For children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia during the 1990s and early 2000s, the lack of access to a school adds significantly to their challenges. Communities all across Zambia have come to the aid of vulnerable children and established their own schools. There are now thousands of community schools like Chisomo Streamside Community School in Chipata, Zambia that have stepped up.
By Jennifer Jones
Imagine looking your 8-year old child in the eyes, with hands on their shoulders saying, “You have to go. You have to go.” You’re not talking about going to the dentist, or to school, or to music practice. You’re talking about going to America. Alone.
Imagine you’re a teenager in Burundi, a landlocked little country in Central Africa and one of the world’s poorest nations. In Burundi, more than 80 percent of citizens live in poverty, and around you, people are in trouble. Peers from your school have been swept up in the political violence that has plagued the country for decades, but which reignited with fervor last spring. Many other people you know have lost their homes, maybe even their lives in the crisis.
How will you stay safe? How will you build a future?
By Jennifer Jones, Vice President - Strategic Communications
After a late night at work, I’m driving home and listening to a BBC story about Guatemala’s farmers. I know something about Guatemalan farmers because Counterpart has been working with local partners in the country since 2003. I turn up the volume.
In a time when governments around the world are restricting civil society activism, 32 determined Afghan youth leaders traveled to Bosnia Herzegovina to discuss the role of youth engagement in post-conflict, Muslim countries. The youth – 16 women and 16 men from 25 provinces in Afghanistan – captured headlines across Bosnia as they met with leading media outlets, grassroots activists and key officials to exchange their ideas and experiences.