Gifted Mom, a mobile app developed in Cameroon, sends important information to mothers about managing pregnancy and newborns. People can also ask questions and get advice via SMS. Innovations like this could be game-changing in the effort to reduce maternal mortality rates.
After struggling to afford his own education, Moshin Juma started holding literacy classes for children living in Kampala’s slums. The effort has grown to include a football academy, jewellery-making classes, and a shoemaking workshop—with the hope to one day open a primary school.
Silver Mugisha remembers childhood mornings spent walking 4 kilometers to fetch water from a swamp. Now Uganda has made huge strides in providing citizens with clean water: today, the number of towns with clean, piped water has increased almost 500% in just two years!
Jeanne Marie Uhiriwe’s solar kiosk helps Rwandans charge their mobile phones. It’s a good business for her. But the lack of access to energy in the fast-growing country means that many must make do without power – and that hurts health, education and business.
From picking up litter to cutting back bushes that create blind spots on the roads, local volunteers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, have played their part in trying to keep their communities clean, despite a lack of funds.
Zimbabweans Helen Davidson and Mary Wazara tirelessly promote recycling in their communities, both as a way to keep their city clean—and its landfills manageable—and as a source of vital income and green employment for women and children who need it.
When the forests came under threat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Abel Runeno and the his local group of activists went to work, planting more than 500,000 trees between 2008 and 2014! Now they’re widening their impact even further by promoting agroforestry and responsible use of forests.
In this small fishing village, located on the southwest coast of the island of Madagascar, Henriette receives around $18 a month from a British marine conservation charity to count shark and octopus catches. Extra cash to pay for her children’s school fees was great, but she quickly came to see the value in understandin......
Some would say Dr. Rose Mukankomeje is a force of nature. Winning a UN award for her Rwandan forest conservation work and championing a ban on plastic bags so strong people from neighbouring countries cannot bring theirs in, she's certainly a power for good when it comes to protecting the planet
Samuel Karita is sowing the seeds of change. Troubled by the perception that youths were senseless perpetrators of destruction and violence in Kenya, when in fact they were the victims of a divided country, Karita started a group committed to channelling young people’s frustrations towards positive change. Today, his effort...
In Nigeria, Sudan, and her native Zimbabwe, activist Sally Dura has been forming vital partnerships with women’s groups in order to tackle the numerous issues that women face in developing countries. Partnerships are an incredibly powerful way to encourage skill sharing and show women they have the power to do what’s righ...