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Kathlyn Pattillo

30 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In the past decade, Nairobi has established a name for itself in the world of education innovation - entrepreneurial private school models, a growing edtech ecosystem, and reforms in public education have drawn attent...

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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...

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Daisy Yuhas

2 October 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

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A school near Copenhagen, Denmark utilizes a unique open floor plan - no walls and no separate classrooms - to help advance their mission of "personalized learning," a holistic approach to education that emphasizes st...

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Halima Gikandi

27 September 2018

Kenya

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Only one percent of college-age refugees have access to higher education. Borderless Higher Education for Refugees, an international consortium of academic institutions, offers digital learning opportunities to the po...

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Maria Luisa Tucker

14 September 2018

New York, United States

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New York state now requires all public schools to incorporate mental health education into the standard K-12 curriculum. Proponents see this approach as a promising response to the national suicide epidemic, but some ...

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Gayatri Ganju

13 September 2018

Bangalore, India

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According to some estimates, close to 8 million children in India are out of primary school. By offering small group learning and self-directed education opportunities, the Gubbachi Learning Community provides a neces...

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Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

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Laura Secorun

29 May 2018

Beirut, Lebanon

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Equip is a business in Lebanon that is trying to prevent further abuse of domestic workers, by helping them communicate better with their employers. “Their business model relies on employers paying for the company’s...

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Anna-Catherine Brigida

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18 May 2018

Guatemala

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The expansion of intellectual property laws to cover ancestral knowledge can help protect indigenous people from economic exploitation. Indigenous women in Guatemala are working to pass a law similar to one used in Au...

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Melody Schreiber

11 May 2018

Brazil

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Premature babies have an 80 percent greater chance of neonatal mortality if they don't get breast milk. Brazil has a donation-based milk bank system that's saving money and lives. There are 230 milk banks in the count...

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Jackie Mader

2 May 2018

Tampa, Florida, United States

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The U.S. has a higher rate of infant mortality than any other developed nation. In Hillsborough County, Florida, a home visitation program coupled with extensive social services available to new mothers has cut the ra...

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Sarika Bansal

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17 April 2018

United States

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Many U.S. government systems are stuck in the pre-digital age. Instead of creating independent products and services, Code for America gets to the heart of the problem by working within government agencies to make cur...

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Peter DiCampo

19 March 2018

Kenya

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In order to create a larger role for aid recipients in conversations about how success and failure are defined for international aid, the What Went Wrong project was founded. People use mobile phones to contact the jo...

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Priti Salian

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14 March 2018

India

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Organizations in India are providing avenues for the disabled to participate in sports such as mountaineering, biking, and scuba-diving. A disabled person is matched with an able-bodied person and the two collaborate ...

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Virginia Pelley

23 January 2018

United States

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Emergency rooms across the country are initiating programs that address addiction and substance abuse. Usually emergency rooms are not equipped with mental health counselors, but to curb the opioid crisis, several are...

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Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

19 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Does death belong in the classroom? Some educators think so, that’s because they argue that “emotional health is inextricably linked to learning.” They agree that teachers should be key to helping students process tra...

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Kristi Eaton

13 December 2017

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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A private school in Oklahoma City that exclusively educates homeless children also provides medical services, clothing, school supplies, and parent counseling. Proponents point to increased stability for families and ...

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Ashley Hamer

7 December 2017

Anabah, Afghanistan

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The Anabah Maternity Center, is one of the few maternity hospitals in Afghanistan. It’s also free and staffed entirely by women. “Since opening, they have treated over 226,000 women and helped birth 38,000 children.”

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Robyn Jordan

21 November 2017

Washington, United States

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Preventing school shootings is difficult, but there are basic strategies that can curtail them and lessen loss of life. Those include limiting school access and making all visitors check in, ensuring intercoms and oth...

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Elizabeth Stuart

16 November 2017

London, England

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There are many refugees who could use the help that willing volunteers offer - access to services, resources, and someone who will listen to their struggles. With Facebook and other social media, those connections hav...

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Holly Robertson

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7 November 2017

Vientiane, Laos

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In Vientiane, Laos the number of deaths in traffic was very high due to lack of first responders, drunk driving, speeding and weakness of law enforcement. To overcome this issue a group of volunteer first responders w...

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John Cary

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1 November 2017

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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A collaboration between architectural designers and medical providers created a cholera treatment clinic in Port-au-Prince where the design of the building itself supports treatment. The building is well ventilated a...

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Doug Bierend

31 October 2017

California, United States

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In Madera Juvenile Detention Facility, teens have access 6 hours a day to tablets loaded with learning and entertainment materials. The program aims to help teens productively use their time in prison and advance thei...

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Linus Unah

17 July 2017

Nigeria

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One Nigerian couple is committed to ending female genital mutilation, or the practice of removing a women’s external genitalia. Gift and Augustine Abu travel all across Nigeria to end FGM, which can sometimes lead to...

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Kristi Eaton

6 July 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Libraries have expanded their roles to be community centers where people can connect with social services and other local agencies for needs from homelessness to food insecurity to mental illness. Libraries are one of...

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