The Incredible Story of How Ninja and his Twitch Community Helped Save Orphanage in Africa From Closure - Dexerto

The Incredible Story of How Ninja and his Twitch Community Helped Save Orphanage in Africa From Closure

Published: 30/May/2018 16:21 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:01

by Calum Patterson


If you have been on the internet in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Ninja – the former esports professional turned ‘Fortnite’ streamer who has become one of the most recognized names in gaming.

Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, played Halo competitively for many years alongside his live stream on Twitch, but recently retired to turn his attention fully on streaming, and parallel to the meteoric rise in Fortnite, he has become the undisputed number one streamer.

With that growth comes money, that is no secret, but what you may have heard less about is his charitable work.

To name but a few, Ninja has in the past done charity streams to raise money for Suicide Awareness, children’s research hospital St. Jude’s, and most recently his merchandise which donates the profits also to St. Jude’s.

But this latest charity story with Ninja may be the most impactful yet, after he helped raise the money necessary to protect an orphanage in Tanzania from closure.

Pairing up with charity Global Empathy Now, a charity which focuses on orphaned children in the country and runs an orphanage in Tanzania, Ninja raised the money necessary to build a secure perimeter around the premises.

The construction of this wall prevented the orphanage from being closed down, and the children being forced back out into dangerous circumstances.

We spoke to Joe Fries, a friend of Ninja through the Halo esports community, who got him on board with the project. He explained that Ninja raised the money needed in less than six hours on his charity live stream.

“I was told if this wall wasn’t built the orphanage would be closed and the kids would be put back on the streets.

Thankfully Tyler raised the money in less than 6 hours and saved the kids.”

The reach Ninja has amassed – and of course the generosity of his Twitch followers – made a massively positive impact on this community and the charity’s work.

Global Empathy NowA special plaque was created thanking Ninja, his community, and Joe. Image: Global Empathy Now/@Joe_Fries

The director of the orphanage also sent a video message to thank Ninja for his contribution.

“These children are very happy, for you have built a very good wall around their orphanage.

They are now safe. They are not afraid of drugs, snakes – even thieves.

I, the director of this orphanage, am sincerely thankful to you, on behalf of these children.” 

Global Empathy NowThe completed wall, painted with a message thanking Ninja and his community. Image: Global Empathy Now/@Joe_Fries

Global Empathy Now do brilliant work with the orphans, but need continued financial support if they are to accomplish their mission.

We aim to serve the underprivileged, raise awareness, and develop self-sustainability in a global framework.

We are advocates for empathy paired with action. This means we work to be cooperative listeners and committed givers, aiming to understand and involve those in need.

We do not take fees for our work. We apply donations directly toward the project at hand.

You can find out more information and support the charity and its projects on their official website.


TikTok star Zoe Laverne under fire for allegedly kissing underage fan

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal


TikTok star Zoe LaVerne is facing massive backlash after multiple videos surfaced of her allegedly kissing an underage fan. This comes days after leaked Instagram conversations from her ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt raised concerns of “very intense” interactions with an underage influencer.

A video on the ‘Def Noodles’ account featured a short clip showing the two. It was apparently only a short form of a much longer video showing more instances of the same behavior.

According to Def Noodles, LaVerne previously denied allegations of having a relationship with an underage person. This was in direct response to the allegations brought by Orlove’s hacked messages.

The video comes at a sensitive time for LaVerne, who was already getting heat for Orlove’s Instagram messages with VanPelt.

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Zoe LaVerne once again removed herself from Instagram after the latest allegations.

In them, Orlove’s leaked exchange shows that he “left (LaVerne) because of her interactions with Connor. They got very intense and it’s something I do not stand by whatsoever. It’s p**dophillia.”

Another message, this time from Orlove to LaVerne, shows he cut communication from her. “My lawyers will handle the rest,” he said in reference to the “toxic” breakup between the two TikTok personalities.

LaVerne, who deleted her Instagram in mid-September in response to a separate lip-syncing debacle, once again removed herself from the Facebook-owned social platform.

In a private fandom account known to be run by LaVerne, she gave a message to her fans for her renewed hiatus from Instagram after the videos came out.

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An Instagram message from a fan-account known to be run by LaVerne.

“Thank you for everything, really,” the account called ‘zlpfandom0.2’ wrote. “But for right now I don’t think I’ll be back on soial media again. I (still) have a lot to think about. I reall don’t wanna leave you guys but I’m tired of feeling this way. I’m tired of crying and hurting. It’s nothing but negativity to me anymore. I love you so much.”

LaVerne has over 17 million followers on TikTok and nearly 450,000 subscribers on YouTube. She’s been featured in TikToks and videos with other online celebrities ranging from Terin Sottile and ex-boyfriend Zephan Clark.

If the move offline is permanent, it’s not known if LaVerne will publicly respond to the latest videos that are surfacing.