At age 70, Valentina Zvyarynskaya was living her life as many Belarusian seniors do. She stayed home a lot, took part in few community activities and rarely made new friends. Then she began attending courses at Golden Age University, or GAU, an organization based in the northwestern city of Grodno that encourages seniors to do more. Now 73,...
Ask Laxmi Rokaya what she dreams of for her country, and the 19-year-old’s answer is modest. More opportunities for youth. The chance to go to school. Jobs. “Many young people here are unemployed,” Rokaya says. “They just wander around.” It’s one of many problems in Nepal that she hopes to help change.
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The sun is high and blistering down on a sparse landscape. Sounds of hammers and picks are constant throughout the hot day. People come and go, hauling heavy sacks of rocks from pits and tunnels to be crushed, washed and sold. This is life at an artisanal mine in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Persuading men and boys to get circumcised is no easy task. On top of fears about pain, it’s an uncommon, stigmatized procedure in this small African country of about 1.2 million people. But the health benefits are clear – and not just for men. For both sexes, male circumcision reduces the risk of certain reproductive cancers and helps prevent...
At Pact, we take our mission seriously. We envision a world where all people who are poor and marginalized can exercise their voice, build their own solutions and own their future. As lofty as that sounds, we approach our work as though that goal is 100 percent attainable – as though we can eradicate poverty and marginalization – and I truly...
International Women’s Day — today — is more than a celebration of women’s achievements. It’s also a call to action to advance gender equality around the world. At Pact, we work every day to empower women and girls. Last year, we helped 2.3 million people gain better access to health and social services — more than half of them women. Of the nearly...
It isn’t hard to find her in the center of a crowded market in Long Phu commune, Tam Binh district, Vinh Long province. Everyone here knows To Thi Thu Thao, a young woman who always has a shining smile on her face. To look at her, you’d never know the difficulty she has faced.
In the nine years that Phyu Phyu Theint has worked for Pact, she has seen a lot of change.
Daw Mar Mar Swe is "mother duck" to a family of 72 who quickly and obediently follow the instructions of her quacks. Eight years ago, life changed for Daw Mar Mar Swe when she took her first loan from Pact, 70,000 kyats, enabling her to purchase her first duckling at a cost of 650 kyat.
"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." That’s the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day. At Pact, we believe all individuals are entitled to fair treatment under the law and protection from harm. That’s why, across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we help people understand and seize their rights. In South Sudan, the world’s newest country, more than...
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