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Changing the Narrative on Early Marriage

By Urvashi Gandhi, Director of Advocacy, Breakthrough

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11.30 a.m. I was sitting in classroom 8-C when my younger brother came running to call me home. The groom’s family was here. They wanted an early wedding. My father wanted me to go home immediately.

My mother wanted me to wear a sari.

No one asked me what I wanted.

The next day I spoke to my class teacher. I told her I wanted to study. She discussed it with the principal.

She, and fifteen of my classmates came to talk to my father. At first, my father refused to listen, and my classmates refused to leave.

Today, I am back at school. I am studying to take the board exam next year. I am to teach at my village school.

Reena Kumari (name changed), Ranchi

In states like Jharkhand (India), close to 40% of young girls are married before the age of 18.

Even though India has seen a dip in child/early marriage from 47% to 27% it still contributes to one-third of the world’s child brides. These reductions are primarily in the age group of 0-10 years, but adolescent girls still remain at high risk of early marriage. Read More

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WaterAid: Working Towards Clean Water for All

By Arielle Dreher

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Molia Abdallah, 47, fills a bucket of water at the solar-powered water scheme being constructed in Chicoma, Nampula Province, Mozambique. Photo Credit: WaterAid/Chileshe Chanda

In most parts of the U.S., we don’t think twice about turning on the faucet or hopping in the shower. With infrastructure in place, it’s incredibly easy to forget that public utilities, engineering, and coordination enable access to fresh water for millions of Americans every day. But this kind of infrastructure is expensive to build and maintain, especially in parts of the world where governments are just beginning to prioritize water for their people.

Worldwide, 844 million people do not have access to clean water, UNICEF estimates. WaterAid, a global nonprofit is working to change this. Read More

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Medical Visits Surge Along Venezuelan Border

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A Venezuelan couple speaks with a physician at the Americares medical clinic in La Guajira, Colombia. Photo by Nicolò Filippo Rosso/Americares.

Emergency medical teams provide over 50,000 patient consults

Stamford, Conn. — April 4, 2019Demand for health services is surging at Americares emergency medical clinics in Colombia as Venezuelans stream across the border in search of food, employment and medical care. This week the clinics reached a milestone, surpassing 50,000 patient consultations since opening last summer.

Americares medical teams are treating nearly 2,000 patients a week at emergency clinics in Arauca, Atlántico, La Guajira and Norte de Santander. The health-focused relief and development organization plans to move one of its four clinics to a larger location and is seeking funding to open additional clinics in the coming months to meet the increasing demand for primary care. Read More →

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