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Eyeglasses for All It is estimated that there are 2.5 billion people in the developing world that need, but have no access to eyeglasses.  Current conventional eyeglasses distribution programs rely on well-trained optometrists or ophthalmic nurses to properly diagnose refractive error and provide accurate prescriptions. They also require a skilled technician to grind…(Read More)

A Portable Suitcase to Test Drugs Fake, substandard and poor quality medicines lead to nearly half a million deaths annually and cost upwards of 15 billion dollars. Low-income countries are unable to safeguard their pharmacopeia, and hence these poor quality medicines lead to loss of life, create morbidity and long-term drug resistance. PharmaChK…(Read More)

Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc (AIDFI)   There are hundreds of thousands upland villages and farms all over the world without easy access to drinking, household or irrigation water. Manually fetching water with an average of 40 liters per household per day results in many problems: time or money spent for fetching water, no water…(Read More)

Solar Powered Pay-as-you-grow System  Farmers across Africa face many challenges including: unreliable rainfall, low crop yields, high-energy costs, lack of access to modern farming technology and insufficient access to capital. In Kenya, for example, there are 5.4 million hectares of arable land, but only 17% of this land is suitable…(Read More)

STEM for Refugees There are 4.8 million Syrian refugees in the neighboring 5 countries. Nearly 800,000 are children out of school.  Although there have been a number of international and regional efforts, access to quality education is insufficient.  Massa Mufti launched STEM for Refugees to provide 21st century life skills and prepare these…(Read More)

Microfinance for Mothers – An Education Initiative Indonesia has a young population, with more than half of its 252 million people less than 29 years of age. Veronica Colondam established the YCAB Foundation to tackle this generational challenge.  YCAB addresses the crisis in a two-fold manner.  First they provide access to education to those most…(Read More)

Learning to Read Via Text Messages  The literacy rate in Afghanistan for women and girls is one of the lowest in the world. Many women and girls do not have the time to study for years on end.  In 2012, Sakena Yacoobi, the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, spearheaded an innovative mobile literacy…(Read More)

Poverty Stoplight: A customized poverty elimination plan Martin Burt developed Poverty Stoplight after realizing that many of his microfinance clients remained below the poverty line despite access to credit. His Foundation set out to design an integrated approach that facilitates poverty elimination, by providing both a metric and a methodology for families to quantify their…(Read More)

After the conflict broke out in Syria in March 2011, a group of concerned citizens created Syria Tracker, a crowd sourced online platform that allows people in Syria to share what was happening to and around them. Since its launch, hundreds of thousands of eyewitness and other reports have been submitted, giving ordinary citizens a…(Read More)

According to UN Women, 1 in 3 women face some kind of sexual assault at least once in their lifetime. Yet 80% of girls and women do not talk about abuse for multiple reasons – fear, cultural issues, victim blaming – being a few. To mitigate the lack of reporting and create safer public spaces, SafeCity…(Read More)