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Growing up as one of six children in a single-parent household in Myanmar, Ma Khin learned a thing or two about poverty. So when she decided to open a restaurant that trains homeless street kids to be chefs and waiters, she knew she would be throwing herself into a tricky role. “The children on the streets have psychological issues,” the former tour guide says. “Sometimes we have children with criminal records. Sometimes we have thieves....on the streets, they steal in order to fill their stomachs.”

Still, Ma Khin's premise was sound; the restaurant, named LinkAge, has persevered. And Ma Khin is just one of twenty entrepreneurs being celebrated for working to uplift Asian communities, by Channel NewsAsia’s Ch...

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When Bob Charland learned he had a cyst in his brain as well as a tumor in his frontal lobe, it didn't come as a complete surprise. He already suffered from memory loss, tremors and severe headaches. But when the doctors told him the illness would eventually kill him, the surprise was how he reacted to the news.

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It’s an essential truth: tomorrow’s world is in the hands of today’s children. It’s a bracing but hopeful thought, and recent events should give us all reason to be optimistic. Youth voting rates increased by around 10% in the midterm elections, and the number of grassroots movements being spearheaded by young people continues to surge.

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As the senior chief in Central Malawi, Theresa Kachindamoto holds a position of unique power. Her district is home to nearly 900,000 people, and since assuming her role, she has become a true champion for women and girls. In the last three years alone, she has annulled over 850 child marriages, sending the young women back to finish their schooling. And that's just the beginning; you can read Kachindamoto's remarkable story here.

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How does one go from a successful modeling career to working as a social entrepreneur learning high-end mobile development–all the while attending medical school?

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Mill Valley entrepreneur Lily Yoseph grew up middle-class in Ethiopia, a blessing in a country plagued with poverty. With the support of her family, she got an education and was able to pursue her dreams. But not all young women in Yoseph's home country are so fortunate, as she discovered on a trip back to her hometown a decade ago.

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As many of our followers already know, Billions Rising has long been a supporter of Andrew Gabula and his Joy Orphanage in Uganda. Over the last 14 years, Gabula has built an operation that includes a K-7 primary school, boarding for unplaced orphans and a huge farming operation, all to serve Ugandan children whose parents have died of AIDS. We wrote about his efforts, and Billions Rising Board President Janet Lipsey's visit to his orphanage, here back in March of this year.

We've made assisting organizations like Gabula's our priority, so we were deeply pleased to hear from him last week. It seems the orphanage had just received the dairy goats that he purchased with the foundation's help, and was quick to express his thanks. Writing on ...

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Going through surgery can be tough on anybody, and for children the experience can be downright terrifying. Charlotte Gould was born with a cleft palate which required several surgeries to repair, so she knows just how hard it can be.

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Janet Lipsey, Board President for Billions Rising Foundation, recently traveled once again to Uganda. While there, Janet took time to visit Andrew Gabula, and the Joy Orphanage that he operates in Kamuli. Since 2013, Billions Rising Foundation has supported Andrew in his efforts to build a self-sustaining farm that supports his school and the many children who reside at his orphanage. We've seen the incredible progress he has made, and continue to support his mission.

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Andrew Gabula has operated the Joy Orphanage for over 14 years.

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Young Entrepreneur Jamie Tworkowski of TWLOHA

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