Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Apr 15, 2021
A young male uses his personal story to inspire other youth to engage In the city of Shoonah Janoobiyah, to the west of the capital, resides Issa Abu Dhefalla, 22. He faced a life-changing dilemma at a very young age, when he had to choose between taking care of his sick mother or preparing for his senior year at high school. He chose the latter option but stayed beside his mother until her last breath. Though Issa remained strong through this tragic event, he noticed that he had allowed his physical disability affecting his arm to turn him into a shy and invisible person in the community. “I suddenly found myself standing in the same spot for years and not even one step further, as I went from hiding my disabled arm to hiding myself,” Issa said. One day his sister encouraged him to join... Read more
Sep 16, 2020
At the Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Nairobi, 55 trainees successfully graduated with a certificate in Public Policy Making Process (PPMP). The first of its kind program was designed and delivered by Global Communities’ USAID-funded CLEAR Program in collaboration with Strathmore University Business School.   The training, which ended on September 14, was officially opened by His Excellency Governor Tunai from the County Government of Narok on September 1. In his remarks, Governor Tunai thanked Global Communities for providing support to his team in their ongoing process of developing draft policies for the cooperative sector. He also thanked Strathmore University for teaching and hosting the course. The capacity-building program targeted County Executive Committee Members (CECM),... Read more
Mar 20, 2020
Laith Eshebat (26) and Balqis Eshebat (23) are a dynamic brother and sister duo from Ghor Al-Safi, a community located near the shores of the Dead Sea and marked by limited opportunities and a stretched education system. Laith describes a situation of overcrowded classrooms and parents, often uneducated themselves, unable to provide their children with the extra at-home academic support they need to succeed. Balqis, a teacher in the community, says when students don’t grasp the schoolwork, the entire community is impacted by students’ increased absenteeism, dropouts, and vulnerability to negative influences. Laith and Balqis personally experienced the challenges of the system growing up. Laith became a USAID YouthPower participant in 2018; he was motivated to join by the unique youth-led... Read more
Nov 21, 2019
In Ukraine, the USAID DOBRE program, implemented by Global Communities, ran the Third Annual “Strategic Development and Investment” Conference (November 20-21, 2019) for DOBRE partner consolidated communities and multiple stakeholders respectively. Over 400 representatives attended from DOBRE partner consolidated communities, USAID, the national government of Ukraine (including the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development and the Ministry of Digital Transformation), DOBRE partners from Malopolska School of Public Administration at the Krakow University of Economics (Poland), the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, and experts from international technical assistance projects. The Conference was a platform for dialogue, establishing new partnerships, sharing and best practices lessons... Read more
Oct 16, 2019
USAID SCORE recently facilitated a group networking session and a workshop for 26 youth from Moneragala selected with the support of the National Youth Services Council based on their interest and capacity and has remained engaged with SCORE in promoting social cohesion and reconciliation on social media. The workshop was a follow-up to previous trainings provided for the youth in April and July of this year, and since the second training, the group has created a Facebook page titled ‘SCORE Monaragala’  with 200 followers from Monaragala alone. The group also created more than 10 videos related to SCORE activities. The activity in Colombo, held on October 5 and 6, aimed to  bring the youth out of their hometowns and create cohesive linkages between them  and Colombo-based social... Read more
Aug 12, 2019
Through the RING VSLA intervention, women in Kitoe-Nkwanta are now able to access credit to meet pressing financial needs. Many women have been able to start a trade, pay off medical bills and school fees – economic gains that were previously impossible. This the third part of the 4-series story. Take a look at the first one here and the second is here. In many rural northern Ghanaian communities, pathways to improved livelihoods are limited – literally. Poor road networks, periodically flooded waterways, and limited transportation options leave many without access to critical infrastructure, such as healthcare and banking services. The single rainy season and subsequent harvest also create an uneven cash flow... Read more
Jul 08, 2019
Pias Sandrakumar, a 26-year-old fisherman from the resettled village of Ilawalai North West in Jaffna in the conflict-affected North of Sri Lanka, used to worry when he would take his boat out in case of technical problems. Now, however, he is able to go out to sea for fishing with less worry now that he has better knowledge of engine repairs. Through the USAID-funded Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) program, Global Communities is working with the Government of Sri Lanka and local civil society organizations to address underlying challenges to reconciliation. The program works by promoting a shared and inclusive Sri Lankan identity, reducing socio-economic disparities, and strengthening cohesion and resilience among multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities.  Tamils from this... Read more
Jun 26, 2019
USAID Twiyubake, in collaboration with the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP), organized a workshop and field learning event for CHAIN partners. The event served as a learning platform on how to promote integrated ECD services across USAID funded projects. The workshop which took place in Musanze hosted USAID implementing program partners including SNV/CRS (Isuku Iwacu), CRS/SNV (Gikuriro), Global Communities and partner organization FXB (Twiyubake), AEE (Ubaka Ejo) and FXB (Turengere Abana and Sugira Umuryango). Emmanuel Munyampeta, Positive Parenting Specialist at NECDP updated the participants on the NECDP plan to advance quality ECD services and integration of the nutrition and WASH pillars into all ECD activities and on the NECDP master training on integrated ECDs.... Read more
May 01, 2019
In Egypt, women entrepreneurs are often overlooked for funding by financial institutions in a male-dominated business world. Ensuring these women have access to financial skills and loan opportunities is a priority of CHF Management and Consulting Services Egypt SAE, which is Global Communities’ development finance consultancy in Egypt. In order to achieve this priority, the group holds a number of workshops targeting women who own businesses or are interested in doing so. On April 15-16, 2019, CHF Egypt, in collaboration with women’s empowerment group, Confessions of a Married Woman, held one of these capacity training initiative for women in business. The free-of-charge workshop was held at the Degla Campus co-working... Read more
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