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Help Children who Escaped from ISIS

Boots for winter are needed urgently

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The children who escaped from ISIS through the desert in the heat of summer are not prepared for the cold, rain and snow of winter. Even worse, the children must often slog through raw sewage to go to the toilet, thus risking disease. The children need rubber boots to avoid further suffering.

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Education and Community Building for at-risk Youth

Helping to instill positive principals in Honduran children 

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Gracias a Dios is the furthermost eastern department in Honduras. The area is only accessible by boat and plane, and in recent years this poverty-stricken region has been overrun by drug trafficking operations. According to reports from the Department of State some 80-90% of cocaine bound for the US passes through Honduras, mainly through this department. As a result of the rampant drug trafficking, substance abuse, crime, and prostitution have become pervasive problems in the communities. Recent reports cite the proportional use of crack and cocaine among males aged 15-30 to be as high 50%, and the remoteness of the region makes it difficult for military or police to enforce rule of law. The lack of security force presence, extreme poverty, and a poor educational system all contribute to the vulnerabilities among youth that malign actors exploit.

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Education and Community Building for at-risk Youth

Improving Livelihood Opportunities Where Few Exist

A US Army team works with foreign officials to meet the needs of internally displaced Filipinos

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As early as 1970, seaweed, known locally as "agar-agar", was abundant in the Philippines, especially in the southern region of the archipelago. Collecting and selling seaweed became a source of livelihood among the people living in the coastal areas. Today, gathering has given way to farming the economically important plants. One group of refugees living in a transient camp in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), rely heavily on the farming as a source of income. Attacks by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forced these refugees and thousands of others to flee their homes and jobs in search of safety.

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Improving Livelihood Opportunities Where Few Exist

Countering Extremism through Opportunity

An Army team gives vulnerable Nigeriens a chance for a better life

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Niger, with its 17,000,000 people sandwiched between Nigeria, Libya, Mali, and Chad, is one of the poorest countries on the planet. Plagued by rampant desertification, high birth/mortality rates, a lack of economic opportunity, and threats from extremist groups like al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, the UN ranked Niger last in its annual Human Development Index rankings.

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Countering Extremism through Opportunity

Helping Georgian Wounded Warriors

Help a US Army team provide better care for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

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Georgia, a former Soviet republic located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, has been a staunch ally of the United States since the end of the Cold War. It contributed troops to the operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, with its contribution to the latter being the highest per-capita commitment of troops of any International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) member.

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Helping Georgian Wounded Warriors

Bookshelves for an Orphanage in Kenya

A US team helps its Kenyan counterparts learn how to support their community

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The US Army team based out of Nairobi is working with the Kenyan military to develop their civil affairs capabilities. This is a very important skill to develop, especially as the Kenyan armed forces are key contributors to international peace-building efforts in Somalia. Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with vulnerable communities – a key component of civil affairs work – is invaluable to improving stability in war-torn environments. Indeed, it is important even within Kenya, as this type of outreach develops positive ties between the government and marginalized groups at risk of violent extremist influence.

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Bookshelves for an Orphanage in Kenya

Repairing Flood-damaged Schools in Bosnia

A US Army team helps its Bosnian partners react to natural disaster

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A few weeks ago, the Balkans were hit by the worst flooding in over a century. Across the region, 100,000 homes were destroyed. Bosnia alone was impacted by 1,900 landslides, and almost two dozen people lost their lives in an event that is estimated to have cost some $2 billion in damages. With government resources severely taxed trying to react to the enormity of the catastrophe, dormant ethnic tensions threatened to reignite unless help was quickly provided.

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Repairing Flood-damaged Schools in Bosnia

Books for Schoolchildren in the Maldives

Expanding a US Army teams outreach to improve education

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The US Army Civil Affairs team has been striving to counter root causes of instability in the Maldives. Despite the Indian Ocean country's idyllic external image, poverty, geographic isolation and illicit activities such as human trafficking have left the Maldivian population vulnerable to negative influences. This reality poses a significant threat to local and regional stability. The team is focused on mitigating these threats through improving education.

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Books for Schoolchildren in the Maldives

Books in English for Vietnamese Children

Help a US Civil Affairs team give children better prospects for the future

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A Civil Affairs team from the 84th Civil Affairs Battalion is working with the US Embassy and an American expat in Vietnam to address the vulnerabilities youth are facing there. One of the greatest challenges that Vietnamese children struggle with is the ability to receive quality education, specifically with regard to reading and writing in English. English language skills are crucial to future employment, and a gap in those abilities significantly reduces opportunities, especially for disadvantaged youth.

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Books in English for Vietnamese Children

Enabling Independence for Women

A US Army team helps Afghan women provide for their families

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A US female Cultural Support Team (CST) recently identified a way to improve the overall way of life for the residents of key villages in Eastern Afghanistan. Improved security in the area has made it possible to start having conversations about economic development that were not possible a short time ago. The CSTs saw the opportunity and took the initiative to reach out to local women to determine what they thought would bolster the local economy. Based on their conversations, it was determined that seamstress training was the most valuable and viable option because the existing market would support the new business. With the help of a professional seamstress, the course was developed and classes were specifically chosen to ensure that proficiency would be achieved. Over two months, students will receive vocational training and guidance from experienced Afghan female instructors on everything from initial fabric measurements to basic business strategies, which will enable them to meet the local demand.

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Enabling Independence for Women

Building Pride and Awareness

US troops help their Afghan partners grow stronger

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In two key locations in Eastern Afghanistan, US teams are working to train Afghan Local Police to provide greater safety and security for their communities. The Afghan men are highly motivated to join the program and take their training very seriously. However, they need a way to distinguish themselves so they can be easily identified by the populace as legitimate security forces.

