Under-Told Stories Project

Liberian class

In the classroom

The Under-Told Stories Project is working with courses across St. Thomas ranging from case study analyses of ethics in civil engineering to virtual reality immersion on top of Delhi’s landfill in environmental ethics.

Ways our resources can be used:

  • video based discussions

  • country and topic research

  • class visits

  • semester long case studies

  • virtual reality immersion

  • real world examples of changemakers

The Under-Told Stories Project is also mentoring journalism students at TommieMedia to foster student produced under-told stories.

Click here to watch student reporter Deborah Honore’s story on Minnesota’s young refugee population and the challenges of resettlement.

To connect your course, club or organization with the Under-Told Stories Project, email undertold@stthomas.edu or call 651-962-5268.

 

CLASSROOM RESOURCES

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    Story Date Location Summary
    Bombay Slums 5-Dec-03 Bombay, India A network of India’s slum-dwellers pressure local governments to be more responsive to their needs, especially toilet and sanitation facilities.
    S. Africa Water Meters 12-Feb-04 S. Africa Even after apartheid, divisions remain between South Africa’s white and black populations, particularly in access to water
    Water for Coke in India 17-Nov-08 Rajasthan, India Indian Farmers and a Coke factory vie for water access in rural India
    Ethiopia Water 18-Mar-10 Ethiopia A report on the daily time-consuming job for families to reach clean water and an NGO’s efforts to dig wells
    Israel Water 5-Oct-10 Israel As the Israelis and Palestinians grapple with direct negotiations for peace, there’s another issue that is dividing them: water.
    India Population and Water 29-Dec-11 New Delhi, India A report from India where rapid and unplanned population growth is exacerbating a shortage of water.
    Water ATMs in India 25-May-16 India A nationwide experiment in India aims to address the water crisis with “water ATMs,” machines that purify water on site for a small fee

    Story Date Location Summary
    Reverse Engineering Sanitary Pads in India 17-Apr-17 India Breaking a strict taboo in India’s tradition-bound society, a curious man reverse engineered the sanitary pad in hope of starting a movement to help women in the developing world.
    Navajo Off-Grid Water Access 20-Jun-18 Navajo Nation Nearly 40 percent of the homes in the Navajo Nation lack running water or sanitation, and many are in such remote areas that they will never be able to connect to a water line.
    Politics of Disaster Relief 25-Apr-16 Nepal How politics got in the way of needed Nepal earthquake relief
    Pakistan Flood Aftermath 6-Jan-11 Pakistan Five months after floodwaters washed away homes and villages in Pakistan, some parts of the country are still underwater.
    Typhoon of Aid  8-Dec-13 Philippines Five weeks after disaster, this story looks at an effort to keep the aid effort moving.
    After the Collapse 3-Jul-18 Bangladesh After a tragic factory collapse, one organization is helping survivors and victims’ families recover from the disaster and to monitoring promises made by the garment industry to improve.
    Pakistan Earthquake Recovery 3-Jan-06 Pakistan Kashmir’s vast landscape is textured with the rubble of collapsed buildings, of mountains reshaped by landslides, the fresh graves of 73,000 quake victims and precarious tents for the millions who survived.
    India Population and Water 29-Dec-11 New Delhi, India A report from India where rapid and unplanned population growth is exacerbating a shortage of water.
    Water ATMs in India 25-May-16 India A nationwide experiment in India aims to address the water crisis with “water ATMs,” machines that purify water on site for a small fee
    Reverse Engineering Sanitary Pads 17-Apr-17 India Breaking a strict taboo in India’s tradition-bound society, a curious man reverse engineered the sanitary pad in hope of starting a movement to help women in the developing world.
    Clean Water in Ethiopia 18-Mar-10 Ethiopia A story on the shortage of potable water in Ethiopia and how the effort required to maintain existing watering points affects millions of people every day.
    Rebuilding Nepal’s Temples 1-Jun-16 Nepal As rebuilding efforts begin, conflicts are surfacing between the economic aesthetics of tourism and local religious priorities.
    Solar Energy for the Navajo Nation 1-Aug-18 Navajo Nation Where a coal mine and energy plant left the Navajo Nation behind, off-grid solar is now picking up the slack.
    Off-Grid Solar in Rural Kenya 27-Nov-17 Kenya n this Kenyan village, rooftop panels are becoming a cheap, popular and promising source of light.
    Nicaraguas Mega Canal 22-Apr-15 Nicaragua A Chinese-financed shipping canal in the works to connect Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast to the Caribbean would dwarf Panama’s famous waterway but is causing conflict with human rights advocates.
    India’s Trash Mountain 3-Apr-17 India A towering symbol of the environmental cost of development: tons of festering, toxic trash, piled up 10 stories high, with more and more added every day.
    Choking on Delhi’s Air 20-Feb-17 India Carbon dioxide, ozone and fine carbon particles get trapped over India’s capital, mostly due to dirty fuels, causing long-term health consequences.
    Developing Clean Cookstoves 26-Feb-14 El Salvador Smoke from home stoves harms the environment and can be blamed for some 2 million deaths every year. But one effort in El Salvador is providing cleaner stoves to people in developing countries.
    Designing Compatible Technology 7-Apr-15 Minnesota At one Minnesota non-profit, retired engineers are combining old technology and new ideas to design compatible technology for the developing world.
    Mapping Poverty – City Planning 3-Aug-18 Kenya At least 50 percent of Nairobi’s population lives in slums, yet until a few years ago, many busy neighborhoods were blank spaces on official maps.
    Factory Accounatbility in China 7-Dec-15 China How a non-governmental group is trying to reduce industrial pollution by promoting transparency and accountability to fight the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world
    Husk Powered Energy in India 17-Jan-13 India A report on how social entrepreneurs are working to solve part of India’s power problems by creating village-based micro grids fueled by rice husks.

