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    Teaching Refugee Children How to Code

    A study by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be 1.4 million new technology jobs by 2020, and many of those jobs will go unfilled. In her home of Des Moines, Iowa, Nancy Mwirotsi noticed the needs of local African refugee families were enormous. Knowing the need for STEM training to fill future jobs, and the need to support struggling local refugee children, she decided there must be a way to do both.

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Seeking Refuge: One Organization is Transforming Emergency Shelter

Seeking Refuge: One Organization is Transforming Emergency Shelter

June 29th, 2015

. By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Emergency Relief,Inventions

"It all boils down to cost. There are raised flooring systems readily available, but nothing is affordable enough for mass implementation. We worked backwards from affordability…and focus exclusively on the provision of clean, dry flooring…for less than $2 per square foot.” – Scott & Sam, Good Works Studio... (more)

Tags: Emergency,emergency relief,floor,refugee,shelter

Solar-Powered Dryer Reduces Wastage and Increases Earnings for Indian Farmers

Solar-Powered Dryer Reduces Wastage and Increases Earnings for Indian Farmers

June 27th, 2015

. By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Agriculture,Inventions,Livelihoods

Indian start-up Science for Society has developed a solar conduction dryer that aims to reduce costs associated with food-processing. While conventional dryers rely on electricity to dehydrate various crops and marine products, this innovation operates sans electricity, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing costs for farmers. The innovation is aimed at increasing incomes for small-hold farmers in India and, ultimately, across... (more)

Tags: India,off-the-grid,solar,solar energy,South Asia

Where's Your Old Laptop?

Where's Your Old Laptop?

June 25th, 2015

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Livelihoods

A New York City based organization called Globetops is working to give access to laptops to those in need, and provide the tools to connect with others in the immediate community and beyond.... (more)

Tags: community,computer,donation,laptop,reuse

How Coastal Mapping and Conservation Can Save Lives

How Coastal Mapping and Conservation Can Save Lives

June 23rd, 2015

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Environment

The world’s 15 most at-risk nations for natural hazards are all coastal, tropical, and developing countries. NGOs and governments are spending billions of dollars to construct sea walls, levees, and other barriers to protect against risk. But unlike natural barriers, artificial ones can be easily destroyed by a single extreme weather event. SNAP is exploring how restoring coastal habitats can... (more)

Tags: Asia,climate change,coast,Conservation,environment,Flood,risk,Water

Solar Suitcases to Light the World

Solar Suitcases to Light the World

June 22nd, 2015

. By Rachel Pott

Sector: Health,Inventions

Over 1.4 billion people – nearly 20% of the world’s population – are without access to electricity, while an additional 1 billion have access only to unreliable, intermittent electricity networks. The non-profit WE CARE Solar has created a portable off-grid solar electric system, the Solar Suitcase, which is providing dependable electricity to clinics, schools and emergency medical centres to help change this reality.... (more)

Tags: Light,light-source,lighting,off-the-grid,solar,solar energy

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