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Focusing on young people is key to stopping the AIDS pandemic

AIDS orphans are so abundant in our world that many people recognize today, May 7, as World AIDS Orphans Day. There are some 15 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa alone and, over the past few weeks, we've highlighted a few of them in our Poverty 180 blog. In case you missed it, click here […]

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Empowering resource-poor families to send their children to school

They moved from their impoverished hometown to the crowded, almost-12-million-person capital city of Metro Manila in search of a better life. Finding Manila's high cost of living too impossible, they moved again to San Roque, a coastal neighborhood about 10 miles outside the city. Settling there was illegal, but it was better than going all […]

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Breaking the bonds of child slavery

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners….”  Isaiah 61:1 She never smiled, talked or played. She never had […]

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One in three people lives without a toilet

Some people consider toilets dirty — their germs dangerous. But others see them as icons of health that actually save lives. Today, a full 36 percent of the world's population lives without a toilet, says the newest data from theWorld Health Organization. That's one in three. This lack of sanitation is the primary cause of […]

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All on their own — A family of HIV-positive AIDS orphans

It's hard for me to imagine a situation more desperate than a child born with a deadly disease — the same disease that killed both her parents. canexback At age 13, Mihiret assumed the role of mother over her two younger siblings aged 9 and 7. AIDS consumed both of these children's parents, and all […]

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Sustaining communities and forests at the same time

In one of the driest parts of Kenya, FH helped people in one community gain better access to clean water while, at the same time, protecting the environment on which their very lives depend. HTTP://WWW.CANEXBACK.COM/ Years ago, the Arapal community settled on Kulal mountain, right in the middle of the forest next to a freshwater […]

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Angel, age 24 — first in his community to reach college

I was a sponsored child with Food for the Hungry. I grew up in the community of Saraxoch, in Guatemala. My parents never went to school, and they always struggled to find stable work, but they made my education a priority. That's why I studied hard to prove to them that they were not wasting […]

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Ugandan orphan determined to cure AIDS

Many people are crushed by adversity, but some harness it to fuel their dreams. “I will be a medical doctor,” says Joel who, at age 10, grieved the deaths of both his parents. “I wish to establish this drug that will cure AIDS. It has taken many people, including some of my relatives.” When Food […]

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Celebrate World Water Day with us!

Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Isaiah 12:5 It's fitting that we should celebrate World Water Day in the same month as we celebrate reaching a related Millennium Development Goal three years early. The goal, set in September 2000, was to cut in half […]

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Men lead the charge to protect women and girls from violence

When talking about gender-based injustice, it's easy to start forming the idea that one gender is good, and the other is bad. But our world is more complex than that, and we have to be careful not to get too dogmatic. In fact, in some instances where girls are systematically abused, it's often the mothers […]

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