Although the literacy rate in Ecuador is 94%, there are still many women who can hardly read or write, especially in the poorer or more remote area of the country.
María Elvia Toaquiza Toapanta is among them. A 37-year-old single mother, María lives in two small rented rooms in Pisulí on the outskirts of Quito with her elderly mother and her son Mathew, who has an intellectual disability. She used to live in the countryside, but she was forced to move to the city to look for better job opportunities. Getting a job was not as easy as she thought and she soon found herself unemployed with two vulnerable people to care for.
There are currently about 488,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and more than half of them are still our of school (Source UNHCR - Data 2017/18).
To address the growing need, AVSI is helping more than 11,000 children between 3 and 14 through the project "Supporting vulnerable girls and boys to access and remain in education in Lebanon"
Syrian refugee currently living in Tripoli, Lebanon, with his parents and three brothers, six-year-old Khaled is among these children. Although he was born in Lebanon, his family tried to go back to Syria when he was 1 and a half.
Studies indicate that students who don't read or read infrequently during summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect is more pronounced in countries like Ivory Coast, where the literacy rate for adults remains low: in 2015, it was estimated that only 43.91% of the total population was literate (50.7% of males and 36.7% of females).
To give the opportunity to students in primary school, who do not have the required reading level, to improve their reading skills, AVSI Ivory Coast is launching the Reading Catch-Up Classes Campaignin 613 schools. As part of the Integrated School Feeding and Literacy Program funded by USDA/McGovern Dole, this new set of activities has been developed to help students who are struggling with reading improve their skills and move forward with their education.
Bear Grylls, television presenter and Chief Ambassador for World Scouting. Ban Ki Moon, former United Nations Secretary and Good Will Ambassador for Scouts. Andy Rabens, U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues. These are only a few "personalities" fourteen-year-old Kok Matim had the opportunity to meet while attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia between July 22 and August 2.
A South Sudanese Boy Scout living in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kok was chosen by the Kenya Scouts Association to participate in the Jamboree to showcase how Scouting can empower refugees through education, skills development, community service and citizenship activities. The event reunited more than 40,000 young people and adults from 170 countries and inspired them to take action toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the theme Unlock a New World.
“I LEFT MY WHOLE LIFE BACK HOME. I WANT TOSTART OVER, SMILE WITH MY CHILDREN AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION.”
It’s a night Mwamini will never forget. Her husband had recently died, but there was no time for grief. It was time to take her children, all under 18, from the devastated village of Rutskuru, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and leave for Uganda. The goal: pursue safety with the hope of finding peace. While walking through a thick forest, she lost contact with six of her eight children. They were nowhere to be found. And may never be.
“I would never know how to explain what happened. It was dark, and I have not seen my children since,” recalls Mwamini with tears.
Living in Uganda since 2012, Mwamini’s is one of 6,600 households supported by the USAID-funded Graduating to Resilience Activity in Kamwenge District. Led by AVSI Foundation, in a consortium with Trickle Up and IMPAQ International, the project’s goal is to graduate extremely poor refugee households who fled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and vulnerable Ugandan households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. Cash transfer is a fundamental part of the Activity because it ensures basic needs including food security are met so that households can experience the stabilization needed to engage in other activities.
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