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A new house for $286,000? With sweat equity and creative financing, a nonprofit developer aids veterans

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After the army, plenty of military families struggle to buy homes. In Southern California, that’s changing. The non-profit Homes 4 Families acquires funding from the government, good development deals, and donations in order to build communities of homes that are affordable to veterans. The veter...

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How to grapple with soaring world population? An answer from down south

The Guardian

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Botswana stands out for its rapidly falling fertility rate; a complex set of factors, including increased access to comprehensive education and contraception, is driving the falling rate. The country's family planning programs are far-reaching, providing services in even rural areas of Botswana, ...

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Fixing the Problems We Can Fix

The Philadelphia Citizen

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A Philadelphia non-profit is targeting young people who struggle when leaving the foster care system and providing them with comprehensive services to help them transition into independent living successfully; that includes helping them find jobs, homes, and more. The program is based off a model...

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To Help Young Women in Prison, Try Dignity

The New York Times

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Inspired by prisons in Germany that emphasize personal dignity, Connecticut is shifting its corrections department's focus with two programs for young offenders. The one for women matches 14 inmates with older incarcerated mentors who help develop programs of classes, counseling and planning for ...

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Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School

NPR

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A small school in rural Guatemala is challenging the way that Guatemalan children are educated (if they even have the opportunity at all) by focusing on health, education, food, and art. However, although the school's holistic approach has garnered international praise and its diplomas are recogn...

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Banning refugees from having jobs hurts, not helps, local workers

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Host governments tend to be wary of allowing refugees to move freely and work legally. However, integrating refugees into the labor market as quickly as possible reduces the concentration of newcomers in the informal sector, benefiting both locals and refugees in the long run.

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A Really Good Thing Happening in America

The New York Times

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In Spartanburg, South Carolina, leaders take a "collective impact" approach to elementary and secondary education. By bringing together teachers, parents, doctors, religious leaders, and others, the Spartanburg Academic Movement acknowledges that "children don’t leave behind their emotions, their...

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How Coal Country Is Cleaning Up Its Act

Yes! Magazine

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In eastern Kentucky, where the coal industry is struggling and workers are finding themselves out of work, a six-month internship program is helping workers re-train into jobs that ensure energy efficiency in homes and communities in the region. The program trains former coal workers and pairs th...

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Thousands of South Africans join GovChat

IOL Business Report

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GovChat is the world's first platform that connects citizens with politicians via WhatsApp. It allows citizens to rate public services and report issues, submit service requests, and donate to community organizations. Thousands of people registered and began using the platform within the first 72...

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Australia set to 'eliminate' cervical cancer by 2028

CNN

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Vaccination and screening programs have helped Australia get close to eliminating cervical cancer. It was one of the first countries to launch a nationwide HPV vaccination effort back in 2007 and now boasts an incidence rate of seven cases of cervical cancer per 100,000 women.

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