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Ian went to Romania to help children in need – and never left

Ian went to Romania to help children in need – and never left

It’s been a journey to Romania of a quarter-century-and-counting for Ian Tilling. During that time he has been instrumental in setting up long-term shelters in Bucharest, the capital, initially for orphans, later for the homeless, and later still for families suffering from domestic abuse. Casa

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Ali Abu Awwad chose nonviolence over revenge

Ali Abu Awwad chose nonviolence over revenge

It was the year 2000, and the second Palestinian intifada had just broken out. Ali Abu Awwad was in Saudi Arabia, recovering from an Israeli drive-by shooting, when he received word that an Israeli soldier had shot his brother Youssef in the head at close range. “He left us a son and a daughter

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Little girl, 3, saves  two children by donating her organs

Little girl, 3, saves two children by donating her organs

Olivia Swedberg was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on May 7. The three-year-old from North Platte, Nebraska, had a tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), which has a 0 percent survival rate and only affects children. Her parents decided they needed to do whatever they could

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Donna Tabor is a one-woman charity in Nicaragua

Donna Tabor is a one-woman charity in Nicaragua

“Without Donna, I probably would be in jail now,” says Oscar Arnulfo Romero, “or, more likely, dead.” The 20-something man from Granada, Nicaragua, is not exaggerating. In his teenage years, he had shared a gang lifestyle including alcohol and drugs with his three older brothers. One of t

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My disability has never come in the way

My disability has never come in the way

Manikandan Kumar, aka Mani Rogers, is India’s first world Para-climbing Champion, a feat for anyone in India, where recognition for outdoor activities and sports is a rarity.  However, in the case of Mani Rogers, this was taken a step further. Apart from breaking the norm, this young 28-year-old

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Priti helps the children of Mumbai's sex workers

Priti helps the children of Mumbai’s sex workers

Thirteen-year-old Divya can’t remember a time when she was not scared of her mother’s customers. She dreamed of freedom, despite being urged by her mother and grandmother to take up their profession as a sex worker. Divya’s determination to be free led her to a night shelter set up by Prera

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Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible. It follows years of efforts to give pregnant women early acc

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Vicki Houska raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it.

Vicki Houska raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it.

Vicki Houska is a woman of many gifts. But one of the first things that her friends and colleagues will tell you about her is that she is a hugger. “No one leaves her without a hug and a smile,” says Michelle Barron, a work crew supervisor for the St. Charles County Juvenile Justice Center.

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Olga Murray in Nepal: shaken but undeterred

Olga Murray in Nepal: shaken but undeterred

The founder of the Nepal Youth Foundation, profiled in a 2013 Monitor article, was preparing for a birthday party when the earthquake hit. Now she's back in the US raising funds to aid Nepal. The earthquake struck just hours before 600 guests, including the US ambassador, were to descend on Olga Mu

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Jonathan helps give poor and minority a strong defense in court

Jonathan helps give poor and minority a strong defense in court

Brett Wills knows two things about his belief system as a public defender in north Georgia: Either he’s crazy, or he’s right. Going up against what he calls the “leviathan” of the US criminal-justice system on a daily basis, Mr. Wills is among thousands of well-meaning and often worn-dow

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