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People Making a Difference

Meet ordinary individuals who are stepping up and solving problems. This set of audio reports focuses on people whose work offers credible hope, finds innovative answers, fuels generosity, and inspires others to uplift their fellow human beings. Most of these audio stories include a link to an earlier text feature as it appeared in The Christian Science Monitor. Episodes are also available on your favorite podcast platform. Search for “People Making a Difference”.

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      The Sewing Machine Project

      The Sewing Machine Project

      Listen to Margaret Jankowski. For 16 years, she has been lifting people out of poverty, repairing the lives of abused women, and offering hope through The Sewing Machine Project.

      The Grace Project

      The Grace Project

      Listen to Megan Cohen. She struggled with addiction and homelessness for nearly a decade. But then, aided by small acts of kindness by strangers, she turned her life around. Today, at age 28, she leads The Grace Project, which brings food and medical supplies – and hope – to people who are experiencing homelessness and dealing with addiction in Philadelphia.

      Global Gardens: Sowing science and peace

      Global Gardens: Sowing science and peace

      Listen to the founders of Global Gardens, which is active in more than a dozen elementary schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yes, it helps kids grow gardens. But sowing seeds is also a path to learning how to cooperate, manage conflict, and nurture critical thinking skills. It's a program about peace, science, and hope.

      The Travelling Telescope

      The Travelling Telescope

      Listen to Susan Murabana. Her mission is to give all Kenyans equal access to the skies and to inspire the next generation of scientists. She and her partner have reached about 200,000 schoolchildren with their Travelling Telescope program. A tale of dream-building and love.

      Theresa Betancourt: How ex-child soldiers heal

      Theresa Betancourt: How ex-child soldiers heal

      Listen to Professor Theresa Betancourt of Boston College who studied why some child soldiers in Sierra Leone heal after the trauma of war. But she took it a step further. She’s helping create programs that foster resilience, love, and hope. We've also included in this storyboard the full-text feature profiling her work.

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