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We all face adversity in life, and it's often said that the way one deals with these challenges is what truly defines a person. Colin Kaepernick is a good example of this: the pro quarterback has been sidelined now for three seasons, after controversy surrounding his decision to "take a knee" during the national anthem to protest police violence. But Kaepernick isn't letting the NFL slow him down–far from it.

Along with his Know Your Rights Camp Foundation, this past Sunday, Kap spent his 32nd birthday helping to feed the homeless in Oakland, CA. He and his group handed out backpacks filled with snacks, along with personal items like socks and soap. And this isn't the first time the foo...

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Though difficult for most of us to even imagine, it's a reality for tens of millions of impoverished kids around the world: living every day without shoes on your feet. In India, it's shockingly common to see shoeless infants and toddlers, an obvious health risk that can lead to infections like hookworm and even elephantiasis.

Shoes should never be a luxury, and two young athletes living in Mumbai have decided to do something about it. Their company Green Sole converts old shoes into new footwear, and distributes it to Indian schoolchildren. And they're not alone: an entire category of companies in India has sprung up around repurposing old materials into new products.

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Hospitality and restaurant workers have tough jobs. In fact, they experience higher rates of substance abuse, alcoholism and depression than almost any other field.

Patrick Mulvaney, head chef for a Sacramento restaurant, has seen his share of hard times in the industry. After a number of his friends in the culinary field passed away, he was further shaken by the death of food legend Anthony Bourdain. This experience inspired him to launch I Got Your Back, a new movement to care for the mental health of restaurant employees.

To learn more, read the feature story on the Good News Network.

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When Mohan Sudabattula was volunteering in the prosthetic department of a Utah hospital, he noticed that medical rehab equipment like crutches and wheelchairs tended to have a short life: that is, it was typically used by one person, then thrown away.

This experience became the impetus behind Project Embrace, Sudabattula's nonprofit organization. Today, the 23-year-old student and his team of volunteers scour the shelves of thrift stores and other sources, and receive personal donations from the community. They refurbish the gear, then send it to medical facilities around the world where it can be used again.

To hear more about this remarkable young world-changer, read the feature article.

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Each year, 313 million surgical procedures take place around the world. Unbelievably, only 6 percent take place in our poorest nations, and it's estimated that 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgery. The problem is especially dire on the continent of Africa, where people are routinely forced to do without medical services that are taken for granted elsewhere in the world.

Forty years ago, Don and Deyon Stephens decided to change that. They made a key observation: 50 percent of the world’s population lives within just 100 miles of the water. And with that realization, the idea for Mercy Ships was born.

Starting with one ship, the two retrofitted it to build ...

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Just before her seventh birthday, Jenny Shaw was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The doctors told her and her stricken parents that the tumor had metastasized to Jenny's liver, and would require chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Such a bleak diagnosis might be expected to devastate a child so young, but Jenny's reaction was very different. The first thing she wanted to do, remarkably, was help other kids in the same situation. Jenny's simple idea was to provide the comforts of home to those enduring long-term hospital stays. It might just be a blanket or a favorite toy, but these small items that we take for granted can make all the difference to a kid forced to stay away from home.

Jenny cre...

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When Joelle Eyeson and her organization Hive Earth set out to address housing problems in Ghana, their goal was to provide structures that were both eco-friendly and affordable. For instance, building with cement is especially bad for air quality in Ghana's hot climate, so they came up with an alternative: their "rammed earth" technique combines laterite, clay and granite chips for a cheaper, more sustainable material that eliminates 95% of the toxic cement.

This is just one of the innovations they are incorporating into their homes to make them not just more sustainable, but more livable as well. They've also come up with a ventilation method that utilizes a solar pump, an arrangement that c...

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Catherine Garcia Flowers came to Houston following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a violent storm in which she and her parents both lost their homes. She soon met Pastor Rudy Rasmus, who saw her vast energy and potential as she quickly went to work feeding Houston's hungry and less fortunate.

After Rasmus founded Bread of Life, a nonprofit serving Houston's homeless, they stayed in touch. And when Flowers was considering a move to Honduras years later, he talked her out of it. His reason: Rasmus needed her to take the reins of his growing organization. She agreed–and within just weeks, Hurricane Harvey struck Houston. Her decision was seemingly meant to be, as Flowers was perfectly position...

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Food access is a vexing problem, especially in the inner cities, and small business has a critical role to play in providing workable solutions. We've seen scores of hopeful innovations in this area, many aimed at redirecting the tons of food that are wasted in our cities every day.

Entrepreneur Mark Brand knows what it's like to be hungry; he was once homeless himself. And as a chef, he has a unique perspective on the matter: “I believe that food is the conduit to love and to show people that we really deeply care about them and their success. And that every time we do the opposite, it is the opposite. It’s disrespecting people,” he explains.

Brand and his company MBI have c...

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It has always been a peculiar trait of American culture: we love to tear down our heroes. It seems that by witnessing their foibles, we feel a commonality with our icons that would otherwise be denied.

This tendency can seem cruel at times, one of the more ugly concomitants of celebrity. Today, the media's favorite target has become none other than tech visionary Elon Musk. The man behind Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, the poster child of tech genius, has been having a rough year–to say the least. In a recent interview with the NY Times, the workaholic entrepreneur was painfully clear about the strain he is under, and at points his mental state seems dire.

As we've seen, the mediaspher...

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