    Story Date Location Summary
    HIV Testing 16-Jun-04 Botswana Breaking down the stigma of AIDS and encouraging HIV Testing
    Farmer Suicides 21-Apr-07 Vidarbha, India A bad harvest takes a devastating toll on mental health of farmers
    Borneo Health Project 28-Oct-09 Borneo How this clinic manages to be both environmental and affordable
    Gheskio Haiti 17-May-10 Haiti A profile of the Gheskio HIV and medical hospital in Haiti
    Rwanda Community Healthcare 29-May-14 Rwanda Wounded by genocide, a community based healthcare system develops
    Pediatric AIDS Corps 21-Apr-08 Malawi Treating children with AIDS
    PP: Frank Brady Profile 4-Jun-07 New Jersey Providing top-notch medical care from across the globe via live link
    Nigeria keeps Ebola at bay 22-Sep-14 Nigeria How Nigeria successfully fought Ebola
    Toilets for the slums Bombay, India A network of India’s slum-dwellers pressure local governments to be more responsive to their needs, especially toilet and sanitation facilities.
    Aravind Eye Hospital 2-Sep-09 India, Aravind Eye hospital This hospital brings sight to the blind, even for the poor.
    India Black Carbon 17-Dec-09 India The deadly black carbon of cook stoves, environmental impact on global warming
    Abraham Verghese 21-Jul-10 US The medicine of touch: a calling and ministry
    Cholera in Haiti 4-Jan-13 Haiti Fighting a public health epidemic in the water
    Cleaner cook stoves 7-Apr-14 El Salvador Designing cleaner, environmentally sound and healthier cook stoves
    Breath of Life 29-Jul-14 Hanoi, Vietnam In Vietnam, new equipment gives infants a breath of life
    Pills and Prayer 10-Sep-14 India The challenge of mental health care treatment in India. Tradition and prescriptions.
    Doctors Without Borders 2-Oct-14 Global The global impact of Doctors Without Borders
    Low-cost prosthetic limbs 13-Feb-15 Jaipur, India Access to cheap but advanced prosthetic limbs for the poor
    Curse from God 6-Jul-15 Pakistan An effort to overcome cultural challenges and tackle mental illness in Pakistan
    King of Hearts 9-Aug-15 India Naryana Health, a hospital providing world-class heart surgery for poor
    Dalai Lama’s doctor 15-Oct-15 Tibet Barry Kerzin blends Buddhist compassion and wisdom with West
    New Clinic for Diabetes 5-Nov-15 Mexico New clinic addresses obesity and diabetes in Mexico
    Fighting to breath in Delhi 21-Feb-17 New Delhi, India Solutions and problems for air quality in the most polluted city in world
    Sanitary Pad Man 18-Apr-17 India Breaking the taboo and making affordable sanitary pads for women
    Cervical Cancer in India 13-Jun-17 Lucknow, India Cervical Cancer screening for women in India
    Club foot treatment in India 5-Jul-17 India, US A cheap, simple correction for club foot is a life changer in India
    Drought and Famine in Somalia 19-Jul-17 Somaliland Drought and famine threaten life for nomadic Somali herders
    Edna Adan 10-Aug-17 Somali, Hargeisa Somali matriarch brings life-saving maternity care to Somaliland
    Pakistan Polio 26-Oct-17 Karachi, Pakistan Nearing the end of polio in Pakistan and world
    Patients Aid Foundation 3-Nov-17 Karachi Pakistan High-quality care for Karachi’s poorest patients
    Fake Drugs 14-Dec-17 Kenya Combatting fake and substandard drugs, global health
    Kenya Fistula Hospital 27-Dec-17 Kenya Sarah Omega and activists heal women with fistula, breaking social taboo

