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The New York Times

Amy Yee

24 July 2013

Dhaka, Bengal, Bangladesh

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In a country of limited resources — and perhaps for that very reason — preparing for natural disasters is top of the agenda in Bangladesh. Various grassroots, collaborative programs have been put in place over the yea...

USA Today

Laura Baverman

21 July 2013

Antigua, Guatemala

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Development work is evolving beyond short-term mission trips and one-off donations into a more comprehensive, in-depth model that addresses long-term sustainability of a solution paired with empowerment of those being...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

30 June 2013

Bangladesh

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In rural Bangladesh, the effects of climate change are felt acutely: For one, flooding prevents students from regularly attending school. A nonprofit started in the early 2000s has successfully overcome this seemingly...

The New York Times

Denise Grady

5 June 2013

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In Democratic Republic of Congo, rape has become a routine weapon of war - but the country has little or no treatment for those with mental health issues resulting from sexual assault. A method of group therapy design...

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

31 May 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's progress in lowering the dropout rate is in part because of a network of charter schools around the city that provide small, alternative programs that specialize in serving students who have dropped out or a...

Sojourners

Catherine Woodiwiss

28 May 2013

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Clergy abuse in the Catholic church has been rampant and was often swept under the rug. Until Barrett Doyle and others started 'Bishop Accountability' to keep a record of clergy abuse, and a support group and blog hav...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

14 May 2013

Paris, France

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The impoverished communities in Paris had high unemployment for adults and youth. The French government has offered financial incentives to hire people from the banlieues. Talents de Cités, a governmental program, off...

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

11 May 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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Maps, art exhibitions, and online documents, are all methods in which women, activists, and students are fighting against sexual harassment on university campuses in the middle east. “It’s actually being broached as a...

The Lancet

Amy Yee

27 April 2013

Mumbai, India

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In India “more than 75 000 cases of cruelty by husbands or relatives against women were registered in 2009.” There are no general, medical guidelines for doctors to follow when examining victims of sexual assault. An ...

Forth Worth Weekly

Lily Casura

3 April 2013

Forth Worth, Texas, United States

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Too often do veterans come back from fighting overseas to find little to no help in reacclimatizing to life at home. Programs in Tarrant County, Texas bring together a wide range of programs (housing placement, mental...

Al-Fanar Media

Daria Solovieva

2 April 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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In order to bridge the gap between women and men in the workforce, a number of programs in the middle east are offering job mentorship and training to women. “A mentoring program is a big help for women,” Allam says, ...

Mother Jones

Erika Eichelberger

21 March 2013

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Female sex workers in the United States face greater incidents of rape, drug abuse, health risks, and suicide, contributing to a high mortality rate. Incarcerating the number of prostitutes is also costly. Dallas Poli...

POZ Magazine

Benjamin Ryan

21 February 2013

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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People with HIV/AIDS don't always know where to go for help or don't feel empowered to return when psychiatrists or doctors seem unwelcoming. Organizations throughout Washington, D.C. are working against perception by...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 January 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Neighborhood Trust is a New York-based nonprofit offering financial advice to individuals experiencing economic hardships. Providing hands-on coaching, counselors are able to inform their clients about financial optio...

The New York Times

Sarah Amandolare

4 January 2013

Port Au Prince, Haiti

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By looking at the ways plants and animals adapt to their environment, architects are using “the emerging science of biomimicry” to make buildings more resilient. For instance, an orphanage in Haiti was built to store ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 September 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Post-traumatic stress has dire consequences for U.S. veterans, including an increase in suicide, and not all therapeutic treatments for the disorder have succeeded. To treat and potentially cure the effects of PTSD, t...

This American Life

Ira Glass

14 September 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerg...

The Guardian

Cathy Watson

11 June 2012

Kaffrine, Senegal

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Allowing trees and crops to coexist boosts the resiliency of agricultural land. In Senegal, farmers engaged in Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) prune coppiced trees to help the stumps regrow. The practice is...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 March 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. Th...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

19 December 2011

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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In Glasgow, gang violence was rampant and affected the youth of the community. Then a new initiative was started: VRU's Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). This initiative focused on providing support to t...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 December 2011

Guinea

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“For many tiny, endangered languages, digital technology has become a lifeline.” Phones, the web, software systems, these are all technologies being employed to keep heritage languages alive.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

16 November 2011

Sharbaga, Punjab, Pakistan

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Thanks to a partnership between the United Nations Development Program and the government of Punjab, the state is seeing a reduction in poverty and a regeneration of agriculture. Since implementation, farmers incomes ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For first-time youth criminal offenders, the traditional American jury falls short in encouraging behavioral change and may even set the juvenile on a course for repeated crimes. Washington, DC’s Youth Court is a jury...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with ad...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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A group in New York called Friends of the Children identifies high risk kids in the city and mentors them for 12 years helping them become emotionally stable and capable adults.

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