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Emergency employment yields a healthier environment for Syrians

Mohammad was one of the Syrian citizens who never thought that the escalating hostilities would force him out of his home. Living in a hard-to-reach area of Aleppo, one of governorates most affected by the ongoing crisis, his family faced extremely difficult conditions due to the lack of basic goods More

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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 di More

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Empowered women, environmental care in Iran

Zahra, a woman in her mid-twenties, is from a village in Esfarayen Country in the North Khorasan Province of Iran.  Finding work was difficult, and she worried about her family. “We needed to feed our children,” Zahra continued, “but sadly it was so hard to find a job. And as a woman I could no More

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Water tanks help Ugandan households keep dry spells away

As the scorching afternoon sun beats down on the small village of Katembe in Uganda, Jennifer Nyakato’s new water tank stands out like an oasis in a hot desert. The 7000-litre tank was built for the 50-years old mother of 5 to collect water during the rainy season and avoid making the long journey t More

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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 serious More

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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 i More

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DRC: Legal clinics help victims of sexual violence

Julie* is just 10 years old. She is one of the clients at the legal clinic in Muganga, North Kivu. The clinic works to support victims of sexual violence and give them new hope. Julie’s father did not understand what had happened to his daughter and decided to punish her by keeping her out of school More

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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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Kazakhstan: Snow leopard “selfie” marks step toward conservation

Vladimir Vorobyov has found his dream job, combining two great passions: nature and photography. “I love mountains. I like to roam around, hike and watch nature in its beauty,” Vladimir says. “Photography is my passion and hobby. I take pictures of places and animals in the national park and give th More

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Haiti: Accessibility and women’s participation for better elections

Ketizia Brunard lost an arm in the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. Determined to fully exercise her civil and political rights, the 26-year-old is looking forward to voting in the next legislative elections. “I hope that people with reduced mobility can have a say in electing the ne More

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