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The fishing industry in Southeast Asia is an important sector in local and national economies, and as a source of employment for workers, particularly those with low levels of formal education. Nowhere is this more the case than in the archipelago nations of Indonesia and the Philippines. While not limited to these two countries, this diversity allows for labor abuses to often go undetected, includes forced labor and trafficking in persons. Learn more.

Because of the global hunger crisis, 45 countries are on the brink of famine, and Somalia’s situation is especially severe. We spoke with Plan International Somalia’s Head of Mission, Sadia Allin, to understand the realities for girls and their families. Watch the video story.

Toilets aren’t a glamorous topic to talk about. But they are an important one. There are almost 4 billion people around the world living without safe access to toilets. How do they manage? Some wait until night or walk long distances to find a private place to go. Some use shared bathrooms that aren’t clean. Some are forced to go out in the open near their homes, which creates a major public health hazard. Globally, every day, 700 children die just from diarrhea because of unsafe water and sanitation — that’s one child every two minutes. Learn more.

Between 1987-2008, northern Uganda experienced a 20-year conflict. At the end of the conflict, families found that their social bonds had deteriorated, often with a generation of men having been killed in entire villages. As communities rebuilt, elders identified a need to support and guide young fathers as they entered into relationships and fatherhood. REAL Fathers was developed in response to this need. Learn more about the initiative and its results.

More than 1.9 million people in Burkina Faso have now had to flee their homes. The majority are women and children. More than 4,200 schools are closed due to conflict and violence. And while conflict plays a large part in displacement, another main driver is hunger. Around 3.5 million people don’t have enough food in Burkina Faso, and 630,000 are on the brink of starvation. Learn more.

Urmila’s journey toward a career wasn’t as straightforward as she hoped. She moved to a city seeking more job opportunities, but since she didn’t have much professional experience, she was often turned away. But Urmila didn’t give up. She kept looking for safe and reliable work, and eventually heard about an initiative that helps young women become teachers — a program run in collaboration with Plan International. More information

Urmila, age 20, learns child care skills during an early childhood development training.
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