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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.

Kenya Flood Relief Fund

Kenya has been experiencing heavy rains and floods since March, which has led to terrible situations, including flooding in different parts of the country. The situation worsened in mid-April with the collapse of the Old Kijabe dam in Nakuru County, killing 52 people. The Seven Folk’ Dam along the Tana River has also overflowed, blocking transport routes such as the railway between Nairobi and the western part of Kenya, The floods have caused mudslides and damaged infrastructure, including collapsed bridges and roads. Crops have been washed away, and thousands of people have had their livelihoods disrupted, Schools, which were supposed to reopen at the end of April, remain closed. The floods have also disrupted daily life, leaving many families without basic necessities such as shelter, food, clean water, and electricity. This has exacerbated sanitation issues and the risk of waterborne diseases. The situation also poses a risk of food insecurity.

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.

FDP’s work in Romania since 2022

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, AVSI-USA has been working closely with local groups in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania to assist Ukrainian refugees. One of AVSI-USA’s long-term partners is FDP – Protagonists in Education, a Romanian organization whose mission is to promote the human dignity and social inclusion of vulnerable people. Since the beginning of the war, the FDP has been offering direct assistance to Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Romania. The organization puts special emphasis on providing social and educational programs to single Ukrainian women with children who have resettled in Bucharest indefinitely, having lost everything due to the ongoing conflict.