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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Current facts about South Sudan on this historical day

Today — January 9, 2011 — is a historical day for South Sudan because it may lead to the independence of the South from the North, following Africa’s longest civil war. South Sudanese adults around the world will proudly cast their votes between today and January 15 in this referendum which resulted from a comprehensive […]

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In rural Sudan, education is about more than education

A few days ago, I interviewed my friend Sam Ruot who came to Phoenix as a refugee from South Sudan in 2001. I wanted to learn about education in his home country, and I learned that addressing education in many of the places FH works means addressing other critical issues at the same time. Sam […]

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Meeting needs with mushrooms

Hey, all you trendy urban gardeners! Do you know how easy it is to grow mushrooms? Maybe you do. At the New Life Center in Northern Uganda, they grow mushrooms with just a bag of dirt and manure, some string, a bit of water, and a dark room. Mushroom growing is on the schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Every […]

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Christmas: Something New This Year

Christmas was a little different this year.  Under the Christmas tree, instead of presents wrapped in silver paper topped with bows, there were ducks.  To be a bit more accurate, pictures of ducks.   This Christmas my mom decided to buy a duck in honor of each of my cousins and aunts and uncles from […]

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