The good news: Millions of people in developing countries have moved out of abject poverty. They'll need a different kind of aid, centering on education. But millions more are trapped at the bottom and need help just to survive.
Pastor Corey Brooks spent nearly three months on the roof of run-down Chicago motel that was a hub of drug dealing and prostitution to shut it down.
Morocco has armed itself with a dramatically different weapon against terrorism – the power of Muslim women to quell violence before it happens.
Boosting incomes in land-locked Laos means selling more value-added crops, such as organic fruits and vegetables.
Youths in the Middle East confront the world’s highest youth unemployment rates. Some are creating new businesses with a social purpose, such as battling illiteracy or environmental degradation, while also generating new jobs.
Known as mobile money, electronic currency can be stored on a mobile phone and then converted into cash to help those in need, such as victims of a disaster.
The nonprofit Licking County Coalition for Housing makes a difference by providing financial assistance and temporary housing to the homeless.
Germany's Irmela Mensah-Schramm checks lampposts, public benches, anywhere she might find a racist slogan or Nazi swastika. Then she pulls out a bottle of spray paint and covers it.
Ian Taylor is the youngest Irishman to climb Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak. But he has made his treks doubly meaningful by helping to fund the Mt. Everest school in Kitandwe, Uganda.
Here are 11 programs and projects that aid older people in finding nutritional education, connect them to kids, or provide access to healthy food and active lifestyles.
While still in his 20s Derrius Quarles started Million Dollar Scholar to provide scholarship information and other resources to students seeking financial aid to fund their dreams.
Architects say using EPS is an inexpensive way for Kenyans to own decent homes, and conservationists say it’s also a way for Kenyans to build without cutting down the country's vanishing forests.
Millions of people around the world are still enslaved, many in the sex industry. Education and training opportunities can help change the picture, says a former sex slave.
Epps, the principal of Synergy Charter Academy in Los Angeles, has turned it into the 'best urban elementary school in the US.'
Patients come to the Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland from 500 miles away or more for treatment in the best-equipped general hospital in the region.
If Harry Potter were a real person, he’d fight child labor, voter suppression, and poverty. Here are several ways Harry's fans have taken his values from the books and movies into the real world.
An after-school music program in Michigan received a surprise $20,000 gift that will help it go forward as a free educational opportunity for elementary and middle-school students.
When college students Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman visited Costa Rica, they saw an opportunity to market Pura Vida bracelets that would create local jobs and fund charitable groups.
A shoe factory located just outside a prison in El Salvador is an act of love, a way to help former convicts stay out of prison.
EcoZoom stoves reduce fuel use by 50 percent to 60 percent and toxic emissions by 70 percent, while cutting cooking time in half, which allows women to spend more time gardening and tending to children.