|Home | Contact | Links | Feedback||
More than 30 years of war has turned Afghanistan from a country on the road to prosperity to a land dominated by druglords and fundamentalists, a land where women are treated worse then cattle.
Cambodia is recovering from decades of civil war and disruption but a significant number of its people still live in poverty, despite stellar economic growth. This is predominantly concentrated in rural areas where education, water & sanitation, healthcare and job opportunities are badly lacking.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, in alliance with the Cuban Children's Fund, is providing medical equipment for a children's hospital in Cuba. Because of continuing US trade sanctions against Cuba, access to a range of essentials including medicine and medical equipment remains a severe problem for the Cuban people.
While the violence and bloodshed which saw the birth of East Timor has ended, the struggle of the East Timorese people to rebuild their country as a peaceful, just and stable democracy is just beginning.
Aceh Program: 2 years after the tsunami of December 2004, which killed an estimated 167,000 people, many Acehnese communities are busy rebuilding their houses, schools and businesses. More than 400 NGOs are working with the Indonesian government in Aceh, and significant progress has been made in the reconstruction process, with 57,000 houses and 750 schools rebuilt, 324 health facilities repaired or rebuilt, and a significant increase in economic activity. The peace deal which was signed between the Indonesian Government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in August 2005 has seen a halt to 29 years of violence in the Province. Elections were held in Aceh in December 2006, with an ex-GAM leader, Irwandi Yusuf, elected as the new Governor.
Indonesia:The survival of democracy in Indonesia is important for workers, as the freedom to organise and bargain collectively is essential to win a living wage for workers. The economy collapsed in 1997 due to the corruption and excesses of the Soeharto regime. Today, over 50% of Indonesians are living below the poverty line, up from just 11% in 1997, and unemployment is between 20-30 million workers. Over 52% of the budget goes to debt repayments, leaving just 7% for education and health.
Visitors to Laos are often struck by its natural beauty, the hospitality of its people and its ‘Shangri La’ atmosphere, but the reality is Laos remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, partly as a legacy of becoming the most heavily bombed country on earth during the Vietnam War.
HIV is now widely recognised as one of the key threats to well being and development in southern Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, over 25 million people are HIV positive. Among workers in many sectors of the economy in southern Africa, a quarter or more have HIV. South Africa alone has almost 5 million people with HIV and the South African trade union federation, COSATU, has over 300,000 members with HIV. Every day the need for education, care and support programs becomes more urgent, as does the international campaign for access to treatments.
The coast of Sri Lanka was badly affected by the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has been working with our partners in both the north and soutern Sri Lanka to assist in the response to this devastating tragedy.
Few governments around the world match the Burmese military regime for repression. Opposition and dissent is brutally crushed, civil organisations such as trade unions suppressed, forced labour, slave labour and child labour is common, and the ruling military elite is noted for its corruption and involvement in the illicit drugs trade.
The Middle East
Recent years have seen increased conflict, causing suffering, fear, insecurity and poverty for millions of Palestinians and Israelis. The ongoing conflict can achieve nothing for an increasingly militarised Israeli society, and increasingly despondent and impoverished Palestinian communities.
The Pacific Islands, while boasting some of the region's most beautiful coastlines, have seen livelihoods and quality of life affected by histories of conflict and colonisation, with added contemporary pressures of increased urbanisation and unemployment, political instability, and changing livelihood environments as a result of population increases, logging, mining and climate change.
Almost 90% of total employment in the Philippines is in the informal sector of the economy - homebased workers and workers in micro-enterprises employing a maximum of 10 workers, usually subcontractors of big multinational firms or in agricultural work. This sector is overwhelmingly dominated by marginalised women and even children who work for irregular and insufficient incomes, face job insecurity and often inhumane working conditions. The Philippines' largest export earner is labour - over 1,000 Filipinos depart Manila for jobs overseas each day as domestic workers and seafarers.
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA and the Environment
A great deal of human activities and development impact upon the environment. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s Policy on the Environment defines the environment as everything that “directly impacts upon the life support systems on which people rely for their survival and development.” The fact that Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has many past and current projects which have an environmental base reflects Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s commitment to ecologically sustainable development.
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA has been working in Vietnam since 1985, through partnerships with local organisations in both remote and poor provinces as well as some of the big industrial areas and export zones.
|Home | Contact | Links | Feedback | Privacy|