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.
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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...
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is Think Positive: Rethink HIV. At Pact, we see lots of reasons to be positive. In Nigeria’s Bayelsa state, more pregnant women are being tested for HIV and taking steps to protect their babies. In Ethiopia, children are learning the basics of good health and HIV prevention just as they are reading and math. In...
Although Ukraine has made important reforms since its 2014 revolution, change is coming at a pace far slower than civil society organizations and Western governments had hoped, including in key areas such as the economy, political and judicial corruption and government decentralization, according to a group of experts who met Sept. 28 in Kiev.
In Manambaro, a remote, rural community near the southern tip of Madagascar, less than 1 percent of the population has had education past high school. Nearly three-quarters of people can’t read or write. Rodin, a 22-year-old high school student who grew up here, is an exception. With bright eyes and a broad smile, he’s one of the best students in...
Systemic change still far off, but ‘space is opening up’ for civil society improvements in Belarus, panel says
Although significant challenges remain, civil society improvements are taking place in Belarus, according to a panel of experts who spoke Sept. 1o in Washington, D.C. They described the changes as fragile but important, as many civic activities happening in the country today were unimaginable as recently as a few years ago.
At a meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative in Malaysia this month, leaders from six nations agreed that as the region transforms, short-term growth must not come at the expense of long-term sustainability. The foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – along with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – pledged to work...
In Nigeria, almost 150 babies contract HIV everyday. With testing and education for mothers, Pact and Chevron are working to change that - to achieve an HIV-free generation. Soon, Pact will debut a new video highlighting our PROMOT project. Check out this short trailer and check back soon for the full video!
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