In an increasingly populous, complex and interconnected world, it is easy to feel powerless, to ask what can one voice out of over 7.5 billion can achieve, and so to consider leaving problem solving to government bodies and other large non-governmental institutions. Yet we do each have the power to change the world and there is a real need for us to do so.
Imagine seeing entire villages cut off every year by rain and watching as nothing changed. Imagine knowing how many animals suffer for meals that many university students don’t even want to eat but seeing that each of those students’ voices alone was achieving nothing. Imagine seeing young women fleeing conflict that is tearing their country apart only to face incredible hardship as they struggle to raise their children while large NGOs are stretched to their limits just to house entire displaced communities.
Perhaps solving each of these problems seems insurmountable, beyond the scope of what anyone can achieve by themselves. Yet this week we share with you 14 examples of just what is possible when committed, bold community members recognize that their ideas have the power to change even the biggest issues. Whether it’s bringing community members together and providing the tools and means to repair river crossings, creating technology that unites a chorus of lone voices and provides a platform from which they can speak meaningfully and loudly, or whether it’s working directly with the most vulnerable members of an already vulnerable population to provide them with the skills, care, and support they need to get back on their feet, each of the 14 projects that we are proud to share this week are examples of just how far we can go and how much we can achieve when we act from our heart.