by Kurt MacLeod
HPA-AN, June 12, 2018 – Four critical service grants have been awarded to project partners in Karen and Mon States as part of the USAID-supported Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar project. Grantees include the Karen Department of Health and Welfare and the Karen Ethnic Health Organization Consortium, Global Neighbors Thailand Foundation, Mae Tao Clinic, and Mon National Health Committee (MNHC). The Advancing Community Empowerment project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.
We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.
by Corinne Reilly
To communities here, it made sense: After Nepal’s massive 2015 earthquakes, countless roads needed repair, so money going toward fixing them should be stretched as far as possible.
On Wednesday, Pact and Microsoft Corp. announced an expanded partnership to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Microsoft has made a new, three-year financial commitment to support Pact’s work to address child labor in mining, and will build on the successful Watoto Inje ya Mungoti (Children Out of Mining) project.
by Maggie Dougherty
Today, Pact and Chevron announced the launch of PROMOT II, a $1.5 million, two-year initiative to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The initiative, launching this week during the 21st International AIDS Conference, builds on a four-year partnership between Pact and Chevron in Nigeria.
by Corinne Reilly
International Women’s Day — today — is more than a celebration of women’s achievements. It’s also a call to action to advance gender equality around the world.
At Pact, we work every day to empower women and girls. Last year, we helped 2.3 million people gain better access to health and social services — more than half of them women. Of the nearly 900,000 people who boosted their income with Pact’s help in 2015, 97 percent were women.
by Shirley Ko
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is Think Positive: Rethink HIV.
At Pact, we see lots of reasons to be positive.
In Nigeria’s Bayelsa state, more pregnant women are being tested for HIV and taking steps to protect their babies.
In Ethiopia, children are learning the basics of good health and HIV prevention just as they are reading and math.
In Ukraine, stigma surrounding HIV is slowly eroding, and local institutions responding to the disease are more robust.
Two years ago, most Ukrainians had never heard of Roman Vintoniv. Now he rarely goes a day without a stranger on the street recognizing his black-framed glasses and signature blonde mustache and asking for a photo or a handshake.
by Corinne Reilly
The women begin arriving as the sun is setting, taking their places in worn plastic chairs arranged in a wide circle beneath a grove of trees behind Pact’s office in Ikwoto, South Sudan.
Queen Akongo, a shy, 32-year-old widow and mother of six, is passing out light blue mugs and filling them with coffee that was brewed over a nearby fire.
“Shukran,” a woman with a sleeping baby says in soft Arabic. Thank you.
Queen smiles and nods.
Written by: Corinne Reilly
Although Ukraine has made important reforms since its 2014 revolution, change is coming at a pace far slower than civil society organizations and Western governments had hoped, including in key areas such as the economy, political and judicial corruption and government decentralization, according to a group of experts who met Sept. 28 in Kiev.
With the death toll still rising and widespread destruction of homes and farmland, hundreds of thousands of people are in critical need of assistance in Myanmar in the wake of recent devastating flooding, and the Myanmar government has appealed for international aid. The severity of the flooding has prompted an official emergency declaration for four states and divisions: Rakhine, Chin, Sagaing and Magway.
International NGO’s unparalleled on-the-ground network already in many of hardest-hit areas
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA | August 5, 2015 – Pact, one of the longest serving international organizations in Myanmar, is mobilizing to provide immediate aid to victims of the recent devastating floods.
PALE TOWNSHIP, MYANMAR
It’s hard to overstate the difference that reliable access to clean water makes – something that the people of Ohn Hnauk village in central Myanmar are learning firsthand.
Recently, Pact’s Shae Thot program partnered with UN-Habitat to renovate a hand-dug well and provide a pump house and engine, a 1,500-gallon overhead water tank and main pipelines to bring running water to all of the village’s 160 homes. Each has its own tap-stand and water meter.
RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN
All the worn plastic chairs are filled when Hakim Cipuounyuc says it’s time for the meeting to start. He surveys the two dozen community leaders who are seated beneath a grove of trees outside his organization’s small office. The group is mostly men, but there are women, too. They’ve come from across Rumbek to talk about a growing problem: The bride price in this rural state capital is too high.
By Corinne Reilly
By the time the woman made it to Gatwech Chotlith’s desk, she’d already made up her mind that she was done living.
She’d been staying for months in one of the biggest civilian protection camps in South Sudan, on the outskirts of the capital, Juba, where she’d moved with her husband and child after fleeing their neighborhood amid the civil war that broke out in late 2013. The camp was crowded and dreary, and her relationship with her husband was at its worst. He was hitting her all the time.
For Nigisti Mokonen Niguse, nearly every morning is the same: She wakes early, says goodbye to her young daughter, and makes the grueling trek up a nearby mountain to the gold mine on which her livelihood depends.
Her husband, Aman Gebrehiwot, is usually already there. Because the trip from home is so exhausting, he sleeps on site most nights to save his energy for mining.
Written by: Yves Bawa
After five years of hard work and patience, artisanal miners are on the job in Walikale – free from fear and violence, with access to legal markets for the tin, tantalum and tungsten that go into our smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Walikale, a territory in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is among Pact’s biggest achievements.