The ghats, or steps, along the Ganges River seemed to be beyond help. But her volunteer effort has now been lauded by India's prime minister.
Mothers around the world are sending baby carriers to Syrian refugees, revealing a compassionate face behind the ongoing immigration debate.
She has been targeted by both the Syrian government and militant forces after setting up an underground newspaper to report on what was really happening.
Kiron University, founded by students in Berlin, promises to provide college courses to refugees without fees or the need to supply missing legal documents.
The Fond du Lac band in Minnesota is planting wild rice and restoring damaged wetlands. Across the US tribes are reviving traditional food sources and healing scarred lands.
Technological advances have added expensive bells and whistles. Getting back to basics allows low-income populations to play a major part in their own progress.
Orion Kriegman wants Boston to burst with food-producing parcels tended by the community.
The Marshall Islands is cutting diesel use dramatically with small-scale wind power, solar power, and energy efficiency moves.
The principal of Jones Elementary School in Springdale, Ark., begins by addressing the needs of the 'whole child.'
A new pathway in Yellowstone National Park is made from repurposed rubber, allowing more water to flow into the ground and recharge the Old Faithful geyser.
The United Nations has honored the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, comprised mostly of women, which has dramatically reduced poaching in a South African national park.
Akagera National Park was devastated during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Now wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and even lions, is coming back.
In a low-income area of Seattle, neighbors help to crowdfund the dreams of local entrepreneurs by providing interest-free loans.
Today his South End Technology Center is helping the city's youths prepare for the future.
A small Rescue Base Station will allow people to call, send messages, and even browse the Internet for help when regular phone service is disrupted by a natural disaster.
The flat-packed building kit from Aleutia, a British tech company, includes computers preloaded with educational resources.
Farmers are switching to hardy orange sweet potato to cope with drought and improve food security.
In the 15 years since its founding, the Barron Prize has awarded more than $540,000 to some 364 young leaders who have collectively raised more than $15 million for their causes.
Set between a Shell station and a Catholic school, this small, corner-store-sized farm has big ambitions: to provide food to the homeless, purpose to the aimless, and satisfaction to everyone willing to get their hands dirty.
The 6-by-10-foot dwellings provide people who have been living on the streets a safe place to sleep and put together a plan.