Take a Book, Leave a Book: Public Book Exchanges in Puerto Rico Provide Alternative to Rising Costs, Under-Resourced Libraries

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EconomyEducationMoney

Increasing costs of living and limited library services in Puerto Rico have made it hard for people to access books. To promote access to reading, local people are taking matters into their hands by setting up book exchange projects, so that people can explore the world of reading at lower prices.

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As Tuition Spikes, Students at the University of Puerto Rico Volunteer for Meals

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EducationMoney

University tuition in Puerto Rico has risen so high that it’s hard for students to balance the cost of courses with the costs of books, facilities and even meals. Many are now volunteering with community kitchens and dining halls to feed themselves.

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Lunch Break in a Mexico City Park

Region: Mexico

Topics: Moments

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Haitian Students Play Games To Celebrate School Year’s End

Region: Haiti

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Mexicans Are Speaking Up To Save Ancestral Languages

Region: Mexico

Topics: Culture

Mexico’s ancient languages are in danger of disappearing. Linguists and activists are working to save them, saying those languages are key in preserving the country’s cultural traditions.

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As Need Rises, Palliative Care Services Remain Insufficient in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsPolitics

Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.

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Is Honesty the Best Policy at Ugandan Funerals?

Region: Uganda

Topics: Culture

There’s an emerging trend at rural funeral services in Uganda: listing the faults of the deceased instead of praising them. People say it can set a precedent for better lifestyle choices, but others worry that such pronouncements disrespect the mourners.

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Power Shortages Take a Toll on Zimbabwe’s Wheat Crop

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureEconomy

Winter wheat was once one of Zimbabwe’s most successful crops. But electricity shortages are making it difficult to grow, leaving Zimbabweans with the impossible choice of either waiting hours in long fuel lines to fill their generators or not growing it at all.

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Getting Ready to Play Mayan Ball in Guatemala

Region: Guatemala

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Women in Mexico’s National Military Service Say They Experience Unequal Treatment

Region: Mexico

Topics: PoliticsWomen's Rights

Women have been eligible to enlist in Mexico’s National Military Service since 2000. But this year, the service saw the fewest number of women enroll. And those who did say they don’t receive the same opportunities as men.

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