    Story Date Location Summary
    Malawi Food Aid 1-May-08 Malawi Testing aid theories: Cash or Crops?
    Haiti Aftermath 28-Oct-08 Gonaives, Haiti Hurricane aftermath and much needed food relief
    Kids Against Hunger 22-Dec-08 Haiti, Minnesota Food relief for Haiti and global needs
    India Food Crisis 15-Sep-09 India India is facing a crisis in providing enough food for its people without destroying their environment.
    Ethiopia Food 8-Mar-10 Ethiopia In Ethiopia, farms backed by foreign investors are growing with abundance, while native farmers subsist on food aid. A report about the unlikely abundance in a land known for famine.
    One Acre Fund 3-Apr-12 Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi Bringing business services to small scale farmers creates the mall scale farming revolution
    Cambodia Rice Surplus 19-Aug-09 Cambodia Amid rice supply shortages, Cambodia has increase their production by turning the former “killing-fields” into rice fields
    Beyond the crisis in Niger 12-Jul-12 Niger How Niger prepares for famine with re-greening projects
    Sudan Hunger 5-Mar-10 S. Sudan Growing violence and hunger in South Sudan – precursor to today’s conflict
    Wheat Rust 28-Dec-11 Kenya Rift Valley/Minnesota Racing to stop a global threat to wheat production
    Australia Drought 1-Dec-09 Sydney, Australia Dust storms and drought in Australia devastate agricultural sector
    India School Lunches 16-Sep-11 Rajastan, India Reform in India’s poor schools bring new lunches to fuel education
    Somalia Famine 14-Nov-11 Somalia, Ethiopia Dolo Camp The plight of the Somali refugees in Ethiopia
    Niger Famine 29-Jun-12 Niger Drought, Famine and Desertification
    Enchanted Farm 21-Jan-14 Philippines A move toward rural development, farming and agriculture on this island nation
    India Beef Ban 25-Jan-16 New Delhi, India Religious Violence triggered by beef consumption in India
    Drought and Famine in Somalia 19-Jul-17 Somaliland Drought and famine threaten life for nomadic Somali herders

    Story Date Location Summary
    Haiti Aftermath 28-Oct-08 Gonaives, Haiti Hurricane aftermath and much needed food relief
    Srebrenica Observance 30-May-05 Srebrenica Mass grave identification after genocide in Bosnia
    Darfur Update 2005 10-May-05 Darfur Sudan Darfur update on the conflict
    Thai Tsunami 4-Nov-05 Thailand coast Rebuilding lives and homes after a tsunami
    Sri Lanka Tsunami 30-Sep-05 Sri Lanka Rebuilding lives and homes after a tsunami
    Pakistan Quake 22-Dec-05 Pakistan, Kashmir Post-quake aid response in a hard to access region
    Tsunami Babies 23-Feb-06 India Sterilized parent’s fertility restored by government after village’s children lost in tsunami
    Pakistan Quake Update 6-Apr-06 Pakistan Kashmir Aid and resettlement for quake victims from mountain region
    Bangladesh Climate Change 17-Feb-08 Bangladesh Cyclone aftermath Bangladesh and impact of climate change
    Cambodia Malaria 25-Aug-09 Cambodia – Thailand border The development of a drug resistant malaria in Cambodia
    Australia Drought 1-Dec-09 Sydney, Australia Dust storms and Drought in Australia devastate crops
    Pakistan Flood Update 6-Jan-11 Sindh province, Pakistan 4 months after deadly Pakistan floods, water damage hampers recovery
    Somalia Famine 14-Nov-11 Somalia, Ethiopia Dolo Camp State of Somali refugees in Ethiopia camps
    After the collapse 3-Jul-13 Bangladesh Post-collapse of the Rana Plaza Garment Factory – a disaster that sparked regulations
    Typhoon of Aid for disaster in Philippines 2-Jan-14 Philippines An update on Typhoon Hayian recover, and the impact of climate change
    Healing Rwanda’s Wounds 30-May-14 Rwanda Healing after genocide 20 years later – reconciliation between humans
    1-yr after Nepal Quake 16-May-16 Nepal Politics interfere with rebuilding Nepal
    Rebuilding Nepal Temples 23-May-16 Nepal Culture clash over rebuilding Nepal’s Temples

