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Martha Pskowski

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1 November 2018

Talea de Castro, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Indigenous communities in rural Mexico have typically faced challenges accessing internet and cell phone service. This is changing thanks to TIC, a nonprofit cell service provider. Lower costs, local community managem...

Governing

David Kidd

1 November 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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As Baltimore's population has rapidly declined in the past few decades, outmigrants have left a trail of over 16,000 vacant homes. After decades of underwhelming initiatives, the city thinks it might have found a part...

The New York Times

Benedict Carey

31 October 2018

France

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People with severe spinal injuries have gained some movement after having a small device implanted that sends signals to muscles that mimic communication from the brain. While further research is needed, improved capa...

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Eillie Anzilotti

31 October 2018

California, United States

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Despite a lack of support from the current White House administration to move forward with climate conscious decision making, organizations and local governments across the world are mobilizing to enact change. From s...

The New York Times

Maggie Astor

30 October 2018

Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States

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After a Republican led state law that bans people without an address from voting took effect, Native American tribes in North Dakota began organizing to get out the vote. They even began creating their own addresses. ...

Los Angeles Times

Amy Kaufman

29 October 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Created by three actors who are sexual assault survivors, Voices In Action is a secure and private system to report abuse. Those that report abuse can be connected to legal representation through the site as well as r...

The New York Times

Joseph Goldstein

28 October 2018

Arua, Uganda

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In Uganda, refugees are given enough land to become self-sufficient and have the right to free movement. The country's open border policy, in stark opposition to many other countries that are seeking to limit their re...

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Peta Doherty

27 October 2018

New South Wales, Australia

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A New South Wales nursing home is running a childcare facility from its dementia wing. Patients show fewer symptoms and enjoy the children's presence. Evidence shows that intergenerational care for young children can ...

Washington Post

Karla Adam

27 October 2018

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow used to be known as the murder capital of Europe. But police began tackling crime as a public health issue and partnered with doctors, social workers and educators, while also increasing stops and searches of ...

Washington Post

Joshua Partlow

26 October 2018

Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico

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14,000 sandwiches and $8,000 worth of one day’s food, that’s how much Mexicans who live in small towns were willing to spend to help Hondurans on the migrant caravan. “We’re supporting them 100 percent.”

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Roberto Torres

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26 October 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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As Philadelphia struggles to make a dent on its high poverty rate, it can look to solutions in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One key is putting many support providers under one roof: the New Mexico Workforce Connection is...

Appleton Post-Crescent

Jen Zettel

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25 October 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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The murder of a woman in Wisconsin highlights a lethality assessment tool for law enforcement to use that’s designed to help domestic victims and authorities understand how much danger victims might be in and help pol...

Public Radio International

Marnette Federis

25 October 2018

Swan Island, Oregon, United States

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Inclusive training programs help immigrants fill the demand for middle-skill workers. Programs, such as a maritime welding course in Oregon, allow immigrants to learn new skills, gain certifications, and access career...

Bright Magazine

Hassan Ghedi Santur

25 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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After volunteering for the special olympics, Maria Omare decided children with disabilities in Kenya needed a space where they would be treated with dignity, care, and respect. So she rented a one-room space, and call...

The Hechinger Report

Kaitlin Gillepsie

24 October 2018

Onalaska, Washington, United States

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Although only 16 percent of residents in Onalaska, Washington hold a bachelor's degree, all 43 seniors in the class of 2017 were accepted to college. Even as more students are college bound, in the past five years, th...

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Lewis Wallace

24 October 2018

Tennessee, United States

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After accompanying trans people to their doctors appointments, and answering their medical questions, Kale Edmindson founded Trans Buddy in 2013. “Transgender people can call a hotline and get a trained “buddy” to ans...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

24 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Since Ascend Charter Schools switched from the popular "No Excuses" model to a Responsive Classroom philosophy, test scores have steadily risen, suspension rates have dropped dramatically, and the racial achievement g...

NPR

Kirk Siegler

23 October 2018

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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The Grand Junction school district in Colorado is adopting Sources of Strength, a national program that empowers high school students to look out for each others' mental health. Organization around peer outreach is em...

Public Radio International

Louise Donovan

Hannah O'Neill

23 October 2018

Kenya

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In Kenya, and in other parts of Africa, widows are considered impure until a male has sex with them and cleanses them. If they don’t get cleansed they face social stigma. However, one widow, Roseline Orwa, refused, an...

Devex

Priti Salian

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23 October 2018

Kerala, India

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In the wake of serious flooding in Kerala, India, the state has started to incorporate lessons on disaster management and reconstruction into schools' syllabi. “It is way more cost effective to educate the kids now th...

The Guardian

Sandra Laville

23 October 2018

Isle of Man

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Over the last ten years, the Isle of Man has worked to implement regulations around plastic pollution, climate change and overfishing. From a locally owned beach clean-up charity to creating marine nature reserves, th...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

22 October 2018

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Community development groups are working closely with "middle neighborhoods" - areas "that aren't distressed today, but they may become so sooner than anyone expects." From Cleveland to Milwaukee to Chicago, CDCs are ...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

19 October 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Outdoor recreation offices, started and spread by Luis Benitez, are growing from Colorado to Puerto Rico to potentially even Panama. By focusing on spurring economic development and job growth, promoting health, and h...

Science Africa

Duncan Mboyah

19 October 2018

Kenya

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Green gram farming has lead to some promising results for communities in Eastern Kenya. Allowing for more crop diversity, this breakthrough has proved to be both a cash crop and a food crop, which provides economic st...

The Guardian

Anisa Sabiri

19 October 2018

Penjikent, Tajikistan

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In Tajikistan, a project created by international NGOs with local partners, and funded by the United Kingdom, provides counseling and skills training for families to reduce violence against women. The two regions that...

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