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2009-09-17 16:50:00

Non-profit organizations Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre and ActionAid International USA both receive funding to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the country's post-conflict period. NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has granted over US$65,000 to provide food, medication, cattle and livestock provisions, and fruit plants to aid over 10,000 persons affected by the country's recent internal...

2009-02-28 11:16:07

An official with an international charity says the movie Slumdog Millionaire has triggered more interest in helping children in India. ActionAid fundraising director Richard Turner said the film about a young man from the slums of India has caused a surge of interest in sponsoring Indian children, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. We're calling it the 'Slumdog' effect. We haven't seen such a high level of interest in one country for a long time, Turner said. During the week after Slumdog...

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2008-09-11 13:45:00

In August torrential rains devastated the banks of the Kosi River of eastern India, displacing more than 3 million people. The monsoon rains weren't unprecedented, they occur every few years, which is why experts say the government should have been better prepared for such a scenario. "This is the mother of all floods," said P.V. Unnikrishnan of aid agency ActionAid. The Kosi, which feeds into the Ganges, flooded an area roughly the size of Belgium. The floods changed the course of the...

2008-06-21 15:00:30

Increasing numbers of baby girls in India are either being aborted in the womb or fatally neglected, a British charity alleges. ActionAid said in a report that the number of baby girls in India has reached a record low due to the country's alleged cultural practice of favoring boys over girls, the BBC reported Saturday. The group's Disappearing Daughters report says in the Indian state of Punjab, there currently are only 300 female children for every 1,000 male children born to high caste...

2006-04-25 07:35:00

NAIROBI (Reuters) - About two million people face hunger in drought-hit Burundi, aid group ActionAid said on Tuesday as it began food deliveries in the central African country. Hundreds of people and tens of thousands of livestock in east and central Africa have died in one of the worst droughts to hit the region in years. ActionAid said poor rainfall over the past six years in the north, northeastern and central provinces have brought starvation to areas traditionally regarded as Burundi's...

2006-02-01 12:58:57

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The huge global relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has trampled on the human rights of many of the survivors even as it tried to rebuild their lives, three aid groups charged on Wednesday. While the aid campaign, the largest ever undertaken, has had many successes, it has failed to ensure the rights of many of those affected to food, clean water and a secure home and livelihood, the groups said in a new report. More than a...

2005-10-08 20:55:05

By William Maclean NAIROBI (Reuters) - To their critics, foreign aid workers in Africa serve a new form of imperialism: in their zeal to do good, the argument goes, they prop up a humanitarian system that perpetuates the continent's dependence on outsiders. To their supporters, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) help the hungry and excluded, campaign for trade reform and take big risks to expose human rights abuses, often fostering African self-reliance in the...

2005-07-15 08:08:15

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Remember Live 8? Two weeks after Bob Geldof assembled the greatest rock-'n-roll lineup ever to pressure world leaders to alleviate poverty, people are questioning whether musicians and celebrities should do anything other than entertain. Two Irish rockers, Geldof and U2 frontman Bono, rubbed shoulders with the world's most powerful men in Scotland during a summit earlier this month, calling for more aid and debt relief and prounouncing themselves...

2005-06-29 19:57:54

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - A million people in poor countries arereceiving life-saving AIDS drugs but the World HealthOrganization said on Wednesday it is unlikely to reach its goalof getting three times that number on treatment by the end of2005. Dr Jim Yong Kim, director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS department,admitted the "3 by 5" target was ambitious. The 300,000additional patients worldwide getting antiretroviral therapyevery six months is not enough to meet it. "It is much...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.