Stories

Learn more about our work through stories from people whose lives we have affected or people we have worked with.

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“I can finally start to build my future”

Wafaa is one of 3,000 refugees in Germany who got access to quality higher education online through our project with Kiron Open Higher Education. For refugees arriving in a new country, the process of seeking asylum can take years, a time where most can’t do anything but wait. They can’t work, study or start building new lives in their new country. And even though many are motivated to continue or begin their education, they are hindered by things like asylum processes, language barriers, missing legal documents or financing. Kiron offers the opportunity to start studying irrespective of location or asylum status.
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Yuliana is starting to believe in herself

After 60 years of armed conflict, the new generations of Colombia still suffer from a culture of violence. Yuliana and her friends learn about peace through play, acting, visual arts, music, games and more through the project the Peace Circus, a collaboration between H&M Foundation and War Child.
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“The new toilets brought hope”

11 year old Mossammad is one of the students in nine different schools in Banglabazaar outside of Dhaka, who are provided with proper toilets and clean water through the H&M Foundation’s joint project with WaterAid. So far, almost 10,000 people have been reached with improved access to sustainable water, toilets and hygiene (WASH) facilities. As part of the work, nine schools have improved their water and sanitation facilities.
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Towards a brighter future

Suddenly left without a job, Sophie struggled to pay her bills. But instead of asking for help, she bottled up her emotions. A family breakdown put extra stress on her, and she eventually turned to Roundabout for help. Thanks to their program, funded by H&M Foundation, Sophie’s future looks much brighter.
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“His progress really surprised me”

Born with an intellectual disability, starting school was a tough experience for Li Hao. He couldn’t talk and was afraid of the new environment and the other children. With support from the Inclusive Education Project by Save the Children, funded by H&M Foundation, Li Hao received special training. Now, seven months later, the change has been tremendous.
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“My daughters will get new opportunities”

Ratna often had to skip work to have time to fetch enough water for her family’s needs, meaning less income for her family. During the monsoon season, the water often got contaminated which made her children sick. Thanks to a project by FRANK Water, funded by the H&M Foundation, there’s now a well in her village with safe water – and Ratna’s life has changed completely.