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School’s irrigation is fighting hepatitis

01/11/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Constructed wetland for bioremediation - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

The stagnant pool of water would last for days and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It was especially hazardous for the younger children and older guardians who came to drop and pick up the children. There had been instances when they would fall into the dirty water.

Boarding over the holidays

12/21/2011 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Students outside of their classroom at the Mohripur Government Primary School - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

On December 25 we plan to celebrate Quaid-e-azam day. It means “father of the nation” and commemorates the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of our country. We don’t celebrate Christmas, but we do teach the children the importance of international events and special days.

“An educated child can change a family’s destiny”

12/16/2011 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Maimoona teaching Class X - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

Maimoona wants to see Pakistani literacy rates to go up and to do this the government needs to encourage more female teachers to enter this profession at the primary level.

Pink Sari gang fights injustice

11/25/2011 | Deepa Jainani

Gang members demonstrate in Banda, Uttar Pradesh - Deepa Jainani | Panos London

Sampat Pal has become an unlikely heroine to tens of thousands of poor women across India as the leader of the Gulabi Gang (“gulabi”, meaning pink in Hindi, refers to the colour of their saris).

A grandmother’s voice from Mali

11/11/2011 | Panos London

Kaidia Samaké with her grandchildren - Soumaïla T Diarra | Panos London

Kaidia Samaké didn’t learn to read or write when she was a child because girls in her village weren’t sent to school. However, the 40-year-old widow can now read and write in Bamabara, her mother tongue, thanks to night classes in her village of Gwelekoro.

Our new blogger from Pakistan

11/07/2011 | Panos London

Maimoon at her school in rural Pakistan | Panos London

Panos London would like to introduce Maimoona Shahzadi as the newest contributor to our Voices from the Ground blog. Maimoona, 28, is a teacher at a co-educational secondary school in a village around 40km outside Islamabad in Pakistan.

Video: a reformed drug dealer speaks

08/30/2011 | Tia Dag

Casa do Zezinho provides children in one of São Paulo's favelas with a safe place to learn and play

Brazilian journalist, Ana Aranha, has produced a video blog in which Tia Dag, director of the Brazilian NGO and school, Casa do Zezinho, interviews one of her ex students, known as Nene.

Killings ignored by media

06/23/2011 | Tia Dag

I am growing worried about the rise of murders in our neighbourhood. This entire past month we keep hearing stories of the multiple murders of six or seven men each weekend.

“He drank himself to death”

06/06/2011 | Tia Dag

A view of a hillside favela in Brazil

This was a sad week for us. The father of two of our zezinhos [students] drank himself to death. Officially pronounced dead of cirrhosis, the disease had grown worse on account of the lack of medical care in public hospitals.

Prejudice against America blinded me

05/25/2011 | Tia Dag

Tia Dag addresses students at the University of San Francisco

In the first week of May I was invited by the University of San Francisco to give a lecture on how we run Casa do Zezinho. I was supposed to give a long talk to undergraduate students majoring in Latin American Studies, but I ended up subverting the planned class structure.

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