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Bangladesh

While Bangladesh has made great progress in recent years to increase female representation in parliament, traditional attitudes mean women remain less likely to be in work or earn as much as men.

Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, following four decades of conflict and instability. We work with YMCA to help street children get the knowledge and skills to improve their lives.

Guatemala

As Guatemala recovers from a long internal conflict, young people continue to face high levels of crime and violence. By using sports and arts, we help young people to reduce the violence in their communities.

India

In India, young people are among the most likely groups to be unemployed and are most at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

Indonesia

With support from Y Care International, Medan YMCA responded to the tsunami in the island’s capital, Aceh, and on the tiny island of Nias.

Laos

Y Care International supported work in Laos from 2000-2011 in partnership with the YMCA for Northern Development Foundation in Thailand.

Liberia

Young people in Liberia have grown up in a country scarred by civil war. The conflict claimed more than 200,000 lives and destroyed the economy, the education system, and most of the country’s infrastructure.

Madagascar

Madagascar may be one of the richest environments on the planet for wildlife, but for many of its people, life is a daily struggle.

Myanmar

After more than four decades of oppression under military rule, Myanmar (also known as Burma) has adopted a new constitution and is following a path to democracy for its 53.7 million people.

Nicaragua

Although Nicaragua has seen higher levels of growth than many countries in Latin America, it remains the poorest country in the region.

Pakistan

With women facing early forced marriage and honour killings, Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be born female.

Peru

Between 1993 and 2009, Y Care International worked in partnership with Peru YMCA to increase access to the health, education and employment needs of a community of refuse sorters

Philippines

On Friday 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines leaving thousands in desperate need of emergency support and many areas devastated by the impacts.

Senegal

Between the 16th and 19th Centuries, Senegal was the departure point for thousands of slaves making the gruelling voyage to the US and Europe. Today, many young people choose to make the arduous journey to Europe, risking their lives as they migrate from Senegal in search of a better life.

South Africa

With one of the most progressive constitutions in the world South Africa has made striking progress since apartheid ended. National elections have been held successfully, and all people have at least some say in their country’s future.

South Sudan

In 2005, Sudan emerged from a 21-year civil war causing thousands of vulnerable young people and their families to flee their homes into neighbouring countries.

Sri Lanka

Y Care International works with the Sri Lanka YMCA to support young people by helping them learn trades or set up businesses.

Syria

The conflict in Syria has resulted in over nine million people in need of support. Three million of these are living in hard to reach areas inside Syria.

Thailand

Y Care International worked in partnership with Chiang Mai YMCA which ran a project to support vulnerable young people who live and work on the streets.

The Gambia

We’ve worked with the YMCA to support vulnerable young people secure a livelihood through vocational and entrepreneurship training, and business start-up support.

Togo

With a population that is predominantly young and rural, it is apt that the green stripes of Togo’s flag symbolise hope and agriculture. Yet poverty remains widespread and poor governance continues to hamper efforts to end it.

Zambia

Zambia is now classed as a middle income country, but many families continue to face a daily struggle against rising food prices, poverty, and weak governance.

Zimbabwe

After years of political and social instability, Zimbabwe’s economy has been devastated. Most workers remain in insecure employment and take home less than $2 a day – barely enough to pay for everyday essentials.