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New Panos London site sheds light on life in developing countries

Panos London today launched Voices from the ground, a new blog site that follows the lives of five people working and living in developing countries, tracking their experiences in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Voices from the ground records the challenges, frustrations and successes of people affected firsthand by the impacts of the MDGs. Their experiences are recorded by Panos London local journalists in those countries who tell those experiences as first person.

Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Panos London said:

“We are delighted to be able to present this site; it offers a brand new experience to anyone who visits. Our work has shown us that the voices of people who are battling to overcome poverty in developing countries are the most powerful advocates of change. The stories they tell show how international support aimed at meeting the MDGs is about transforming the lives of millions of people and helping them to achieve their dreams and ambitions. They connect us in ways that all of us can understand and appreciate.”

The bloggers stories will be told as they happen and feature people from around the world:

Northeast India: Takhelchangbam Ambravati (known as Ambra) is a grassroots volunteer with a local NGO near Imphal, the capital of the northeastern state of Manipur. She visits local women to collect information about human rights violations, domestic violence and trafficking.

Pakistan: Zubaida Noor is working with women in a small village in Khyber Putkunkwa, previously known as North-West Frontier Province, who lost their homes in the recent floods. Her NGO, the Noor Foundation, focuses on women’s education, health and emancipation.

Jamaica: Dr Tracy Evans-Gilbert is head of the paediatric HIV programme at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Montego Bay’s main public hospital. Part of her job is to trace HIV infected children who are not receiving treatment and babies with unknown status born to HIV infected women.

Mali: As a housewife in the village of Tamala in the south of Mali, Sali Samaké has to fetch water every day to do the cooking and washing for her family. She is also one of thousands of small farmers trained by the Malian government to monitor rainfall.

Brazil: Dagmar Rivieri Garroux, known as Tia Dag (Auntie Dag), runs Casa do Zezinho, a school in one of south Sao Paulo’s favelas. By offering project social, cultural and artistic activities for children, Tia Dag and the teachers aim to prevent them joining Sao Paulo’s criminal gangs.

Panos London’s Voices from the Ground has also been featured on the Guardian’s Global Development website which launched yesterday.


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