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flag Bangladesh - (Pollee Unnyon Prokolpo)

Our aim is to develop the socio-economic conditions of the uprooted, illiterate and underprivileged people in our community. We focus especially on capacity building of female-headed households and marginal, landless and destitute women and their families in the community. We support rural women with selected skills development training, production, marketing and creating opportunities for them to explore their potential to effect change in their own lives. We assist women in creating their own position in the family, as well as in society, creating opportunities for them to break through boundaries set by male-dominated family customs and social prejudices. Apart from this, our organisation also implements various socio-economic activities such as: awareness campaigns on women’s rights, gender equity, domestic violence prevention, denouncing child marriage etc. We undertake advocacy work and lobbing of policy makers and local government representatives, calling for a food security law, decentralised national budgeting system, amendment of the existing tobacco control law. We are affiliated with several national environmental movements to ensure environmental justice and combat the illegal grab of river banks.

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Education and training for children and young adults with albinism
flag Burundi - (Association de Lutte contre la Délinquance et la Pauvreté A.L.D.P.)

The situation people with albinism are facing in Burundi is extremely worrying: they are victims of violence and discrimination and have limited access to their economic, social and cultural rights.

Albinism is considered a supernatural phenomenon. People with albinism are perceived to be different and bestowed with good or evil powers depending on the local beliefs. They are therefore held in disdain, discriminated against, and face various kinds of persecution, even as far as kidnap and massacres. Rising violence against albinos can be attributed to the growing belief that their internal organs bring wealth and power to those who possess them, leading to a boom in trafficking.

Often rejected since childhood, albinos have low self-esteem, consider themselves abnormal and are very withdrawn. Firstly, therefore, they need help accepting their condition.

ALDP tries to raise awareness and provide training for albinos in order to curb inequality, and help them join Burundian society, like all other citizens.

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Reduce Domestic Violence Program.
flag Bangladesh - (Thanapara Swallows Development Society)

Thanapara Swallows Development Society (TSDS) has been working in border with India West Bengal and in this area of Bangladesh people have high divorce rate. If there is any conflict in a family, the husband very normally divorces his wife and move to India to work and stay there. Many times also the husband tries to get married to another woman.

According to Bangladesh law, if husband divorces his wife, he has to pay food and stay with her for a period of time. He also has to pay her an amount of money. But as most of them are from poor family, the wife does not go to court to fight and as the husband moves to another country it is very difficult to do anything.

The other critical social problem in our society is domestic violence. The most common form of domestic violence in Bangladesh continues to be from the husband. According to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics survey conducted in 2015, more than 80.2% of married women have suffered some form of violence from their husbands whether it is physical, sexual, economic or emotional abuse.

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flag Argentina - (Emaús Resistencia Asociación Civil)

Exclusion is present in our society, that is a fact, and exclusion is getting worse for working class women with little or no education and who must take care of their households and children.
Our initiative with working class women started with the building of a relationship with Emmaus Resistencia and this relationship was gradually transformed into permanent voluntary work which has been running for 3 years. The group is full of working class mothers who are the pillars of their households and who know how to recycle and reuse materials and objects that others have thrown away.

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Ethical Finance- Right to dignified livelihood
flag India - (Tara Projects Association)

Tara is actively engaged in providing support to grassroots and marginalized persons in society by creating livelihood generation opportunities. Tara believes that ethical economy is vital for the peace and sustainability in our world. It is the right of each human being to have the possibility to get work, based on ethical and fair values. Skill development and capacity building trainings are also provided. Micro Credit initiatives is one of the important actions of the organization, that is helping the most needy to earn their adequate income in a respectable and dignified way.

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Women’s involvement in decision-making bodies in rural areas
flag Burkina Faso - (Association des femmes de Zabré "Pag-la-Yiri")

Women in Burkina Faso make up the poorest and most vulnerable population group, particularly in rural areas. Cultural and legal obstacles, as well as unequal access to social services and resources limit their contribution to the country’s political and economic life.
Traditional customs and a lack of legal protection for issues such as inheritance and domestic violence further limit women’s opportunities to become independent leaders, whether in their communities or on a national level.
Women elected to positions on a local or national level do not manage to effectively contribute to important causes, in particular the reduction of poverty and local development initiatives. This is due to a lack of support from their respective political parties and a limited capacity of influence.
To sum up, members of women’s organisations, women in political parties or locally-elected women have very little sway, having limited influence in policy formulation and decision making relating to development.
This reality is what has led the Pag-La-Ya association launch initiatives aimed at strengthening women’s participation in decision-making bodies at the local-authority or party-political level.

