Heba: Assiut's Water Hero

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Heba: Assiut's Water Hero Heba Adel Mohamed is a 29-year-old manager of five waste water pump stations in the Al Quseya district, about 60 km outside of Assiut. She supervises 50 male technicians and laborers and together they are responsible for the waste water services for thousands of residents. She works for the Assiut Potable Water and Sanitation Company, a public service company owned by the Egyptian government, which since 2011 has received over $20 million from USAID/Egypt to fund the construction of nine water and wastewater projects in Assiut.
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Women Carrying Water in India

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Women Carrying Water in India Caption: Addressing the issue of access to clean drinking water has the opportunity to strengthen women’s lives.
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Women Walking Across Rice Paddy in India

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Women Walking Across Rice Paddy in India
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Neighborhood Tracking Activity in Makassar City

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The residents of Lette urban village in Makassar city participating in the neighborhood tracking activity as part of the participatory assessment and triggering activities facilitated by USAID IUWASH PLUS.
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Neighborhood Tracking Activity in Makassar City A water secure world means having clean neighborhood and healthy behavior. The residents of Lette urban village in Makassar city participating in the neighborhood tracking activity as part of the participatory assessment and triggering activities facilitated by USAID IUWASH PLUS. Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Improving WASH in India

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Improving WASH in India
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Women working for resilient forests in Mexico

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Men and women sit together in a close group, planting seeds in small containers.
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Place: Monte Sinai, Chiapas, 2019.

Project: The Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets.

Within the framework of the “Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets” financed by USAID and implemented by Rainforest Alliance in Mexico, we strengthen resilient, sustainable farm, and forestland management of coffee producers in Chiapas.

One of the main goals with our partner Olam is to reforest 4,000 hectares around coffee farms in Chiapas in order to preserve the region’s natural resources and strengthen the forestal management in coffee producers.

Women from the collective “Oro Verde” who are working with Olam, are implementing sustainable practices in reforestation and landscape restoration like soil conservation, waste management, plant nurseries management, and tree planting.

The inclusion of women in community-led actions for reforestation and landscape restoration is essential to accomplish more and better results in sustainable forestry management and climate smart agriculture.

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Planting the roots for sustainable fisheries management and women's empowerment

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Densu Estuary, Ghana. September 10, 2019. A member of the Densu Oyster Pickers Association (DOPA) looks at some of the 20,000 mangrove seedlings her women's association has planted during a boat trip to monitor oyster habitat conditions. On the Densu Delta, overharvesting, a new dam that reduces salinity in the water and mangrove degradation have contributed to declining oyster populations. USAID's Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is supporting work in Ghana, Indonesia, and the Philippines to address women's empowerment, access to finance, and sustainable fisheries management. Here, IUCN hears from the women of DOPA, supported by USAID's Sustainable Fisheries Management Program (SFMP) in Ghana, during a field mission in innovating and implementing ecosystem approaches to fisheries management, which includes repopulating important oyster habitats: mangroves.

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Women and men working together planting rice near Antsirabe, Madagascar

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Paddy rice transplanting is a laborious task. In some countries, women bear the bulk of this back-stressing work. However, in this area of Madagascar, women and men work together in transplanting rice seedlings. Another interesting feature of rice planting in this area is the cooperation of neighbors in planting individually owned plots.

November 30, 2018

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Home grown

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When members of Winrock’s Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project, funded by USAID, came to Josna Akhter’s village of 240 families, they were looking for local service providers — people well respected in their communities who they could train to share skills and link others to agricultural markets. They found, even more, someone who could take those skills to a higher level. Akhter makes compost and uses it to enrich her own fields. The changes wrought by CREL have had many positive ripple effects. “Before, if we needed vegetables we’d have to go to the forest to cut a tree or bamboo, take the wood to market, sell it and with that money we’d be able to bring the vegetables back home. Now we have our own vegetables,” Akhter says.

Subject: Josna Akhter
Location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
August 27, 2017

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Giving trees

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Southwest Bangladesh is a watery world. Houses perch on steep riverbanks. Storms pummel fragile coastlines. It’s hard not to see this starkly beautiful place as engaged in a battle between water and land, with the water winning. But the land has a new ally, a living hem of mangrove forests made possible by Winrock International’s Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project, funded by USAID. “If we don’t have trees, we are flooded,” says Bharati Rani Bishwash, who was left homeless after a typhoon in 2009. It’s a view that many Bangladeshis share. “I’m taking care of the trees now,” says Bishwash, “and in time the trees will take care of me."

Subject: Bharati Rani Bishwash
Location: Koyra, Bangladesh

August 17, 2017

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