Our stories

  • Lake Tanganyika, what the future holds

    Africa's oldest and deepest lake is in danger. Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s natural wonders. Holding about 17 percent of the globe’s surface freshwater, it is also the oldest and the deepest lake in Africa. Bordering four countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia), it offers a source of livelihood for over 10 million people.

  • 3 continents, 3 lakes in danger

    There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.

  • Dominican women: Creativity from banana waste

    Valverde, de 160 mil habitantes, se destaca por la producción y exportación de banano, lo que genera 15.000 empleos directos. Sin embargo, la cantidad de mujeres productoras con fincas propias es muy limitado. A través de la creatividad, Renata y otras mujeres buscaron una alternativa para generar ingresos a partir de este producto.

  • Playing to win: Muzghan's story

    Afghan volleyball champion Muzghan Sadaat encourages young women to fight for their dreams.

  • Women at work

    Whether it's on the farm, in business or in the home, women make remarkable contributions to their communities.

  • Armenian women take the political stage

    In the small village of Getik, Arpine Gyulumyan runs a bed and breakfast with her family. But she is also an engineer, a social worker, and a community council member.

  • Bringing the land to life

    For transhumant pastoralists in Kenya, sustainable land management is a comprehensive approach to address land degradation, with benefits for both the environment and the people who depend on it.

  • Greening charcoal production in Uganda

    Efficient conversion technologies and sustainable land management practices save forests and livelihoods.

  • Heaven on earth

    Mauritius is home to some of the most unique, rare and threatened animals and plants on the planet. Dedicated individuals and organizations have been working tirelessly to save these precious jewels for several decades.

  • Resilience despite of the losses in Syria

    Six years into the crisis in Syria, during which many lives have changed and many families have faced displacement, hunger, and fear. Despite his young age, Motasem has experienced very harsh conditions that left him with great responsibilities. His losses went far beyond the death of his father and brother. It was the loss of life as he knew it now that he should learn how to live with one arm and one leg.

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