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Lessons Learned From Rural Mississippi

Toni Williams | Posted 12.06.2016 | Parents
Toni Williams

Route 3. A dirt road in Leake County, Mississippi that holds fond memories of my grandparents’ farm making mud pies, playing on the swing on the fro...

White Racism May Hurt the Health of Both Whites and Blacks

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Greater Good Science Center

By Yasmin Anwar Living in unabashedly racist communities can shorten the lives of both blacks and whites, according to new research published in Psy...

Addressing forced displacement: Investing in agriculture and rural people

Michel Mordasini | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Michel Mordasini

In recent years, forced displacement has become a global problem of unprecedented scale, driven by conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. What is often not recognized is that forced displacement has a strong rural dimension.

For Her 30th B-day, This Woman Raised $30K For 30 Women In Need

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact

This woman celebrated her big 3-0 by raising funds to support other women. Mallory Brown traveled to Ethiopia for her 30th birthday with the goal of r...


Judy Belk | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Judy Belk

How did we get to this point in California? Why, in one of the most prosperous states in the wealthiest country in the world, must families wait in line to use a portable shower stall and donated water in a church parking lot in order to bathe?

The Least Healthy Part Of The Country Is Not What You'd Expect

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 03.16.2016 | Healthy Living

While many urbanites dream of the peace, calm and fresh air of the country, a new study suggests rural living isn't as idyllic as people may think. Ru...

WATCH: This Is How To Use Your Food Scraps To Make Energy

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact

You might want to give a second thought to tossing out your food waste. A company called HomeBioGas makes a device that converts food and animal waste...

Picturing Rural Iowa: The Photographs of Pete Wettach

Aaron Lurth | Posted 01.07.2017 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

It's the summer of 1936. America is facing one of the most economically devastating periods in its history. A mere seven years earlier, the stock mark...

10 Defining Moments that Shaped Global Health in 2015

Margarite Nathe | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Margarite Nathe

Photo by Carol Bales for IntraHealth International When you look back on 2015, what will you remember? A new baby in your family? The death of someone...

Need Health Care in Rural Areas? There's a Drone for That

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.11.2016 | Technology
The Conversation Africa

The use of drones for military situations is increasingly being adapted for peaceful purposes. It is to be hoped that these constructive uses will come to dominate their use in the future.

People Who Plant: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.28.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

From Oakland, California to Busia, Kenya, many of our grantees this week are planting gardens and educating their communities about nutritious food, organic gardening and permaculture principles. We are honored to give $1000 seed grants to the following projects all over the world.

Three Months Later: Rural Survival in Post-Earthquake Nepal -- the Achham Model of Durable Healthcare

Duncan Maru | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Duncan Maru

Among the over 8,700 victims of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, the vast majority of them were living in rural areas.

It's Not Just About the Money: To Change the World We Must Change Ourselves

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 07.10.2016 | Home
Kanayo F. Nwanze

Let us remember that not all commitments are measured in dollars. True, to save ourselves, our future and our planet, we need major resources, both public and private.

Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals!

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

If only this beautiful vision were true. Social research survey data from mainstream polling organizations tells us, over and over again, that women represent approximately 10 percent of the nation's gun-owning population.

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

After Ebola: Why Rural Development Matters in a Time of Crisis

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 03.28.2015 | Home
Kanayo F. Nwanze

United Nations Special Envoy Dr. David Nabarro said the spread of Ebola in West Africa was finally slowing down as a result of changes in burial practices and other behaviors that had previously driven the outbreak.

Substance Abuse in Rural Communities-Challenges and Opportunities

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 02.09.2015 | Hawaii
Hannah Preston-Pita

There is a lot space and a tremendous amount of natural beauty on Hawai'i Island. But despite all of the magnificence that surrounds us on the Big Island we face daunting challenges in making sure that those we serve get what they need.

Clean Power Plan a Win All-Around

Bill Richardson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green
Bill Richardson

By embracing the fight against climate change, we can help make the United States a leader in clean energy jobs and economic opportunity, as well as environmental protection.

Fighting Child Hunger in Coos Bay, Oregon

Robyn Johnson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Robyn Johnson

I've come to Coos Bay to ride-along on a rural summer meals distribution route with Coos Bay School District. The school district received a $5000 grant from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to expand access to summer meals.

Life-Changing Mini-Marts in Northern Kenya

Barry Segal | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Kathleen Colson, founder and CEO of The BOMA Project, a partner of Segal Family Foundation. On September 19, Ntiriswa Lesurku...

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

5 Reasons You're Spoiled by Your Small Town Childhood

Nicole Patterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Nicole Patterson

Being home always reminds me why I'm so spoiled to grow up in a small town. Now, before you freak out and get mad that I'm dissing small town life, it's not what you think it is. I promise.

Care Team Redesign: High Plains Community Health Center

Tom Strong | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Tom Strong

How a rural clinic in Colorado might just be the model for health care reform In the early 2000s, High Plains Community Health Center in Lamar, Colo....

Making Sure Health Care Reaches Everyone, Everywhere

Riders for Health | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Riders for Health

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThey saw piles of motorcycles, rusting behind health centres. These were the very vehicles that would be saving lives.