Sixteen-year-old Esther* is a new mother – her daughter, Emma, is one week old. Esther and Emma live in a makeshift camp for people uprooted by the long-running conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. For women and girls living here, motherhood often results not from the wish to build a family, nor from intimacy, but from rape.
Land degradation intensifies agricultural economic losses, disorganizes local and regional food markets, and causes social and political instability. To combat it there is an increasing push towards sustainable agriculture - the ability of a farm to produce food indefinitely, without causing irreversible damage to ecosystem health. And now there are lots of creative ways you can help support this work from giving a can of worms to a Bolivian farmer through to helping create a farming conservation plot in Zimbabwe.
Evangelical Christians have been urged to keep up their efforts to support relief work in the areas of China and Myanmar ravaged by recent natural disasters. The comments came yesterday from the Director of the Evangelical Alliance.
Christian development agency World Vision says that it is prioritising children in the aftermath of the earthquake in China. More than 4.8 million people were made homeless after the earthquake destroyed homes and flattened schools.
The international relief and development agency World Vision has launched its two-week child sponsorship campaign with the support of Spice Girl and mum of one, Emma Bunton, appealing to people in the UK.
The agency is providing relief to hungry children and families affected by the crisis and is preparing to increase its response. Rising global prices for food and fuel have hammered Haiti, which survives largely on imported goods.