Urban Refugees Use Creativity on Road to Self-Reliance

(Nairobi) June 15, 2013 — The nephew and daughter-in-law of a refugee from Rwanda make sandals June 14, 2013, in the home the tree share in Nairobi. The hand-crafted sandals will be sold via the the Jesuit Refugee Service Mikono Craft Shop in Nairobi.

Hearts and Homes in Western Myanmar

What would you take if you had to flee? In Rakhine state, western Myanmar, everyone I asked said the same thing: Family. Many saw their homes burnt down in the communal riots of June and October 2012. They were so surprised by the attacks that they herded everyone out without stopping to take a single thing.

Meet InterAction's New Board Chairman: A Social Entrepreneur with a Strong Commitment to People

Should Mercy Corps buy an Indonesian bank? Neal Keny-Guyer was uncertain at first. It was a novel – even crazy – idea that brought huge risk for the NGO he leads.

“I imagined a newspaper headline saying, ‘Mercy Corps’ Bank in Bali Fails,’” he later told BusinessWeek. “I thought of the reaction of our donors to that bit of news.”

How Rap Music is Saving Lives in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the most hurricane-prone regions in the world, killing people every year and making communities more vulnerable with each and every storm that hits. But it wasn’t a hurricane that put Yen Carlos Reyes at risk.

Dominican Republic: Domestic Workers Wage Long Campaign for Rights

On June 16, workers around the world will mark the second anniversary of the historic passage of a global standard covering the rights of domestic workers. The International Labor Organization (ILO) “Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189) covers written employment contracts, protection from harassment, abuse and violence, hours of work, job safety and other workplace safeguards.

Ethiopian Beekeepers Abuzz with Release of New Training Video

Winnie the Pooh was on to something. Anyone who has squeezed a chunk of fresh honeycomb and tasted the golden sugary ooze would agree that getting one’s head stuck inside a pot is well worth the risk.

But keeping bees, and enjoying the sweet profit of their labor, requires special skills and equipment, something many producers in Ethiopia lack.

Many still rely on physically demanding and less productive methods, like setting empty logs in trees and climbing up to get the honey out.

A Revolution from the Ground Up

By Deborah Espinosa

Women in Ol Pusimoru, Kenya have much to celebrate today – but it hasn’t been an easy journey.

Back in 2010, Kenya adopted a revolutionary new constitution that offered women unprecedented protections and freedoms – including equal rights to land and family resources.

Nutrition for Growth: An Historic Moment for Global Nutrition Efforts?

World leaders gathered Saturday in London at the Nutrition for Growth summit and pledged an impressive total of $21.9 billion to be spent between now and 2020 to combat undernutrition. Just as significant as the amounts pledged was who was pledging: governments, foundations, businesses and NGOs all made commitments that resulted in billions of dollars.

At last – Recognizing the Link Between WASH and STH

The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) recently released a report on soil transmitted helminthes (STH) infection in the Americas and Caribbean, indicating that approximately 46 million children in that region alone are infected or at risk of infection by intestinal worms. That is close to a quarter of all the children living in that region.

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