manicurist-builds-school.jpg When Washington manicurist Lidia Schaefer returned to her native village in Ethiopia, she was troubled by what she saw: children walking three hours each way to attend classes held not in a school, but under a tree.

After learning in 1998 that one of the girls she’d met — Medhine — had been attacked and killed by a hyena after falling behind other children during the long trek home from school, Schaefer knew she had to act.

She began setting aside a third of her salary and all of her tips, and later sold her house and car, to raise enough money to build a school for the village.

Read the story from CNN Heroes, or watch the video below…


  1. What an inspiring story!:-) Tonight my mom and I went through the drive-thru, and the car in front of us paid for our meal!!:-) Definitely good news, and I hope to pay it forward soon- have a great night everyone, and please say a prayer/think good thoughts for those awesome people and for all my family and friends and boyfriend Brad, who are all awesome and supportive- I totally believe in prayer and good karma- I wll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers as well!:-)

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