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In Kenya, a mother's love, a daughter's bravery

This blog post was written by Kieran McConville, Communications Officer at Concern Worldwide US

On a trip to Kenya, we found a living definition of bravery and determination: Chiluke Ali and her daughter Botu. They are far from the action-hero stereotype, but they are making the kind of impact that requires true heroism.

A BIG PROBLEM FOR GIRLS

Together, Chiluke and Botu Ali have made a stand and said “no more” to a tradition deeply ingrained in their culture, regarded by many as sacred.

The top 9 causes of global poverty

Picture it: you need to feed your family, travel to and from work, and get your child school supplies. But you only have $1.90 in your pocket. It seems like an impossible scenario. But for approximately 800 million people in the world, it’s their reality. 11% of the world’s population is living in extreme poverty, which is defined as surviving on only $1.90 a day.

Fighting climate change: Three snapshots of building resilience

Would you be surprised to discover that climate change is one of the biggest threats in the fight to end global poverty? It’s true — and according to The World Bank, the effects of climate change have the power to push an additional 100 million people into poverty over the course of the next decade.

It’s clear: we must tackle climate change if we want to tackle poverty.

The top 6 low-tech innovations that we love

We are often told that when thinking of humanitarian work, many people picture someone dressed like Indiana Jones, air dropping food, or something else equally exciting. While airdrops do happen, and some of our staff dress a bit like they’re in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the fact is simple: much of humanitarian work isn’t nearly as thrilling as you imagine it.

Niger: Four faces of hope

Niger consistently ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries, despite enjoying relative peace. But why? Niger’s struggle with poverty is a complex issue, but can be boiled down to a number of factors. Its population is the fastest growing in the world, which puts pressure and and strain on food production and social services. The country is also incredible vulnerable to climate shocks. Drought has caused harvests to fail, triggering food crises that make it hard for already struggling families and communities to catch up.

Niger: The 5 things you need to know

In 2016, the UN rated Niger the 2nd least developed country in the world with chronic high levels of malnutrition and poverty. Recurring climate shocks have left the country unable to produce enough food for its ever-growing population. While Niger itself is at peace, conflict and epidemics in neighboring countries have spilled over into its borders, further exacerbating the severe threats to lives and livelihoods.

Niger at a glance:

A journey to hope in Ethiopia

NYAKOUN’S REALITY

Nyakoun Tut is just 24, yet little in her young life has been easy. The mother of two lives in a refugee camp in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, just across the border from her home country, South Sudan.

Nyakoun recalls her home fondly. “We had a small farm, sheep, goats, and cattle. We always had enough.” But South Sudan has been gripped by conflict for the last six years, causing millions to flee to neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya — and Nyakoun was among those that fled.

An eco stove – the gift that keeps on giving in Sierra Leone

This blog post was written by Kieran McConville, Communications Officer at Concern Worldwide US

It really doesn’t look like much – two men and a woman on a crumbling concrete porch hammering and bending bits of old metal into seemingly random shapes. But this is what transformation looks like.

The hills are alive... Concern in action in the hills of DRC

This blog post was written by Kieran McConville, Communications Officer at Concern Worldwide US

Apart from some fading roadside signage and the occasional battered Land Cruiser, there’s not much sign of Concern’s presence in Masisi, Democratic Republic of Congo. At least not at first glance.

Spectacularly Difficult

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