The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, describes itself as the largest civil society organization operating in areas outside of government control. It is often the first in when the shells hit.
Hashmatullah Hayat works at a school in Afghanistan for street children, and his life story is an inspiration to the kids studying there.
Lina Khalifeh created SheFighter in Jordan to help prepare women to defend themselves, especially in parts of the world where there are repressive attitudes toward women.
A hair salon in Mexico City, which keeps women coming back with rock-bottom prices, is in fact a front for a charitable operation aimed at rescuing sex trafficking victims and giving them the chance at new lives.
Two friends – Jack Henslee in Georgia and Jack Dudley in Alabama – have developed Food4Kids chapters to give meals to a combined total of about 280 children.
Zari is the first Afghan character in 'Sesame Street' history and will focus on empowerment as well as health.
Daquan Oliver's family didn't have it easy when he was growing up. But his resourcefulness, drive, and desire to honor his mother's hard work helped get him to college, where he formed a mentorship program.
The San Diego-area nonprofit group has helped to rehabilitate some 320 species of wildlife, about 10,000 birds and mammals annually.
Small-scale hydropower plants are proving a key way to provide power in remote regions of Pakistan, while at the same time helping protect the environment.
Some households and businesses are reusing graywater – water from bathroom sinks, showers, bathtubs, washing machines, and laundry sinks.
Bamboo grows widely in Nepal, is easier to transport than heavier materials, and is relatively cheap to use, experts say. Twin earthquakes last year destroyed nearly a million buildings in the Himalayan nation.
Bert Looij aids ostracized Roma, who are also known as Gypsies – including those living at a rat-infested dump. 'I help them because nobody else is helping them,' he says.
From New York to Oregon, prison gardening programs are providing a cost-effective food source – and are giving inmates opportunities for personal growth.
The nonprofit group views 'treasures' as more than just material wealth.
Aliza Eliazarov’s tableaux of rescued food highlight just how much Americans waste. Some of her projects, displayed for passersby, have encouraged them to think more about the subject.
John Cummings has redeveloped an antebellum plantation in Louisiana where more than 350 slaves labored. Americans must ‘take responsibility’ for the wrongs of slavery, he says.
After four decades in public TV, John Kerr found himself living his childhood dream, serving at Yellowstone National Park.
Celebrate! RVA tells kids from challenging circumstances who may not get a birthday celebration at home that 'they matter.'
Once known as 'Red,' David Lee Windecher is now one of Atlanta’s hottest young lawyers. His message: Too many Americans buy into a myth that youths are a lost cause.
Several kitchen-based initiatives, from New York to California, are giving refugees opportunities to make a living. The initiatives can serve as a counterpoint to anti-immigration sentiment, proponents say.