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Overcoming the impossible in the dry hills of Kenya

Sometimes, a problem is so formidable that it’s hard ever to imagine a solution for it. This may have been how families felt in Parkishon, Northern Kenya before FH convinced them they could overcome once very essential problem: access to clean water. Eight hours. That’s how long Parkishon’s women and children used to walk to get […]

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Striving to help mothers give birth to an HIV-free generation

“I think this is one of the best things we could ever do for HIV; it’s one of the most successful prevention methods,” says FH’s HIV/AIDS programs coordinator, Kim Buttonow, MPH. “You can have an HIV-free generation.” By expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), children of HIV-positive mothers actually could choose whether to protect […]

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What do actress Anne Hathaway and this Kenyan armed guard have in common?

They each have different genders, different skin colors, different languages, and very different day-to-day lives. But both Anne Hathaway and the armed guard below know that women and girls in Northern Kenya are in danger–they desperately need to be protected, especially during this time of extreme drought. This man stands guard as women and girls […]

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Babies benefit when their mothers learn about exclusive breastfeeding

In Northern Kenya, an area currently suffering from extreme drought and lack of food, mothers are experiencing what a difference breastfeeding makes for their infants. In the U.S., exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t mean the difference between life and death, but it can in places where clean water is scarce and baby formula doesn’t exist. “When I compare Luko […]

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Celebrating World Water Week

If you’re really into following water issues around the world, you probably already know this week isWorld Water Week: a gathering of more than 2,600 humanitarians and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden. They’ll be discussing ideas for sustainable, long-term solutions to modern issues like water scarcity and access to sanitation, particularly in urban environments. The goal […]

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Helping families in Kenya adapt to drought, using their own resources

In the desperately dry deserts of Northern Kenya, thousands of people have found themselves dependent on foreign aid for food in recent years. FH is teaching families how to use what they already have in a way that will ensure their survival and even prosperity in the midst of extreme drought and an unpredictable climate. […]

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A smorgasbord of good news about beating HIV/AIDS

Throw a dart at this infograph, The Changing Face of AIDS, and you’ll learn something encouraging about humankind’s efforts to rid ourselves of the HIV virus.  Some exciting highlights: AIDS-related deaths peaked in 2004 and have been declining ever since. The use of anti-retroviral therapy (drugs to slow the progression of HIV) has significantly increased in […]

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Drought crisis in Horn of Africa unabated

This article was originally published by Mission Network News.  To read the article in its original format, please visit: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16090.   Kenya (MNN) – Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing famine and fighting in Somalia are arriving in Kenya where refugee camps are now reaching capacity. In a press briefing Friday, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the […]

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FH Ethiopia Responds to DROUGHT

Ato Abuta Kotalo, age 35, is struggling to feed his family of eight.  Even in normal times, Ato Abuta struggles daily to provide for his family, and the drought has only worsened their vulnerability.  In order to survive, Ato Abuta sold his only source of livelihood, two sheep, in order to purchase food for his […]

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What a world of difference clean water will make

“I can’t compare it, for the difference is huge,” says Fetiya, a mother of three in Ethiopia. ”I used to get water from a distant, unprotected spring after walking about 30 minutes. And sometimes when I got busy, I fetched water from an unclean river relatively close to my house. Hence, my kids suffered from recurrent water-borne […]

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