Courtney Mollenhauer

Courtney Mollenhauer

Courtney is a writer and development professional based in Toronto, Canada.

‘Tell it True’ Tackles Corruption in Liberian Schools

Rampant corruption in Liberia’s education system represents a major development obstacle. Thankfully, ‘Tell it True’, a free new reporting tool has emerged to identify unjust behaviour and hold educators accountable. This innovative SMS-based service allows students to report school-related problems anonymously.

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Taking a Stand against Homophobia in Uganda

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is one of an estimated 500,000 homosexual individuals in Uganda who is marginalized and persecuted for their sexual orientation on a daily basis. This injustice is what inspired her to create Bombastic, a new magazine that gives a voice to Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

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A Rapid, Reliable Ebola Test

A fast, reliable and affordable Ebola diagnostic tool is critically needed to contain the spread of the virus and expedite patient treatment. A new research project based at the University of Westminster seeks to develop a viable solution with EbolaCheck, a portable device capable of diagnosing the virus from a small sample of bodily fluids within 40 minutes.

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Tablet-Based Learning for Somali Refugees

Education is the fundamental right of every child and key to combating cyclical poverty. But, in most emergency relief environments, limited financial resources and shortages of qualified teachers make the provision of quality education incredibly difficult. This challenge is especially acute in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp located 100 kilometres from the Somali border in eastern Kenya. Here, over half of the population is under the age of 18 and school enrollment rates remain alarmingly low.

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Exposing Injustice with Hidden Cameras

“To see is to believe” but in many of the world’s most dangerous, hard-to-reach areas, oppression, political corruption and human violations regularly go unreported. International NGO Videre Est Credere seeks to change that. With the help of Videre’s hidden camera equipment and security training, oppressed communities are becoming agents of change.

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360° Approach to Disability Support in Vietnam

Despite representing up to 15 percent of Vietnam’s population, people with disabilities face severe barriers to inclusion and lack access to adequate support. But now, thanks to the Lifestart Foundation’s holistic three-pronged approach to disability support, this community is gaining access to the skills and tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Norway’s Child Bride: A Fake Story with Real Impact

Leading up to her wedding day on Oct 11, Thea was just your average bride-to-be. According to updates on her blog, she sampled wedding cakes, tried on dresses and questioned what her new married life would bring. The one, not-so subtle difference was that Thea was in the seventh grade and Gier, her husband-to-be, was 25 years her senior.

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Washing Away Malaria with Faso Soap

Global Handwashing Day (October 15) celebrates soap as a ‘do-it-yourself vaccine’ that prevents against infection and saves lives. This everyday, affordable product not only fights off diarrhea and respiratory infections, but is now – thanks to the creation of Faso Soap – also a tool for malaria prevention. Faso Soap is an innovative mosquito-repelling product designed by two students from …

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