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Small Towns Big Change

Andrew Martinez

5 September 2016

Ojo Sarco, New Mexico, United States

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Hunger is a hidden crisis in the U.S., and in places like Rio Arriba County, New Mexico - a food desert and poverty-stricken community - a few dedicated food pantries are all that stands between thousands of people an...

Citizen Matters

Kate Clark

1 September 2016

Bengaluru, India

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In India, the food business has lacked transparency and people have depended upon imported foods that have been chemically treated. New programs, such as Jivabhumi and Organic Mandya, connects consumers with organic f...

Next City

Anna Clark

8 August 2016

Lansing, Michigan, United States

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The water crisis in Flit, Michigan has left the city in dire straits without funds or political will to replace its lead pipes. Less than fifty-miles away, the city of Lansing has managed to replace almost all of its ...

Great Falls Tribune

Jenn Rowell

4 August 2016

Great Falls, Montana, United States

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Great Falls has had success finding homes for Veterans. Through word of mouth, volunteers, and communication between agencies homes and programs have been set up to house veterans and facilitate finding them employment.

The Nation

Bridget Huber

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28 July 2016

Brazil

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Since the 1970s, obesity rates in Brazil have been increasing proportionally with the amount of "ultra-processed" foods being consumed. Foregoing healthy, locally produced food has not only resulted in a health epidem...

Al Jazeera

Tlaleng Mofokeng

25 July 2016

Liberia

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In Liberia, about 3 women die from complications due to childbirth every day. In a country that is drastically medically underserved, doctors are training midwives to perform Cesarean sections and resuscitate babies w...

Rio Grande Sun

Andrew Martinez

21 July 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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New Mexico’s veterans are getting faster care as new programs expand to rural areas. Thanks to a host of initiatives, including telemedicine, contracts with community clinics, and travel benefits, the state’s VA healt...

Harvard Business Review

Anita Warren

Vijay Govindarajan

20 July 2016

New Delhi, India

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Amazon saw a business opportunity in India: it could engage with the large, young population while also helping small vendors sell their goods on the internet. Amazon Chai Cart built relationships with vendors and edu...

Ensia

Rowan Jacobson

19 July 2016

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Israel experienced extreme drought a few years ago and its water supply was very low. National campaigns to install desalination plants have helped Israel turnaround its inadequate water supply into a surplus. The wat...

Energy Post

Jeffey Michel

18 July 2016

Hamburg, Germany

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Solar power is an important renewable energy in Germany, but when the sun is out, it can overpower the grid. Likewise, when the sun is not out, the reception of solar power decreases. Germany has piloted battery insta...

IRIN

Poppy McPherson

14 July 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Due to the inaccessibility of inactive munitions to provide hands-on de-activation experience to security experts, training individuals is difficult. Inactive munitions cannot be shipped to other countries, thus other...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

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9 July 2016

Silver City, New Mexico, United States

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Hidalgo Medical Services is a nonprofit public health clinic that has set out to develop a model for delivering quality, affordable health care to rural communities through a comprehensive approach that addresses mult...

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

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7 July 2016

Kodanna, Uttar Pradesh, India

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A special accelerated education program named Udaan in India offers a chance for girls aged 11-14 from rural areas to quickly complete their primary schooling. The highly interactive and engaging curriculum teaches gi...

KSFR

Ellen Berkovitch

5 July 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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In many rural communities, access to specialty care represents the biggest health challenge. Since 2003, a groundbreaking initiative called Project Echo at the University of New Mexico has confronted that gap — with p...

San Francisco Chronicle

Heather Knight

29 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Many San Francisco shelters have cut their number of beds as well as staff and, while they are not helping enough people, they also have restrictive rules that bar personal comforts. In fifteen months, the city has p...

Geekwire

Lisa Stiffler

29 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The homeless population in Seattle is in a crisis of high proportions, with people facing a myriad of challenges. Different organizations have started to better integrate technology such as social media in addressing ...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

29 June 2016

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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"A social secretary for people who have been deprived of the forms of communication that are now ubiquitous almost everywhere except for prisons," Renea Royster is part of a network of organizations (including Pigeonl...

WAMU

Kavitha Cardoza

28 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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For five decades, tens of thousands of people have fought poverty. Trillions of dollars have been spent, but poverty is a stubborn enemy. In the second part of a five-part series, WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza tells us about...

The Guardian

Clár Ní Chonghaile

24 June 2016

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Malaria vaccine distribution systems in Africa's Sahel region are facing bottleneck in their supply chains, but are working to get help from the government and to piggyback on other aid systems.

Pacific Standard

Rick Paulas

10 June 2016

Indio, California, United States

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Many in the rural town of Indio, CA, didn't have access to the internet. Darryl Adams, superintendent of Coachella Valley schools, devised a frugal way to provide internet access to many of his district's poor neighbo...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

7 June 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Healing Hurt People program, or HHP, is an ER-based violence intervention program that works on the public health-based notion that violence - like other diseases that spread - can be prevented. It targets service...

International Rivers

Peter Bosshard

1 June 2016

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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The Hydropower Empowerment Network takes a country-by-country approach to helping establish micro hydro and other technologies in rural places where electricity is difficult to come by. Micro hydro has even proven to ...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

31 May 2016

Salem, Oregon, United States

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States deal with poverty and employment differently, depending on their state legislature and, historically, their racial composition. Oregon is a predominantly white state with some of the most generous welfare and e...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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17 May 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Organ donation waiting lists can often hold wait times of months or even years. Thousands of lives could be saved with better ways to reach to the millions of Americans willing to donate an organ.

Bright Magazine

Colleen Kimmett

20 April 2016

Brazil

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By requiring schools to buy 30 percent of products from smallholder farms, Brazil provides fresher food to students and economic benefits to otherwise struggling farmers. Since 1955, Brazil's staple national school lu...

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