Below is the article I wrote for Nepali Times after visiting Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal’s Achham district. Achham is often described as “remote” but we drove there easily in 9 hours from a main city, paved roads all the way, and jolted by fewer potholes than you’ll suffer driving in Kathmandu.
I’ve been back in Nepal for nearly two months now, eager to write about what I’m seeing and hearing but reluctant to come to any premature conclusions.
So instead, I’ll present some impressions, like this photo (above) of a bridge over the Rapti River in Dang district, which I took last weekend. Continue reading
Here’s an article by UNICEF about how one of its programmes has boosted school attendance in Mali:
Local communities in Mali are beginning to embrace change. The value of education for both girls and boys is beginning to catch on. Many families are now sending their girls to school, instead of marrying them off at a young age. Educated girls are now getting jobs and helping their families.
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First Peoples Worldwide is calling for applications for their Keepers of the Earth Fund. Grants from US$250-$20,000 are available. Any and all indigenous organisations can apply (although the project must be done outside the US).
Nigeria’s Kano State has announced a 3-year pilot programme to pay families to keep girls in primary and junior secondary schools.
The girls will have to attain grades of at least 80 percent, according to The Nation newspaper.
Read more here.
Sokoto, Nigeria, 7 July 2010 – When Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, visited Nigeria in June, he met Rahina Husseini, a community mobiliser at the Kundus Primary School in Kundus village in the Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria.
Rahina Husseini is 58 years old and one of seven women on Kundus Primary School’s 29-member management committee.
Her passion is to go house-to-house in the village to make sure all the girls are enrolled at school.