Cleaning up Kumamoto

Cleaning up Kumamoto

Two strong earthquakes struck the Kumamoto area in Japan on April 14th and April 16th, magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. There were 49 deaths, which may not seem a huge number in natural disaster news — in fact, I believe most of people have probably already forgotten about it or...

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The Seven Women of Kathmandu

The Seven Women of Kathmandu

Words by James Shackell | Photos by Ben McNamara Our taxi pulls up outside some rusty wrought iron gates. Inside is one of Nepal’s philanthropic success stories: a tiny business that’s slowly changing the lives of local women. It’s called Seven Women, and it began in 2006 as a grassroots...

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Making a new home in Istanbul

Making a new home in Istanbul

The future of Syria may be uncertain, but the future of Syrian students and families doesn’t have to be. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Shannon Kay is the co-director of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI), grassroots NGO with a mission to provide access to formal and supplemental education for Syrian newcomers to...

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Lighting up lives in India

Lighting up lives in India

Pollinate Energy is a social business dedicated to improving the lives of India’s urban poor. With a focus on sustainable solutions such as solar lights, Pollinate Energy helps families living in India’s tent slums to reduce indoor pollution from kerosene and wood stoves, enjoy better quality light, and save money. They...

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We’ve won gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

We’ve won gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

Today is World Responsible Tourism Day, and we are beyond excited at today’s news: Urban Adventures has won a World Responsible Tourism Award! We won gold in the category of “Engaging People and Culture,” which honours the best examples of holidays that celebrate local people, traditions, and ways of life....

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