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The atmosphere outside the health center in eastern Ethiopia crackles with energy, despite the relentless midday heat. Two dozen young men and women are standing in a circle, hunched over notebooks. In the center, a woman uses white chalk to draw lines in the sand while someone else positions...More
In Ethiopia, where millions depend on rain to grow crops to feed their families, even small variations in the climate can have devastating consequences. But work by Catholic Relief Services and our partners means that climate change does not have to lead to disaster. With the right programs and...More
It's hard to imagine life without water when it's always there. You turn a knob, and you have a drink. You push a button, and you water your flowers. You dip a finger in a font at church and bless yourself. But spend a day in a home where the plumbing has failed, and you know how much we take...More
Two years ago, at the peak of the drought in the Horn of Africa, up to 1,500 people a day were coming from Somalia into Kenya, and headed for the refugee camps around the border town of Dadaab. A large entourage of reporters, photographers and film crews chronicled their movements....More
For years, Anivorano Est has struggled with an unpredictable water supply system run by the local government. The more than 5,800 residents of this small town in Madagascar, off the southeastern coast of Africa, have suffered frequent outages and poorly treated—and oftentimes contaminated—water...More
In Antanimora, Madagascar, you can tell the time of day by listening.
At 7 a.m., the cicadas screech. At 9, the cows begin to moo. At noon, dogs irritated by the heat bark angrily. By dusk, the wind howls as it whips past cacti and dried soil. In Robin Rasamimanana's fields, dawn breaks...More