Building on 10 prior years of success of the Arms of Love ILP program, Love Forward launched its inaugural programs in Nicaragua, the Philippines, and India in 2018 and was sponsoring about 40 students in local universities by the fall of 2018. 


A country of incredible beauty with people known for their warmth and hospitality, Nicaragua blends many different cultures and influences.  Unfortunately, a history of military conflicts and natural disasters contributed to Nicaragua becoming the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Nicaragua has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Latin America, and the country has struggled to protect young women from gender-based violence.


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The Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelago nations with a rich diversity of people groups. Although the Philippines has experienced significant economic growth, poverty remains widespread in the Philippines. There are significant gender inequalities that result from financial dependency, unemployment, lack of educational attainment, and a patriarchal culture, and the Philippines remains an international hub for prostitution and commercial sex tourism.


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Kolkata (Calcutta) is the third most-populous metropolitan area in India. Kolkata was the center for the movement that led to India’s independence in 1947, but it subsequently suffered from decades of economic decline. Kolkata’s economy is now rebounding, but the 2017 World Economic Report ranks India at 139 out of 144 countries for economic participation and opportunity for women, and Kolkata is the home to Asia's largest red light district.


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Strategically located along the Silk Road in South Asia, Afghanistan has witnessed numerous military campaigns from Alexander the Great to the the U.S.-led campaign in 2001. Despite significant progress since then, Afghanistan's Gender Inequality Index remains the second lowest in the world and significant barriers remain to the education of women and girls. Details regarding our work in Afghanistan are not shared through our website.

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