Game Changer

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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Game Changer: Mario Raimondi

With a rise in drug trade and a spike in violence, Rosario, Argentina has the highest murder rate in the country. In 2013, the number of murders rose by 76%. This year, the figures are expected to be even higher. And despite the construction boom, […]

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Game Changer Sergio Ivan Juarez Correa

Game Changer: Teacher Sergio Juarez Correa

He took on the brave fight against school dropout rates in an impoverished public school in Mexico. Then, he revolutionized teaching methods, and led an entire class to success. He is Game Changer Sergio Juarez Correa.

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How Major Pricilla Transformed Rio’s Favelas

This week in our Game Changer segment we introduce you to someone who made it her mission to make one favela LESS dangerous.  She’s actually a policewoman.  And by working with state and local institutions she helped improve conditions in the community and gave residents a better model […]

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Making a Difference Through Music

Several years ago, Rey Ramirez had a highly-respected career as education director of a professional symphony.  But in 2009, he happily traded in his top-tier profession to start Soundscapes, a musically centered youth outreach program in Newport News, Virginia. 

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Game Changer: Alfredo Tilves

It’s no secret that poverty is a problem in many countries throughout Latin America. But all too often, some cities considered affluent are actually quite poor. Take Cartegena, Colombia for example. Travel books rank it as a top vacation destination and praise it as being […]

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