    Story Date Location Summary
    Bookstore Ship 25-May-05 Doulos Ship, Sudan port Bringing literacy to poor populations via a ship laden with books
    Evolution ID Roundup 10-Nov-05 Topeca, Kansas Evolution education debate in U.S.
    Dover, PA 25-Nov-05 Dover, PA Evolution education debate in U.S.
    Sr. Cyril 15-May-09 Kolkata, India Nun changes lives of poor by following Mother Teresa model in Kolkata
    India School Lunches 16-Sep-11 Rajastan, India Reform in India’s poor schools by adding lunches
    Sparking Enthusiasm for School in India 19-Mar-13 India Changing the perception of school to a love of learning in India
    School for India’s Tribal children 17-Jul-13 India Kalinga Institute educating aboriginal kids to break the barrier of the poverty cycle
    Buddhist Higher Ed 9-Sep-13 India Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Temple, the root of Buddhist faith
    Expanding Education in Pakistan 21-Oct-13 Pakistan Efforts to ensure education with alternative to the state’s school system
    Teaching Children to Aim High 9-Jul-15 Karachi, Pakistan Kiran school model encourages children to think critically
    Liberian Private Education 13-Feb-17 Liberia Can private, for-profit schools turn education crisis around in Liberia?
    Grooming ethical entrepreneurs 11-Apr-17 Ghana Ashesi University training a new generation of ethical leaders for Africa
    Refugee education in Uganda 21-Aug-17 Uganda How this educator is keeping refugee children in school in Uganda – a difficult place for refugees to gain an education
    Akilah Institute 27-Nov-17 Rwanda This all-women’s college is training Rwanda’s future leaders in a post-genocide country
    Gandhi’s Violins 7-Jul-04 India Gandhi Ashram school teaches poorest of the poor and brings music into their lives

    Story Date Location Summary
    Borneo Health Project 28-Oct-09 Borneo How this clinic manages to be both environmental and affordable
    Beyond the crisis in Niger 12-Jul-12 Niger How Niger prepares for famine by re-greening
    Ewaste 31-Jan-07 India An industry built off of broken computers
    Bangladesh Climate Change 17-Feb-08 Bangladesh Cyclone aftermath Bangladesh and impact of climate change
    India Black Carbon 17-Dec-09 India The deadly black carbon of cook stoves, environmental impact
    Recycling for 17 million 16-Feb-10 Cairo, Egypt How this community managed Cairo’s trash and recycling for generations
    Jordan Pollution 8-Oct-10 Israel Baptisms continue in the polluted Jordan river
    Israel Water 5-Oct-10 Israel Desalination of salt water and water access in Israel
    Husk Power in India 18-Jan-13 India Entrepreneur created rice-husk powered lights and micro-grids to bring power to the poor
    Enchanted Farm 21-Jan-14 Philippines A push for rural development, farming and agriculture in this island nation
    Cleaner cook stoves 7-Apr-14 El Salvador Designing cleaner cook stoves that are better for the user and environment
    China, Buddhism and the Environment 28-Oct-14 China Chinese look to religion to tackle climate change
    Nicaragua Mega-Canal 14-May-15 Nicaragua A massive project to connect the hemispheres with another canal
    Environmental group in China 8-Dec-15 China Ma Jun tackles pollution from China factories with social accountability app
    Fighting to breath in Delhi 21-Feb-17 New Delhi, India Solutions and problems for air quality in the most polluted city in world
    Delhi’s Trash Mountain 4-Apr-17 New Delhi, India Waste management for India, where the trash heaps are taller than the buildings
    Off-Grid Solar in Kenya 23-Nov-17 Eldoret, Kenya In remote Kenyan villages, solar startups bring light to off-grid homes

