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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Shedding Light on Life in the Dark

In 2015, the United Nations celebrates the Year of Light, an “observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science…and its importance to humankind.”[2] Yet, as Pia Vogler writes, “Night time [in and of itself] is scarcely discussed when it comes to the analysis of life in a refugee camp.”

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Humanizing the Refugee Crisis

We are inundated with headlines, videos, photos and stories detailing the current refugee crisis. While a daunting and seemingly insurmountable issue for global leaders, people around the world have taken the politics out of the situation and work to provide solutions of their own. Here we showcase current initiatives in three European countries.

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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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Women Take the Wheel in India

India has a less-than-stellar reputation concerning women’s rights. Sexual violence and misogyny appear to be normalized, as evidenced by the horrific reports of rape and other crimes against women that have recently come to light. Despite this, women are fighting back using different tactics. Indian women are asserting themselves through employment to attain financial independence.

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