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India trashes 100 million tires a year. She turns them into playgrounds

The playground at Mullipallam is small compared with other sites across the country. But its cheery pop of color is the first thing visitors see when they approach the school, weaving their way past a slew of thatched tea shops and provision stores. Two enormous tires painted blue and green sway softly, fastened to a frame by a thick metallic chain. A fiery red bike topped with canary yellow handlebars tilts to one side, and a multicolor hopscotch court has been painted onto the ground some distance away.

By Kamala Thiagarajan
The Christian Science Monitor, March 29, 2021

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“A giving spirit”: Getting children in foster care through the pandemic

Youth in foster care face heightened challenges during the pandemic, which poses severe tests even while revealing resilience among children and those working with them – and prompting new efforts to help. These glimmers of hope are occurring amid the backdrop of a public health crisis that is disrupting foster care placements, delaying reunification with parents, and adding health and economic stress for biological parents, foster parents, and children who are left without support systems like in-person school or therapy.

By Chelsea Sheasley
Correspondent The Christian Science Monitor, February 8, 2021

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Why do some child soldiers heal and not others? What one scholar found.

Sierra Leone’s civil war spawned a generation of former child recruits and other war-affected youth. Some fell into chronic depression and unemployment, researchers found, while others became lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and, like Mr. Charles, humanitarian workers

By Eoin O’Carroll
Staff writer
The Christian Science Monitor, February 11, 2021

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As German lockdown leaves kids adrift, citizens step up support

“Education is only one side of [pandemic losses for young people],” says Jana Liebert, an expert on social security for Germany’s Child Protection Association. “Interaction and learning from other people are immense developmental opportunities that they get through social contacts”.

By Lenora Chu
Special correspondent, Berlin
The Christian Science Monitor, March 16, 2021

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