Children with intellectual disabilities are particularly hard-hit by poverty and all of the barriers that come with it: lack of access to education, employment, nutrition, and overall health. Persistent exposure to "toxic" stress, including extreme poverty, can damage the developing brain and result in lifelong difficulties with learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Even if services for these children are available in a given community, families that live below the poverty line are unable to afford accessible education and therapy services.
In general, Guinean communities recognize the importance of school and its capacity to open up doors through community development and to provide children with invaluable knowledge and training. Despite this recognition, however, primary school enrollment and completion rates in the country continue to be low. Among the contributing factors are insufficient resources, household responsibilities, lack of teachers, and community perceptions.
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Twins Nima and Dawa Pelden were born joined at the abdomen and sharing a liver. The twins lived the first 15 months of their lives facing one another. The young children, from Bhutan, were unable to sit down and could only stand up if they did so together at the same time. Thanks to the Children First Foundation (CFF), the girls and their mother were flown to Australia, where they received life-saving separation surgery, treatment, and ongoing care.
Africa's Voices Foundation (AVF) is a nonprofit organization that puts citizens' voices at the heart of effective development and governance. Development, humanitarian, and governance actors come to the U.K.- and Kenya-based organization in search of innovative mean of engaging citizens and impactful and applied insights. These insights help to inform, adapt, monitor, and evaluate programs based on the needs of the citizens they serve.
This month it is our privilege to feature a guest post by Noah Degu, a distinguished Ethiopian professional with a multidisciplinary background currently at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a Regional Hub embracing five African countries.
The Memory and Tolerance Museum (Museo Memoria y Tolerancia) has been around for less than 10 years, but it is no surprise that it is already recognized as one of the 10 best museums in Mexico City by a number of organizations and media. Founded in 2010, the museum is dedicated to
The South Africa–based Dr. CL Smith Foundation is dedicated to creating and driving positive social change in previously disadvantaged and excluded areas in South Africa through education, sport, and health. It was founded in 2013 to honor the legacy of Dr. Clifford Leon Smith. To support the holistic development of young people and foster their mental, physical, and emotional health, the foundation has five main areas of focus:
Grantmaker members and NGOs may wonder why the name of an NGO on its Equivalency Determination (ED) Certificate often differs from the name that was initially submitted for review. The reason is that an ED is a legal opinion, which must reflect the exact legal name of the entity as evidenced on its legal formation or registration documents.