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In today’s edition, we delve into South Africa’s experiment with a four-day workweek in a first for the continent, discover how free online therapy for New York City’s teenagers is helping address a mental health crisis, and explore the concept of self-test HIV kits in Ghana.
South Africa’s four-day workweek experiment is resounding success
The trial was the first implementation of the condensed work schedule in a developing nation, and notably, the first in Africa. The comprehensive six-month study, commencing in March 2023 and involving 26 companies, showcased substantial advantages for both employees and employers.
New York City launches new initiative offering free online therapy for teens
The programme, known as NYC Teenspace, provides free online therapy for individuals aged 13 to 17. Through this scheme, young New Yorkers can engage with licensed therapists via the Talkspace online platform, using text, call, and video chat options.
HIV self-test kits allow individuals to check their status privately
In Ghana, the availability of self-test HIV kits is empowering individuals to ascertain their HIV status without the need for a doctor’s visit. The kits aim to help patients overcome the challenges associated with stigma and logistical issues that often hinder testing efforts.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Landmark decision in Ecuador restores ancestral lands to the Siekopai people
In a historic decision, the Ecuadorian justice system has affirmed the rightful ownership of 42,360 hectares in Pë’këya to the Siekopai people. This significant ruling acknowledges the Amazonian community’s ancestral connection to the land, which encompasses the tribe’s most revered sacred sites.
Source: El Pais
German startup transforms petrol cars into electric vehicles in just 8 hours
With the capacity to adapt to 42 mainstream car models, e-Revolt is poised to revolutionise the conversion process, slashing the time required from months to just a single day.
Learning from the Manobo Indigenous community’s flood-resilient homes
Nestled within the expansive wetlands of the Philippines, the Manobo indigenous community not only survives but flourishes despite facing numerous storms and floods annually – thanks to an innovative approach to building homes.
Source: BBC News
A community-driven path to replenishing groundwater in Uttar Pradesh
Banda, one of the most drought-prone districts in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, has been transformed by local meetings and a revival of old farming practices.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Traditional leaders in Nigeria take a stand in support of SGBV survivors
Collaborating with local leaders, NGOs such as Women in New Nigeria and Youth Empowerment Initiative are combating stigma and delivering essential support services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence – creating a safe space for them to seek respite.
Source: Solutions Paper
Embracing sustainability: A French community’s journey toward zero waste
A forward-thinking community is embodying France’s ambitious waste-reduction policies. By adopting a zero-waste lifestyle, Zero-Waste Roubaix is demonstrating that, despite initial reservations, it’s possible to make a significant impact on the environment with small changes.
Source: The Guardian
Native American communities are embracing green energy independence
Long dependent on the US government for their power needs, Native American communities are now reshaping their energy future by constructing their own solar farms. The paradigm of reliance seems to be evolving as Indigenous groups actively take charge of their energy sources.
Source: BBC News