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Sustainable and Appropriate Technologies

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According to studies by the UN, an estimated 40% of food produced worldwide is wasted by spoilage or other causes. We at Compatible Technology International don’t accept this situation.

Our goal is to create appropriate food-processing technologies that are safe, affordable, respect the environment, require little or no fuel and electricity, and are compatible with the culture of the users.

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Fair Trade Store Supports Domestic Violence Program

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five ACCESSORIES, an online store that originated in efforts to bring handmade handbags and accessories from Bali to the United States, has partnered with Apna Ghar in Chicago, a program that empowers women who are survivors of domestic violence.

Apna Ghar’s SEW (Sewing Empowers Women) group hand-sews customized designs for five ACCESSORIES.

Using leather remnants donated by The Furniture Store, a local furniture maker, which otherwise would have been discarded, the SEW group creates unique business card holders, change purses and handbags.

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Hope by Design

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Upon seizing power in 1996, the Taliban instituted a system of gender discrimination that effectively placed Afghan women under house arrest.

Women lost their rights, visibility, voice and mobility. Now, after the defeat of the Taliban, Afghan women finally have the opportunity to regain all that they have lost, yet years of war and destruction make a brighter future seem impossible.

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Children’s Art Project of Marrakech

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The traditional arts and crafts of every country tell a unique and powerful story of the culture that created them. When those arts and crafts are lost, a large part of the culture is lost as well.

The Children’s Art Project of Marrakech encourages the traditional arts and crafts of Morocco.

The project will sponsor art contests in local schools to promote cultural and educational activities, designed to help students adjust to the world of technology and globalization, while maintaining and sharing their own culture with the rest of the world.

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ThePromise

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This is the story of Sarah Settlelen, a British woman who founded ThePromise, a charity that helps disabled children in Russia to learn vital communication and social skills that they wouldn’t have otherwise received.

Sarah Settlelen trained as a Portage worker and, recalling an article she had read of the difficulties children face in Russia where disability comes with social stigma, she and a friend, Iona Sutherland, volunteered to work in an orphanage. The decision took her to Ryazan.

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behind the US/Mex border

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Hundreds of undocumented migrants die every year trying to cross the dessert for the promise of a better life in the United States. Depending on how far south their journey begins, stories can be from heart breakingly brave to brutally horrifying to sadly deadly.

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