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Melvin Estrada has more than doubled the income from his cabbage farm!

Melvin Estrada is a cabbage farmer in Chagüite Grande, a small village in northern Nicaragua. He used to sell his cabbages for an average of 20 cents each, struggling to provide for his family. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, TechnoServe helped Melvin and fellow members of the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative increase their yields and grow higher quality produce. Melvin’s farm now uses a drip irrigation system and successive plantings, allowing him to harvest cabbage year-round to meet the demand of a national supermarket chain. As a result of these improvements, Melvin has more than doubled his...

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Aid works. Here are 20 examples that prove it!

When we hear about development aid, it is usually spewing from the mouth of an isolationist politician. While the conclusion “too many of our tax dollars are funding poor people in other countries” seems logical on the surface, it is flawed. Money does flow from developed nations to developing ones, but it’s barely a drop in the bucket for many wealthy superpowers – even after spending on domestic social programs. In 2013, $125.6 billion of aid was allocated globally. If that sounds like a lot, it’s really not – at all. That’s only an average of 0.26% of the hundreds...

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Heart of Los Angeles helps Underserved Kids Succeed!

We always knew Selena Gomez had a heart of gold. And today she continued to prove it. This afternoon, Selena visited the Heart of Los Angeles, also known as HOLA, to spend some time with the kids involved in the organization. Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. – See more at: http://heartofla.org/

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Faith Leaders United for Common-sense Immigration Reform

This is a great example of working together for the common good! WASHINGTON — Congress has a window of opportunity to approve common-sense immigration reform and should act, faith leaders agreed in a meeting with President Obama. Obama and the faith leaders, not always allies, found common ground in immigration reform and the need for it to come from Congress rather than the White House.  “In many ways we sometimes disagree, but on this matter, common-sense immigration reform, we all agree. We hope the gospel principles of faith, hope and charity will apply to any solution.” “For the first time...

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At award-winning Tijuana factory, plant offers more than just a job

One of 31 couples who married Feb. 14, 2014, at a mass wedding at the Plantronics factory in Tijuana, Mexico, pose as they receive a certificate. The factory has been named the best workplace in Mexico for three years running. Just 400 yards from the US border, its air-conditioned factory floor has natural light filtering in through the louvered roof. Employees, during breaks, congregate around pingpong and foosball tables. Not long ago, Baja California Symphony members set up chairs at the factory and played classical music at the end of one shift. A dance troupe, opera singers, a mime, and...

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Global Citizen Works to End Global Poverty

It’s about the kids. Global Citizen is  taking action so today’s kids — the next generation — can live in a world without extreme poverty. They are working to end poverty by 2030 so that, regardless of where they’re born, every child has access to education, basic healthcare, food, and clean water. In the coming weeks and months you’ll find new ways on Global Citizen to take action so the future for kids is brighter, filled with opportunity, and more just. Has anyone worked with group before? What do you think about the group? http://www.globalcitizen.org/

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Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education

We think this is an excellent way to make the world better, and to reduce poverty. What do you think? The folks behind this project use the power of storytelling, leveraged through partnerships, to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl. The film, behind-the-scenes videos, advocacy trailers and a free standards-aligned school curriculum are designed to raise awareness and inspire individuals...

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A Rare Middle East Agreement, on Water

This story in the New York Times is a good example of how working together can benefit everyone. Tell us what you think! JERUSALEM — In a rare display of regional cooperation, representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement on Monday to build a Red Sea-Dead Sea water project that is meant to benefit all three parties. The project addresses two problems: the acute shortage of clean fresh water in the region, especially in Jordan, and the rapid contraction of the Dead Sea. A new desalination plant is to be built in Aqaba, Jordan, to convert salt...

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Homeboy Industries Sign of Hope

Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites. “Homeboy Industries has been the tipping point to change the metaphors around gangs and how we deal with them in Los Angeles County. This organization has engaged the imagination of 120,000 gang members and helped them to stop the pattern of violence, addiction and incarceration.”  said Father Greg

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Just Coffee Cooperative

  Just Coffee Cooperative is an all-women worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity. They strive to build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers to bring you a truly incredible cup of coffee. The group almost when out of business until the women were put in charge. Then, they prospered.

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UNDP Report “The Rise of the South”

The 21st century is witnessing a profound shift in global dynamics, driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world. China has overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the process. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is raising its living standards by expanding international relationships and antipoverty programmes that are emulated worldwide. To read the full United Nations Development Program report click on this link:  “The Rise of the South”