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Today David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband all showed their love and pledged to tackle climate change.
Thanks to fantastic public support and pressure, the three party leaders have agreed to work together across party lines to tackle climate change. This is an unprecedented move.
If other countries follow this example, this could make an incredible difference to the future of our planet.
In the early years of his marriage, Darius supported his family by working as a tiler. Then disaster struck: he developed rheumatism in his knees, meaning he could no longer kneel on the floor to lay tiles. He was stuck at home for two months without work.
Then a friend told Darius about a vocational training centre run by Tearfund’s partner organisation near Cairo. The centre runs practical courses for people struggling with poverty and unemployment, enabling them to earn a healthy living.
Darius and Aziza were both accepted onto the centre’s training programme. She studied women’s hairdressing, while he trained as a barber. When they finish the course, they plan to set up a hairdressing business together in their home.
The couple can’t speak highly enough of the training centre and its staff. ‘When I came here it was as if heaven opened for me,’ says Darius. Aziza agrees: ‘Thank you for giving the people here the opportunity for a good future,’ she says.
‘Ayana’s mother refused to take care of her,’ the lady said. ‘She is homeless with nobody to look after her. Could you please find a new family for Ayana?’
Staff at the shelter were quick to take Ayana in. She was covered in dirt and sores, and hadn’t been given her childhood vaccinations. She had never been to school.
At first, life in the shelter was hard for Ayana. She found it difficult to relate to the other children, and was frightened, withdrawn and unfriendly. However, soon the atmosphere of love and care began to take effect. The staff gave Ayana the vaccinations and medical care she urgently needed. Before long she was smiling, singing and laughing with the support workers and other children – a real ray of light in the shelter.
A local family chose to adopt Ayana, and she is now happily placed in a loving home.
‘Ayana calls us very often and shares about her new life and how good it is to have a mum and dad.’ says Dinara, who works at the shelter.
However, Shazia’s father knew the value of education, and enrolled her in a school run by Tearfund’s partner, the Primary Education Project (PEP).
‘I remember my first day,’ Shazia says. ‘I was very shy and uncomfortable.’ She couldn’t speak in front of the class, and was reluctant to attempt any activity involving presenting or reading.
Her teacher, Mrs Bhatti, gently spurred her on, telling her that she could do anything if she believed in herself. Before long, Shazia was participating enthusiastically in her lessons. ‘As my teachers encouraged me, I felt like my fear ran away,’ she says.
Now, Shazia is not only a model pupil, but she is also working hard to promote learning in her village. It’s a very necessary task. ‘She is determined to spread the light of education among other people,’ says Mrs Bhatti.
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Tearfund is a Christian international aid and development agency working globally to end poverty and injustice, and to restore dignity and hope in some of the world’s poorest communities.
We operate in more than fifty countries around the world. As well as being present in disaster situations and recovery through our response teams, we speak out on behalf of poor people on the national and international stage by petitioning governments, campaigning for justice and raising the profile of key poverty issues wherever we can.
For more information visit. www.tearfund.org