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Editor’s Pick: 11 Hidden Gems on Our Global Health Blog in 2021

Some stories on our Goats and Soda blog are finding an audience. Sometimes they don’t. And when that happens, we, the editors, are really disappointed!

That’s why we’re focusing on 2021 stories that we believe deserve more pageviews.

You will learn about a group in Germany that teaches refugee women to ride bicycles. A Facebook page in Senegal that helps people find lost items like smartphones and sheep! And a profile of a wheelchair basketball champion who has found creative ways to stay on top of her game during the pandemic.

We hope you find some time this holiday season to read these stories. Who knows, maybe they will go viral.

So you’ve lost a wallet or a phone – or a horse. Senegal has a Facebook page for it

It all started when Moustapha Sané lost his wallet in Dakar. He created the “Found or Lost” Facebook page. This often leads to reunion, although some pigeons are still MIA Posted on October 3, 2021

These 4 Indian freshmen have a remarkable story to tell

They come from families who faced seemingly insurmountable hardships and were admitted by America’s top colleges. A school in India gave them their chance. Posted on November 6, 2021

15-Year-Old Invented Solar Ironing Cart That Gains Global Respect

Vinisha Umashankar came up with the idea of ​​using solar energy instead of charcoal to heat irons. “Iron-Max” was a finalist for Prince William’s Earthshot Award and, in November, she spoke at COP26. Posted on November 3, 2021

They found it! The Zambian President’s long-lost album: “We Shall Fight HIV / AIDS”

Kenneth Kaunda spoke about HIV when African leaders did not even want to acknowledge its existence. He also sang about it in a 2005 album that caused a stir and then disappeared. And so a search began. Posted on September 26, 2021

What happened to the women who boldly declared, “No sex for fish”?

The women of a Kenyan village had a radical idea to stop the practice of sex trade for fish to sell: what if they had their own boats? They have been very successful. Then came a series of terrible setbacks. Posted on September 19, 2021

“A beautiful feeling”: refugee women in Germany learn about the pleasure of cycling

They come from countries where the idea of ​​a girl on a bicycle is often taboo. Now a group called Bikeygees is teaching them how to master the pedals. For new riders, it’s a lifelong dream come true. Posted on August 22, 2021

This teenager is being pushed to get married because of the pandemic. Her school helps her resist

She is one of 110 girls in an internship program run by the Veerni Institute in India. When the closures hit, they were sent home to their villages, where child marriage is rampant. Posted on August 12, 2021

Shoot that invisible ball! How an excellent wheelchair player maintains her game during lockdown

Sinet An and his Cambodian basketball teammates scored their first major international victory at the end of 2019. Then came COVID. Now they train through Zoom – and dream of their return to the pitch. Posted on July 5, 2021

Buried alive in Mongolia’s worst sandstorms in a decade

Even rescue teams were unable to move forward during one of the most severe sandstorms this spring. Herders lost their herds – around 1.6 million head of cattle – and their lives. Posted on May 30, 2021

How the sewing machine gave power – and fashion credit – to African women

In “The African Lookbook,” Catherine McKinley folds, stretches and tears the fabric of what mainstream history has told us about African women in the garment industry. Posted on May 13, 2021

BD: For my job, I check the death toll from COVID. Why am I insensitive to numbers?

Every week I check the latest COVID-19 deaths for NPR. After a while, I didn’t feel any sadness at the numbers. I just felt numb. I wanted to understand why – and how to overcome this numbness. Posted on April 25, 2021

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