The move to make fire towers operational again stems from the high cost of using airplanes to monitor forests during the fire season. Towers were once considered the best line of defense against forest fires.
Small-scale farmers use 'home dams' that capture rainwater, helping them cope with water scarcity. And sales of the fish are providing income.
In 2000, Hannah Schwartz helped establish Heartbeet farm to offer care and opportunities for growth for adults with developmental disabilities.
Nedra Bonds started quilting at age 6, never expecting it to be her lifework after retirement. One of her quilts helped stop the building of a landfill near a historical site.
From book bicycles to camels, mobile libraries can connect people and grow communities around a love of reading.
More than 10 million children are estimated to migrate with their families to different parts of India every year. As part of the postcard program, they send confirmation that they're back in school when they go home.
Drawing on 15 years of observations, two researchers find that test scores improved significantly and that students exhibited a variety of other skills when they used laptops.
The former governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee says it makes his day when somebody says, ‘Now you got me doin’ it.’
A small team from the rights group Migrant Care tries to identify potential victims of human trafficking at Jakarta's airport and offer advice to others leaving of their own free will on how to look after themselves.
Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church wanted to try a different approach to helping single mothers who are in poverty or are healing from drug abuse, or both.
SquashBusters takes a sport oft-regarded as elitist, introduces it to city kids, and uses it to boost their academic prospects, build character, and give them a sense of belonging.
Project for Public Spaces promotes a 'lighter, quicker, cheaper' approach. The aim is to turn these spaces into attractive community resources and gathering places.
Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Canales tries to prevent the deaths of migrants passing through the sandy, scorching terrain of South Texas. He also works with families abroad who are searching for their loved ones.
Wood chip bioreactors are simple trenches that can be constructed on farms to clean the water that flows out of tile drains. Although the bioreactors are already a proven practice, more work remains to be done.
When harvests fail, farmers turn to cutting forests – but cultivating mushrooms could be an alternative. Farm Africa is teaching farmers to grow oyster mushrooms.
The Open Door Institute offers a 16-week life skills training program to both the homeless and low-income residents who are seeking documented skills to improve their chances of landing a decent-paying job.
Proximity Designs operates in Myanmar (Burma) with the goal of increasing income for the country’s rural poor. The organization’s agronomists work with farmers to come up with affordable solutions.
When Babak Arzani fled Iran and reached Hungary in 2010, he found himself in a foreign land where he didn't speak the language. He helped found a group that supports the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Getting rid of mines in Colombia – a land of mountains and jungle terrain – is a key challenge for the nation and is crucial for rural development and tackling poverty.
Kaitlyn Hoffman, a sophomore in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., collected enough donations to load up a small trailer plus a 53-foot tractor-trailer.