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Taking in young people facing problems yet seeking autonomy
flag Benin - (Association Emmaüs Pahou)

The development of our towns has created problems when it comes to absorbing the huge number of people who migrate from villages to big towns. These migrants do not have any professional qualifications and their behaviour risks destabilising them.

This is how we come to meet young people on the streets, people who’ve come out of prison, whose family relationships have broken down, are unemployed and who don’t have anyone to talk to about their problems. Our community was set up to offer these destitute people an alternative way of life, to listen to them, offer them stability, train them in how to farm, breed livestock and fish so they can reintegrate into society and find work.

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Home for children and skill training centre for women
flag India - (Florence Home Foundation)

We started this children home because Cuddalore district is one of the under developed area, industrial area, and lots of street children and child labour can be found in this area.

So we started this center to protect them and give them safe life. Regarding training for women, in our area lots of women do not have proper education and skill training, so we started this project in this center.

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Permanent Affordable Housing
flag United States - (H.O.M.E. Incorporated)

Our group has been working to provide permanent affordable housing and a means for creating community since its inception in 1970. HOME is located in an area where housing and land, especially waterfront property, has been slowly moving towards gentrification over the past few generations. It is now becoming very difficult for working class families to find decent living conditions in this part of Maine, especially permanent housing. Land is becoming a commodity rather than a community asset, with many people owning summer homes and cottages which see use for only a few weeks out of the year. This pushes the lower class into rentals or other sub-par and difficult living situations. Many families are forced to dislocate from the State where they have lived for generation after generation.

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Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities.
flag Burkina Faso - (Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (S.E.MU.S.))

The project covers seven communes of the province of Passoré and five communes of the province of Zondoma in northern Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa; nearly half of the population live on less than 1.25 USD per day (2013 Human Development Report).

In northern and central Burkina Faso, climate risks such as droughts and flooding exacerbate hunger and disease in manifold, interconnected ways, impacting on means of subsistence, food security, maternal and infant care as well as hygiene and health conditions. Climate change is set to continue eating away at the quantity of food available for a population that already ranks among the lowest food consumers in the world, and moreover, the number of malnourished children under the age of five is set to continue growing until at least 2025.

This is the context in which the project works to strengthen women’s resilience by equipping them with suitable technical knowledge and useful resources.

SEMUS opens daily, with support from its partners, out of a desire to help vulnerable communities flourish. It works to develop initiatives to combat poverty and abject poverty in all its manifestations. SEMUS’s vision is “a society of justice in which women and men come together in solidarity to promote equality and human dignity”.

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Rehabilitation through the Carnival in Prisons for Women
flag Uruguay - (Emaús Asociación Civil Nuevo Paris)

14 years ago the companions in the Emmaus Nuevo París community were looking at the story of Abbé Pierre and saw that the first companion and volunteer was George, an ex-prisoner whose desperate situation had led him to the verge of suicide. The founder of our movement could see that this man could help and that helping would help him too, “…by saving others we save ourselves…”

Thus started a project which has become a triumph of Abbé Pierre’s legacy. We were convinced that our project needed to be an energetic social action for a good cause and that it should also include elements of Emmaus’ social and development policy. In Uruguay it was, and still remains, difficult to go into prisons to work with prisoners. Some of the Emmaus groups from France heard about this initiative and decided to help us via a twinning which lasted for a few years. The relationship we built in the prisons was so strong that the community continues to do what we can although the twinning has come to an end and we have few resources at our disposal.

Our goal was to create a Creative Arts workshop which would involve many different disciplines of craftwork and both the theoretical and practical side of art. The goal was to create something beautiful whilst maintaining a social spirit, as is our mandate in a movement such as Emmaus.

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