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Providing warmth to host communities in Lebanon

Enaam Hassan, a mother of twenty, lives in the Bekaa region of Lebanon, where cooler months are characterized by a steep drop in temperatures, with heavy snow falls further exacerbating difficult living conditions. Diesel fuel is expensive, and she struggled to keep her house warm. “I used to buy dimore

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Together, Sri Lankan communities build back with resilience

Kuventhini Josep Jeyaraj is a graduate teacher at the Komari Tamil Methodist School in southeastern Sri Lanka. She grew up in Komari, and when a disaster struck when she was a child, her family and her neighbors took shelter in schools—often overwhelming the buildings’ facilities and causing seriousmore

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Communities build resilience in Moldova

Since 2007, Svetlana Bivol has been the mayor of Marianca de Jos, a village in southern Moldova that sits in a valley where a small river flows. Its 600 residents mostly depend on subsistence agriculture. With few other livelihood options available, there is little margin for error. As is the case imore

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Bottom up disaster risk reduction in Kazakhstan

In the lead up to The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, set for Sendai, Japan in March, UNDP is reflecting on a decade of support to help countries achieve the goals of the Hyogo Framework for Action. Viktoriya Rotaru, a Russian instructor and native of Semey, Kazakhstan, sought more

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Following up on cyclone recovery in Bangladesh

On May 25th, 2009, Cyclone Aila struck the southwest coastal zone of Bangladesh, destroying Bipasha Rani Mondol’s house and badly damaging her family’s garment shop. “We didn’t get any warning about the tidal surge,” says 29-year-old Bipasha. “In half an hour’s time the water entered our village thrmore

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Sri Lankans get access to justice through mobile clinics

Displaced due to conflict, 18-year old Manickarajah Sulochana, of Vavuniya in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, migrated to India in 1990, just after getting married. She had three children in India, but when she returned to Sri Lanka in 2010, she didn’t have documentation for her children. “It wamore

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Mauritania: vulnerable households gain access to water and income

In southern Mauritania, in villages close to the Malian and Senegalese borders economic life is picking up thanks to an early recovery project for vulnerable households. Fatimetou Mint Mohammed, 52, remembers: “With the drought, we had to walk three kilometers to the closest water point. Now, not onmore

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