A central component of the AKDN's Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative is generating demand for improved hygiene practices, tackling age-old norms and transforming long-standing behaviour change – and thereby improving the quality of life.
Martha’s story: Living with disability in Uganda during COVID-19
Naigino Martha is deaf. She lives with her sister about 30km outside of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Martha, like many others, works as a casual labourer at a factory on the outskirts of the city. She has not been able to work since lockdown began. The Aga Khan Foundation, in partnership with the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, has provided cash relief to support the most critical needs of women and girls with disabilities as well as to share life-saving health information.
Pamir Energy and the future of clean electricity in Central Asia
Daler Jumaev, General Director of Tajikistan’s Pamir Energy (part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development), spoke at the World Hydropower Congress 2019 in Paris about bringing clean and affordable energy to Tajikistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.
Anora’s story: Young people gaining access to financial services in Tajikistan
In early 2019, Anora gathered with other participants of her village’s mahalla committee, a form of village-level governance, to establish a community-based savings group. She is now studying to teach English and attends school part-time with support from her CBSG. She took out a loan to continue her studies at the University of Bokhtar, with plans to graduate in two years.
Favziya Shonazmieva: Modernising preschool options in rural Tajikistan
“What makes SPCE a unique school, is that it does not leave you halfway,” said Favziya. “As an SPCE graduate, the School always informs us about different networking opportunities, where we are introduced to start-ups and business leaders, who share their difficulties and secrets to success.”