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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at a nonprofit aiming to get books into the hands of South African children, the announcement that Paralympian and Olympian medalists will earn the same for the first time, and a unique summer camp designed to support girls with incarcerated mothers.
Book Dash is giving South African children access to stories in their native languages
Teams of volunteers – a writer, editor, illustrator, and designer – will meet and spend 12 hours creating the book, providing access to literature written for and by South Africans.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Paralympic medalists will earn as much as Olympians for the first time in Tokyo Games
The long overdue announcement aims to close the pay gap between the two competitions, and is being seen as a big win for disability activists.
NYC’s no-police pilot has increased the rate of nonviolent mental health support
The B-HEARD programme dispatches social workers and paramedics to mental health distress calls instead of police forces, with data suggesting that this is improving safe access to urgent care.
Source: NBC New York
Germany’s Olympic gymnasts push back against sexualisation of women in the sport
For decades, female gymnasts have worn bikini-cut leotards. On Sunday, the German team instead wore unitards as part of a statement against the objectification of women in gymnastics.
Source: AP News
Cleveland Indians change their name to Cleveland Guardians
The Major League Baseball club announced the rebranding on Friday, acknowledging criticism of the original name from Native American communities.
Giant floating pipe could clean up 90% of ocean plastic
The Ocean Cleanup has developed a massive floating system that claims to be able to clean up the vast majority of ocean plastic by 2040.
A Glaswegian repair shop is challenging existing attitudes to throwaway culture
The grassroots social enterprise Remade Network wants the public to rethink their relationship with their possessions, encouraging a radical shift in current repair and recycling options.
Source: BBC News
Face-to-face meetings are promoting healing for domestic abuse survivors
Lessons in restorative justice are being facilitated through a surrogate dialogue programme, where abusers and victims come together with a mentor who will encourage open and honest conversation.
Source: The Cut
DJ and friends help addicts to kick their cocaine problem
Former user and musician Lee Butler is using his own personal experience of recovery and AVRT to reach out to those struggling with addiction.
Source: BBC News
A Washington musician is highlighting the healing aspects of sound in medical care
US-based Japanese artist Yoko Sen is working to “humanise” hospital sounds, making the experience more comfortable for patients and doctors alike.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
A summer camp for girls with mothers in prison is offering much-needed support
As the number of women in prison soars, Girls Embracing Mothers is connecting mothers and daughters whilst promoting healing and fostering a culture of mutual support from girls in similar situations.