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Africans Take to Social Media to Combat Negative Cultural Stereotypes

#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou is giving people across the continent a way to share their uplifting stories and images.

Open a paper, turn to the International section, and look under ‘Africa.’ Chances are, you’re highly likely to find images of war, starvation, hunger, or disease. That’s why a group of young Africans on Twitter, organized under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou, got together and started sharing powerful and positive images of their continent. From large stadiums to contemporary architecture to high fashion, the campaign has already earned tens of thousands of tweets, and is adding more by the second.

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GOOD Maker Winner: Somali-American Grads Are Giving Hope to Somalia’s Most Vulnerable

The Mercy to Mankind Foundation supports 200 Somalis age three to 13 living in the Baraka and Umul-Qura orphanages.

In 2009, as Somalia’s worsening famine displaced thousands of people, a coalition of Somali-American college students pledged to take action. What the group initially lacked in resources, they made up for in passion and ingenuity, and soon the Washington, D.C.-based Mercy to Mankind Foundation was formed to serve orphaned children in East Africa.

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