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Compassion CBO

Safe World Field Partner in Kenya - Compassion CBO, was formed to eradicate poverty through education and sustainable development among women living in the slums and rural areas and to rehabilitate orphans and vulnerable children.

Survivors In DR Congo

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COFAPRI

COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

Field Partner News

Safe World Field Partner, work directly with issues such as poverty, health-care, marginalisation, FGM, child marriage, and education.

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How Asha Survived the Unnecessary Cut

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Washing Hands to Improve Health in Rural DR Congo

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Safe Spaces Crucial for Women's Self-Reliance in Rural DR Congo

Increased security helps women become self-reliant and less financially dependent on their husbands. This improves the situation for the whole family and also means the women are less vulnerable to abuse.
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DR Congo: Men's Inclusion in Women's Empowerment Benefits Everyone

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Margaret from Kiambu Support Group

Nairobi cancer survivor has hope at last

Margaret is among many women Compassion CBO trained in 2015. She has survived breast Cancer 2 times.

New Womens Magazine for Cameroon

The first edition of the Women for a Change Magazine is now available.

News, Interviews and Blogs

Under-reported issues affecting women and children. Exclusive interviews, articles and blogs by Safe World Correspondents and Content Partners

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The Need for Victim Compensation Programmes - Pakistan and Globally

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Peace, Dialogue & the Ripple Effect: #RISING16 Global Peace Forum

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Olutosin Adebowale: To America With Love

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Promoting Misogyny, Zenophobia, and Bullying... is.... Nasty

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Women United for a Better Community in High Andean of Peru

“Women United for a Better Community” is a new group of grassroots women in the Ayacucho Region at the South High Andean of Peru, recently created by Estrategia, a National Grassroots women's organization. The grassroots women require to be heard and get the…

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Miracle Survivor of the Pakistan Floods

By Khadim H Dahot - Sewa Development Trust Sindh (SDTS)

 

On 7th August 2010, the devastating Pakistan flood came to several districts in Sindh, especially the District Kashmore. Tori bund’s breach has a long lasting effect in upper Sindh, where the scale and intensity of the devastation is well-known.

Miraculously, Musmat Salma - reputed to be about 105 years old - survived alone, for eight days and nights, in flood water near her house in Sindh, which was five kilometers from  the water's breach to her boundary wall at Tori Bund.

Musmat Salma tells the story in her own words:

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“On 8th August, 2010, I was standing in my house; suddenly, I heard an unusual noisy sound, then rapidly –  I saw water coming, which vastly came and swept me into a half kilometer.

Then after half kilometer, I became  attached to a date palm tree, so after all the  water flowed in around my body, later – during half the night, the water level gradually came under two feet.

Then the water crossed in a natural flow,  but maintained a steady speed.

In the early morning, I became very hungry and drank flood water and ate some leaves of a tree. Naturally, my body got weak and I went to a second tree – which was thicker, as well as attached with other trees, where I remained.

So, eight days of  long hunger weakened my body. Then suddenly, my grandson came with a boat to my ruined house to search and take some things.

I cried out, and he quickly brought his boat for me and took me to a doctor, where many people came daily to see me, and  wondered to hear my story”.

About Musmat Salma

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Musmat Salma is from the Village Adam Khan Bahalkani U/C Dunyapur, Taluka Tangwani, District Kashmore, Kandhkot.

Salma is the wife of Manglo. She is aged about 105 years. She has two daughters, both in their 60s. Of her three sons, only one (Bahar Khan) is still living - he is also in his 60s.

She currently resides with her son-in-law Mr. Baz Mohammad.

Ms. Salma has now lost her eye sight as well as body strength. Now she is spending her life  like those of disabled persons; she has no room for shelter.

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SDTS (Sewa Development Trust Sindh) provided financial and technical support to Salma, and now she has her own room for residence and feels proud among family members.

The SDTS team asked Salma, “What you think of the support provided to you by SDTS?“ 

Salma's reply:

“I am thankful to the NGO who rebuilt my home.  It could have never been built without your support, because I am unable to reconstruct my house; nobody in the family gives priority” .

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