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When is “it’s just cultural” not an excuse for allowing injustice?

While helping a community emerge from extreme poverty, FH always strives to preserve that community’s unique culture and traditions. There are times, however, when traditions probably should change. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a tradition practiced mainly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It is widely condemned as a violation of human rights along […]

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VIDEO: A story of love, service and our hope in Christ

I love true stories, and I love stories that give a glimpse into God’s kingdom to come. If you read our last Poverty 180: Education post, you were introduced to Elim Christian Services — a group of disabled adults who not only assemble school kits for children born into extreme poverty; through a partnership with FH, […]

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How a toilet can display the love of Christ

In the last Poverty 180: Water post, we saw the strong link between good hygiene, clean water and physical health. In discussions about clean water, improved sanitation is a major player. The World Health organizationdiscusses the two together and says that while safe drinking water is becoming more accessible worldwide, we still have a long way to […]

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Stopping the real killer of AIDS patients

You probably already know that AIDS doesn’t technically kill a person; rather, it cripples a person’s immune system so much that other deadly diseases or infections easily grab hold. In reality, worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) is the leading killer of persons infected with HIV (source). Here in the U.S., we very rarely hear about TB — […]

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Bullies couldn’t stop her from succeeding

This story comes from David Burton, international communications officer for FH/Bangladesh Ayesha is 14 years old and is part of the Boilor community in Trishal, near Mymensingh in northern Bangladesh. She is in grade 7. In its strategic programs, FH focuses on the whole family, helping families experience transformation and seeing them help themselves to […]

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Americans with disabilities help send children in extreme poverty to school

In many cases, the only thing standing between children born into extreme poverty and their education is a simple set of school supplies. It’s not that poor communities don’t have school supplies; rather, they might cost the equivalent of one or two days’ work, and in that case, it’s easy to see why the poorest […]

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VIDEO: How to cut diarrhea-related deaths in half (hint: it’s something you do every day)

If you care about clean water and are concerned for the 1.1 billion people right now who don’t have it, you probably also know that every day, about 6,000 people (mostly children under 5) die from diarrhea-related diseases (source). The World Health Organization says half of those lives could be saved just by handwashing. In Mozambique and […]

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Together for Adoption Conference

Join FH staff and advocates at the Together for Adoption Conference on October 21-22 in Phoenix, Arizona. Breakout sessions from FH include… – Orphans Overcoming Poverty with Wendy McMahan Breakout Session 1, Friday, October 21, 10:45 am Room 214 – The Status of Ethiopian Orphans with Dawit Kassaye Breakout Session 3, Friday, October 21, 1:00 pm Room […]

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Why men are lining up in droves to be circumcised

In a recent report from FH field staff in Kenya, one of the challenges listed to FH’s new Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision program was that every day, there was a long line of men waiting for the procedure–more men than the project could handle. The World Health Organization reports that circumcision lowers by about 60 percent the risk of […]

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The power of God’s Word heals families

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Ethel, Edwin and their three daughters might not be a whole family today, were it not for the Word of God being injected into […]

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