Transforming Lives

Tania Khatun and her children enjoy watching the solar-powered television.

Tania Khatun and her family have seen their quality of life improve at the flip of a switch. No longer in the dark, she and her children are enjoying cooler nights and more enjoyable and productive evenings thanks to the sun’s rays collected through new solar panels.

Narat Suchartsunthorn participates in a workplace simulation to apply classroom skills in a real world situation.

Classroom instruction doesn’t always prepare students for real world work challenges and conditions, but universities and vocational colleges in Asia’s Lower Mekong subregion are staying ahead of the curve. They are bringing industry and technology into the schools.

Two Urumarave villagers measure a tree in the conservation area of their village in Papua New Guinea.

Despite a lack of electricity or running water, nine communities in Papua New Guinea’s Almami area of Madang province are taking charge of their environment and providing an example to other communities and their government on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Chinneth Cheng speaks at an Equality in Climate Change training in Vientiane, Laos.

The eldest of three daughters, she grew up in a farming family near the Mekong River in Cambodia. Doem Sdao, a rural, agricultural community, was poor and isolated. Cheng never heard of gender equality until she was recruited to join the Cambodia Ministry of Women’s Affairs in 2007. Her education in law and development cooperation led her superiors to give her a leadership position on gender and climate change.

Students Plant Tech Seeds for Development Solutions

Arnon Boonyapravase fends off jokes from friends who wonder what on earth he printed out on his 3D printer. “Some say it is a pregnancy test. Others say it is a breathalyzer,” he said.

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Last updated: March 29, 2016

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