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Event Recap: The Future of Sustainable Sourcing

By Ulrike Hoessle

Panelists in GlobalWA’s Future of Sustainable Sourcing event. From left to right: Ed Brooks, Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Markets, Mercy Corps; Robin Barr, Global Director, TFT; Margaret Henry, Director, Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo; James Bernard, Director, Resonance. (Photo Credit: Ulrike Hoessle).

From the coffee you sip in the morning, to the soaps you use, to the clothes you wear, the core components of many of the products you use every day come from all over the world.

On June 21st, Global Washington hosted an event to discuss how non-profits and for-profits can work together to improve sustainability in corporate supply chains. The event moderator, James Bernard, from consulting firm Resonance, reminded the audience in his opening remarks how globally interconnected our daily lives are. Read More

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Sahar Education

By Natalie Slivinski

Students at Gawhar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif in 2015

Students at Gawhar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif in 2015. Photo credit: Nic Lehoux

In Afghanistan, the Taliban has had a devastating effect on girls’ education. During their rule, hundreds of girls’ schools were shut down, and many destroyed, displacing hundreds of thousands of students. In rural areas, poverty-stricken families cannot afford transportation to remaining schools, and the long walk often takes girls through dangerous territory. When girls reach high school age, and must walk even further distances, sometimes directly through conflict zones, many fathers forbid them from continuing their education. As a result, girls are massively under-represented in schools. According to UNICEF, only a third of Afghan girls aged 12-15 attend school, compared to 60 percent of boys that age.

Furthermore, when Taliban rule prevents girls from attending high school, this leaves a missing generation of students who would normally have become teachers. There is a religious and cultural idea that once girls reach womanhood, they should no longer be taught by men. So, as the next generation of girls approaches high school, there are no female teachers to teach them. Again, their education is truncated. In the midst of Taliban resurgence, existing female teachers are barely ahead of their students. The blind are leading the blind. Read More

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Americares Responds to Indonesia Earthquake

Stamford, Conn. – August 7, 2018 – Americares is responding to the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday evening, toppling buildings, destroying roads and sending powerful aftershocks throughout the island. Indonesian officials are reporting more than 100 people have died, and more than 200 are injured. As many as 20,000 people are currently displaced and thousands more crowd outdoor areas as aftershocks continue throughout the region.

“Medical care is often one of the most urgent needs following a disaster of this magnitude,” said Americares Director of Emergency Response Brian Scheel. “Our emergency response experts are headed to the impact zone ready to help families affected by the devastating earthquake.” Read More →

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