Around the same time, the Center for MindBody Medicine, which works with Native American reservations dealing with widespread psychological trauma and stress, had its own crisis: A rash of suicides in one location demanded lots of staff support, limiting their ability to help elsewhere.

Yet another group, Mano a Mano, was midway through building a road to connect several isolated communities in Bolivia with major cities when a flash flood struck, destroying their progress and equipment.

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