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Pact mothers group becomes a leader in community development

Gwani East ward is a hard-to-reach area in of Gombe State, in northeast Nigeria. People there have long struggled with poverty and lacked potable water and access to quality health services. The primary healthcare centre in Gwani East was missing basics including water, toilets and...

WORTH's impact: A mother of 14 becomes a thriving business owner

Ummi Yusuf has 14 children. Together, she and her husband, who she married when she was 18, worked hard to support them. Things changed for their family when he became ill and eventually paralyzed. Ummi was left with the burden of providing for everyone. The income she made styling hair...

In Nigeria, midwives come out of retirement to share life-saving skills

by Pact Nigeria Rhoda Ceshan Ayuba, 59, and Aliya Ahmed Adamu, 61, are retired midwives – each of them having worked for 35 years in government-owned health facilities in Nigeria. They had started to enjoy the benefits of retirement, such as lots of free time to rest or do anything other...

In Mandera Triangle, women leaders stem violent extremism among youth

The shared border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, also known as the Mandera Triangle, have experienced armed conflict, extremist violence and political instability for years.

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In South Africa, with Pact’s support, drop-in centers offer testing and a safe space for children vulnerable to HIV

Bringing her children to the Wellness Day at the Hluvhukani Drop-in Center, located in the rural community of Steenbok, South Africa, was not an easy choice for Martha Khoza. Her oldest daughter has tuberculosis, just like her husband did before he passed away from the disease a few years...

Murule and Marehan elders take part in a trust-building dialogue.

With trust-building dialogues, East African clans make peace

For many years, the Marehan and Murule clans in East Africa’s Mandera Triangle have lived in conflict. They share social and natural resources across the borders separating Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya – often the cause of disagreements. The Murule community blames the Marehan community...

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In her own words: A former child miner in DRC makes a new start

Since 2003, Pact has worked to improve the lives of artisanal and small-scale miners through its Mines to Markets program. This includes efforts to end child labor in mining, from Colombia to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

After an HIV peer mentor changes his life, a fisherman in Malawi pays it forward

By Maggie Makawa and Mercy Phiri Fishermen are more likely to respond positively to information when it comes from their peers. This is why the Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats project, or FISH, uses peer mentors to increase HIV testing and treatment among fishermen in...

A goat herder touched by violence in East Africa becomes a peace ambassador

By Abdullahi M. Ahmed Peyo was born 22 years ago in Kibish, a small town near where the borders of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan meet. As a boy, he herded goats, later attending primary school in Turkana, where he'd run barefoot across plains of thick grass.  

A fish processor in Malawi protects the environment, one stove at a time

By Goodwell Thunga Necessity breeds invention, as the saying goes. This was exactly the case for Vincent Sande, a soft-spoken man who owns a self-built fish processing facility beneath a makeshift shade structure at Chiphole Beach, on the banks of Lake Malawi. Vincent’s site is one of the...

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