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Pioneers Post

Asad Pabani

26 May 2020

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Two organizations in Pakistan are working to tackle the country’s waste problem. Saaf Suthra Sheher in Islamabad set up partnerships with offices and schools to process their dry waste like plastics and glass. TrashIt...

NPR

Patrícia Monteiro

24 May 2020

Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rafael Duckur, an organic food producer in Brazil, started Pertim, a network of farmers working to help families in neighborhoods who can’t meet their basic needs. The group buys food lik...

Yes! Magazine

Stephanie Hiller

21 May 2020

California, United States

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To help small farmers stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, some organizations in California are aiding in their transition to community supported agriculture, or CSA, models that directly connect farmers to consu...

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Cinnamon Janzer

21 May 2020

Washington, United States

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More than a dozen states are participating in a SNAP program, allowing people experiencing economic hardship to purchase food online from retailers. While only certain online retailers allow for food stamp purchases a...

WBUR

Deborah Becker

21 May 2020

United States

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When the pandemic hit, substance abuse centers had to quickly adapt and determine how they would stay in touch with patients who may be more likely than ever to use. Around-the-clock phone lines, telehealth, and take-...

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Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

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Brianna Baker

19 May 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Meadows + More is a farm in New Jersey that specializes in edible wild plants and its owner, Tama Matsuoka Wong, seeks to educate people about the important role wild plants could play in future food systems if disast...

Route Fifty

Kate Elizabeth Queram

18 May 2020

Unity, New Hampshire, United States

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To help keep morale high and reduce the feeling of loneliness in senior centers during the coronavirus pandemic, pen-pal programs have taken shape throughout the United States. The idea started at a center in New Hamp...

VT Digger

Katie Jickling

17 May 2020

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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The move to telemedicine was made necessary due to the coronavirus outbreak, but in Vermont, many health clinics are planning to continue incorporating the practice even after the pandemic dissipates. Although there a...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

14 May 2020

Ahoskie, North Carolina, United States

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To better address the necessary adaptions made to the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic, such as utilizing telemedince to abide by social distancing regulations, health insurance companies in North Ca...

High Country News

Helen Santoro

14 May 2020

Enterprise, Oregon, United States

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A community health care clinic in Oregon’s Wallowa County has been able to offer mental health services to its clients during the coronavirus pandemic thanks in part to an already-established virtual practice. In plac...

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Emily Nonko

13 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a project called Fill the Walls With Hope has come together, pairing public art with hyper-local information. The initiative, which has collaborated with various local organizations, came together as ...

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Jared Brey

12 May 2020

United States

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Many U.S. cities have responded to Covid-19 related layoffs by using a portion of the CARES Act funds to create local rent assistance programs that keep renters in homes and landlords generating income. For example, D...

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Barry Yeoman

12 May 2020

Houma, Louisiana, United States

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The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw has long had a culture of cyclicality which is now coming in handy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Because they assume that hardship will come after periods o...

LAist

Matt Tinoco

7 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, a government-sanctioned camp has been developed for individuals experiencing housing insecurity. The camp, with around-the-clock security, offers residents water, meals, health care, and electrical out...

High Country News

Peter Rice

7 May 2020

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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To cope with the crush of people experiencing homelessness around the West, formalized encampments like Camp Hope provide local governments with a quick, affordable way to put people into safe, temporary housing where...

Grady Newsource

Anne Henley Walker

7 May 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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When restaurants and farmers markers shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hearts of Harvest Farm teamed up with the drive-thru restaurant Cafe Racer to sell their produce to people in the Athens/Atlanta area. They ...

The Guardian

Amelia Gentleman

7 May 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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Across England and Wales, over 5,000 individuals experiencing homelessness have found temporary accommodations in hotels. Paid for by the government as part of it’s COVID-19 relief efforts, hotels are working with soc...

Global Sisters Report

Chris Herlinger

7 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Hour Children is one of several programs throughout the U.S. that focuses on employing "God-given dignity" to help incarcerated mothers maintain relationships with their children and find sustainable futures after the...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

7 May 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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With stay-at-home orders in place for Coloradans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many hikers are encouraging people to participate in urban hiking. This growing movement asks people to “treat your neighborhood like a gr...

The Marshall Project

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Elaine McMillion Sheldon

6 May 2020

Wetumpka, Alabama, United States

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Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for women, once found to be one of the worst prisons for women in the country, has undergone major reforms to change its once-abusive culture. A key part of this has been a focus on pregnant ...

MIT Technology Review

Karen Hao

6 May 2020

China

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Online retailers in China launched rural live-streaming initiatives to aid farmers in selling their products directly to consumers. After traditional selling methods were halted due to the novel coronavirus, farmers n...

Invisible People

Ari Honarvar

5 May 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Hotel Vouchers 4 All was created as an emergency response to finding housing for San Diego residents experiencing homelessness. Funded by donations, the initiative has partnered with a loca...

83 Degrees Media

Curtis Ross

5 May 2020

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Tampa Bay Area performing artists are finding ways to adapt their practices to abide by the social distancing guidelines brought on by COVID-19. Creatives are learning how to stream their performances online, discover...

BBC

Maddy Savage

4 May 2020

Sweden

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Private dinners for only men to discuss notions of feminism and toxic masculinity have been picking up in interest across Sweden. What started in earnest following a string of assaults against women in 2016 has now be...

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