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    Quilts on Display: Seventeen AP partners are telling their story through advocacy quilts at the Westmoreland Church in Washington DC. The exhibition opened on September 28 and will run until mid-November. The quilts include the second Women's Health (Mahalako Swastha) Quilt from Nepal, which depicts the causes of uterine prolapse. Our thanks to Marge Harvey, from the Westmoreland Arts Committee. Click to stay on this image and caption.

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    Recovery through sewing in Mali: Sini Sanuman, a leading advocate for women's rights in Mali has teamed up with AP to open two centers for women who were severely affected by the conflict in 2012. Drawing on lessons learned in the DRC, the project helps women to recover by learning skills, including embroidery and clothes-making. Giorgia Nicatore, a Peace Fellow from Georgetown University, is on loan to the project in Bamako. Funding is provided by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations/Zivik in Berlin. Click to stay on this image and caption.

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    Accessible sanitation in Uganda: Opiyo Samuel, 11, is one of many Ugandans with disability who have been helped by the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU), a long-time AP partner. Opiyo is proud to have graduated from a wheelchair to crutches. GDPU and AP are lobbying the authorities to install accessible toilets in public places and schools. Kathryn Dutile, from Manchester University in the UK, is working on the project in Gulu. Our thanks to the 62 donors who have made the project possible. Click to stay on this image and caption.



Agent Orange Lives on in Vietnam, Poisoning Children and Ruining Lives

September 2, 2014

Quang Binh, Vietnam: While Le Ba Thuan was recruiting soldiers for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, he would watch American planes spraying herbicide and try to avoid the contaminated areas. He never quite succeeded and for the past fifty years he has suffered from heart disease, high blood pressure, constant headaches, and skin rashes. Le Ban Thuan (right) was exposed to Agent Orange. His daughter, Le Thi Hang, has been paralyzed since birth. But compared to his family Thuan is lucky. Read more…   

Recyclers Confront the Plastic Peril in a Kampala Slum

August 8, 2014

Kampala, Uganda: An association of women has vowed to remove 100,000 plastic bags from the Kinawataka slum district of Kampala, where they live, in a determined attempt to repel a plastic invasion that is clogging drains, sickening children, and killing animals. The campaign will be launched by the Kinawataka Women Initiatives (KIWOI) under the leadership of Benedicta Nanyonga, a prominent Ugandan advocate for the environment and women’s rights. KIWOI has been a partner of The Advocacy Project (AP) since 2011. Read more…   

Innovative Field School in the Andes Revisits Peru’s Dirty War

July 29, 2014

Ayacucho, Peru: After spending three weeks in the Peruvian Andres meeting with survivors from Peru’s long and bloody internal conflict, Kaniqua Robinson returned home to the US with a better understanding of the damage done to the families of Peruvians who went missing and died. It will, she thinks, help her own work in Florida, where she is researching the Dozier Boys School scandal. Read more…  

Care Women Nepal Rescues Women from Prolapse Misery

July 14, 2014

Dhankuta District, Nepal: At a time when the government of Nepal and international agencies are retreating from the fight against uterine prolapse, Nepali advocates threw a lifeline to women in eastern Nepal recently by screening 294 women for the condition. Thirty-four women were found to have untreatable prolapse and will be offered surgery, if funding can be found. Read more…  

River Gypsies of Bangladesh Speak to New Jersey Through Quilting

June 24, 2014

Oceanville, New Jersey: The River Gypsies of Bangladesh are struggling against illiteracy, obscurity and violence from greedy corporations that steal their sand. But at least they are telling their story to the world through an advocacy quilt.  The River Gypsy Quilt is one of 17 quilts that went on display recently at the Noyes Museum in New Jersey.  Read more…

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