One of her innovative ideas: a cafe where street kids have a safe environment to learn how to work.
At Boston’s nonprofit Project STEP, inner-city children learn life-changing skills through studying classical music.
After being decimated by disease, pollution, and overharvesting, the Chesapeake Bay’s renowned oysters are thriving once again, thanks largely to a selectively bred oyster that grows rapidly and is more resistant to pathogens.
Perry Saxe Gateka loved radio. So he attached his homemade antenna to the highest branch of an avocado tree and began broadcasting to more than 100 households in Burundi.
The two-foot-square prototype machine looks and functions like an ATM, but dispenses water instead of cash. Users are issued a card they use to claim a daily amount of water.
One answer to California’s severe water shortage may be groundwater banking, in which municipalities, farmers, and other water users store water in aquifers for later use.
The founder of the Nepal Youth Foundation, profiled in a 2013 Monitor article, was preparing for a birthday party when the earthquake hit. Now she's back in the US raising funds to aid Nepal.
In a village of mud and straw huts in Mali a series of small improvements – capturing rainwater, a fish pond, vegetable gardens, efficient wood stoves – is lifting families.
Confections With Convictions is more than a fancy chocolate shop. It's a fresh start for troubled teens.
Embedded with solar cells, the world’s first energy-producing bike path is humming along in the Netherlands.
Jean Wiener won a Goldman Environmental Foundation prize for helping establish Haiti’s first Marine Protected Areas and promoting sustainable fishing practices.
A cash-transfer program aimed as food aid has had an unexpected effect: Most of the recipients use it to start small businesses or restock herds with drought-resistant cattle.
A USDA program helps low-income families take home twice the veggies – and farmers make twice the money.
Parent and author MacKenzie Bezos founded Bystander revolution to inspire simple acts of courage, kindness, and inclusion, and to counter bullying online or in person.
She lined her St. Louis-area basement with freezers and shelves and began distributing food, diapers, and toiletries free to local foster families.
Viateur and his wife, Judith, have married across the divide between Hutus and Tutsis, becoming entrepreneurs and peace builders.
Educate Girls trains young people to go into villages to find girls who are not in the classroom.
Video games with a purpose, from peacemaking to teaching empathy to treating social problems such as discrimination, are growing in number and sophistication.
In a Nairobi, Kenya, slum, residents used technology to map the area, a key first step in solving problems from waste removal to street lighting. Those with phones can now report problems more accurately.