Around the globe pt.1

From one corner to the next, acts of kindness are positively spreading across the world. This post includes news from Africa and Asia.

Greetings from Africa

Kenya

A Nairobi-based company called Gjenge makers is creating eco-friendly bricks out of plastic waste. In 2017, new laws were implemented in Kenya to help limit the manufacturing and import of plastic bags. Four Kenyan engineers saw an opportunity and decided to found Gjenge makers. They recycle plastic bottle tops and cooking oil containers and melt them down to form the bricks. They can produce up to 1,500 bricks a day with schools as well as homeowners as clients.

Morocco

A perhaps unknown, but large contributor to the Moroccan economy, is the region Oualidia, famous for the lagoon where their famous oysters are farmed. It is called the oyster capital of Morocco, and each year 40 tons of oysters are exported, and 60 tons kept for the Moroccan market. The freshwater, fertile soil and abundant minerals of the lagoon are what give the oysters their special colour and taste.

Senegal

Pigeon racing is a sport which is becoming more and more popular with a bright-looking future ahead. The pigeons are trained as well as crossbred to make sure that they are better suited to fly in the warm weather. The sport was created in Europe but imported to the African continent through the internet. In Senegal, there are approximately 350 pigeon racing enthusiasts today, and the number is growing. It is not a sport for just anyone as one pigeon can cost as much as 800 USD, but the thrill might just be worth it.

Nigeria

A new railway in Nigeria, between the two cities Lagos-Ibadan, is now completed. It is a double-track standard gauge rail and is the first of its kind in West Africa. The fast train cuts travel time by two hours making a one-way journey only 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Hopefully, the new expressway will help improve the everyday life of many Nigerians.

Greetings from Asia

Philippines

In the central Philippines, a group of women have formed a group to help combat poaching and illegal fishing. Communities in the central Philippines are dependent on the abundance of fish that the seas offer and illegal fishing weakens the ecosystem. One woman, named Evelyn Malicay, was even shot by an illegal fisher when she was on patrol. She is still determined to keep working against the criminals for her community.

Australia

Pygmy possums are the world's smallest possums that feed on nectar and in the process help pollinate plants. There are only 113 sightings ever recorded of the small animal. After the bush-fires hit large parts of Australia this year, scientists feared that there were none left. However, they have now been spotted in Tasmania, and hopefully, the species will adapt appropriately.

India

An Indian man and chef named Sohrab had worked at a Chinese restaurant for years when he finally decided that he wanted to start his own business. He opened a food stand in the slum area Dharavi, Mumbai, which also is his home. Sohrab's Chow Mein is a Chinese with Indian influences and is very popular among locals. "I came up with an idea to start my own street food business. This is my special dish. The customers love it." The food ties all of the different cultures in the area together and creates something really special for anyone visiting.

China/Nepal

Mount Everest in the Himalayan mountain range is the highest mountain in the world and was formed by collisions between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates 50-60 million years ago. Previously measured to be 8,844.43 m, new calculations prove it to be almost 4 meters higher than thought. The new measurements show that it reaches 8,848.86m above sea level.