Game Changer

Single mothers in Mexico transform trash into treasure

This week’s Game Changer on “Americas Now” has literally found opportunity in a bottle. She’s taken the eco-friendly practice of litter collection and turned it into a jewelry collection. It’s a program in Mexico that gives new life to discarded materials and to single mothers as well. For […]

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A Venezuelan mountaineer leads an expedition into integration

A mountain climber from Venezuela who believes in nature’s power to change is this week’s Game Changer on “Americas Now.” Marcus Tobia brings kids from different backgrounds together to teach them how to climb.  And with his program “Children on the Summit,” he sees them change […]

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Giving Mexico City a makeover by growing gardens

Smog caused by heavy traffic and industry has given Mexico City a gloomy reputation. But one man is working with the local government to brighten that image. He designs community gardens in public spaces and offers workshops to residents.

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A swim team for girls with Down Syndrome inspires

They joined a swimming team with the hope of improving their physical and mental abilities. Little did they know they’d become World Champions. Coach Paloma Torres has changed the lives of girls with Down Syndrome through her synchronized swim team called “Special Sirens.”

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Enabling Mexico’s disabled through ‘Pina Palmera’

According to The World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), over 50 million people in Latin America have disabilities. For those in poverty, the result is often limited care and social exclusion. This week’s Game Changer on “Americas Now” has championed the rights of the […]

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Colombia’s refuge for abused animals

With Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict and drug war dominating the national conversation, neglected animals don’t even make the list of national concerns. However, many animals have been casualties of these events.

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The Beautiful Game turned into a force for social change

The Beautiful Game turned into a force for social change

Modern football was invented in England in the late XIX century, spreading rapidly around the world. Perhaps no other country adopted it as faithfully as Argentina, where it has become a national obsession. Buenos Aires, for example, is the city with the largest number of […]

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Game Changer: Social Entrepreneur Armando Estrada

Game Changer: Social Entrepreneur Armando Estrada

This week’s Game Changer is Armando Estrada. He’s a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of Via Educacion, an organization that develops leaders that return to their communities in Latin America to implement ideas and strategies. The goal is to create a more democratic society and […]

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Flavio Pimienta teaches children in Sao Paulo’s slums

Flavio Pimienta’s childhood dreams of being a rock star have come true, but in a way he never imagined. Along with his band, he’s travelled across the Atlantic Ocean and played for world leaders and corporate sponsors like British Airways. The members of his band, […]

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Johana Bahamon: touching inmates’ lives through theater

Gamechanger: Changing prison life through theater

The bleak conditions of prison life in Latin America are something Americas Now has reported in the past. From overcrowded jails to security conditions to systematic abuse of the interns, the chances of effective rehabilitation of the inmates are slim. 

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Enova offers schools in low income areas of Mexico City

Enova offers schools in low income areas of Mexico City

Over 15 million people live in the massive metropolis of Mexico City, but only about a quarter of them have a high school degree. Despite Mexico’s attempt to increase the amount of money spent on education as a percentage of its Gross Domestic Production, the […]

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Game Changer Charlie Sarria

Caracas boxing program helps troubled kids

This week’s “Game Changer” is Charlie Sarria, co-founder of the Bolivarian Street Boxing program. He grew up in La Vega, and says you have to know how to handle the streets. “How you treat the neighborhood, the neighborhood will treat you,” he said.

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Hormigon Armado, a newspaper helping street kids and working children in La Paz, Bolivia

Newspaper founder helping La Paz street kids

Bolivia has cut poverty by a quarter in the last decade, but still remains one of the poorest countries in South America. There are more than 800,000 underage workers in Bolivia. Many of them are homeless and have to fend for themselves.

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