Sumit Galhotra

Recovering from Nepal’s Earthquakes, Two Years Later: Part I

As we mark two years since Nepal’s devastating earthquakes, we draw inspiration from the brave responders who rushed to the frontlines of relief efforts despite suffering personal losses and setbacks. Today, these leaders continue to help their communities get back on their feet and rebuild the country—brick by brick, village after village. The April 2015 …Read More

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Haiti’s Road to Recovery Six Months after Hurricane Matthew

  Coastal homes reduced to rubble, acres of land covered with toppled trees, walls bearing high water marks left behind by floods—these are common sights across Haiti’s devastated southern peninsula in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which struck six months ago today. The storm made landfall during the early hours of October 4, 2016. Powerful …Read More

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Fighting LGBTI Discrimination and Violence in El Salvador

Daniela Rodriguez. Yasuri Orellana. Elizabeth Castillo. These are the names of the three transgender women who were brutally slain last month in El Salvador. The string of murders made headlines and raised questions about the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country. Although the government of El Salvador does not track …Read More

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Sebastián’s Courageous Journey

All of his friends were moving on with their lives and heading off to college, but Sebastián Flores Cerritos felt stuck. Sebastián felt he couldn’t embark on his own journey until he could live a life true to himself. In 2010, he summoned the courage to tell his parents that he felt deeply uncomfortable in …Read More

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Building Resilience in the Wake of Adversity: AJWS Trains Advocates from across Asia on Disaster Response

  Earlier this month, AJWS brought together 34 activists from 17 human rights organizations in five countries for a workshop on disaster response. The participants—many of them respected human rights leaders in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Burma and the Philippines—had been on the frontlines of relief efforts during catastrophes like the earthquakes that struck Nepal …Read More

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Rising Above the Rubble: Stories of Hope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Françoise’s story When you walk into what remains of Françoise Inocent’s ravaged cement home—remnants of a stairway at the front, steel rods and slabs of walls still standing, and mounds of rubble, all exposed to the open skies—it’s hard not to lose morale. Hurricane Matthew wrecked thousands of homes like this, robbing countless Haitians of …Read More

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