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Flood-proof homes just don’t exist

09/23/2010 | Zubaida Noor

Just before the Eid holidays started at the end of Ramadan I went with my team to the flood hit areas of Nowshera to distribute food to around 1000 families we had previously selected. It was a three-day effort and we travelled from village to village with the truck, loaded with food. Perhaps it would…

My husband sold our house to buy alcohol

09/21/2010 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

It was an evening like this when I decided I would no longer suffer in silence in an abusive marriage and walked out on my husband. It was a decision that changed my life forever. Now I work as a gender volunteer for Women Action for Development (WAD) and I come across many stories like…

How a drug lord became a teacher

09/20/2010 | Tia Dag

I’ll tell you the story of one of the first children I took in here at Casa do Zezinho in 1994. His name is Marcos Lopes, and he is known as Nene. When he was 10 he was very headstrong. He would not behave in school and was bad-tempered, his father was an alcoholic and often beat…

I learnt to read at 30

09/15/2010 | Sali Samaké

My name is Sali Samaké and I live in Tamala, one of the villages in the region of Djitoumou, in Mali. We’re proud of our past. We always refer to Djitoumou, an ancient land name, to indicate our village’s position to outsiders. I was born in Defara, a neighbouring village, but my parents no longer…

As a teacher I had a problem fitting in

09/10/2010 | Tia Dag

I have always been a rebel. When I moved to the south of São Paulo in the 1980s, Brazil was living under military rule. I was revolted with the lack of freedom, but also with the situation of the people. I always stood for the weakest side, the ones who are marginalized and prejudiced against….

I had to prove hundreds of babies were dying

09/09/2010 | Dr Tracy Evans-Gilbert

HIV work is my purpose. I can’t separate HIV from my personal life. It’s who I am and what I’m called to do. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. It’s a dream I had cherished from when I was really small. As a little girl, I had a toy stethoscope. I was…

My personal turmoil inspired me

09/09/2010 | Zubaida Noor

I first started working in development in the mid 80s when Afghan refugees started arriving in Pakistan after the Soviet invasion. I began working at the International Red Cross where I helped establish a women’s project. It was my own personal turmoil at home that inspired me to do something on my own to help…

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