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Rodney King, a Heart’s Cry and Healing Relationships

The news media announced this week that Rodney King (47 years old) has passed away. I was completely struck by the reporting on King’s life that I watched on one evening news report. The story was titled Remembering the Complicated Life Story of Rodney King. Here are a few things that seemed significant: King never […]

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Pen, paper and a future in Guatemala

The photographer’s caption tells me the image comes from a place where Food for the Hungry works called “Rio Azul,” or “Blue River,” in Guatemala’s Ixil Triangle region.  But I see a story far beyond a young child poised to draw something. The green in little boy’s sweater mirrors the thick vegetation I remember from […]

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Washing Dishes Saves Children’s Lives

Washing dishes may seem like a common enough practice, but did you know that not everyone in the world knows it’s necessary to wash their tableware? And if you – like me – don’t like washing dishes, this may sound like a pretty good idea. But let’s think about that for a minute. A regular […]

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just a little lyrical inspiration

Sitting down at my desk in the morning, I set up my playlist. Always a new tune or two to keep things lively. My co-workers frequently give me a scare when then tap me on the shoulder after realizing they’ve been conversing with themselves for several minutes. Headphones on high, I tune into the days […]

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Michelle's transformation after receiving deworming medication is astonishing!

Intestinal Worms and World Hunger

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 400 million children worldwide suffer from intestinal worms. A common problem associated with world hunger, intestinal worms prevent a person’s body from absorbing nutrients. In fact, they daily hijack up to 25% percent of the nutrients consumed by already-malnourished children. To put the problem into perspective, […]

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From Hopeless to Blessed: Partnerships Save and Transform Lives

Wilfred lived at the top of a steep hill in the Haitian village of Lespinasse. His shack was made of sticks and mud and smelled of disease and neglect. Diabetes had rendered Wilfred blind, sick, helpless and difficult to look at. “My spirit was deeply troubled when I first met Wilfred,” remembers Heidi Hatch, Field […]

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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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Church in Kenya rises to meet practical needs

About this time last year, we learned about a local church in Kenya that chose to go against the flow of society by reaching out to the outcast: people living with HIV/AIDS. You can read that uplifting story here. Today, I want to tell you about another church in Kenya that has led its community in providing […]

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A price too high to pay for clean water

It’s 5 a.m. one chilly morning in Mariwa village, and Florence is up and ready for the day ahead. She quickly sips her tea to help her energize. As the lady of the house, Florence knows an early start will give her an edge over most other women going down to the stream to fetch water.

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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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