Transforming Lives

Zahra Daher displays a picture used in HIV/AIDS training.

“When we first started talking about HIV and AIDS, people would throw stones at us and chase us away,” says Zahra Daher. “It was as if by telling them about it we were bringing them the infection.”

Future site of a new health center in Djibouti.

This new building sits on the site of a groundbreaking public-private partnership.

Efficiency of one stop centers

Charles Majura used to spend days speeding through the congested streets of Dar es Salaam on his motorbike collecting stamps from various government offices spread around town. Even when he found the proper office, he couldn’t be confident that the government officer would be there.

Traditional weaving targeting the export market

Selamawit Teklu lives on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a town known for the high numbers of traditional weavers from southern Ethiopia settling there. Traditional weavers are respected for their skills and tradition, yet Teklu and her neighbors are viewed as social outcasts with little upward mobility.

Retrak is helping street children in East Africa, like the young boy above, by placing them with caring families or empowering t

Children face a host of vulnerabilities. Those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS may be among the most vulnerable, and many of them have the potential to end up living on the streets outside of family care. These children are also often the most difficult to reach with services.


Last updated: July 31, 2017

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