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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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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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When Hellen Tanyinga was growing up in Uganda, she was raped at just 11 years of age. While it would have been understandable for such a young girl to be crushed by a traumatic event of this sort, Hellen was strong. And with the support of her mother, she carried on, refusing to become a victim.

After graduating from university, Hellen decided to put her negative experience to work in a positive way. Returning to her home in Bukyerimba, in 2008 she established the Rape Hurts Foundation. Founded to educate her fellow Ugandans about sexual violence and campaign against rape, the org also supports and employs women seeking sanctuary, and cares for children conceived through violence.

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With heavy hearts, we bid farewell this week to our dear friend and founding board member Alison J. Marshall, who passed away on February 13th. Poet, philanthropist, marketer, technologist, traveler, ad executive, author––Alison was so much more than any one label could encompass. But to her friends and family, she was simply a constant source of happiness and light.

Beginning her professional career in the field of marketing and public relations, Alison had a budding interest in technology that eventually prompted her move into IT. In addition to board seats at AD-Club Orange County, the Business Professional Advertising Association and the Orange County Board for United Way Spec...

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As we stand on the edge of a brand-new year, we thought it would be good to look back on the many positive things that have come down the pike in 2020. After all, no one needs to be reminded that this has been a particularly difficult year. And we've got some real reasons to feel hopeful about the coming annum.

To recognize some of the good things that came out of 2020, El Pais has assembled a collection of 42 positive stories from the past year–and it's truly a remarkable list. From marked declines in HIV infections, cancer mortality and dementia, to the huge advances being made in renewable energy sources, there is so much progress being made. It's the kind of thing we all need to be ...

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Food access is something that is so fundamental, people don't generally see it until it disappears. For those in economically sound communities, it's usually taken for granted. But our inner cities historically fall short on this measure, and "food deserts"–places where it can be difficult or impossible to find any fresh food–have become an unfortunate staple of many of our urban centers.

Olympia Auset is one person who wasn't ready to settle for that. Determined to help her community do better, the Howard University graduate and native of South Central Los Angeles launched the pop-up grocery concept SÜPRMARKT back in 2016.

"I would be on the bus two hours every time I needed ...

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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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The Beirut Port explosion of August 4th was a tragedy of staggering proportions. At least 200 deaths, 6,500 injuries and $15 billion in property damage have been attributed to the disaster, and up to 300,000 people were left homeless.

Thankfully, entrepreneurs and social activists came out in droves following the event; in fact, there are now more than 7,000 NGOs in Lebanon, the highest per capita anywhere in the world.

Michelle Mouracade is the Lebanon country director for Alfanar, a venture philanthropy organization supporting social enterprises in the Middle East. Fully eighty-three percent of the orgs that Alfanar supports are woman-led, and Mouracade thinks Lebanon is poised to become a g...

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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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The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on business throughout the world, and it continues to transform the landscape of our daily lives. Thankfully, many entrepreneurs have taken this disruption as a rare opportunity to redirect their energy toward the public good.

Operation StaySafe is one good example: they're a coalition of the leading American medical testing companies, along with healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs, 22 companies in all. They are working to create realistic, scalable solutions to the testing problem, and to increase access to comprehensive testing. Not only is StaySafe creating rapid tests accessible at home and work, they go a step further to aggreg...

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