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A chance for everyone to breed endangered bees

SWITZERLAND • Having wild bees as pets might sound a little off the wall, but such is the case for Mr Tom Strobi and Mr Claudio Sedivy.

A smooth ride out of Beirut's waste crisis

LEBANON • Wearing a helmet, elbow and knee pads, his yellow security jacket reflecting the sun that has come out after a rainy afternoon, Mr Ibrahim Habach rides his e-bike through the Beirut traffic.

Afghan women writing for their rights

AFGHANISTAN • One of the first female Persian poets, Rabia Balkhi, was killed hundreds of years ago for falling in love with a slave and daring to write poetry.

SOLUTIONS FOR CHILDREN

Rooting out sexism one school at a time

UNITED STATES • On a frigid morning in Madison, Wisconsin, Ms Erin Vogel reads aloud to her second-grade class at Crestwood Elementary School.

Giving kids a say in their affairs

SWITZERLAND • Swiss children contact the Kinderanwaltschaft Schweiz (Swiss Child Advocacy Organisation), an independent association in Winterthur, on the phone regularly, asking for help.

Sports club keeps youth off wrong track

HONDURAS • Gendrik Torres, 19, left violence behind and found shelter in sport, thanks to a skating club in Cofradia, a community south of San Pedro Sula, one of the places with the highest crime rates in Honduras.

SOLUTIONS FOR WOMEN

Eatery serves up a helping of hope

MOROCCO • It is an initiative so successful that it's struggling to keep up with demand.

Afghan women writing for their rights

AFGHANISTAN • One of the first female Persian poets, Rabia Balkhi, was killed hundreds of years ago for falling in love with a slave and daring to write poetry.

Fostering leadership skills among young women in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR • Created in 2011 by Ms Tina Andriamahefa Razafinimanana, the Madagascan NGO Youth launched its first programme for young people, called the Young Women Leadership Programme, three years later.

SOLUTIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Europe channels efforts to save its waterways and fish stocks

ITALY • Rivers in Europe are under threat because a lack of adequate regulations or controls has led to an increase in small barriers, such as dams or dykes, and created problems.

Citizens powering up France with renewable energy

FRANCE • When an artist and a farmer in Brittany decided in 2002 that it would be a good idea to produce energy locally from renewable sources, they started knocking on doors and tried to get their neighbours involved.

Moving Nigerians from slums to their own green homes

NIGERIA • The Nigerian population is growing faster than the country's ability to build new housing. Today, more than 80 per cent of its people live in substandard housing conditions, and many lack access to electricity.

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Spreading the word on positive deeds

Every day, we are inundated with troubling reports from war zones, tales of corruption and cheating, and accounts of dramatic political and economic changes around the world.

Farm fuelling shift to eco-friendly biofuel

TUNISIA • In the light of increasingly scarce energy resources and a general shift towards eco-friendly energies, a farm here has developed a form of biofuel as an alternative to firewood, which many consider to be a major contributor to forest degradation.