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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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Step into the classroom with victims of gender-based injustice

At the New Life Center, female victims of injustice receive holistic, Christ-centered care. This includes basic education, which takes place in these classrooms at the New Life Center compound in Northern Uganda. Pauline (seated in the white chair) teaches at the Center and has worked with FH for several years. Many of her students never have been […]

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How this month likely will change the future of education in South Sudan

It’s been quite a month for South Sudanese living in various countries around the world; this month could change everything for them. Between January 9 and 15, they went to the polls to give an opinion on whether the South should formally split from the North. The final tally is to be announced in the middle of […]

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Five ways to stop HIV/AIDS

It is the pandemic of the century, but it is not unbeatable. FH fights HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Haiti. In the last five years, FH staff have reached more than 1.5 million youth and adults with messages of prevention, and they have provided care for more than 5,000 orphans and vulnerable […]

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How to collect *clean* water in a desert on top of a rock

Question: How do you provide a steady supply of clean water to about 1,500 people in this type of environment…. Annual rainfall is about 12-18 inches Sits atop bedrock, making a traditional borehole-style well impossible Nearest possible borehole location is about 47 miles away During the dry season, there may be 6 months without a drop […]

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Mom Keeps Family Healthy During Cholera Outbreak

In October 2010, a cholera epidemic spread through Haiti killing 3,300 and infecting more than 30,000 people. The island’s capital of Port-au-Prince, devastated by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake 10 months earlier, still lay in ruins with broken sewage lines, water pipes, buildings and roads. Having no prior exposure to cholera, Haitians feared the disease.  People […]

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