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Flooding in Bangladesh left families homeless

“The river moved so quickly … all we could do was run”

  The road is not wide, but it winds through communities of several thousand people. Even here, close to the 2 kilometer-wide Jamuna river, every inch of land is precious in highly-populated Bangladesh. We’re in the community of Chondonbaisha, home to 200 families who have lost their homes to river erosion this month. River erosion […]

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Back to school at 40 something

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

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When the spotlight on disasters fade, the work goes on

A few short weeks ago, the Philippines were hit with torrential rains that caused some of the worst flooding since the 2009 flood that killed almost 1,000 people. The capital, Manila, was 70 percent underwater and hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes. Then on August 24, Tropical Storm Isaac hit Haiti and the Dominican […]

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Photo of young girls in Bangladesh

Child Marriage: Savings Groups Bring Hope for Change

Preventing child marriage is not just a “good idea” from the West, but rather it supports the desires of women living in extreme poverty who want to see change in their communities.

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The link between domestic violence and child development

A recent study in the APHA Journal shows a strong link between intimate partner violence (IPV) and child stunting and underweight.  In Bangladesh, 29% of women had experienced IPV in the past year.  Those who had experience IPV (as compared to those who had not) were 59% more likely to have a stunted child and 33% more […]

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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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Empowering resource-poor families to send their children to school

They moved from their impoverished hometown to the crowded, almost-12-million-person capital city of Metro Manila in search of a better life. Finding Manila's high cost of living too impossible, they moved again to San Roque, a coastal neighborhood about 10 miles outside the city. Settling there was illegal, but it was better than going all […]

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FH embarks on aggressive campaign to prevent child sexual abuse in the Philippines

In 2008, FH began a partnership with the Stairway Foundation, Inc. (SFI) which defends vulnerable children in the Philippines from various kinds of mistreatment. This past year, FH joined SFI's Break the Silence project to identify and equip a national network of individuals, communities and organizations committed to preventing and treating sexual abuse against children. FH's area of coverage […]

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Three years of patiently "walking with leaders" changes a Cambodian community

FH's mission statement is “to walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation.” In the forests of rural Cambodia, there is a small community called Toul Prasat. My husband and I visited there in 2010, which is why I'm so […]

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A solution so simple but so life-changing

FH works in the northern part of Cambodia which is a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. During the war and genocide of 1975-1979, social institutions and people who staffed them were intentionally wiped out. canexback Religious temples were destroyed, banks and money were burned, and 1-2 million businesspeople, school teachers and other educated Cambodians were […]

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