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Stories of change

All organisations we partner with provide us with frequent project updates, so we can follow the work closely. We also do field visits to all our projects to learn more. But to really understand how our programs are affecting people’s lives, we gather stories from the ones being reached by our projects. Through these stories we understand the complex challenges we try to overcome, how their lives were before and how it has changed and improved. It’s stories about real people, real struggles and real achievements. We call them Stories of Change.

20 Mar, 2018
“Reading stories has opened up the world to me.”Education Thu Zar Khin’s dream – like many other children’s – is to become a teacher. However, her life is quite different to other children in the w...
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14 Mar, 2018
“Now my children have clean water to drink, I no longer worry about their health.”Water Sunita is a single mother to two girls, Nandini aged 11 and Siri aged 7. In the slum where Sunita lives there was no provision of safe drinking wat...
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9 Mar, 2018
“I’m now looking at going to university next year”Equality Life hasn't been easy for Brendan as he grew up in the social care system and experienced transient living situations. His dream to work within IT ...
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27 Feb, 2018
“Before I joined the Red Cross project things used to be so boring”Equality The Refugee Buddy project by Red Cross Youth in Norway has led to a positive change for the girls at Ålesund Red Cross. Life has gone from boredom...
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27 Feb, 2018
“My children are the victims of poor water and sanitation”Water Factory worker Shamsun Nahar lives in a community in Bangladesh, with no functioning toiles. Shamsun never goes to the toilet in the daytime to avo...
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2 Feb, 2018
“If it can help other children’s escape be better than mine, the app will be a success”Equality Tarek, who fled Syria and ended up in Belgium, took part in developing an app to help migrant children to a safe journey through Europe. Tarek and ...
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11 Jan, 2018
“Everything has changed – now parents trust us in what we do”Education Instead of having classes in the shade under a tree, the children at the Early Childhood Care and Development centre in Numponi Village, now play a...
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16 Nov, 2017
“Finding someone who wants to be your friend is vital”Equality Dorthea and Diaa volunteer in the Refugee Buddy project, funded by the H&M Foundation through the Red Cross Youth in Norway. They have different ba...
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9 Nov, 2017
“Life is not about the wrong steps you have taken but the first step you take in the right direction”Equality Twenty-year-old Sihle Matshabisa got a rough start in life. Being surrounded by poverty and depression, she ended up in a negative life of alcohol,...
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11 Oct, 2017
“The taps have improved our health as well as our family’s economy”Water Balamma used to spend hours every day collecting water on foot, on top of her hard work as a farm labourer in Telangana, India. Now, with clean wat...
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3 Oct, 2017
“I can finally be myself instead of shadowing someone else”Equality Sheena has a history of abusive relationships and didn’t have much self-confidence left when she made it to Roundabout. However, within a short t...
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2 Oct, 2017
“I really enjoy hanging out with my new friends”Equality Without his parents, family or friends, Khaled finally reached Sweden in October 2015. He settled in quickly and started school right after Christm...
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27 Sep, 2017
“This project has made a significant difference in the lives of children”Education Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development, reflects on the achievements of the first phase of the Global Program for Educatio...
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20 Sep, 2017
“The program improved my self-esteem and changed the course of my future”Equality After graduating from the Youth@Work program, Geraldine’s story is truly impressive. Her personal and professional growth serves as a good exampl...
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20 Sep, 2017
A better future possible for children with disabilitiesEducation Children with disabilities face a tough life in Indonesia, many of them can’t even go to school. Life changed dramatically for seven-year-old Joa...
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20 Sep, 2017
Mentors improve students’ results significantly Education In June 2016, Tyreek Baudouin left third grade full of potential and proud of the improvement he had made in his academic and attendance performanc...
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20 Sep, 2017
From troublemaker to enjoying schoolEducation Eight-year-old Tao used to be a troublemaker. At least it’s how his parents and teachers used to describe him and how they treated him. But life ...
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18 Sep, 2017
“With toilets comes a more dignified life”Water For 40-year old Nurun Nahar, life has been tough. She has lived in the poor community Banglabazar for more than 25 years, and knows too well what t...
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18 Sep, 2017
”For the first time in my life I understand the importance of hygiene”Water The lack of toilets in Dhaka is an everyday challenge for those living and working there. Without proper toilets, the streets and alleyways as used...
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14 Sep, 2017
”I was so happy to go back to school again”Equality Life of 15-year-old Selwa Samuel Joseph has been anything but easy, being forced to flee South Sudan, leaving her parents and six siblings behind. ...
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