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Man standing on street lined with hurricane debris from houses (Nechama — Jewish Response to Disaster)

Faith-based charities, lending a helping hand

All denominations turn out to help people in times of disaster, like in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U.S.
People standing in garage in floodwaters (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Hurricane Harvey in pictures

This photo gallery documents how Texans came together to help fellow Texans after Hurricane Harvey devastated the southeast part of their state.
Illustration of people with disabilities using mobile devices to navigate a city street (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Smart cities work for people with disabilities

Smart cities, which use technology to improve access for people with disabilities, are finding that the changes help all their residents.
Grid of 7 portraits (State Dept./D. Peterson)

Heroes in the fight against human trafficking

The State Department recognized eight people from around the world as "heroes" in fighting human trafficking. Read the stories of two of them.
Two people talking (Refined Creative)

Want to fight corruption? Follow the money.

An organization in Nigeria scours government databases and social media to empower local communities to root out corruption and make sure promises are kept.
Ornate hall (Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress)

Belarusians check out U.S. libraries

Belarusian librarians visited the U.S. to explore the library system, from the biggest collections to a small library in a rural town in Georgia.
People posing in front of McDonald's sign (Courtesy of McDonald’s Deutschland)

For refugees in Germany, McDonald’s restaurants are a job and a...

McDonald's Germany, which has hired 900-plus refugees from Syria and other countries, teaches workers about their jobs and about German culture.
People standing on parade float waving flags (© Beth Parker)

A warm welcome for refugees who settle in Utah

Refugees resettled in the U.S. are finding opportunity and learning new skills in the western state of Utah with the help of nonprofits and government.
Feet wearing athletic shoes resting on soccer ball (© Dyah K. Miller/Arteologie)

For refugees, Cincinnati — and soccer — to the rescue

RefugeeConnect is using the universal love of soccer to connect refugees with resources, scholarship programs, English lessons and communities.