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In a nation of just under 50 million, fully 3 million Kenyan kids are classified as orphans, and many of those are street children. It's a crisis of daunting proportions–but one crafty and compassionate organization has struck on what may be the perfect solution.

The people who run Agape Children’s Ministry started with one fundamental observation: the majority of Kenyan orphans actually have living relatives. Armed with that insight, the org's mission became to reunite as many of those kids with their families as possible. To date they have helped over 2,300 kids rejoin their families, and they've begun sharing their model with other outfits that hope to employ it elsewhere.

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Peter Tabichi teaches science to schoolchildren in Keriko, Kenya, a region frequently blighted by drought and famine. His students come from very poor families, many having to go without adequate food at home. It's an often bleak landscape, and drug abuse, early school dropout and suicide are all too common.

According to UNESCO, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion in all of Africa; over one-fifth of children between the ages of 6 and 11 do not attend school. And Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, where Tabichi works, has all the typical problems afflicting schools in the region.

But Tabichi's love for his students, and for science itself, leaves him undaunted by the...

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According to Charity: Water, around 40% of Kenya’s population drinks and bathes with unclean water, from sources like rivers, ponds, and shallow boreholes. It's a big problem, and unfortunately one of the easiest ways to treat contaminated water–boiling it over a wood fire–is itself an environmental hazard.

One Swiss company is working on solutions. Vestergaard Frandsen is the CEO of Vestergaard/LifeStraw, known for its filters, used by hikers use to decontaminate nearly any source of water. Their most recent project, Follow The Liters, promises to provide enough clean water tanks to supply water to one million Kenyan students. Read the whole story here.