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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.