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Mothers Fight Back In Malawi

As the hot, dry breeze wafts through the lakeside district of Nkhotakota, Malawi, a group of women sing as they take turns to water their near-ripe crop of maize. Further downstream, another group is busy making seed beds in preparation for another crop.

Overcoming the Challenges of Breastfeeding

“When I was pregnant with my first daughter,” said Dima Zayat, ANERA’s Medical In-Kind Program Coordinator in Lebanon, “I read a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding and decided to do it. But, when I gave birth, many factors made it difficult and I was very disappointed.”

Dima’s difficulties in breastfeeding her first child are not unique. Hospital regulations, lack of community and family support, and a shortage of-well trained nurses are a few factors that may discourage women from breastfeeding.

Children With Disabilities In Niger To Receive Food Assistance

It is often said that children suffer the most from food insecurity. While this is true, there is another group that suffers even more hardship – impoverished children with disabilities. In Niger, this is particularly acute in the capital of Niamey since most food security initiatives focus on rural areas.

Reversing the Tide of School Drop-Outs in Malawi

In Mtumba village in the Nsanje district in Malawi, the traditional practice of girls leaving school to get married has created a vicious cycle of illiteracy among girls. In a community of about 1,500, just three girls have completed their primary school education and they are now married too.

When Is A Promise For Keeps?

DEAUVILLE, France - When is something smoke and mirrors and when should a promise be believed? This was a frequent question during the G8 summit in Deauville last week as world leaders dedicated billions to help "Arab Spring" countries Egypt and Tunisia and promised full transparency in the delivery of previously announced development assistance which never came through.

Baby Baskets And Gambling Dens In Deauville

DEAUVILLE - For NGOs seeking to get their voice heard at a G8 summit, staging stunts is often the most effective way to attract media coverage. There have been a few good ones this time round by several of InterAction’s members attending this year's summit in Deauville, the pretty seaside town in northern France.

Empowering Communities to Rebuild their Lives in Chad

I arrived in Chad last week to meet with our country team, and to assess our programs and the ongoing humanitarian needs in our program areas. Chad is one of the world’s seven least developed countries: it ranks at 163 out of 169 countries on the 20

10 United Nations Human Development Index. The goal of our programs here is to target the poorest communities in the poorest parts of Chad—and I was curious to see how successfully we were doing that.