As family members, coworkers and friends begin to mourn the loss of two Virginia journalists killed on air, supporters have already found a meaningful way to honor their legacies.
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed by a former...
Over the past 25 years, more underserved communities have gained greater access to clean water, but the disparities still remain vast between rich and poor areas.
Across the globe, 663 million people are living without potable water, an injustice that has serious consequences, particularly for...
This new Facebook feature is hard not to like.
The social network announced on Monday that all nonprofits can now add the “Donate Now” button to their cause’s page. Some are calling the feature more of a “call to action” though, because once users click...
The issue is far from over, but a new report found that hunger in America has at least dropped below pre-recession levels.
A recent Gallup survey conducted by the Food Research and Action Center concluded that 15.8 percent of U.S. families struggled in the first half of...
Dallas seems to have taken a cue from its neighbors in Houston on how to effectively tackle, and put an end to, chronic homelessness.
Starting November, 50 chronically homeless individuals in Dallas will each move into their own cottages in a complex that comes...
It’s never been a more dangerous time to be an aid worker.
Yet, when it comes to tending to the immediate needs of victims of natural disasters, disease outbreaks and conflict, medical volunteers remain ready to serve on the frontlines, which is why advocates are honoring...
After a devastating car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Heidi McKenzie, 29, was dead set on adapting to her new normal. She graduated college, started volunteering and won a beauty pageant.
But she couldn’t find a decent pair of jeans.
Across the U.S., an estimated
In the days following the worst rioting to befall Baltimore since the 1960s, advocates and politicians acknowledged the need to address systemic failures, and in just a matter of a few months have made some major headway.
A week after fiery protests were waged in...
Eddie Maltsby Jr. não enxerga, mas tem uma visão clara para seu plano de vida.
As the global health community works toward a “game-changing” Ebola vaccine, advocates are pushing the most basic preventative measures to keep children safe.
Children in affected regions in West Africa recently started their summer vacation that was marked by a break from Ebola’s devastating effects. Since schools in...
Tuesday marks one year since Africa has had any new polio cases, a monumental step toward the continent being completely rid of the disease.
Since a case was recorded in Somalia a year ago, there has been no evidence of any new incidents, an accomplishment advocates attribute to a...
Updated on Aug. 17, 2015 at 2 P.M. EST.
One in six Americans doesn’t know where he’s going to get his next meal. But chances are, you won’t hear about those struggles from anyone who has actually experienced them, according to a poverty expert.
In many areas, poor residents typically have longer commutes and less access to public transportation than middle- and upper-class communities, yet they’re being excluded from the growing car-share trend.
But that gap may at least begin to close in Los Angeles.
Across the U.S. people earning between $5,000 and $30,000...
Here’s a visit from Aunt Flo that no girl will dread.
For girls living in low-income countries, the worst part of menstruation has nothing to do with the bloating or cramps. It's not having funds to buy pads, which means resorting to using unsanitary scraps or continuously washing rags that never get fully clean.
That injustice is what prompted a group of students at the Art Center College of Design to develop Flo, a simple and inexpensive device that allows girls to discreetly carry around their reusable sanitary pads and quickly and effectively wash them.
Across the globe, 90 percent of girls use reusable pads and rags instead of the more expensive disposable option, according to the group.
The situation is so dire in places like Kenya, for example, where a package of pads costs 60 cents – that girls are often left using leaves, newspapers, bits of mattress stuffing or even mud as a form of protection while they’re menstruating, according to Project Humanity.
Using reusable materials often poses health risks, and forces girls to live in utter discomfort for the week, because they can’t properly clean them.
Taboos keep girls from washing their pads with other clothes and they’re typically too ashamed to hang their pads outside after they’re washed. That means they remain damp inside and can contract bacteria.
Compounding the issue is the fact that many girls are too embarrassed to walk around with their pads, or can’t bear using unclean rags, that they’ll opt to skip school altogether.
Flo’s technology helps to address all of those issues.
It’s composed of two bowls, a basket, and string, and uses half the water and detergent than a standard hand washing method requires, according to the group’s site.
The spinning action inside the device cuts down drying time. After the initial wringing, Flo turns into a hanging rack for girls to dry their pads outside.
There’s also hidden pouch for girls to store their dirty and clean pads during the school day.
The students didn’t have the opportunity to do their own field research, so they relied on findings from the Nike Foundation and Fuseproject.
They tested the prototype with ketchup, soy sauce and animal blood.
Flo will be sold for $3.
Quando Madison foi diagnosticada com atrofia muscular espinhal, sua médica não sabia muito a respeito da doença. Ela simplesmente disse aos pais que o bebê não chegaria ao segundo ano de vida.
“Foi bem difícil”, disse Jennifer Miller-Smith.
Sete anos depois, apesar de depender de uma cadeira de rodas e...
Somalia has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world, but the country may soon bring that figure down to zero.
Currently, about 95 percent of girls in Somalia between the ages of 4 and 11 undergo FGM, according to UNICEF. Set on shielding girls...
So, what does it take for a state to foster a comfortable and safe environment for people with disabilities?
According to the United Cerebral Palsy’s most recent ranking of the best states for people with disabilities, there are five distinct categories. It requires promoting independence, keeping families together, encouraging...
This reality show drama is actually worth watching.
Preparing to film its fifth season, Oxfam Tanzania’s series about women farmers highlights the gender inequalities this demographic faces and demonstrates women’s value in the industry. "Mama Shujaa wa Chakula," or "Female Food Heroes," brings 18 women to live together for three weeks to engage in various farming competitions, and grants the show's winner an opportunity to expand her operation.
Though women make up 75 percent of Tanzania's farmers, they often live in poverty and their contributions are often overlooked, Oxfam told Reuters.
Viewers vote for the winner who gets 20 million Tanzanian shillings (about $9,500) and farming and fishing tools.
For Anna Oloshuro, one of the top three winners in 2011, it wasn’t just about the prizes she took home. It was the way her community shifted their perception of her after the competition.
Before the show, Oloshuro told Oxfam that men would tell their wives to stay away from her and that she was “cursed.”
But after she appeared on "Female Food Heroes," Oloshuro was regarded as a revered leader of the community. Now, men won’t even call a meeting without her, she said.
The show comes at a time when women are playing ever-increasing roles in the farming industry, but their rights haven’t quite yet caught up with the progress.
Now that more men is rural areas are working in cities, about half of all farmers are women who produce more than half the world's food, according to World Watch. Still, women farmers are often deprived of such basic rights as land ownership.
Yet, if women were given equal access to resources, food output would increase to a point that it could pull 100 to 150 million people out of hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. concluded in a report released in 2011.
Tired of such inequities, the show’s winners often use their fame to help improve conditions for women farmers.
Last season’s winner, Bahati Muriga, took home the grand prize after building a grass-thatched hut for raising chicken and then producing hand-hoes for sale, the Citizen reported.
She vowed to use her winnings to expand her farm and support legislation to revolutionize the agricultural sector.
“Small-scale farmers play a key role not only in their own families but also the nation at large,” Muriga told the...
Human trafficking stories typically center on young girls being sold for sex and domestic workers lured by false promises.
But as advocates mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Thursday, experts are honing in on the pervasiveness of such exploitation within the fishing and aquaculture industries.