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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Seven ways women and girls are especially vulnerable during emergencies

I always sort of had an idea that women and girls living in extreme poverty suffered a bit more than men from disasters like war, a flood, an earthquake or a drought — it just seems logical, if you think about it. But I had no idea how much more acutely they feel pain from […]

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Three ways science is gaining ground in the fight against HIV/AIDS

It’s been 30 years since “AIDS” first was mentioned in a publication by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, in just the past few years, cutting-edge scientific advancements have enabled many people worldwide to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting this crushing disease. Some advancements have taken root quickly in developing […]

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DROUGHT: Horn of Africa

This blog was originally posted on Food for the Hungry’s Emergency Response Unit blog.  To view this article in its original format, please visit:http://fhrelief.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/horn-of-africa-drought/   It was imminent. The periods between droughts in east Africa had been growing shorter and shorter. The rains have failed, again, barely two years since the skies dried up.Just as […]

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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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In Northern Kenya, healthier animals = healthier people

Many of the families suffering from the extreme food crisis in the Horn of Africa are families whose lives depend on their animals (read more about this in our last Poverty 180 blog post). Healthier animals mean healthier people, and in this period of extreme want, keeping the animals alive is top priority. Education can come […]

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