Archive | February, 2011

Urgent: Harness your right to speak up for the world’s poor

Congressional Budget Action Alert Public Policy & Advocacy Team Action Alert Content: Antonio, a farmer from northern Mozambique, has increased his income and livelihood through participation in FH food security programs. He has been able to grow peanuts, maize, rice, cow peas and sesame. Despite erratic rains that seriously impacted other farmers, Antonio sold some […]

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After nine years without clean, running water, “my kids can’t wait to take a shower”

This is a transcript of an interview between FH staff member Coraly Usnava and Arsenio Ignacio Salinas, a husband and father in a very poor, mountainous community in Peru. I love to read it and imagine the scene — the smile, maybe some birds chirping and kids running around. Oh, how I take for granted […]

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How to expand your mind in five minutes

If you have access to the Internet, the world is at your fingertips — we all know this. In poking around for just a few minutes, I learned some very interesting things about gender-based injustice: Worldwide, about one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Two-thirds of all nonliterates (people who can’t […]

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HIV-positive woman says, “I have completely changed, mentally and physically.”

In this post: Compassionate care as a tool to stop HIV/AIDS. “I have completely changed, mentally and physically. “I am helping others who are suffering from HIV. I discuss with my peers and neighbors about different issues. I encourage people to know their [HIV] status. I am serving as a model for the community. “People were expecting […]

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Should water be provided by the public or private sector?

We’ve talked a lot so far about the raw mechanics of finding, gathering and storing clean water in extremely remote places like Sololo, Kenya. But this article about the president of Bolivia got me thinking about how water is managed day-to-day once access to it is established. Most water distribution in developing countries is managed by the public sector, but […]

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It’s not easy being abstinent…my friends sometimes make fun of me…but I know I’m doing the right thing.

In this post: Prevention as a tool to stop HIV/AIDS. A new story from our amazing FH staff in Mozambique. Esmeralda is a young lady of 19 years. She participated in our HIV/AIDS programs in 2007 and voluntarily signed a pledge to be abstinent until marriage. Today, three years after signing her pledge, Esmeralda is very excited […]

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