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Breaking rocks to pay her school fees

11/01/2012 | Lilly Peel

Mercy Womeh attends the J Chauncey Goodridge school in Monrovia, Liberia's capital. She pays her school fees by crushing rocks, earning 35 Liberian dollars ($0.47) for each bucket. Three years ago, her family moved from the countryside to the Monrovia suburb of Gbawe Town to find work. But in a country with 85 per cent unemployment, crushing rocks was the only option.

Like many Liberians, Mercy Womeh missed several years of education as a result of the 14-year civil war. She is now 18 and determined to complete her final two years of schooling. To fund her education, she crushes rocks.

The world’s biggest school lunch programme

10/16/2012 | Divya Gupta

Children sit down to their midday meal at a school in Andhra Pradesh - Sean Sprague | Panos Pictures

India’s pledge to feed its hungry children sees it dishing up to 120 million school dinners a day. On World Food Day we visit Akshaya Patra, a charity helping deliver the world’s biggest school lunch programme.

Is free education failing Kenya’s children? A mother’s dilemma

09/07/2012 | Audrey Wabwire

A student at a public primary school in Kenya takes notes during a lesson - Adrian Gathu | Panos London

Children enjoy free primary schooling in Kenya. Yet many fail basic literacy tests and corruption has affected schools. Journalist and mother Audrey Wabwire explores the problems in this audio report.

Community gardens boost self-sufficiency in Argentina

08/31/2012 | Ana Bell

Mario Benito admires one of his latest devices for his allotment -. This stack of plastic bottles allows him to grow multiple plants in a small space - Ana Bell | Panos London

A national organic gardening scheme in Argentina has been a huge success, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to 3.3 million people across the country. With food prices rising around the globe, Ana Bell meets local gardeners in Buenos Aires to hear their stories of self-sufficiency.

Photo snapshot: goalball in Zagreb

08/30/2012 | Lilly Peel

A Croatian team member throws a ball during an international goalball tournament in Zagreb - Bjoern Steinz | Panos Pictures

Goalball is a team sport designed for blind and visually impaired athletes and is played in silence: the only way for the blindfolded athletes to work out where the ball is is by the tinkling sound it makes as it travels across the pitch at speeds of up to 40mph.

Photo snapshot: amputee football in Freetown

08/29/2012 | Lilly Peel

Amputee football is used to reverse the negative perception of amputees in Sierra Leone - William Daniels | Panos Pictures

Sport is used around the world today to rehabilitate people with disabilities. In this photograph, amputee footballers, many of whom were victims of the country’s civil war, practice on the beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Photo snapshot: sitting volleyball in Burundi

08/28/2012 | Lilly Peel

Members of Burundi's sitting volleyball team train in Bujumbura - Dieter Telemans | Panos Pictures

Sport has an important role to play in development and rehabilitation processes. To celebrate the London 2012 Paralympics, we have dug through our archives to find photographs of inspirational sportsmen and women around the world for whom disability is no barrier.

‘To tell you the truth we are starving’

08/15/2012 | Lilly Peel

Kaidia Samaké sits outside her home in Gwelekoro with her children and grandchildren - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

For almost a year we have been following the life of Kaidia Samaké who lives in the village of Gwelekoro in Mali. With a food crisis currently sweeping the Sahel, Kaidia’s blogs trace how the annual ‘hungry season’ intensified, pushing her family and other villagers to the brink of starvation.

Olympic triumph unites communities in troubled Manipur

08/13/2012 | Thingnam Anjulika Samom

Mary Kom trains with her students at her non-profit boxing accademy in Manipur - Anjulika Thingnam | Panos London

The London Olympics are over but the athletes’ achievements have the potential to leave a lasting legacy. Mary Kom, a flyweight boxer from Manipur in north-east India, didn’t win gold – yet her performance inspired her state and her country.

India’s women boxers come out fighting

08/07/2012 | Ranjita Biswas

Girls line up in front of boxing coach Razia Shabnam for a training session in the park - Suzanne Lee | Panos London

Flyweight boxer and Olympic bronze medalist, Mary Kom, is a hero to many aspiring boxers in Kolkata. Ranjita Biswas visits a poor neighbourhood of the city where boxing has given young women the confidence to challenge social norms.

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