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The internet has had a huge impact on our world, not only from an entertainment perspective but as well for the industrial industry. Overall, it has globalized our world in a completely new way. With access to anyone anywhere at any time, possibilities have opened up that weren’t there before. Millions if not billions of jobs have been created because of it. And it’s so versatile, that even on a personal level we can enjoy the internet through social media, games and searching for our most burning questions on Google. And yet, while having internet can connect you to anywhere, there are still places and people that are not privileged enough to have access to it.

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

The Times of India newspaper reported that young villagers in Aurad Shahajani, a village in India, came up with a project named Digital Rural Connect. They created a free cyber cafe with dozens of computers to connect their village to the world. This youth led experiment, has not only connected this village to the world but also the surrounding villages. People are using the internet for online shopping, students are researching career options and farmers are looking online for commodity prices. Prashant Girbane, who was part of the project, said: “Today, there is a digital divide between urban and rural areas. Resident and non-resident villagers joined hands and the project came up as a crowdfunding effort.”

It may look like a small thing, but it is that kind of thinking and this kind of proactivity that gets results. These people saw something that could be valuable to their community and instead of complaining about how nobody is helping them, they decided to take things into their own hands and help themselves. In AIESEC we applaud such efforts and we admire such tenacity and resourcefulness. Young people are so often under-appreciated but it is stories like these that prove once again that no matter who you are, what your age is or where you’re from, if you set a goal for yourself and are passionate about it, you will achieve it!

In the future, make sure to always appreciate the things you have, don’t ever take them for granted. And yet, if you feel like you want something, go for it. Get inspired by the smart people in Aurad Shahajani and the thousands of other stories.

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