For Foote, known as the ‘angel of East St. Louis,’ cooking up a free meal for those in need is her vocation and her joy.
As a young social worker she was planning only to take a survey. But when she saw what was happening she knew she had to stay and help.
To Germans uneasy about their obligation to welcome foreign asylum seekers, Richter offers meaningful dialogue.
The Miracle Foundation dramatically improves standards in a growing network of orphanages.
He cofounded Gideon’s Promise to assist idealistic public defenders, who fight long odds to make sure the scales of justice are fairly balanced.
The 'retail activist’ charged $2,000 on her Visa card and made 1,000 bottles of Afghanistan Orange Blossom, selling it out of her garage.
Henneberger, a behind-the-scenes force for social change, relishes improving lives through better housing and race relations, as well as economic opportunities.
The British couple moved to Thailand to retire. But when they learned of the illegal capture and torture of dogs, their plans changed.
The entrepreneurial owner of Caribbean Craft has created a successful business that offers employees wages and benefits far above what is usual in Haiti.
A stately structure in Mumbai built during British rule has become a modern world-class cultural center.
Fewer than 100 little vaquita porpoises are left in the Gulf of California. California teenager William Whittenbury aims to save them.
Photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the globe for three decades, inviting viewers to deeply connect with her subjects.
St. Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Uganda teaches skills that allow women to earn a living for themselves – and often for the children they bore as slave 'wives.'
In Bangalore, India, Nalini Shekar has organized lowly waste pickers wandering the streets into a cohesive group of waste-management professionals.
As a boy Peter Schumann carried his hand puppets with him when he fled the Russians. Now he's one of the foremost practitioners of experimental puppet theater in the world.
A teenaged girl in Taiwan serves as a campaign manager for a city council candidate, and provides a model of civic activism for cynical teens.
At Café Momentum in Dallas former juvenile offenders learn valuable life skills.
The Baghdad church run by the Anglican priest provides food, education, and medical services to nearly 5,000 Iraqis in need.
Krithi Karanth has witnessed threats, poachers, and forest fires as she tries to learn how people and wildlife can live in harmony in a crowded India.
Honeybee populations are under attack but the founders of nonprofit HoneyLove believe bees' best future is in cities.
Samasource breaks down complicated data-processing projects into small steps that can be done remotely on PCs in countries like Ghana, Uganda, and Haiti.
A visit to a poor Thai village alarmed Mr. Akio. Now his Japan-based charity EDF-International helps thousands of children across Southeast Asia.
Over the past decade Libby Weir has adopted a struggling family in South Africa and built them a new home, established vegetable gardens, created a school library, run school vacation activities, and sponsored educational programs for adults.
The award-winning Broadway playwright, director, and producer spent six years carefully preparing exhibits for the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Nuru International fights extreme poverty by handing its projects off to local groups. If Nuru is still around in 30 years, Harriman says, it has failed.