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With radios, Pact and USAID help Swazi students stay on track during Covid-19

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, schools were among the first things that the government of Eswatini decided to close to stem the virus’s spread.  Like so many students, Sizolwakhe Mahlalela’s life was turned upside down.  

Female instructors demonstrate the "No!" action from the No Means No girls curriculum. (Credit: ProHealth International)

Pact-led ACHIEVE project adapts violence-prevention training for Covid-19

Nigeria has long faced a gender-based violence crisis, with 30 percent of women and girls aged 15-49 having experienced sexual abuse. The Covid-19 pandemic precipitated lockdowns, closed schools and required many people to stay home from work to prevent the spread of the virus.

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In the Brazilian Amazon, Telma Taurepang inspires indigenous women to fight for their land and rights

Telma Taurepang comes from a long line of activists. She lives in the Brazilian state of Roraima, in the Amazonian region of Amajari, where her family has fought for decades for the demarcation of indigenous territories. Her grandparents and uncles were leaders in their communities...

'Mama Amani' Elizabeth Kalany. (Credit: Kelah Kathure/Pact)

“Peace is an action of transformed thinking”: A community change agent in Kenya makes peace her life's work

Asked what she does for a living, Elizabeth Kalany’s answer is an emphatic, “My work is peace.” It is this selfless pursuit of togetherness and harmony that drives Mama Amani, as she is known in her community, to set an example for others. She also draws conviction to the cause from...

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Samuel Lotiko, a SEEK youth boundary partner in Marsabit, Kenya. (Credit: Kelah Kathure/Pact)

Engaging youth to foster cross-border peace along the Kenya-Ethiopia border

Samuel Siyel Lotiko was seven years old when wrongly administered medication led to his total blindness. This life-altering incident meant he had to start school over again, just to learn braille. Now, 21 years later, Samuel is a fixture in his hometown of Illeret in Kenya’s Marsabit...

Participants in the CEADZ Women's Leadership Program. (Credit: Pact)

Pact-supported leadership program fosters women change-makers in Zimbabwean civil society

In 2019, the Pact-supported Civic Engagement for Accountability and Democracy in Zimbabwe project, or CEADZ, put out a call for applicants for a Women's Leadership Program. The program aimed to build a pool of young women change-makers, positioned to grow into their leadership positions...

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For two Tanzanian children, Pact's Kizazi Kipya program offers a new future

Pact’s Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, works to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children, particularly those affected by HIV. Funded by USAID/PEPFAR, the five-year effort helps orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers to access a range of HIV-related and...

Participants at a three-day SIP training event in Viet Nam in September.

Water management capacity building in the year of Covid-19

When the first Covid-19 cases were reported, the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership team was still closing out its biggest annual event, the Mekong Research Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam. Almost 300 people had attended the water management event, and interest was high for another such...

In Tanzania, Pact supports children living with HIV by helping their families earn stable income

Hosea Samola is a father of two, including a child who is HIV-positive. He lives in Sumbawanga, a remote village in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, where he supports his family by farming. “It had been difficult to improve my farming since I used elementary tools,” he says. “I could not...

Pact local partner holds first virtual assembly of Amazonian indigenous women across Brazil

To protect their communities from Covid-19, indigenous peoples in the Amazon have had to find alternative ways to stay in touch to continue to advocate for their territories and rights. The women of UMIAB are no exception. 

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