How One Man Is Trying to Teach A Whole Country With An App

This week we explore how a former refugee, Ismail Ahmed, developed an app that is addressing the critical issue of illiteracy in Somaliland. The app, called Daariz, provides free and engaging educational content to teach reading and writing skills to individuals who lack access to quality education. By utilizing technology that works offline, Daariz reaches those in remote areas where traditional schooling is not available. Through the story of Hodan Artan, a single mother who learns to read using Daariz, we see how this innovative solution empowers individuals, improves their future prospects, and fosters positive change in their communities.

Rodney Smith Jr. Puts the “Care” in Lawn Care

Today’s lesson is about Rodney Smith Jr., a man who has dedicated his life to helping others through his nonprofit, “Raising Men and Women Lawn Care Service.” Despite facing challenges as an immigrant from Jamaica, being raised by a single mother, and his own teachers telling him that he would amount to nothing because of his learning disability, Smith has turned his life into an inspiring example of selflessness and kindness. Through his initiative, Smith provides free lawn care to the elderly, single parents, and veterans and is inspiring young men and women across America to rise to the challenge and mow lawns for free in their own communities.

Bridging the Gap: Police Officer Leads with Love, Empathy and Respect

As a young man, Ryan Tillman experienced unfair policing and stereotyping. But instead of just complaining and not doing anything about it, Tillman decided to become a police officer to improve the relationship between his community and the police. His story gives us hope that healing and positive change is possible between communities and the men and women who protect and serve them. 

And the Winner is Ke Huy Quan, a Historic Comeback Story at the Oscars

Each year, The Academy Awards presents its famous golden statue, the “Oscar,” to honor the best films, actors, directors, screenwriters and other aspects of filmmaking. This year’s awards are historic because for the first time Asian Americans received the Oscar for best actress and  best supporting actor. After 40 years of a mostly failed acting career, Ke Huy Quon won best supporting actor in “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once”. Quan’s comeback not only made Hollywood history, but also serves as an inspiration to all of us in being patient, rising above unfortunate circumstances, and never giving up on our dreams. 

Faith, Fight, Finish: Dakota Prescott Finds Strength Through His Own Adversity to Advocate and Care for Others

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s good to look to the past for inspiration as well as to those living today who serve to inspire us through their accomplishments and most importantly through their work with helping others. The Walter Payton Man of the Year award is a great opportunity to do this as it is awarded each year to an NFL player who like Walter Payton, the famed running back of the Chicago Bears, excels athletically and in service to others. This year’s recipient is Dakota Prescott. Prescott is the Dallas Cowboys famous quarterback who has overcome significant personal obstacles, and is using what he learned and experienced from his family’s tragedy to help others similarly in need.

From Poverty to Empowerment: Teaching Tech on Recycled Computers in Kenya

Nelly Cheboi (Che-Voy) grew up in extreme poverty in Kenya, a country in Africa. Despite the challenges she had growing up, Nelly was able to attend college in America where she embraced her education and developed a passion for computers. Cheboi decided that instead of using the skills she learned only for herself, she would also use them to help the people from her hometown in Kenya.