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To stem child labor in mining, a village in Colombia turns to systemic solutions – and fish

In the backyard of her aquamarine-colored house, Lizeth Mendoza carefully unwraps fish for the day's lunch. She cleans them and takes them to the kitchen. When her children get home to study, she’ll fry them. She smiles, relieved. She remembers the days when there were no fish to fry.

With post-revolution civic education, a Pact partner helps build a democratic generation in Ukraine

By Yuliia Kurnyshova and Paul Shields Polina Verbytska is passionate about civic education. She has been working to improve it in Ukraine for much of her career and believes its importance can’t be underestimated. “Better civic education could have protected Ukraine from Russia’s...

With new business skills, caregivers of vulnerable Tanzanian children provide for their families

Leila Mkere beams as she speaks. The 36-year-old is pleased with herself, and rightly so. She runs two successful businesses, selling charcoal and vegetables. The income goes a long way in providing a good life for her two girls, ages 4 and 8. It’s been a journey to get here, requiring...

WORTH in Malawi: Protecting lakes and empowering local entrepreneurs

By Judith Njikho Anna Kankwalala has always worked to contribute income to her household, despite cultural norms here that say it is a man’s domain. “I have never believed in staying idle and waiting for money from my husband’s fish business,” says Anna, who lives in Chiwalo, a village in...

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With support, an HIV-positive mother in Nigeria gives her baby the gift of health

In Nigeria’s Bayelsa State, awareness about HIV and AIDS is improving, but many people are still hesitant to be tested, including pregnant women. They make up a critical demographic because proper intervention often can prevent transmission from an HIV-positive mother to her unborn baby...

A health center in Nigeria comes back to life

Across the Niger Delta region, it is not uncommon for government health centers to stand empty and unused. For community members, this leaves few options. Some visit ill-informed alternative medicine practitioners. Others travel great distances for care, while others simply go without.

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After her husband's death, WORTH becomes a lifeline for a mom in Nigeria

Money was always tight for Florence Engman’s family. She and her husband had four children, and he was the sole breadwinner. It was often a stretch to feed everyone on her husband’s income. So when Florence heard about a WORTH group forming in her area, an impoverished community in...

With renewable energy, building prosperity in rural Myanmar

Sein Win May has spent more than her share of time in the dark. At 51, she has lived her whole life in Shin Hla, a remote village of about 600 people in Myanmar’s Dry Zone that is accessible only by boat. Like most of the rest of the country’s vast rural stretches, Shin Hla has no grid...

At Malawi's Lake Chilwa, local fishing communities make an important decision for their future

By Mercy Phiri Lakes are critical to the people of Malawi, providing them with nutrition as well as a vital livelihood. So when local communities decided this winter to extend the closed season at Lake Chilwa, which is Malawi’s second largest lake and accounts for a quarter of all the...

For a hard-to-reach population in Ukraine, innovative online HIV outreach proves critical

Roman Marchenko has dedicated years of his life to LGBTI activism. It's a community he knows well, yet even he was surprised at the difficulty his HIV treatment and prevention organization had in reaching one key population – men who have sex with men, or MSM. Stigma and discrimination...

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