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Hope for landslide survivors in Afghanistan

Mehrabudin and his surviving children in temporary shelter after the landslide
Photo: ACT/CWS-PA
30 May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014 Mehrabudin and his surviving children in temporary shelter after the landslide “It was Friday, and I was out looking for daily work. I waited until around noon where labourers gather to find daily work,” recalls Mehrabudin, a resident of a village  in Argo District, Badakhshan, Afghanistan. “On that day, no-one selected […]

Homes and hearts rebuilt in wake of huge city fire

Members of EPES staff with Centro Comunitario volunteers.
19 May 2014

Child survivors of the fires that razed 10 Chilean hill neighbourhoods a month ago will have the chance to relax and express their feelings through a children’s programme run by ACT. Working through activity books titled ‘My Fire’, children aged six to 10 will soon be able to tell their own stories of the devastating […]

Central African Republic refugee influx to Cameroon

Romain Monsieur, FCA Programme Coordinator in CAR, while unloading a full truck of school kits supplied by Unicef at FCA office in CAR for distribution in schools.
08 Apr 2014

Violence associated with the Anti-Balaka insurrection in the Central African Republic (CAR) led to a sharp increase in refugees fleeing to Cameroon in early 2014. Although the fighting is between two religious groups – the Christian AntiBalaka and the Muslim Séléka rebels – and is often presented as a religious conflict, the violence is underpinned […]

Banking on women to deliver

Antonia Joaquim Xavier Sadardine offers a drink from behind the counter of her bar and restaurant in Nampula, Mozambique.  Thanks to micro-credit loans from the Caixa, she has been able to hire six full-time workers as her business expands.
Photo: Simon Chambers/ACT/PWDRF
07 Mar 2014

Microcredit unions have become part of the landscape of development projects since the Grameen Bank pioneered the use of micro-loans to provide credit to poor individuals without collateral in Bangladesh. In Mozambique, ACT member the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund microfinance project has gone one step further. The organisation has set up financial institutions […]

Floods in Chocó, Colombia

After eight months of flooding in northern Colombia, the water returned slowly on February like in the Ayapel area. New floods are expected in March in huge quantity because of the bursting of a dike. More than two millions of persons have been affected.
03 Mar 2014

At the end of 2013, floods affected the Chocó region in the west of Colombia. The floods washed away standing crops, damaged and destroyed housing and other buildings, and destroyed food stores. Heavy rains from tropical storms caused damage in five municipalities within the region. According to the Disaster Risk Management Committee of Chocó, more […]

CLAI calls for end to antidemocratic violence in Venezuela

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28 Feb 2014

Venezuela is submerged in waves of orchestrated violence aimed at destabilising the country. In a letter to the Churches in Venezuela the General Secretary of the Latin American Council of Churches, CLAI, a member of the ACT Alliance, expresses condemnation of the illegal and anti-democratic intentions of the opposition in Venezuela to bring about regime […]

Restoring human dignity through food security initiatives

Women carrying water on their heads while walking in Dofu, an area in northern Malawi which has been hit hard by drought and hunger. ACT/Paul Jeffrey
17 Feb 2014

In 2010, 1.2 million people in Malawi had no access to food, according to a food insecurity report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee. Responding, the 10 members of the Malawi ACT Forum with support from the Norwegian embassy launched a food security programme in the six districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Balaka, Thyolo, Nsanje and Chikhwawa. Working together the forum received funding of […]

Responding to conflict in South Sudan

Birhanu Waka helps children move their belongings to a different classroom in a school in the Ajuong Thok Refugee Camp in South Sudan. Situated in northern Unity State, the camp hosts thousands of refugees from the Nuba Mountains, located across the nearby border with Sudan. The Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, provides a variety of services in the camp, including support for children's education. Waka directs the LWF office in the area.
08 Feb 2014

Gunfire and shelling, in Juba, on 15 December 2013, signalled the beginning of a conflict that quickly spread to other parts of South Sudan, including Bor, Bentiu and Malakal. The violence was sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar, and continued for months into early 2014, generating […]

SARF activists take on extractives and governance

Civil society rallies together to march for climate justice at the 2012 UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa. NCA/Jane Vogt Evensen
17 Jan 2014

The Southern Africa Regional Forum (SARF) has as a group been a strong advocate for justice in the extractive industry and in governance since 2012. The issues are a shared priority, as the forum’s 44 members and one observer work with communities affected by multinational or large companies working in the region. Taking the viewpoint that as the business sector works globally, so […]

Ongoing recovery in Haiti

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12 Dec 2013

Food, fishing and a miracle plant – with these, ACT in Haiti is helping survivors of two hurricanes and a tropical storm get back on their economic feet. In the space of two years, tropical storm Tomas and hurricanes Isaac and Sandy crossed Haiti, a country still in the early stages of recovery from the […]

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