Archive for March, 2010

Children in Ethiopia get the chance to finish school

Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 8:01 am

Aster Arba, grade two, in front of her house in rural Wolayita. Photo: Ethiopia, Concern Worldwide

Aster Arba, aged nine, lives in the remote and rural village of Duguna Fango, about 450 kilometers south west of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Up to when Concern intervened, Aster and her friends would walk eight kilometers every day to go to school.

In fact, they walked barefoot in extreme heat, and risked being raped and abducted, or attacked by wild animals. When I first saw the area, I was humbled by how difficult it was for a young child to travel to school in this extremely hot climate over such distances. Read the rest of this entry »

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A conversation with Abraham – Huambo, Angola

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 9:09 am

Abraham, the livelihood program manager for Concern in Angola. Photo: Aoife Gleeson, Concern Worldwide

It’s nearly eight o’clock in the evening and I can’t believe I am still in the office. The working day here in Angola starts at 7.30am, so it feels longer than a typical day. I finished working a while ago but have been chatting with Abraham, the livelihood program manager for Concern in Angola.

His story is so compelling and he tells it in such an open and engaging way that I’ve found myself completely hooked. Read the rest of this entry »

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Forced marriages still common for school girls in Malawi

Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Phombe Primary School in Nsanje, Malawi where Concern is working to improve conditions for children. Photo: Malawi, Concern Worldwide

Martha is a shy yet intelligent twelve-year-old girl from Nsanje, in Malawi. This year, she was supposed to earn her primary school leaving certificate (PSLC).

Her teachers believed she would make it to high school, as she had been the best student in her class since the first grade. Last school term, she was also at the top of her class.

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Farmer Field Day, Gokwe North, Zimbabwe

Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Mr Chinamo, aged 83, addresses the crowd at his farm in Gokwe North, Zimbabwe. Photo: Cormac Staunton, Concern Worldwide

I watch as Mr. Chinamo, an 83-year-old farmer from Gokwe North in central Zimbabwe, stands proudly in his field. Flanked by his wife Clara, he surveys his crop, picks up a bullhorn and begins to speak.

As many as 500 people are watching, the majority of them also farmers from the same district. This is the centerpiece of their “Field Day,” an age-old tradition in rural Zimbabwe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Concern responds to population swell on La Gonâve

Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

60 year-old Camila Avril sits outside her newly erected tent with daughter Lucienne Dorci, 34 and granddaughters Dudmicah Aladin, 6 months, and Esdrac Dorci, 17.

“The house jumped!” 60 year-old Camila Avril is describing what happened to her home on January 12, the day of the earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti.

Since then, she and the members of her household pictured here have been sleeping in the crudely fenced yard of a neighbor.

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Addressing preventable deaths in Malawi

Posted on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 9:56 am

Some 12 percent of all children in Malawi do not survive to celebrate their fifth birthday. Photo: Concern Worldwide

I have arrived in the Concern office in Lilongwe, capital of Malawi. The goal in the next week is to gather as much information on the current health situation of mothers and children in Malawi, and develop a program strategy about how to address the problems.

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