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Working with all sectors of society to protect women and girls

On a global scale, one in every three women will experience some form of gender-based violence in her lifetime. In Burundi — consistently listed as among the world's top five poorest countries — it's safe to say that that ratio is much higher. HTTP://WWW.CANEXBACK.COM/ Registered cases of violence against women in the places FH works have reached […]

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How to boost real estate in Northern Kenya

Karbururi used to be just another overlooked, undesirable village on the road between Golole and Sololo in Northern Kenya, until a big hole was dug in the ground. With no school or water source, and with a road impassible during the rainy season, this community suffered increasingly from isolation as other development groups passed it […]

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A story of radical renewal for the New Year

No more fitting of a name could have been given to the New Life Center in Kitgum, Northern Uganda. At this place, some of the world's most broken, abused women find the space and tools they need to be remade emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. I've seen it for myself, and it is amazing. HTTP://CANEXBACK.COM […]

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WORLD AIDS DAY–More people than ever are living with HIV. Why is this GOOD news??

Today is World AIDS Day – a day when the global community takes a hard look at the AIDS pandemic and our progress in defeating it. The United Nations said 2011 was a “game changing year” for the AIDS response (source). HTTP://WWW.CANEXBACK.COM/ The good news is that fewer people are dying from HIV than ever before, meaning […]

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This week, in a special event in Kenya, dozens of men are taking a big step to protect themselves from HIV.

Today through Thursday — which just so happens to be World AIDS Day – FH staff in Kenya are carrying out a massive campaign to medically circumcise more than 150 men in one of the world's most HIV-endemic places. Once men learn that voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) can help protect them from HIV, many willingly line […]

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BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL! Defend women suffering from injustice – only $9/month

Today, just having given thanks for all that we have, American women will descend in herds upon mega malls, strip malls and outlet malls. (Let's be honest: it's not the finest example of our society's values.) CANEXBACK.COM At the same time, the world will turn its face to the ⅓ of the world's women who […]

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What happens AFTER a clean-water well is dug?

Everyone gets excited about the digging of a brand-new well … the anticipation, the hard work, and the joyous celebration upon seeing clean, drinkable water spew from the ground! But what happens after that? Who’s in charge of the water — whose water is it? Just as we pay companies for our water use here in […]

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FH staff rescue boy on the brink of suicide

This is John. When he was little and just learning to talk, he lost both his mom and dad to AIDS. He’s been on his own for a long time. John comes from a Christian background, is 11 and also is HIV-positive. One day, John learned about doctors coming to his village of Loiyangalani to do […]

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When is “it’s just cultural” not an excuse for allowing injustice?

While helping a community emerge from extreme poverty, FH always strives to preserve that community’s unique culture and traditions. There are times, however, when traditions probably should change. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a tradition practiced mainly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It is widely condemned as a violation of human rights along […]

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Stopping the real killer of AIDS patients

You probably already know that AIDS doesn’t technically kill a person; rather, it cripples a person’s immune system so much that other deadly diseases or infections easily grab hold. In reality, worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) is the leading killer of persons infected with HIV (source). Here in the U.S., we very rarely hear about TB — […]

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