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Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Eva Reed
Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants

Family holidays evoke memories of long journeys, good weather and making new friends. When Jack Lanting and his family went from New Zealand to Thailand for a holiday in 2009, those new friends included Asian elephants. Jack, who was 8 years old at the time, was so moved by the plight of Thailand’s elephants that he […]

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How to Fight Child Marriage in Nepal

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
How to Fight Child Marriage in Nepal

A 2014 UNICEF report emphasized that Nepal is still among the top ten countries in the world, where child marriage is practiced. A staggering forty-one percent of girls marry before turning eighteen, while ten percent wed by the age of fifteen. Early weddings cause considerable hardships for girls, many of whom drop out of school and face domestic & sexual […]

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The Young Face of Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement, Joshua Wong

Friday, January 30th, 2015 by Nathaniel Sher
The Young Face of Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement, Joshua Wong

Friday, January 30, 2015, by Nathaniel Sher Since the United Kingdom returned control of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1997, the former colony has been experiencing a political-cultural identity crisis. Under the “one country, two systems” policy, the island’s government has grown more and more economically reliant on—and politically controlled […]

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Young Writer Changing Afghanistan for Women

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Young Writer Changing Afghanistan for Women

Noorjahan Akbar is a 22-year-old Afghani woman, who is the co-founder of Young Women for Change (YWC). The organization, started in 2011, was dedicated to advocating for rights of Afghan women at a national and international level and mobilizing men and women to speak up for the human rights of women. While working for the […]

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Malala’s powerful speech at UN

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
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In a powerful and moving speech at the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai called on women and girls not to rely on men to provide them education, but to demand it themselves.  She said,“Malala Day is not my day, today is for… every girl who has stood for her rights.”  Showing signs of a nearly complete […]

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Lisa Peng, 16, takes on the Chinese government for her father’s release

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Lisa Peng, 16, takes on the Chinese government for her father’s release

Sixteen-year-old Lisa Peng is taking on the Chinese government, in order to produce the release of her father, Peng Ming, a prominent human rights and democracy activist.  Lisa, who is a student at Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio, last saw her father in 2004. Mr. Peng was travelling to Myanmar when he was imprisoned for life, after […]

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Dump Picker Helps 10000 Homeless Children

Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Dump Picker Helps 10000 Homeless Children

When he was two years old, Cris “Kesz” Valdez’s father forced him to scavenge at a dump site in Cavite City, situated not far from Manila. His father used to beat Kesz and use the money collected for drugs and alcohol. When he turned four, Kesz ran away from home and lived on the streets, continuing […]

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A real-life Cinderella: from garbage dump to dancing Swan Lake

Sunday, May 12th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
A real-life Cinderella: from garbage dump to dancing Swan Lake

Fifteen year-old Jessa Balote has been dubbed Manila Cinderella, given her rise from dire poverty to a professional ballerina in the Philippines. The young girl comes from Tondo, a slum situated next to a large waste dump in Manila, where most inhabitants survive off of collecting garbage. The young ballerina’s parents make money by selling […]

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15 year-old girl takes on giant China government because she wants to go to school

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts
15 year-old girl takes on giant China government because she wants to go to school

A small girl in China is taking on the giant Chinese government because she wants to go to school.  Zhan Haite, 15, like most teens, lives where her parents live.  So when her parents moved to Shanghai for work, she moved too.  But currently in China, unless you are rich, you can’t go to high […]

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Jolo Balbin helps commuters in the Philippines navigate their cities

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Jolo Balbin helps commuters in the Philippines navigate their cities

Driving in the Philippines is famously chaotic and difficult to navigate. Realizing that accessing information about public transportation opportunities and costs is not easily available in his country, Jolo Balbin thought about creating a website that could provide good point-to-point directions in the Philippines and would be focused on commuters. Alongside two partners, Ian Maglalang […]

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