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Fighting Poverty: The Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP)


This is a key core poverty Programme addressing the challenge of housing problems affecting the majority of the population who live in slums and informal settlements in Kenya. The Ministry of Housing of Kenya has a wide range of stakeholders in the execution of this project, among them are UN Habitat, other international organizations, NGOs, CBO and also FBOs ( i.e. the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi).


Nothing But Nets


The United Nations Nothing But Nets campaign was created to distribute millions of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to children in Africa as a form of preventing malaria. Among the partners and supporters of this project are the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Methodist Church.

ARC’s Mongolian Buddhist Handbook Launched.


The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), linked with the World Bank’s and the Netherlands government’s MEMO Fund in Mongolia, continued their series about Buddhism and the Environment, publishing a handbook entitled “Mongolian Buddhist Protecting Nature”.

Historic Istanbul Declaration on the Muslim Seven Year Action Plan on Climate Change.


Muslim leaders, scholars, civil society members and government ministries from Islamic civil society have agreed in Istanbul to spend the next seven years planning serious commitments to protecting the natural environment, and combating climate change. The plan was drawn by Earth Mates Dialogue and is part of United Nations (UN)/Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) Seven Year Plan Initiative.

Fighting Poverty: Kenyan Youth Trained In Low Cost Building Technology and Other Areas.


The project on Hydraform building technology, a low cost method, trained youth from informal settlements in Kenya. The youth involved will also be trained in conflict management, business development, peace building skills, and in forming cooperatives. This is a project between UN-HABITAT’s Youth Empowerment Programme and the Nyumbani Village Training Centre in Kitui District. The Centre is supported, among others, by USAID, the Rotary Club, and the Catholic Diocese of Nairobi.

Protecting Refugees in Malawi


“The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) through its regional office for South Africa, is the implementing partner of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the refugee camp of Dzaleka, in Malawi. Action is oriented to provide education from pre-primary through adult vocational education.

The JRS is an international Catholic organization with the mission to accompany, serve, and plead the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced people. It is present in 57 countries with programmes oriented to provide assistance to refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities, and those held in detention centers.

As of the end of 2009, more than 500,000 individuals were direct beneficiaries of JRS projects. Education, emergency assistance, health care, livelihood activities, and social services are its main areas of work .”

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The Shared Space of Human Rights and Religious Freedom.


This project on Human Rights Education is implemented by the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) in partenershìp with the People’s Decade for Human Rights Education (PDHRE), and the financial support of the Governments of the Nederlands and Japan.

This project has been implemented in India, Bangladesh, and THe Philippines. Its main goal is to creat in selected communities, understandinf of freedom of religion and belief as a basic human right guaranteed in the National Constitution, the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Right (UDHR) and teh Declaration of the Elimination of Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief (DEIDRB).

UNHCR Inaugurates Residential Block for Iraqi Refugees in Armenia.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office inaugurated a special residential centre for Iraqi refugees in the southern Armenian village of Darbnik, located in Ararat Marz province. The building, a former agricultural college provided to UNHCR Office by the government. It was rehabilitated by UNHCR Office implementing partner, YMCA/Shelter. Other partners involved in the project were the telecoms company VivaCell-MTS and the United States Embassy. (Read More)

More and More Pakistani Displaced Move to Camps as Needs Grow.


People displaced by the upsurge in fighting in Pakistan´s Swat Valley and Lower Dir and Buner districts have found shelter with host families and communal buildings such as schools in the North West Frontier Province. Since the number of displaced continues to rise, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office is seeking to ease the congestion by expanding camps. In addition, it is exploring the possibility of providing shelter kits for the displaced people living in rural areas. The project is a joint effort between UNHCR, UN Habitat, World Vision, Norwegian Refugees Council, Catholic Relief Services and Relief International.

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