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Papua New Guinea's Meri Seif Bus Program Provides Safe Transport to Women and Girls

Stanford Social Innovation Review

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A public transportation system just for women has been developed in New Guinea in response to the extreme harassment that women face. Launched in 2014, the program called "Meri Seif (“Woman Safe”) now serves 170,000 female riders annually and has more than 10 buses. The program is still growing, ...

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Art Helps Returning Citizens ‘Cross the Threshold'

Next City

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Performance art provides a healing outlet for formerly incarcerated individuals. In New York City, the Ritual4Return program encourages participants to express the transition in their lives through art. Using an artistic expression helps individuals cope with the experience of incarceration and e...

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Why this farmer moves his cows every day

BBC

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Pastures are able to replenish when livestock can move around. By permitting cattle to travel between pastures for feeding, Will Harris’ ranching technique allows the soil to retain more carbon. The carbon captured by the healthier soil also helps to offset the emissions caused by livestock produ...

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Meet The Womanikin, The Breasted Vest Working To Close The CPR Gender Gap

NPR

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For a variety of reasons, women are less likely than men to receive CPR by a stranger, but an attachment for CPR dummies that gives the maniken silicone breasts is helping to break barriers. This phenomenon is seen worldwide, so this Womanikin training tool is being piloted in several countries w...

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Denmark Raises Antibiotic-Free Pigs. Why Can't the U.S.?

The New York Times

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In the United States, the use of antibiotics in livestock operations has become relatively standard, but a practice in Denmark is proving that antibiotics aren't necessarily crucial to the process. Although not all buy into this practice, one veterinarian has stated that “by changing the way farm...

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Tunisia launches a state-sponsored sex-education program, a rarity in the Arab world

Washington Post

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Tunisia is rolling out a biological and religious-based sex education program in elementary and middle schools. It is the first state-sponsored curriculum of its kind in an Arab nation.

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This unique program is helping people who care for their loved ones with dementia and more

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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A Chicago-based program called Caring Together, Living Better is aiming to increase support to family members acting as caregivers for the elderly in their lives by providing resources directly in their churches. Focused primarily on minority communities, this creative collaboration uses trained ...

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How one Ontario hospital persuades loved ones of nearly all suitable deceased donors to donate patients' organs

The Globe and Mail

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In recent years, there has been a decrease in Canadian organ donors but a comprehensive effort by an Ontario hospital is changing that narrative. From increased specialized training for nurses to adding a donation coordinator to morning rounds, Sudbury’s Health Sciences North has become a model f...

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Columbia will give full scholarships to refugees and other displaced students

Washington Post

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Columbia University will provide full scholarships to 30 refugees or other displaced students to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies.

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How Schools Can Sustain Students' Cultures

Yes! Magazine

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At Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, "culturally sustaining pedagogy" is on full display. The practice aims to improve the school experience for historically marginalized populations through changes to curricula and the creation of groups like Black Girl Magic that give students space to talk...

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Small Farms and Community Markets Create Space for Revitalization

Indiana Environmental Reporter

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Small farmers in Indiana are working together to "manage the spaces they share, and to use those resources to improve their community by growing healthy food, and distributing that food to the people around them." Although the efforts started with a retiree population, young adults are now joinin...

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Planning to Donate? Know What Your Dollar Buys

The New York Times

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Evaluating evidence of an organization’s impact informs charitable giving. Ratings organizations like ImpactMatters and Charity Navigator provide transparency to donors by reporting on the effectiveness of charities and social programs. The organizations make comparisons by analyzing the tax form...

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