Here are some simple actions with concrete gestures that also make it possible to change the world

Black with white skin

In some countries on the African continent, where the rates of albinism are greater than anywhere else in the world, children born with this mutation are persecuted as carriers of misfortune, and some are even maimed or killed to ward off their malign influence. In Tanzania, the foundation of Josephat Torner, an activist who has spent over a decade tackling this issue, strives to raise awareness among his compatriots and foreigners of the gravity of these practices that result in many little ones living isolated from society, ostracized in camps.

In support of this cause, the Dutch photographer Marinka Masséus took a series of photos entitled Under the Same Sun. Her aim was to sensitize the general public to this situation and it earned her the Photographer of the Year accolade at the International Photography Awards.

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The NGO of the creams and cleaning products

Leticia López-Cotelo has launched Acompartir [Let’sShare], a solidarity organization which, as well as expressing solidarity, gives a second life to the unsellable, all of these non-food items: cleaning and hygiene products, household goods, stationery, electrical appliances, among others, which, for various reasons – end of line stock, packaging defects, renewed product lines – cannot be put on the market.

Applying her Business Studies expertise, this 29-year-old from Madrid arranges the distribution of surplus stock from many manufacturers and distributors to 223 NGOs. Once the NGOs place their orders, they have to make a small contribution to Acompartir, which never exceeds five percent of the value of the items requested. Since its creation in 2013, they have recovered more than seven million unsellable items.

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Solidarity fridges

Share food rather than throw it away. This is the goal of Meet ze Chef, an anti-waste food platform created by Laurence Kerjean, which has started operating in France, where 35 percent of the food ends up in the trash can. The objective of this initiative is to give people the chance to share food rather than throw it out. In this way, students, pensioners or anyone who is hungry or with difficulties to make ends meet can register on the website and, thanks to geolocation, detect the nearest surplus food and go out to fetch it. It also works the other way around. The person who has cooked too much can take a photo, upload it to the platform and wait for someone to come for it. Most of the exchanges are free. There can be a charge, but never more than one euro.

The 50 dollar foot

The world’s cheapest prosthesis is manufactured at a clinic in Jaipur, India. Without a doubt, it is a place of pilgrimage for accident or polio victims and leprosy patients who are destitute, yet dream of walking again. For them it is free. The headquarters of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) organization in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, receives cripples from all over India with scant resources and many hopes. This clinic not only restores mobility for these people, but also their dignity.

Last year alone in India, 146,000 people were killed and a further 500,000 were injured in half a million traffic accidents. In other words: 1,300 collisions every day.

The success of this prosthesis known as the Jaipur Foot (shaped as a foot, rather than a shoe) is due to the fact that it suits conditions in India perfectly. It is made using rubber, a cheap, plentiful material in this country. Ever since 1975, BMVSS has produced 513,800 prostheses, 410,000 polio calipers and thousands of other correctors for various limb abnormalities. Lepers, amputee victims of industrial or traffic accidents, people with withered legs due to polio, or patients with congenital diseases have all resumed normal lives thanks to these orthopedic devices.

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