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Reducing Child Malnutrition in Ecuador: A Story from Fundación Sembrar’s ‘Education at Home’ Initiative

Pamela, a young single mother from San Marcos, Ecuador, faced tough times when her daughter Isabella was diagnosed with malnutrition. Thanks to the “Education at Home” program funded by the W. O’Neil Foundation and run by Fundación Sembrar and AVSI-USA, their lives changed for the better!

Through workshops and support from the local PelCa center, Pamela learned how to provide Isabella with a balanced diet and the love she needed to thrive. Isabella not only regained her health but also became more sociable and engaged with other children.

Pamela’s journey is just one of many inspiring stories from our project, which aims to combat child malnutrition and empower families in rural communities.

“Evolution of the Theory of Change” May 29 Graduating to Resilience Activity Webinar

The USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance funded Graduating to Resilience Activity held a two-hour virtual learning event on the 13th of April 2023: “Transitioning from Graduation to Resilience.” The event was part of USAID’s Agency Learning and Evidence Month, where the 7-year livelihoods program presented learnings from its first cohort of implementation to an audience of about 160+ virtual participants following invitations to a wider cross-section of partners in the Uganda Government, nonprofit, multilateral, and private sectors.

Press Release: USAID Administrator Samantha Power Commends AVSI’s “Graduating to Resilience” Activity for Exceptional Impact and Scalability

Administrator Power highlighted the Activity as a pioneering model for poverty alleviation. “They identified a poverty reduction program in the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, which is being piloted in Uganda, providing a sequenced set of supports like training and financial services that help refugees transition from dependency on humanitarian aid to self-sustaining livelihoods,” said Administrator Power on April 9th in Washington, DC.

Unlocking Hope: Judge Santos’s Interview on APAC

We share an interview by Simonetta d’Italia Wiener, Program Coordinator for the Restorative Freedom Initiative, with Judge Luiz Carlos Rezende e Santos, head of the court overseeing sentence execution in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, who shares his profound insights into the APAC methodology and its potential adaptation in the United States.

Haiti in a state of emergency

Violence and clashes are intensifying in the Caribbean country, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding region. Flavia Maurello of AVSI: ‘The paralysis of institutions blocks development.’

The “Second chance” for women inmates in Ecuador

The project seeks to provide a “second chance” in society for women deprived of liberty by reducing the digital gap, increasing their income potential, gaining their peers’ and family’s respect, and delivering training and education on IT skills, entrepreneurship, and business models.