Author Archive | Louise Richmond

Chale Wote Street Festival in Accra, Ghana

Accra’s Chale Wote Street Art festival comes to town

This was the third annual Chale Wote street art festival has taken place in the historic district of Jamestown in Accra, Ghana.  The festival is a series of mini events (photography and art exhibitions, street stencil works, graffiti and mural paintings, theatre, dance, and spoken word performances, live music and DJ sets, more music, more […]

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Photo of Chaktomok Hall

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Rock ‘n Roll in Cambodia

Musicians who survived Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime reunited over a recent weekend in Cambodia, playing on stage again for fans old and new.  The open-air concert at Phnom Penh’s Chaktomuk Theatre followed a packed private screening of Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, a documentary film about Cambodia’s rock ‘n’ roll scene from the 1960s.  Ten years […]

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Blood testing to aid malaria prevention

Boost to fight to eradicate malaria in Asia-Pacific

The fight to eradicate malaria in Asia-Pacific has been given a significant boost following Australia’s latest $16 million commitment to the region’s multi-donor trust fund against the mosquito-borne disease. The fund, part of a larger initiative called the Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance now has about $36 million in contributions after the UK earlier pledged about […]

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Brazilian street art

Brazil puts the arts in the pockets of the poor

A Brazilian government initiative has introduced a rechargeable “cultural coupon” to encourage the poorest Brazilians to sample a wider range of cultural pursuits. The  Vale Cultura scheme is worth $20 a month and can be used for wide ranging purposes including dance lessons, and visits to the circus, as well as books and movie tickets. […]

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silk weaver working

Silk for success

The Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) in remote Stung Treng province, northern Cambodia, guarantees employment opportunities for disadvantaged women.  It does this through providing 6 months of silk weaving training, with accommodation for the women and a nursery for their young children.  This NGO also provides social welfare support to the Stung Treng community, […]

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Ethiopian hairdresser

Enterprise opportunities secures family futures

The Abiy Negussie Humanitarian Organisation (ANHO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is supporting impoverished families by providing enterprise opportunities.  ANHO works with other local organisations to provide skills and support to families who are interested in learning skills such as hairdressing, tailoring and flour mill management.  These businesses are in high demand in the area and […]

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New girls' toilets provided by HWF

Refurbishment and installing sanitation facilities improves school attendance

  The Health and Water Foundation in Kisii, west Kenya is refurbishing local schools and providing sanitation facilities to improve the school attendance of pupils, particular girls.  The school refurbishment ensures that the classrooms and the outside areas will not be affected by the rains and can remain in use.  The hygiene and sanitation facilities […]

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Ghanaian boy learning

A primary school and community adult education centre combined

PAAJAF are keen to establish a new primary school in Ghana, which will also serve as a community adult education centre.  This will give disadvantaged children much improved life chances, as existing schools are hugely overcrowded. PAAJAF recognise that the vulnerable women and children are often discriminated against and lack basic skills required to cope […]

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Improving access to quality education in Papua New Guinea

The Creative Self Help Centre in Madang, Papua New Guinea: improves access to quality education for people with disabilities improves access to community based rehabilitation services ensures that people with disabilities are central to any interventions affecting their lives promotes policy development that support people with disabilites  Quality education A special education programme aims, where […]

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Women having literacy classes at Stung Treng Women's Development Centre, Cambodia

Literacy, healthcare and numeracy skills offered to women in rural Cambodia

Education in literacy, numeracy and healthcare (alongside vocational training) is offered by the Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre in remote Stung Treng province in Northern Cambodia. Following the National Policy to empower women, education is a prime area of need. Of the 37% of Cambodians who are illiterate. Around 49% of the total literate population in Cambodia has […]

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