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Building Pride and Awareness

Water to Benefit Afghan Security

Helping Afghan police secure their country

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The Afghan Provincial Response Company (PRC) is a highly-trained police unit, similar to SWAT here in the United States. These men, the best of the best of Afghan police, make the highest-risk arrests that ordinary police are not trained or equipped to do – dangerous work that is critical to creating a safe and secure Afghanistan. SoA's Chris Clary recently visited one of the PRC's newest camps with their US mentors in a hugely important area to see if we could help address a pressing need.

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Water to Benefit Afghan Security

Powering Education

US troops give Afghan students the tools they need to succeed

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Education is critical to the future of Afghanistan. It is the only way to help the next generation move past decades of conflict and extremism. US Army teams working in two important districts – one in the southeast, and the other in the east – are supporting the efforts of local educators to help their students learn. These two schools are unique in a couple of ways. First, they are focused on providing girls with the same access to education that their male counterparts enjoy (one school is all-female, the other is co-educational). Second, the surrounding communities have embraced the schools and have signaled they will protect them from Taliban threat. In rural, underdeveloped areas like these, this is a strong break from the past.

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Powering Education

Radio Builds Communication and Trust

A US team helps the Afghan government talk to its people

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Rugged, mountainous terrain can make communication challenging in Afghanistan. Often, the best way for the Afghan government to engage its people is through radio. In one key southeastern province, the US military advisory team is supporting the Provincial Governor with portable radio stations – simple broadcast setups that will allow him and his staff to reach roughly 85 percent of the population. This engagement, and the important information it will help the government share with its people, is especially critical in advance of national elections in April.

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Radio Builds Communication and Trust

Starting up a Wheelchair Business in Suriname

Help a US team care for the disabled and improve regional stability

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The Humanitarian Assistance Project (HAP) team at the US Embassy in Suriname, a small country on the northeast coast of South America, works to improve regional stability. They are particularly focused on the border area between Suriname and Guyana, a boundary demarcated by the Corentyne River. This region is economically underdeveloped, is inadequately served by government programs, and has historically been a conduit for criminal enterprise and other negative influences.

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Starting Up a Wheelchair Business in Suriname

Support for Disabled Syrian Refugees

Help an Army team assist the most vulnerable refugees in Jordan

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Refugees fleeing the catastrophic civil war in Syria are flooding into neighboring countries. The UN estimates that 550,000 Syrians and their families have crossed the border into Jordan alone. Of those half million-plus refugees, 112,000 have been given temporary shelter at the densely populated camp at Za'atari. Za'atari, originally set up in July 2012 to hold 100 families, is now the largest refugee camp in the Middle East.

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Support for Disabled Syrian Refugees

New Desk-Chairs for the Students of Uruzgan University

Help an Army advisor support higher education in rural Afghanistan

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Dan is an Army lieutenant colonel who serves as an advisor to the provincial government in Uruzgan province, a mountainous and rural region in the south-central part of Afghanistan. As part of his outreach to the provincial government, he has been working with the Director of Higher Education, who oversees the local—and only—university in the entire province.

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New Desk-Chairs for the Students of Uruzgan University

Playgrounds for Peace in Rural Colombia

Help US Army Civil Affairs teams help local youth build safe communities

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Colombia has been a long-time hub for narco-traffickers and extremist organizations. In rural communities throughout Colombia, US Army Civil Affairs teams have been partnering with Colombian security forces, local civic leaders, and a local non-governmental organization to support youth empowerment initiatives. Through its partnership with US Army Civil Affairs teams and the US Embassy, Colombia continues to make progress toward peace and reconciliation.

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Playgrounds for Peace in Rural Colombia

Saving New Mothers and their Children

Help lower mother and newborn mortality with birthing kits

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A US Army team in an eastern Afghan province is working with a marginalized minority community to improve the provision of basic services such as healthcare. Afghanistan has one of the highest infant and mother mortality rates in the world, and this community is particularly affected because it lacks access to even basic care. Newborn children and their mothers are dying from easily-preventable complications from childbirth.

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Saving New Mothers and their Children

Computer Education for At-Risk Youth in Guyana

Help the US Embassy's humanitarian team support a vulnerable community

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The US Embassy Guyana's Humanitarian Assistance Project, or HAP, is a small team of Americans that engages underserved communities throughout this at-risk South American country. Guyana borders Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname, but most of its people live on or near its Caribbean coast. The HAP team told Spirit of America that many of Guyana's communities are vulnerable to violent extremist organizations and trans-national organized crime syndicates. These communities are especially concerned about their youth being targeted for recruitment by nefarious organizations. Education of their children, they've told the HAP, is very important to deterring the influence of extremism and crime in their communities.

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Computer Education for At-Risk Youth in Guyana

Support Livestock Health & Security in West Africa

A US team counters extremism by helping people help themselves

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The US Army Civil Affairs Team in Mauritania is seeking to counter the influence of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), particularly in the isolated communities of eastern Mauritania, close to the border with Mali. The health, safety, and stability of these communities is currently under severe pressure from multiple threats, the most critical of which is the escalating fight against Islamic extremism in neighboring Mali. The impact of this conflict and the tens of thousands of refugees it has created, coupled with severe long term drought, has created significant food shortages that make this a particularly vulnerable area. The US Army Team accomplishes their counter-extremism mission by providing desperately needed humanitarian assistance to some of the most threatened villages in eastern Mauritania. They're focused on increasing food supplies -- by providing livestock & veterinary assistance -- that will result in more milk, more meat and more income for these poor communities.

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Support Livestock Health & Security in West Africa

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