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
Dec 22, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath The Ministry of Health has instructed schools to take necessary steps to ensure basic precautionary measures against COVID-19. Among its many guidelines, the ministry recommends  setting up separate  health rooms at schools for isolation and related care when necessary. However, schools in marginalized areas have limited capacities to set up health rooms. There is a lack of proper equipment and beds to care for students in emergency situations. And even though some schools may have health rooms, many lack the proper equipment to provide good healthcare. SCORE supported 120 schools in the SCORE target districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Moneragala, Batticaloa, and Ampara to set up health rooms. SCORE also... Read more
Dec 09, 2020
This Human Rights Day, Global Communities is actively working to help protect vulnerable populations around the world, particularly in Syria, where after six long years, individuals are still displaced by the millions. The resulting refugee crisis is the largest in history, and Global Communities is responding to the needs of refugees and the displaced across the region – not only in Syria, but in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon as well. We provide... Read more
Nov 24, 2020
“While Manuel has always been the type of student to speak up in front of his peers, his class is not very diverse in terms of ideas and those who speak up in public generally expose themselves to negative feedback from their peers,” explains Jorgelina Allegranza, professor of philosophy and the leader of the secondary school mentoring programs at Dante Alighieri School, which Manuel attends. Jorgelina explains that since Manuel started to participate in the Sport Leadership and Community Facilitation training, he became less afraid to speak in front of his peers. Now, Manuel is “the one who puts into words the problems his peers are facing. He is now able to channel the group’s requests, and has become a positive leader. For the first time, they all seem to be on the same page.” She adds... Read more
Nov 12, 2020
Young woman uses her education to empower youth to be involved in decision-making processes. Marah Bani Nasr, 25, holds a degree in Law from University of Yarmouk in Irbid. Marah has practiced law for nearly two years, specializing in Statute and Sharia Law. Though in her community in Ajloun studying Law is not typically favored for women, with the support of her family, she decided to breach the stereotype and become a lawyer anyway. Alongside her work and education, Marah is a youth and human rights activist and has previously participated in many local and international settings, and she has represented Jordanian youth in several countries. Marah was one of the first youth who joined USAID YouthPower back in 2017, when she joined in transformational learning activities and became one... Read more
Nov 12, 2020
Empowered youth pave the way for involvement in the decision-making process Bilal Khalid, a 24-year-old chemical engineer, resides in  Burma in Jerash governorate, north of the capital. Since 2008 Bilal has been a volunteer at Burma Youth Center, which aims to empower the youth of Burma. In 2017-2019, he was nominated by his fellow youth to become the head of the administrative body of the Center, where he revamped the scope of work to include capacity building activities and support youth initiatives. Through this experience, the Ministry of Youth recognized Bilal as a youth leader. “Through this experience, I learned that with enough persistence, one can achieve! I hope that through the Youth Unit, I can support youth in my community towards development and prosperity.” —Bilal Khalid,... Read more
Nov 11, 2020
Global Communities employs inclusive and participatory methods to reach youth, including those who are the most vulnerable and susceptible to poverty, disease and violence. By implementing youth-focused programs in economic development, health, conflict mitigation and civic engagement, Global Communities enables youth to reach greater potential and secure a healthier, more sustainable future. A key component of our commitment to positive youth development is engaging youth in their own development. On February 23, 2015, USAID awarded Global Communities the YouthPower: Implementation IDIQ. Under this IDIQ, Global Communities has the opportunity to respond to Request for Task Order Proposals to provide technical assistance or direct service implementation in the areas of: Increased youth... Read more
Nov 10, 2020
Female youth empowers other youth to generate income through local tourism Lubna Hijazeen, a 25-year-old youth residing in a small village North of Karak governorate. Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from Mutah University in Karak, she was unable to get a job after graduation, like many young people in the area. So she decided to seek volunteer opportunities instead, like one friend who volunteers with different civil society organizations and local centers. In addition to her volunteer experience, Lubna is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Finance and Investment to increase her employability chances. Lubna was always fond of the hidden tourist sites in her village and felt that they needed to have their share of publicity on Jordan’s tourist map.... Read more
Oct 21, 2020
Sri Lanka is gripped by another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as children prepared to face crucial government examinations of Grade 5 Scholarship and the Advanced Level on October 11 and 12 respectively. The former enables children, especially those in rural areas, the opportunity to attend better schools with more facilities while the latter selects students for degree courses in state universities. Although education is free in Sri Lanka, there is high competition to enter good schools and universities, making these examinations decisive. As such, the government announced its plans to go ahead with holding them despite the threat of disease spread, but would take all health precautions. Before opening schools earlier in August after the initial shutdown, SCORE had already equipped 180... Read more
Sep 28, 2020
Youth empowering persons with disabilities to engage them in their communities Sarah Abusall, 20, resides with her family in Al-Qasabeh in Jerash governorate north of the capital. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Al Albayt University in Mafraq. Her father is a person with a disability, and her sister, who is only three years old, suffers from brain paralysis. Though this situation has been very challenging for Sarah and her family alike, it never brought her down, she says: “My father’s case motivated me to work hard to include persons with disabilities in the community, as he never allowed his disability to be an obstacle to our life or his work. Every day, seeing my father proves to me that if a person has will, they can do anything they want... Read more
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