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Becoming a wife and a mother, while still a child – Part 1

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be born a girl — a girl born into poverty versus one born into wealth — and how incredibly different their paths can be. We've examined in recent posts how gender-based injustice inhibits a girl's chances at getting education, having a voice in society, protecting her own […]

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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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Committed caregiver makes all the difference for woman suffering from AIDS

In rural parts of Africa, it can be a struggle for HIV-positive people to access antiretroviral (ARV) therapy — drugs that extend and improve the quality of life. To those who can get the drugs, however, a possibly even bigger hurdle is to take them on a perfect schedule. If not adhered to correctly, the […]

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HIV education not only saves lives — it strengthens marriages

When FH teaches married couples about marital faithfulness as a way to protect oneself from HIV, other wonderful results often pop up. Here is testimony from a man in Mozambique who, along with his wife, participated in FH's prevention programs which include lessons on non-verbal communication, conflict resolution and child rearing.  From left: Antonio and […]

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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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Reflections on winning the lottery

A few days ago, I had the privilege of snuggling a 2-day-old baby girl–the first child of two of my good friends. The house was filled with joy as they praised God for this new creation and hurried to swaddle her in a soft blanket while she screamed her lungs out. I thanked God for […]

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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 of water for at least a mile.  To gather […]

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Celebrating the world’s newest country, South Sudan

It’s going to be one epic party tomorrow as the people of South Sudan bask in their new-found, long-awaited freedom. A tribeswoman prepares for the July 9 celebrations (photo from International Business Times) Some eight million will be celebrating in South Sudan itself, with thousands more spread across the world — refugees who fled their homes during the two-decades-long […]

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History doesn’t have to dictate the future

In rural Ethiopia, FH helps children born into extreme poverty break free from the cycle and write a new story for themselves and their communities. Here’s a story about one child who broke free…. Story by FH staff member Eileen O’Gorman In the town of Belo Jeginfoy, in a western region of Ethiopia resides a group of […]

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