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Enabling Community Engagement by Supporting Partners in Niger

Winning the people in the population-centric fight against Boko Haram 

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2015 brought a dramatic increase in Boko Haram violence to Niger. The southern Diffa Region was particularly hit hard, as Boko Haram militants easily moved across the porous Nigeria-Niger border from their remote forest hideouts, especially in the dry season when the Komadugu Yobe River is at its lowest. Suicide bombings, attacks where women and children are burned alive in their homes, and other unthinkable horrors have become almost regular occurrences in many vulnerable frontier villages. The Nigerien military (FAN) is fighting back with the help of their US advisors but there remains a lot to be done. While the US is not at war in southern Niger, our African partners most certainly are.

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Enabling Community Engagement by Supporting Partners in Niger

Help Defeat Al-Shabaab

Support civil-military capacity building and development in Somalia 

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In the past, the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of Southern Somalia and Eastern Kenya made it a travel destination. There were safaris in the highland plains and beach resorts along the island-dotted coast. In addition to the tourism trade, many local people made a living via traditional subsistence farming and pastoralism lifestyles. Unfortunately, over the past twenty years the area has been affected by instability, terrorism, drought, and endemic poverty. The latest round of violence is being wrought by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked terror group with roots in Somalia who, until recently, controlled large swathes of Somalia and routinely sent fighters into northeastern Kenya.

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Bringing Water to a Remote Desert Community

Help a US Team restore running water to a vulnerable Chadian village 

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Among the searing heat, craggy rock formations, and sand of Chad's Sahara Desert lies Bardai. A literal oasis, the small town with a population of around 1500 is the main population center in the remote far north of Chad's Tibesti Region and a hub for the Toubou tribes that operate throughout the tri-border area of Chad, Libya, and Niger.

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Bringing Water to a Remote Desert Community

Helping Victims of War in Georgia

Support an Army team's efforts to aid refugees 

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Georgia, a former Soviet republic of 3.8 million people in the Caucasus region that straddles Europe and Asia, is a key partner of the United States. It has made, as a percentage of its population, the highest contribution to the coalition missions in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, and it is a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace program.

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Helping Victims of War in Georgia

First Radio Station for Ukrainian Soldiers

Support US-backed efforts to provide information to the front lines

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Ukraine, a strategic partner of the United States, is in a war against Russian-backed separatists in its eastern provinces. Russia annexed the entire Crimean Peninsula last year, and its forces are supporting continued conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, or provinces, to this day. Left unstopped, this conflict could have major implications for the US-led NATO alliance.

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First Radio Station for Ukrainian Soldiers

Bringing Communities Together in Kenya

Help US teams strengthen communities and government linkages

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Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliated violent extremist organization, has been terrorizing southern and central Somalia for years. Recently, successful military operations by African Union forces have pushed many Al-Shabaab fighters out of Somalia and into Kenya; forcing them into areas that are difficult for friendly forces to access, such as the Boni Forest that straddles the Somalia-Kenya border.

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Bringing Communities Together in Kenya

Building Friendships & Goodwill in Agadez, Niger

Help a US Army team prevent radicalization and recruitment from al-Qaeda

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Today, the same geographic location that has made Agadez an important commercial hub for centuries also makes it strategically important in the fight against violent extremism in North and West Africa. Preventing recruitment and radicalization of its youth, providing positive outlets for their energy, and building rapport and trust with the local population and leaders will allow US teams and their Nigerien partners to staunch the spread of extremism and violence into this critically important city and the surrounding area.

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Building Friendships & Goodwill in Agadez, Niger

Medical Training For Rural Cambodia

Help a US Civil Affairs team build healthier communities in rural Cambodia 

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The Khmer Islam people of Cambodia are one of the most vulnerable populations in South East Asia. Isolated due to their Muslim faith, they have been subject to persecution for centuries. Historically, they have been persecuted by the Cambodian government and, more recently, neglected by many of the international organizations that provide aid to the region.

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Medical Training For Rural Cambodia

Healing Vulnerable Hondurans

Help a US team provide medical aid to locals 

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Honduras has one of the world's highest murder rates in the world. The country's violence is fueled by international criminal organizations and street gangs. In addition, half the country's population lives below the poverty line, with half of that group considered to be surviving in extreme poverty.

