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Somali youth feel hopeful, despite challenges

Ali became an orphan a few years ago when his parents died in explosion.  As the eldest of three children, Ali, 21, set off in search of work and landed a job at a security checkpoint in order to earn enough money to feed himself and his two younger siblings.  While wielding a gun, his daimore

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Classrooms promote peace in Sudan

In Mazmoom in Sennar State, things are tense. The normally quiet village in the south-east corner of Sudan has been the scene of conflict in 2012. More than 3,800 returnee Sudanese, including some 1,800 ex-fighters, are trying to establish new homes and farms in the small community.  Many of thmore

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China: Building back better and greener

Before the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China on 12 May 2008, 62-year-old Qing Liehua’s main source of income and food for his family was chicken farming. After the earthquake destroyed his home in Qinghe Village, Sichuan Province, however, he lost everything, including his chickemore

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Removing physical barriers to Cyprus reunification

Antigoni Kallouri and Necmi Maraşuna were among those Cypriot farmers, on both sides of the island, who for many years could not access their lands. The presence of landmines in the buffer zone between the northern and southern part of Cyprus made cultivating local farmlands too dangerous. “A few yemore

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Haitian women rebuild their lives one brick at a time

The main driving force for earthquake-damaged house rebuilding in Haiti is not the government, the private sector, NGOs or international organizations. Families and communities have been playing a vital role, taking the task to build back a more resilient country into their own hands—especially womemore

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Burundi: Reintegration efforts provide incomes and help to rebuild lives

For Marie-Chantal Misago in southwest Burundi, the road she is helping to rebuild to a nearby health centre and school is a sign of how things have improved since the war ended in 2005. “The crisis ran so deep, I would never have imagined myself working with all these different groups of people,” samore

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Haitians on the pitch for recovery

Josiane Vesna is a resident of Bel Air, one of the most violent, poor, and garbage-filled zones in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Following the earthquake that devastated the country one year ago, Josiane, along with nearly 1000 other Haitians, was hired to rebuild six neighbourhoods, including her own. “Afmore

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Voting, not Violence, in Kenya

Days before a constitutional referendum took place in Kenya, employees at the Uwiano Platform in the capital of Nairobi received an alarming SMS.  The message came from a resident of Chebarus village who said his familiy had been surrounded by an unknown armed group. The assailants had threatenmore

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More water, better lives for Sudanese farmers

Until recently, farmers in northeast Sudan used to rely solely on rainfall for their subsistence crops, despite fertile land and groundwater close to the surface. “There is a big difference now,” said Aisha Sharief, who heads a farm run by women in the rural community of Arabaat. “Nowadays we have pmore

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Bringing economic security to women in Nepal

Dipmala Mahato is beginning to feel the benefits that financial prosperity can bring. While she still lives in a one-room home, constructed of mud and roughly the size of a table-tennis board, she now earns a decent income selling her vegetables in the twice-weekly local market. Mahato is one of 32 more

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Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

It is early morning and Amina[1] has another busy day ahead. The mother of two must get her children off to school and finish some housekeeping before she can attend to her small business, selling second-hand clothes and household supplies beside her corrugated-iron-roofed house. In spite of her hecmore

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FYR Macedonia steps up emergency training

Silvana Abraseva is one of the 1,500 teachers in schools across the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia who helped to carry out evacuation drills to prepare students for earthquakes and fires. "Together we've trained more than 17,000 children on how to stay safe if there's an earthquake or fimore

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Income brings hope to Somali families facing famine

With her two children losing weight fast and family income drying up, 26-year-old Haredo Ali, from Somalia’s southern Bakool region, was stuck at the centre of the country’s worst drought in 60 years. Her husband lost his honey-harvesting business when his bees abandoned their hive in search of nectmore

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DRC: Solidarity funds cut poverty and strengthen community ties

Pen in hand and notebook poised on his lap, Gasozi resumes his calculations aloud for the benefit of those present:  “I borrowed 60,000 Congolese francs (approximately US $65), and with that amount, I was able to buy enough potato seeds to produce 8 sacks of potatoes. Generally speaking, a sackmore

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Guatemala: Saving biodiversity, one cup of coffee at a time

In 1982, Eloy Donis Samayoa began growing coffee with a group of Jesuits in Chapa, Nueva Santa Rosa, in the southeast of the country. “I planted my first coffee tree 32 years ago with no technology and not much knowledge of the process. At the time, all I had was a small plot of land I inherited fromore

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From biogas to ice cream,
Bhutan's newest 'cool thing'

The Bhutanese village of Singyegang, with 450 inhabitants, is home to hot and humid summers. It’s the kind of weather that calls for refreshments -- and ice cream tops the list. Until now, it was a “foreign” treat, mainly imported from neighboring India. But one small group of farmers saw an opportumore

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In El Salvador, paving the road for better opportunities

For decades, poor roads between the municipalities of the Balsam Mountain Range in El Salvador kept the place isolated, slowing economic potential of small villages such as San Antonio. Despite having an agricultural cooperative of over 700 manzanas (about 1200 acres), 40 percent of which are dedicamore

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Timorese youth tackle waste and unemployment, one bottle at a time

Timor-Leste is a tiny country with a huge trash problem. Water is not potable -- as a result, plastic bottles of all sizes can be found everywhere, marring the country’s natural beauty and creating hazardous health and environmental conditions. The problem is especially glaring in the capital city omore

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Bolivia: On the way towards eliminating malaria

“In the past, contracting malaria was quite common. I got the disease myself, and managed to recover, but people often died from these chills,” said Edwin Moreno Saravia, of the town of Riberalta in Northern Bolivia. But no deaths have been reported in the past five years and the incidence of the dimore

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Afghan youth vote in historic elections

Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5 April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically-elected government to another. Young Afghamore