Last night I was privileged to attend a screening of some Frontline World short documentaries that deal with "social entrepeneurs" around the world. Two of the highlights among the stories: a South African former ad exec, Trevor Field, who's devised the "play pump", combining a children's merry-go-round with a well and pump to vastly improve and simplify access to fresh water in remote villages - and Luis Sarazan, conductor of the Paraguay National Symphony, who has set up a "network for social change", organizing orphans, street children and other poor kids into music schools that are at least as much about bringing hope into their lives as teaching music.
You can access these stories and the videos at the Frontline World web site, which has a huge archive of excellent global journalism. The Play Pump is HERE and maestro Sarazan and his kids are HERE. Check them out. They'll brighten your day.