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Greece: a Syrian university dropout finds new purpose as a teacher

Greece teacher by NRC
When she was only 18 years old, Douaa Sakhnini got married. At 19, she enrolled in university. At 20, she had her first child and dropped out to become a full-time mother. She watched with envy as her friends graduated and got jobs.Then, like so...

Q&A with Jenny Hobbs, EU humanitarian expert on education in emergencies

1) Why has education in emergencies become such a priority for the EU?EU Humanitarian Aid started funding education in emergencies in 2012 under the Children of Peace initiative, seeing a need to respond to the child protection and education needs...

Ukraine: an e-voucher programme provides pregnant women with free healthcare

Aleksandra, a thirty-eight-weeks pregnant woman, goes to a pharmacy which is part of Première Urgence Internationale’s health programme in Avdiivka. She holds in her hand an e-voucher given by her doctor. “I had learned that I would have to deliver...

Little Suns Brightening the Darkness in Ethiopia's Somali Region

16-year-old Kaira smiles as she opens the box containing her solar lamp. Examining it carefully, she pushes the button on one of the petals, turning on its bright light. Kaira is one of the 1265 women and girls in Ethiopia’s Somali region, who...

Khaled: Fed Back to Life in Yemen

Khaled used to live in Taiz with his older brother Ibrahim, 2, and their parents. Since the beginning of the Yemeni conflict in March 2015, Taiz has been in an active battleground. The city has been besieged and the situation is worsening every day...

Saving Cuba’s crops from the drought of the century

Preparations in june 2017 by MPDL
The European Commission, through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department has been supporting two different projects to help Cubans face recurring droughts, with ECHO partners the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and...

Through Amira’s Eyes: the resilience to stay strong

Amira by UNHCR
In March 2015, Amira fled her hometown in the Aleppo region, embarking on a long journey that took her and her two children to Istanbul. Amira’s resilience  allowed her to stay strong for the well-being and future of her two children, Nour 11, and...

Bangladesh: fighting climate change with potatoes and pumpkins

Rabeya by Zahangir Alam - CARE
Life is not easy in Kurigram, one of Bangladesh’s poorest districts, located in the north west of the country. The levels of food insecurity in the area are amongst the highest nationally, and climate change is having direct impact on its four...

An entire village in Kenya bears the brunt of drought

Kame Sake Happi with her child
Umbate, a small village in northern Kenya of about 600 inhabitants, sits on a hot and bone dry plain, with hardly any crop cover. It sits on the border of Marsabit and Turkana counties, two counties hit hardest by a drought that is affecting half...

Ecuador: risk assessment saving lives in the aftermath of an earthquake

Demolishing buildings assessed as unsafe
Just two days after the earthquake, a group of specialists was deployed to the most affected provinces (Manabi and Esmeraldas) to conduct rapid assessments to protect people from aftershocks. The experts inspected building, residences, and...