The Cooperative Model Builds Capacity and Community in Haiti

Since 2010, more than 1,300 cooperative farmers in southwest Haiti have been defining what participatory development means, and are transforming their community on their own terms. With support from Crossroads (CCCI) and Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), Coopérative des Planteurs de Gorgette was established in the community of Duchity four years ago.

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Pitch in for Clean Water in Kenya

One in nine people globally lack access to an improved water source and, of those, nearly half are concentrated in Africa. U.S social enterprise, PITCHAfrica, has found an innovative way to address this issue, improve education and bring the community together with the creation of a water-harvesting soccer stadium in Kenya.

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Cabbages and Condoms: Taking on Taboo Health Topics in a Fun and Delicious Way

You’ll get a full belly of delicious food at the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok, but never fear, all the items on the menu are “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.” Conceived by ex-politician and philanthropist Mechai Viravaidya as a way to raise funds while tackling the culturally taboo topic of HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health, the restaurant opened its doors more than 10 years ago has become a must-see destination for tourists.

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The World’s First Tuition-Free University

Higher education is key to breaking cyclical poverty, yet it’s only accessible to a tiny sliver of the world’s population. Affordability, cultural barriers and limited space prevent students in all walks of life from completing tertiary schooling. Educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef has endeavored to close this gap with the creation of the University of the People (UoPeople), the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, online university.

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Firdaus Kharas: The Animated Activist

Acclaimed producer, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas uses light-hearted, accessible and multi-lingual cartoon animations as health promotion tools, particularly in the Middle East. His work cover issues including HIV/AIDs prevention, contraception, malaria prevention, domestic violence and energy conservation. Similar innovators utilize media platforms for health promotion, including Mohammed Harib and Malik Nejer. With cross-cultural appeal and accessible messages, cartoons are becoming a valuable method of teaching critical lessons.

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Disadvantaged Youth Hone Hospitality Skills at Hanoi’s Hoa Sua

Tucked into a tiny side street in the Truc Bach neighbourhood of Hanoi is a stately house that has been transformed into elegant restaurant. White linen covers the tables and menu choices are a fusion of French and Asian. Is this a high-end celebrity chef’s signature locale? Not exactly. It is Song Thu Restaurant, a learning restaurant run by Hoa Sua where disadvantaged youth whip up delicious meals and serve them to customers, often tour groups visiting Vietnam.

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From Simple USB Key to Educational Software for $7

Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi are the inventors behind the Keepod, an 8 GB USB drive that contains its own operating system with complimentary apps all running on the Android OS. The issues these inventors are seeking to address are the connectivity concerns found with schools in the Global South. Schools strapped for cash often receive their computers as donations …

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