Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth is a writer currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Clowning Around in Refugee Camps

While many organizations focus on immediate needs during a crisis — food, water and shelter — one group aims to share joy, laughter and fun with affected populations of all ages. Clowns Without Borders, an American based organization, has been visiting refugee camps and conflict zones since 1995 to put on performances and ensure that people, especially children, are able to find happiness even in incredibly difficult situations.

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Tackling Mental Health Stigma through the Arts

In North America, teens and young adults are the most at-risk for dealing with mental health issues. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, suicide is the cause of death for 24% of people between the ages of 15 and 24. Stigmas surrounding mental health often stop people from seeking help, but one organization, Art With Impact, is working towards breaking down these barriers.

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The Magic Geyser that Helps Boost Livelihoods

Ray McLellan and Andre Kotze, two entrepreneurs based in South Africa, noticed that many people living in rural areas, squatter camps and low-income housing units throughout their home country lacked access to hot water. As a result, personal hygiene was difficult to maintain, and cooking and overall cleanliness was a challenge.

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The Growth of No-Car Zones

In an effort to help curb air pollution, many cities worldwide have been limiting the use of cars, and encouraging the public to use public transportation, walk, or cycle to their destinations. While the idea to limit, or altogether ban, private vehicles isn’t groundbreaking, the positive results it has on cutting pollution are staggering.

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The Refugee Crisis From a Firsthand Perspective

Nearly every day for the past few months, newspapers and television broadcasts have been full of headlines about the current refugee crisis. Tens of thousands of people are being displaced from their homes and seeking better lives across borders and seas. While plenty of journalists have been covering this, few refugees have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories. Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information is changing that.

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Traditions and Technology Combat Illegal Logging

  Indigenous groups in Northern Brazil are taking matters into their own hands to protect the Amazon Rainforest. Areas close to the Ka’apor’s indigenous territory, within the Alto Turiaçu region, have been targeted by illegal loggers. The roughly 2,000 person tribe is now embracing new innovations to combat rapid deforestation near their homes. These groups of “forest guardians,” as they refer …

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Sustainable Schools for Refugees

In refugee camps across Jordan — which house just over half a million refugees — permanent schools are being built to help ensure children are able to succeed. The majority of refugees live in small, poorly built tents, but architects have partnered with nonprofits to design and implement new, innovative buildings that will not only last, but help improve livelihoods.

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