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On my desk this week….South Sudan celebrates Independence Day!

  I’ve been very excited about this week and I’ve been typing double time to squeeze in even more work than usual. Why’s that? It’s Fourth of July this week and it’s time to celebrate! For many Americans, this means barbeques, family time, reflecting on our nation’s history and of course, fireworks. And lucky for […]

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Small businesses are key to South Sudan success as a nation.

A lesson from a taxi driver in Bor, South Sudan

If you travel to South Sudan, you will within 15 minutes of your arrival realize that it’s a harsh place. The new country born just a year ago is having a new beginning after nearly melting away under the heat of Africa’s longest civil war. All systems collapsed under the weight of the war; health, […]

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faces of South Sudan

South’s Sudan’s independence day is coming up this week.  The people of South Sudan voted and won their independence by a 98% vote on July 9th last year. The youngest country in the world – and many of us know so little about it. Though I know what work FH DOES in S. Sudan, when […]

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Two Stories of National Pride

Americans will celebrate the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, and the world’s newest country, South Sudan, celebrates its one-year anniversary as an independent nation just five days later on July 9. While the celebrations will differ by culture, a common theme will be national pride, well expressed in each national anthem. United States of […]

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Turning Fears Into Prayers – #fhbloggers #ethiopia post series

ALECE RONZINO: A New Yorker changed by Africa. Alece is the founder of #OneWord365 and a communications coach for non-profits. She blogs candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life & faith. Alece is a close personal friend, one of the #fhbloggers that will be writing on the upcoming trip to Ethiopia, […]

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a mysterious illness in northern Uganda

Nodding disease is a mysterious illness that has killed 200 children in rural northern Uganda and has debilitated hundreds more, leaving doctors scrambling to find its cause and cure. Without modern medical answers or treatments, many desperate parents turn to traditional medicine for relief, which unfortunately does not help the situation. Many parents in despair […]

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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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