ESU Alumnus David Good to Appear On CBS Sunday Morning on May 11, 2014

Posted by: jrivera on May 8, 2014, 4 Comments

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania graduate David Good will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 11, to discuss his creation of, “The Good Project,” which was inspired by his trip to the Amazon Rain Forest where he reunited with his mother after having not seen her for 20 years. Pictured here are Good and his mother, Yarima, who are members of the Yanomamo tribe.

David Good, who graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with his degree in biology, will be featured on the CBS Sunday Morning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 11, 2014, to discuss his journey that reunited him with his family in the Amazon. The story will include segments of David’s interview with CBS news correspondent Steve Hartman.

Good is the president and founder of, “The Good Project,” a nonprofit humanitarian endeavor which serves as a trustworthy bridge between remote indigenous groups and the influences of increasing contact from outsiders. The organization collaborates with existing, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social programs and local government bodies, to provide social services such as humanitarian aid, health care assistance, and access to fair-trade initiatives.

Good’s inspiration came from his roots and his relationship with his mother. Good and his mother Yarima are members of the Yanomamo tribe residing in the Amazonas territory of southeastern Venezuela. This tribe has been syndicated internationally and has been the subject of much research among social scientists over the past half-century as it was considered to be one of the remaining groups still living in a society with relatively minimal or no contact with the outside world.

Good, who is of American and Yanomami descent, was born in New Jersey. Good’s father, Dr. Kenneth Good, an anthropologist, met his wife Yarima while living and working with the Yanomamo tribe for 12 years.

Yarima lived in the United States for six years, but her desire to return to the Yanomamo culture was strong, and she decided to return to Venezuela. Her son David was 5 years old at the time she left. David did not see her again until July 2011, when he was 25 years old.

David’s reconnection with his mother in 2011 began an adventure that would not only reconnect him with his indigenous roots, but would also inspire him to create an organization that addresses the challenges and opportunities of indigenous groups around the world. He returned to Venezuela in 2013 and continues to rekindle his relationship with his mother.



4 Responses to “ESU Alumnus David Good to Appear On CBS Sunday Morning on May 11, 2014”


Huey Campbell

Posted May 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I say the TV segment. It was great!

I love you!

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ria carraro

Posted May 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

david, i watched your segment on cbs sunday morning show and i am proud to say that i knew you. i was your 3rd grade math teacher and i also had your sister in my 3rd grade class a couple of years later.
i am so glad that you reconnected with your mother and are experiencing your roots and heritage.
good luck to you…your face has not changed…you have only grown taller.
mrs. carraro
flocktown road school
long valley

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Gayle Mellegard

Posted May 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I heard your story this morning on cbs radio. I would like to contact you about your comment re “the yanomami not knowing loneliness and anxiety.” I lived in Brazil for five years while growing up and even met a few yanomami (i think) when the linguists at the missionary school i attended in cuiaba flew them in for a project. I feel American life is fraught with loneliness and anxiety. Even my 22 yr old daughter studying in NYC feels it intensely. We both are considering next steps in our lives and crave a close community where we “can live without loneliness and anxiety” as well as stay connected to family and friends. Lets collaborate and share ideas…

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jon woll

Posted May 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

What a touching, and inspiring, story, which raises the question of the absence of humanity in the modern world. Yakima’s unique position as a member of the Yamato, who chose to seek the modern world and later reject that world to return to her roots should make us all reflect on the world we have created for ourselves and our place in it. No bond in nature is stronger than that between mother and child, and there is no doubt hers was a very difficult decision. But after viewing the program, I cannot help but believe she made the right one. I wish the Yamato will survive, but I fear for their future under the relentless and unsympathetic steamroller of modern day technology we ironically refer to as ‘progress’.

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