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The Health Payoffs of Time Banks

The New York Times

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals and clinics are now starting them.

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Slashing the Price of Health With Common Sense

The New York Times

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Organizations are mobilizing volunteers in hospitals to connect low-income families with human services which address social factors like poor housing, nutrition, etc. so patients are able to work and thus afford healthier lives.

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For Refugees, the Price of Dignity

The New York Times

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Despite refugee camps ability to provide emergency aid, they have had a history of health diseases, rape, and domestic violence. American humanitarian aid and programs by the United Nations have proved beneficial to equip Middle Eastern refugees with resources for self-settlement outside of camps...

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Migration outlier: How Nicaragua escaped neighbors' deadly spiral

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Crushing poverty and extreme violence - fueled by drug trafficking and police corruption - are behind a mass migration of Central American children to the United States in recent months that has overwhelmed U.S. border resources and driven illegal immigration to the fore in U.S. congressional ele...

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How to Build a Perfect Refugee camp

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Refugee camps typically look like a prison with squalid conditions and barbed wire tops. By contrast, the Kilis refugee camp in Turkey is orderly, secure, and clean; has schools for children; has grocery stores, and is powered with electricity. The camp is not run by the United Nations, but rathe...

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In the Fight Against Poverty, It's Time for a Revolution

The New York Times

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to meet with local families in need, helping them set goals, monitor their progress,...

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How to Feed the Hungry, Faster

The New York Times

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America is the world’s main supplier of food aid to impoverished countries; however, food aid has the problems of long-distance transportation, cost of the transportation and storage, and the navigation through dangerous zones. Different programs around the world are experimenting with alternati...

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In Famine, Vouchers Can Be Tickets to Survival

The New York Times

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The supply of emergency food aid in violence-plagued nations is fraught with problems of costly expense, the poor waiting in line to receive food, and navigating the food through dangerous zones. World Concern, a Seattle based Christian humanitarian group, provides people with vouchers they can u...

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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Jail program, a first in NC, includes classes behind bars

Fayetteville Observer

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Cabarrus County’s Project Re-entry gives those experiencing incarceration a chance at an education and self-reflection. The program has shown such success that it is being expanded to other detention centers in the county. Those who take part are able to take classes – all taught by volunteers – ...

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