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Healing Vulnerable Hondurans

Help US troops Save Lives in Ukraine

First aid kits are needed now

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Ukraine, a strategic partner of the United States, has been destabilized by a Russian-backed separatist movement for the last two years. This conflict, characterized by sensational events like Russia's annexation of Crimea and the downing of a Malaysian airliner, has serious repercussions for international security and stability. Some 7,000 people have already been killed in the fighting, and Russian-supported troops have pushed far into the country. Accordingly, the United States and NATO allies are supporting the Ukrainian government's efforts to secure its people and prevent further Russian territorial expansion.

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Help US troops save lives in Ukraine

Educational Supplies for Isolated Peruvian Children

Help a US team build bonds between local law enforcement and vulnerable communities in the Andes 

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The Monzon Valley in the jungle region of Peru is austere and isolated, yet breathtakingly beautiful. However, the people there live in the vicious grip of the drug trade. Up until very recently, narco-traffickers, or cocaleros, were the authorities in the region, not the Peruvian government.

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Educational Supplies for Isolated Peruvian Children

Counter-Boko Haram Leadership Summit

Help a US team support grassroots efforts to strengthen communities and counter Boko Haram's violence and extremism 

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Located in the hot and dry southeastern corner of the world's least developed nation, Niger's Diffa Region is struggling to deal with Boko Haram violence and the thousands of refugees spilling across its southern border from Nigeria. Already afflicted by a harsh climate and staggering poverty, the region is ill-equipped to deal with this new and escalating threat, especially the most vulnerable and remote villages located along the border with Nigeria. Boko Haram's recent pledge of allegiance to ISIS makes the situation even more dire and concerning for the United States.

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Counter-Boko Haram Leadership Summit

Promoting Peace and Security in Lebanon

Support US personnel in their efforts against a humanitarian aid crisis 

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In 1975, Beirut was torn in half by one of the twentieth century's bloodiest civil conflicts. Since then, the path to peace has been littered with obstacles due to sectarian violence. Now, instability is increasing at an alarming rate because of the Syrian civil war, the recent rise of the so-called Islamic State, and the massive influx of refugees stemming from those events.

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Promoting Peace and Security in Lebanon

Creating a Safe Place for Children to Learn

Help a US Army team improve a school in Kosovo 

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A US team in Kosovo has identified a critical local need. They're working in a remote yet important southern community whose population is vulnerable to influence by criminal enterprise and Islamic extremism. The town's school is in need of repair, as its grounds are unsafe for children - the slope in the playground collapses constantly, exposing roots and other debris that can cause serious injuries. As a result, local children lack a safe place to congregate.

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Creating a Safe Place for Children to Learn

Stop Boko Haram

Support US efforts to help protect vulnerable communities 

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Over the past few years, the extremist group Boko Haram has terrorized the greater Lake Chad Basin of West Africa. The group has tortured, kidnapped, and killed innocent civilians in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. In the last twelve months alone, Boko Haram's activities have been characterized by sensational acts of violence and terrorism such as the kidnapping of hundreds of young girls, suicide attacks in busy markets, and a pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State.

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Protecting those on the Front Lines Against Boko Haram

Literacy and Gender Equality in Cambodia

Information Support Team Soldiers work to expand a successful program 

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The Cham people of Cambodia have a unique language, culture, and history. Their language and culture are passed from generation to generation, but the traditional script and tradition of literacy are at risk of disappearing, particularly after being suppressed during the period of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge when hundreds of thousands of Cambodians were murdered. Sponsored by the US Embassy, the Cham Heritage Expansion Program aims at recovering Cham literacy and has strong component of gender equality in recruiting and training teachers, which helps counter outdated notions about the place of women in schools and gives them equal standing to men, both as students and as teachers.

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Literacy and Gender Equality in Cambodia

Help Stop the Islamic State

Support one of America’s strongest partners in the Middle East

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Over the past year and a half, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has emerged as one of the most brutal extremist organizations in the world. The group has conquered large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, subjecting the people living in those areas to unspeakable acts of cruelty. Rape, enslavement, torture, and brutal executions, not to mention the destruction of priceless antiquities, have been the hallmarks of this ruthless organization.

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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

Countering Extremism through Opportunity

Spirit of America and Army teams give 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 in the heart of the Sahara Desert is the poorest countries in the world. Plagued by endemic poverty, rampant desertification, high birth/mortality rates, a lack of economic opportunity, and threats from extremist groups like Boko Haram, ISIS, al Qaeda, and others, the UN ranks Niger last in its annual Human Development Index rankings.

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Countering Extremism through Opportunity

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