Twenty five years ago, Moira Eknes from CARE Norway arrived in the Sahel desert to plant trees in a remote region of Niger, West Africa. She couldn’t have known just what seeds she would sow.
A few years ago, life was not so good for Kavira* - a 32 year old mother of five children. They were living on their own after being abandoned by their father four years ago.
“It was our first time to grow and sell medicinal herbs. And we didn’t expect it would change our lives.”
As the woman stood up to speak in a beautiful orange and scarlet sari, the light fell through the shifting clouds and foothills of the Sri Lanka tea plantations in such a way that it seemed to make her, literally, glow.
In the coffee-producing Highlands of Papua New Guinea, communities remain poor and semi-subsistence, despite the national importance of coffee as a major export commodity.
Maria Samillano’s simple life with her husband and three children was agitated when super typhoon Haiyan smashed its way to her coastal village in Laua-an, Antique, Philippines. Haiyan completely destroyed her small house made of bamboo and even disrupted her livelihood.
“I realized that even I’m a person with disability, I can still achieve my goals.”
This is what Evelyn Tangile proudly shared when asked about what she has learned from all the activities she participated with international aid organization CARE.