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Comforting Kids Displaced by Hurricane Katrina September 12, 2005
United States: Helping Children Heal September 6, 2005
Indonesia: A Love Affair with Soccer August 26, 2005
Soccer is big in Indonesia.
Sri Lanka: Getting Back to Play July 11, 2005
The morning cool was just burning off as we bundled into the van. The vehicle was already packed full of paint, rope, and various hand tools that by the end of the day would help create a playground for over 60 children who live at the Komari camp for tsunami-displaced families.
Sudan: Making a Difference in Sudanese Refugee Camps June 8, 2005
Mercy Corps is working to improve conditions for nearly 90,000 Sudanese living in three refugee camps across Darfur, a region roughly the size of France where more than 2 million people have fled their homes.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty May 12, 2005
After graduating from secondary school, 18-year-old Maftuna found herself like many of her peers in the 4,500-person Galatoy community near Margilan, Uzbekistan: jobless with few prospects for employment.
Sri Lanka: A Few Words Go a Long Way May 11, 2005
The din of over a hundred kids packed into a makeshift school building was building to a roar. According to Thulasimani, a second-grade teacher at Komari School, it is usually noisy but this was something different. “There is an excitement in the air,” she said.
Guatemala: Mapping Out a Healthier Future May 5, 2005
Rosmina is keeping tabs on the women of Cucanha, Guatemala. She knows who's pregnant, how far along they are and many other details about their lives. Are these things really her business? Yes - exactly.
Guatemala: A Volunteering Spirit May 5, 2005
Three-year-old Maynor sits in his mother's lap, barely conscious. He is pallid, exhausted and falling limp in his mother's arms.
Guatemala: Reaching Out to Mothers in Guatemala May 5, 2005
Guatemala's wild, verdant Polochic Valley feels like a secret. It's a narrow, winding seam in the country's colorful fabric. As the Polochic River rushes toward the Caribbean, past indigenous Q'eqchi and Poqomchi villages, it seems to be the only thing in a hurry to reach its future.