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The last year has been so hard on so many, that the public's attention has often been diverted from the plight of the least fortunate of all: the homeless. Lack of adequate housing has only worsened during the pandemic, and the virus created a new problem to solve, that of sanitation. With cleanliness so crucial in the fight against Covid-19, where were homeless people supposed to wash their hands?

Enter Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit founded by Atlanta's Cecilia Lester that created a unique solution: the placement of portable sinks throughout the city for homeless people to wash their hands without interference. Portable sanitation units carry five gallons of water and come equipped with soa...

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What a difference a year can make: according to the National Academy of Sciences, the number of American households in poverty was shrinking steadily before the pandemic began. Sadly, just one year after Covid-19 emerged in the U.S., millions more households have been pushed into economic crisis. Some estimates suggest that as many as 2.5 million additional children have been forced into poverty.

Thankfully, help is finally on the way. Aside from what it provides in COVID relief, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recently signed by President Biden offers one of the most comprehensive anti-poverty packages in modern times. Along with stimulus checks going out to most children and adults a...

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Without a doubt, the last year has been a crucial test for all of us. And during a year when the chips were truly down, it should come as no surprise that women across the world stepped up in an historic way.

This weeks's NBC feature honored five of the many women who have endured through the worst of the Covid crisis––and managed to continue giving back. From Avesta Rastan of California, whose ingenious infographics about the effects of Covid-19 went viral, to New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, praised for her decisive action during the pandemic, women have clearly emerged as the true heroes of the pandemic. To hear more about these two, and the other impressive women who have distin...

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At fully eleven months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we are finally beginning to see some signs of improvement. And despite stops and starts that have slowed the drive to vaccinate Americans, the newest numbers give us real reasons for hope.

According to the Atlantic's Covid Tracking Project, as of today hospitalizations across the U.S. have declined for 21 days in a row. Intensive Care numbers also declined throughout January; they are now down for the 19th consecutive day. And though the numbers are still dangerously high, we're now experiencing one of the longest periods of sustained decline since the pandemic began.

This is welcome news, to say the very least. For a closer look at the number...

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With all the hurdles we've faced this year, there is an awful lot of negative news out there, and the first days of 2021 have offered little respite. But here at Billions Rising, bad news is just not in our wheelhouse. More to the point, there is just too much good news out there for us cover.

The people over at Vox put together a year-end look at some of the biggest breakthroughs of 2020–and why they were so important. Aside from the lightning-fast development of multiple Covid vaccines, a stupendous achievement in its own right, there were a host of other high-water marks over the course of the year: from big steps in Biotech to major advances in our understanding of poverty's causes ...

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Despite our relative wealth here in the U.S., hunger is a vexing problem in our nation even in the best of times. And with the Covid crisis surging, this year has certainly been no exception. People have been hit hard–but thankfully, Californians have responded, pulling together to make sure the neediest among us don't go without.

The sheer number of initiatives is beyond impressive: from a teenager that raised $10,000 to benefit the hungry to an Encinita farm stand offering pay-what-you-can produce to those in need, people across the Golden State have stepped up to feed their neighbors this year.

This week, Patch.com showcased the vital work being done across California, in an exhaustiv...

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We've all learned a great deal over the past eight months, and there has been a sharp learning curve in one area in particular: hunger. As Chef José Andrés explains in yesterday's editorial, this is an area where improvements are far overdue.

Andrés points out that our medical system wasn't truly modernized until after the 1914 epidemic, when it became clear that the old system wasn't up to the changing needs of the nation. In order to tackle our bigger food crisis, the same comprehensive overhaul is needed, he argues: "We need to think even bigger," Andrés says. "We need food policy action across the federal government, including the departments of agriculture, st...

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Among the many disruptions we've faced this year due to Covid-19 is the drastic effect it has had on our schools. All across the globe, children's school experiences have been transformed, with such important rites of passage as prom and graduation either curtailed or confined to the web.

But that didn't keep 18-year-old Riya Shah from pursuing her dreams. Shah spent her homebound hours working on new technology that helps expecting mothers manage their health remotely. "We're worried about our health and going out, but pregnant moms are worried about two lives," Shah says. "So what can we do to help them out?"

Shah's platform Fetal Life helps women navigate pregnancy in a new environment&ndas...

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Like so many businesses, theaters have been hit hard since the beginning of the pandemic, and Oakland's New Parkway Theater was no exception. But while their screens are still dark, what the eight-year-old theater did have was a loyal following--and as they soon found out, that proved to be their saving grace.

Two weeks after the state shutdown, The New Parkway pivoted to a pickup and delivery food program. And the results have been surprising: while selling food hasn’t come close to replacing revenue lost from showing films, the business is surviving and moving forward.

“It’s fair to say it was an instant hit,” says Carlos Courtade of New Parkway, who sees the theater ...

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we've seen a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. Responding to the needs of this embattled sector, public and private business leaders have invested in an emergency fund targeted to social entrepreneurs who focus on the world’s most vulnerable.

Acumen, a non-profit organization that invests in initiatives to tackle poverty, heads up the fund. Employing a radical approach divergent from their typical strategy, they use small grants and loans to create an immediate infusion of support for impacted communities.

Just one of the organizations they've helped is SiembraViva, a Colombian nonprofit that brings healthy food to people in cities, ...

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