs…… pic.twitter.com/0XKdkZQxiQ
— Night King (@Omarvelli) October 23, 2016
Image of Jake Amo by Carlos Cortes
A few days following the popularity of his image, This is Africa informed the meme-loving public that the little boy’s name is Jake Amo from Asempanaye, Koforidua. Ghana. He’s four years old and a part of an art class called Homeland Ghana facilitate by Solomon Adufah, a U.S.-based Ghanaian arts teacher. Through an Instagram post shared by Adufah internet users learnt that Jake simply loves his crayons and other drawing supplies. Going off the popularity of the meme, Adufah started a crowdfunding drive to help raise money for the education of Jake and other children in the village. Donate to help Jake and the other children here.
Healing Africa’s Children
On December 2, 2016, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital had a formal launch. Above its impressive facilities: 10 theatres, 200 beds, 17 dialysis machines and more ICU beds to treat pediatric illnesses than all the hospitals in the province, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital also offers 27 rooms to house families whose children will be undergoing treatment to keep them together. The hospital is projected to be open and treating young patients in the first quarter of 2017. Also impressive is the hospital’s goal to treat patients both in the private and public healthcare system. Donate to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital here.
South Africa is in a situation where fees are a real barrier to accessing education. 15 Wits University students walked for 1, 000 kilometres to raise tuition and living funds for 10 disadvantaged students who wish to attend university and meet the StudyTrust national bursary fund’s requirements. Students from across the country can apply for funding. At the finish line, at NMMU in Port Elizabeth, the group had raised R7 Million. You can still donate to the #Feet4Fees campaign here.
What was your favourite feel-good story in 2016?