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Breaking Barriers: SOMA Foundation Rwanda Transforms Lives Through Education

April 9, 2024 |

The country of Rwanda experienced a devastating tragedy with the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi people. In the aftermath, tens of thousands of children were orphaned. Not only did these children lose their families, but there were many barriers they had to overcome, including the disruption of their education and…

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Revolutionizing Healthcare: The Impact of Hayat TeleHealth in Somalia

March 22, 2024 |

Hayat TeleHealth is pioneering a transformative approach to healthcare in Somalia, driven by a vision where quality medical services are a fundamental right for all Somalis. With a focus on innovation and efficacy, their mission extends beyond telehealth services to eradicating health disparities and achieving universal health coverage in Somalia.…

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Youth Creating New Beginnings Aims To Empower Philadelphia Youth

February 20, 2024 |

In the heart of Philadelphia, a non-profit organization is making significant strides in empowering the city’s youth to forge their own paths toward success. With a high school dropout rate of approximately 14% in Philadelphia and only 10% of students earning a college degree, there is an urgency to create…

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More Than A Game: KNT Basketball Squares Up Against Suicide

February 14, 2024 |

Since 2021, a basketball tournament has taken place in the Lehigh Valley that represents meaning and hope for those who have been affected by suicide: The KNT Basketball Tournament. Named in honor of Kobee Nyro Texter, who took his own life at age 24 after battling with mental health, the…

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Fluency Forward Foundation: Advancing Language Fluency & Cultural Exchange

December 21, 2023 |

As a young immigrant from India, Caroline Praveen struggled in school and social interactions because she spoke with an Indian accent and did not always express her thoughts for fear of ridicule and not being taken seriously. It wasn’t until she met an adult Indian woman with an American accent…

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Friends of Historic Colonel Hooper House Assembles To Save Easton’s Oldest Home

December 15, 2023 |

At the corner of 5th and Northampton streets in Easton, PA stands the city’s oldest residence: the Colonel Hooper House. Despite carrying historical significance that dates back to the 18th century—American Revolutionary War Colonel Robert Lettis Hooper Jr. once lived there—the building has been unoccupied for decades and is succumbing…

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Inspire Her Nurtures Change in Menstrual Health Across Ghana

December 11, 2023 |

Sandra Boakye felt the need for change in menstrual health and education after engaging with the young girls in the Ghana Adolescent Health Project in 2015. She witnessed their struggles, and the lack of knowledge on adolescent development, especially concerning reproductive health, inspired her to take action. This lack of…

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When Lightning Strikes: Transforming Perception of Spontaneous Spiritual Awakenings

December 7, 2023 |

A Spontaneous Spiritual Awakening (SSA) is defined as a “subjective experience characterized by a sudden sense of direct contact, union, or complete non-dual merging (experience of oneness) with a perceived ultimate reality, the universe, ‘God,’ or the Divine,” according to research psychologist Jessica Cornielle at the University of Greenwich. Despite…

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BASD Proud Parents Educate Parents On School Issues

November 15, 2023 |

Greg Venneman started Bethlehem Area School District Proud Parents in 2010 because he was inspired by Pennsylvania Education Voters and similar groups who work towards increasing public school state funding. “…a lack of state education funding not only impacts the quality of the education students receive, it also causes the…

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My Food Rescue Lehigh Valley: Fighting Hunger and Climate Change, One Meal at a Time

November 13, 2023 |

In the heart of the Lehigh Valley, a new initiative is taking root, one that is set to change the way we think about food, hunger, and our environment. Meet My Food Rescue Lehigh Valley, a program with a two-pronged mission: to alleviate hunger and reduce critical carbon emissions by…

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