RET Youth Ambassador EZNUR TOPRAK at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 RET Youth Ambassador & youth peer-facilitator Eznur Toprak (25) addressing the international communities and stakeholders at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 – YOUTH4Peace session.  Eznur shared the challenges she faced as a young woman in her community and asserted on the active and centralContinue reading “Youth4Peace”

Obidullah’s Story: Healing after a break in Education

A resident of the Parwan province, Obidullah started his studies with enthusiasm and commitment. However, his financial situation and security problems blocked his path. Obidullah has always been ambitious and eager to make progress. Even in the face of these problems, he decided to participate in Afghanistan’s matriculation exam to study journalism at Parwan University.Continue reading “Obidullah’s Story: Healing after a break in Education”

Sharifa’s Story: 
The triumph of a female entrepreneur

Sharifa’s story bears witness to the power of resilience and how much a woman can accomplish in the face of adversity. She is an entrepreneur whose triumphs are bigger than the problems surrounding her exile.  Having fled to Iran from Afghanistan 10 years ago, Sharifa didn’t have any opportunities to speak of. She had toContinue reading “Sharifa’s Story: 
The triumph of a female entrepreneur”

Shining light on talents & cultivating a culture of Professionalism

How RET Germany’s Job Counseling Program in Afghanistan reinforces the success of educational and vocational training components, elevating participants from dependency to self-reliance.  For years, Afghanistan’s economy has been characterized by an aid-induced, and therefore fragile, stability. Agriculture, whose performance lies at the Centre of the country’s economy, is at the mercy of the climateContinue reading “Shining light on talents & cultivating a culture of Professionalism”

Stepping into a New Life

How the lives of former child and adolescent soldiers are transformed at RET Germany’s CTO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered from an almost permanent state of conflict for more than two decades. From the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed 800,000 lives and caused a floodContinue reading “Stepping into a New Life”

Breaking the Cycle of Violence with the Power of Creativity

Esengo, who started his own awareness-raising theatre troupe COTHEF PAIX (Compagnie Théatrale Freres de la Paix) after completing his orientation at the CTO, recounts how he decided to become a part of an armed group when tribal clashes dragged his village into disorder. He later witnessed his life being plagued by violence, malnutrition and drug abuse.  Esengo’s lifeContinue reading “Breaking the Cycle of Violence with the Power of Creativity”