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Rural communities of Nicaragua unite for water

Cristina Martínez López lives with her husband and five children in La Chagüite, Nicaragua, which has no safe source of drinking water. “Life is more difficult when the communities lack access to water. It is exasperating that you have to walk every day in order to find water for drinking, cooking a More

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Access to justice for the vulnerable in Egypt

On the steps of the Family Court in the Heliopolis neighborhood of Egypt’s capital, Cairo, ‘Ayesha’, who preferred not to give her real name, tells a story that is all too common. “My husband and I are divorced. I repudiated him. Then, he took my elder daughter, kidnapped her, and I did not know how More

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Stemming child marriages in Zambia, one village at a time

Agnes Lungu, 56, still regrets the day she and her husband married off their 15 year-old daughter to a man they chose, for a bride price to help solve the family's problems. “I did not know about the harmful consequences of child marriage, and I feel very guilty I did this. It’s a wrong practice and More

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Former farm hand becomes role model for climate adaptation

March Roun used to get by working odd jobs on farms owned by other people. Now she’s being held up as a role model for other farmers in how to adapt to the impacts of climate change. “I used to earn a living by labouring in the rice field for other people. It is an unstable job where you become jobl More

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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 the governorates most affected by the ongoing crisis, his family faced extremely difficult conditions due to the lack of basic g 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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Nursing by phone helps save lives in Ghana

“It started like a runny stomach but it was soon followed by vomiting. I was so scared that I thought I would lose my pregnancy and life”, says Faith Kuwornu, a 27 year-old pregnant mother of three, in Ghana’s coastal town of Keta, in the Volta Region. Faith was among the dozens who escaped the dead 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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