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Former Orphan Provides Safe-Haven for Street Kids

This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boy is crouched over in the back of a van. Drops of blood from the cut on his head stain his shirt—he’d been…

StandProud for Polio Survivors

This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boys in red-and-blue-striped jerseys race across the field—their eyes fixated on the bright yellow ball as sweat drips from their brows. Palm trees…

Congolese Dancers Express Resilience to Violence

“It used to be just a form of recreation for us,” Chiku Lwambo said, “but now with contemporary dance we have found a way to express ourselves and take a…

Hoop Dreams: basketball teaches core values to Congo’s youth

“You come here, you play hard, you work hard.” That’s what Dario Merlo says to those asking to join PJB or Promo Jeune Basket (Promote Youth Basketball), a basketball program…

“More than Surgery or Pills”: HEAL Africa provides holistic care in conflict-torn Congo

Dr. Kasereka “Jo” Lusi, an orthopedic surgeon who performs much needed operations in the war-torn region of Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo, is also a forceful advocate for…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…

Rural Malawi: A Hard Place to Practice Medicine

Elderly Malawians generally have bitter memories of colonial rule but fond memories of colonial medicine. Samuel Jameson Kaphale, a 78-year-old orange farmer and retired teacher, ruefully recalls friends jailed for…

Andrea Coleman: “You cannot deliver a medicine by virtual technology”

Andrea Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, a non-profit organization that manages and maintains vehicles for health-focused partners in Africa. Together with co-founder and husband, Barry Coleman,…

Half the Sky Game: What went Right and What went Wrong

Asi Burak Since its debut on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 500,000 players (!) , who in total have contributed more than $160,000 in donations directly…

Filmmaker Mira Nair: The Global Storyteller

Mira Nair’s mantra is “If we don’t tell our stories, no one else will.” In her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, she’s exploring her Lahori roots with her contemporary lifestyle…

Samahope: Crowdfunding Health

  Samahope, a new platform for public health campaigns, takes the fight for public health to the individual. By Lindsay Hebert The sixteen women on my computer screen need help….

Where the Heck is Liberia: Meet Child Liberty

Recently Jonathan Lewis, an entrepreneur, started iOnPoverty, to answer the fundamental question:  how did you get that job in social enterprise?  Hundreds of young graduates are looking for gigs in the…

Water Wars in the Digital and Real World

Photo Courtesy of Water.org – By Lindsay Hebert Tilling virtual crops from their urban apartments and assembling criminal empires from the comfort of suburban homes, gamers seem to live in…

More than Just Fun and Games: MTV and Half the Sky for Digital Games with Social Impact

Zynga.org team meets together to discuss the new Half the Sky digital gaming project. (Photo Courtesy of Liz Hafalia for SF Chronicle) – Gaming is more than just a pastime…

Heifer and Gates Unite for East Africa Dairy

Joan Kimeli, the recording clerk at the Metkei Multipurpose Company Limited in Kenya uses a alcohol gun to inspect freshness in milk in Kamwosor Centre village on Monday May 16,…