    Story Date Location Summary
    Kenya Acumen 1 1-Apr-10 Nairobi, Kenya Housing development for slums
    Kenya Acumen 2 7-Jun-10 Nairobi, Kenya Housing development for slums
    India TKDL 21-May-07 India Yoga and tradition vs Western patents over yoga moves
    Husk Power in India 18-Jan-13 India Entrepreneur created rice-husk powered lights, micro-grid to bring power to off-gird homes
    PP: Frank Brady Profile 4-Jun-07 New Jersey Providing top-notch medical care from across the globe via live link
    Eleanor Josaitis 11-Feb-09 Detroit, MI, US Focus Hope provides job training in Detroit for poor and unemployed
    Sr. Cyril 15-May-09 Kolkata, India Nun changes lives of poor by following Mother Teresa model in Kolkata
    Aravind Eye Hospital 2-Sep-09 India, Aravind Eye hospital This hospital brings sight to the blind, even for the poor.
    Borneo Health Project 28-Oct-09 Borneo How this clinic manages to be both environmental and affordable
    Lubetzky 14-Sep-10 Israel Peace through business and jobs in Israel
    India Microfinance Failure 10-Feb-11 Rural India What went wrong? Loan Shark threats and micro loan failure in India
    Pakistan micro Lending 2-Feb-11 Lahore, Pakistan Micro loans for women in Pakistan give economic boost to poor
    Prison Yoga 3-Feb-11 Bo Pal Central Jail, India Yoga as treatment in Indian prison for violent inmates
    Karachi/Edhi 22-Aug-11 Karachi, Pakistan Humanitarian activist in Pakistan establishes ambulance system, a call for calm among deadly violence.
    Sao Paulo Nun 4-Nov-11 Sao Paulo, Brazil Faith-based social services care for poor
    One Acre Fund 3-Apr-12 Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi Bringing business services to small scale farmers creates the mall scale farming revolution
    Friends International 9-May-12 Cambodia Giving normal lives to Cambodia’s street kids
    Micro-help Grameen 9-Sep-12 US Micro loans come to U.S. poor from Grameen, Mouhammad Yunus model
    Non-Violent Peace Force 2-Oct-12 Mindanao, Philippines Civilian force keeps peace, between army and MILF forces
    Fr. Frechette, Haiti 4-Jan-13 Haiti Catholic Priest/Dr.’s ministry in Haiti
    Remembering with Dignity 26-Dec-13 Minnesota Naming unmarked graves of mental patients in Minnesota
    Alta Gracia 18-Feb-14 Dominican Republic Who makes your clothes, can garment factories pay a living wage?
    Cleaner cook stoves 7-Apr-14 El Salvador Designing cleaner cook stoves
    Improving Orphan Care in China 5-Sep-14 China Transforming adoption and orphan care in China
    Low-cost prosthetic limbs 13-Feb-15 Jaipur, India Access to cheap but advanced prosthetic limbs for the poor
    Designing Compatible Technology 14-May-15 Minnesota, Minnesota start-up designing compatible tech for developing countries
    Pakistan Tech boom 9-Jul-15 Pakistan Tech startups in Pakistan bring jobs to young people, social innovation
    King of Hearts 9-Aug-15 India Naryana Health hospital provides world-class heart surgery for poor
    Rest stop on Migrant Journey 20-Oct-15 Mexico A Jesuit shelter for refugees on perilous journey
    Environmental group in China 8-Dec-15 China Ma Jun tackles pollution from China factories with social accountability app
    Average Mohamed 26-Mar-16 Minnesota Muslim fights extremist recruitment with cartoons in Minnesota
    Sabeen Mahmud 14-May-16 Pakistan Assassination of activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi speaks to danger faced by some entrepreneurs
    Organizing Street Vendors in India 16-May-16 India Efforts to organize and protect street vendors in India
    Water ATMs in India 25-May-16 India Water ATMs purify water for a small fee
    Katie Meyler 3-Feb-17 Liberia How this educator is driving Liberian girls toward school
    Larry Brilliant 10-Mar-17 San Fransisco, US Story of Larry Brilliant and his fight toward smallpox eradication
    Grooming ethical entrepreneurs 11-Apr-17 Ghana Ashesi University training a new generation of ethical entrepreneurs for Africa
    Edna Adan 10-Aug-17 Somali, Hargeisa How one woman brought life-saving maternity care to Somaliland
    Refugee education in Uganda 21-Aug-17 Uganda How this educator is keeping refugee children in school in Uganda
    Patients Aid Foundation 3-Nov-17 Karachi Pakistan High-quality care for Karachi’s poorest patients
    Off-Grid Solar in Kenya 23-Nov-17 Eldoret, Kenya In remote Kenyan villages, solar startups bring light
    Sanitary Pad Man 18-Apr-17 India Breaking taboos and making affordable sanitary pads for women