March 23, 2011 In Guayaquil, Ecuador, rapid urbanization has led to a growing number of street kids — a dilemma that the Salesians have taken on as their own. The Catholic order gets the kids and teenagers off the streets, teaches them useful skills and, in some cases, reconnects them with their families.
March 22, 2011 Maribel Olmedo's little family is struggling. Her husband is recovering from an undiagnosed illness, and one of her sons was hit by a car and suffered brain damage. But the Salesians of Don Bosco helped the family build a house on their land and provides shelter for two of her sons where they also attend school.
December 23, 2010 Most of the Gulf of Mexico is back open for fishing, but the market hasn't been there for the seafood, so the industry has yet to rebound. The uncertainty in the aftermath of the disaster has taken a toll on people who relied on the Gulf for their livelihood.
December 1, 2010 Experts say they're finding similarities between the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska on March 24, 1989, and the Gulf of Mexico spill earlier this year — including mental health problems among the communities' residents.
November 30, 2010 Seven months after BP's oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers say more than one-third of coastal residents are experiencing symptoms of trauma. Aaron Hofer, an unemployed shrimper and crab picker in Bayou La Batre, Ala., and his wife, Lena, are bouncing from relatives' houses, surviving on food stamps — and trying to save their marriage.
July 14, 2010 Americans have donated more than $1.3 billion for Haiti after the country's Jan. 12 quake. Thousands of charities are helping the recovery effort. But plans to move survivors out of encampments into more suitable housing seem months, or even years, away.
July 12, 2010 Seeking Closure: Returning To Haiti, Six Months After The Earthquake There
May 19, 2010 Mexico's struggle with the deadly drug trade is in focus in Washington as President Felipe Calderon visits. But the fight may be rigged, according to an NPR News investigation, including an analysis of cartel arrests and interviews with current and former law enforcement officials. Elements of federal forces appear to favor the Sinaloa cartel.
May 18, 2010 NPR News investigation: Ciudad Juarez is ground zero for Mexican President Felipe Calderon's war against his country's ruthless drug cartels. But there's strong evidence that federal forces there appear to be favoring Mexico's largest, oldest and most powerful cartel, the Sinaloa.
January 24, 2010 Even when some semblance of normalcy seems to spread in the city, aftershocks continue to be a scary reminder of loss and pain. Memories are fresh, and NPR producer Marisa Penaloza says it will be a long time before victims of this quake recover from the trauma.
July 15, 2009 Christina Avery describes herself as "someone who likes to keep private stuff private." But she found that blogging helped her deal with the stress of having a child with cancer, and it kept loved ones updated on her daughter's treatments.
May 6, 2009 A reporter's tale of her trip home from Mexico.
May 4, 2009 MEXICO CITY — Alan David, a drink and magazine stand attendant, is hard at work near the Templo Mayor Museum in the city's historic center. The lanky 22-year-old with a shaved head and deep voice shouts out "three for 10 ...water, sodas, juices, ...