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Baby Trafficking Rises in Nigeria

A s 16-year-old Maria strained under the anguish of labour in southeastern Nigeria, a midwife repeatedly slapped her across the face - but the real ordeal began minutes after birth.

"The nurse took my child away to be washed. She never brought her back," the teenager said, gazing down at her feet.
Maria said she learned her newborn daughter had been given up for adoption for which she received 20,000 naira ($65.79) - the same price as a 50 kilogram bag of rice.

Farmers Back to Work After Little Showers

Residents in the city of Bulawayo returned to the fields on Monday after some little showers pounded the country’s second largest city on Sunday, hoping to take advantage of the rain season to produce food which has turned inaccessible to many.
 
Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings - once the country’s industrial hub - have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.
 

Church Alliance for Social Transformation: Community Development Manager

Church Alliance for Social Transformation (CAST) (finding solutions together), is a KwaZulu-Natal based nonprofit organisation mobilising Churches to combat poverty. CAST’s mission is to mobilise and align local churches to reach out in practical compassion to empower, transform and redeem communities. CATS is passionated about ‘moving beyond charity’ in all of our ministry programmes. The organisation operates in partnerships in seven communities in KwaZulu-Natal, and have five main ministries.

World Bank Supports Mozambique’s Efforts to Increase Food Security

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit in the amount of US$50 million to boost Mozambique's efforts to increase access to food and better nutrition for its people, and to promote market-based agriculture and private sector investment.

This financing is the second of a series of three agriculture budget support operations that finance a medium-term agriculture sector reform program in Mozambique.

IkamvaYouth: District Coordinator

IkamvaYouth is a township-based volunteer programme that gets learners out of poverty and into university has once again shown that transformation is possible, despite the odds.

IkamvaYouth seeks to appoint a District Coordinator, based in Western Cape.

This social entrepreneur must be passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities, and want to make a difference. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in a by-youth for-youth education movement that empowers young people to take their futures into their own hands.

University Research South Africa: Programme Manager

University Research South Africa (URSA) is a nonprofit organisation with an overall mission to build on and extend the reach of high quality interventions designed to help countries in Southern Africa meet their most pressing health challenges. URSA’s various partners in and around Southern Africa include Ministries of Health, Developmental organizations, Local health authorities and community organisations.
 

UK Donates Funds for Flood Victims in Malawi

The British government has activated the Start Funds amounting to MK244 million (£350 000) to help ‘people affected by the Malawi floods to access food, shelter, water and sanitation services’.

In a statement, head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Malawi, Jen Marshall, states that London was deeply saddened of the situation in Malawi, adding that “The UK [United Kingdom] is working with the UN and International NGOs [non-governmental organisations] to support the Government of Malawi's response."

IkamvaYouth: Branch Coordinator - Masi

IkamvaYouth is a township-based volunteer programme that gets learners out of poverty and into university has once again shown that transformation is possible, despite the odds.

IkamvaYouth seeks to appoint a Branch Coordinator, based in Masiphumelele, Western Cape.

The social entrepreneur must be passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities, and wants to make a difference. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in a by-youth for-youth educational movement that empowers young people to take their futures into their own hands.

Adequate Funding Needed for Poverty Survey

Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA) poverty survey will cost taxpayers R120 million, with the biggest chunk to be spent on the salaries of 551 temporary field workers, and on printing and transport.

Stats SA manager for household surveys, Moses Mnyaka, says the agency has asked the Treasury for R200 million for the Living Conditions Survey 2014-2015 but, because of austerity measures, a lesser amount had been approved.

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