Archive | June, 2011

Dirty water harms more than a person’s body

Dirty water normally is associated with worms and disease, and it’s true that it has devastating physical effects on those who drink it. But there’s more to the story…. To lack a reliable source of clean water also means spending hours and hours each week walking to a pond, natural spring or other source (sometimes […]

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Four causes of violence against women in the Dominican Republic

“Never before have I seen a woman that’s eight months pregnant killed by her husband, and then he shoots himself,” says Dr. Martha Butler de Lister, the FH country director for the Dominican Republic (D.R.). Martha grew up in the D.R., and she has noticed a rising trend in violence — violence against women in […]

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A Growing Recovery

Burundi women celebrate after training for better farming practices. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Burundians are returning home after a 12-year civil war. Farm land is now scarce in Burundi. More than 90 percent of Burundians are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Now, many live without the food they need to survive. The United […]

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Beauty in the Differently Abled

The Ashish Center seeks to work towards a society that views each person as a being of value and importance.  They work hard to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities as well as their families. Through an integral approach of intervention, they work for the learning and growth of each child […]

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270 Gallons of Water for a Cause

It’s Saturday morning and college students (yes, college students) are awake and carrying water for a cause.  Andrew Friedlund, a student at Albright College in Pennsylvania, hosted the second annual “Walk for Water” to raise funds for a new water well in Uganda. Participants carried jugs full of water for at least a mile.  To […]

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VIDEO – Living in community is a weapon against HIV/AIDS in Kenya

Take a 5-minute journey to the north of Kenya — to a town called Marsabit where HIV feeds off people’s extreme poverty, their lack of knowledge about the disease, and a negative social stigma against those who have it. In the unique culture of Marsabit, community is a powerful force. FH harnesses the power of community and […]

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Becoming a wife and a mother, while still a child – Part 2 (Child Brides)

“Early marriage in Mozambique is a form of sexual abuse,” says Halkeno Terfasa, FH program manager in Mozambique. Halkeno has worked with FH for more than five years. “I am saying this because, on marrying, a girl is expected to surrender her childhood and assume the role of a woman. This includes engaging in sexual relations […]

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VIDEO – Working together to save children’s lives through clean water

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under age 5. Watch this video featuring Karen Neiswender, FH health program support specialist, to learn how a simple water filter can prevent diarrhea and save lives. Help yourself to the details of this water-filter study in Bolivia by reading our blog posts: Part 1 and Part 2.

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What’s better than building a classroom for kids who desperately need it?

What is better than going into a community, finding 130 elementary-school students crammed together under deteriorating roofs, and building them brand-new classrooms?  Answer: Walking alongside that community’s leaders and families, providing encouragement and strategic support as they build their own classrooms. FH helps communities in extreme poverty access the resources needed to lift themselves out of poverty for […]

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