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Overcoming the impossible in the dry hills of Kenya

Sometimes, a problem is so formidable that it’s hard ever to imagine a solution for it. This may have been how families felt in Parkishon, Northern Kenya before FH convinced them they could overcome once very essential problem: access to clean water. Eight hours. That’s how long Parkishon’s women and children used to walk to get […]

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Striving to help mothers give birth to an HIV-free generation

“I think this is one of the best things we could ever do for HIV; it’s one of the most successful prevention methods,” says FH’s HIV/AIDS programs coordinator, Kim Buttonow, MPH. “You can have an HIV-free generation.” By expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), children of HIV-positive mothers actually could choose whether to protect […]

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What do actress Anne Hathaway and this Kenyan armed guard have in common?

They each have different genders, different skin colors, different languages, and very different day-to-day lives. But both Anne Hathaway and the armed guard below know that women and girls in Northern Kenya are in danger–they desperately need to be protected, especially during this time of extreme drought. This man stands guard as women and girls […]

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Babies benefit when their mothers learn about exclusive breastfeeding

In Northern Kenya, an area currently suffering from extreme drought and lack of food, mothers are experiencing what a difference breastfeeding makes for their infants. In the U.S., exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t mean the difference between life and death, but it can in places where clean water is scarce and baby formula doesn’t exist. “When I compare Luko […]

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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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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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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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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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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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UN alerts the world to the ‘Triangle of Death’ in Africa

This article was originally published by Mission Network News.  To view the article in its original format, please visit: http://mnnonline.org/article/15992.   Somalia (MNN) – The United Nations is calling the regions of Somalia, Ethiopia and Northern Kenya the “Triangle of Death.” Due to their proximity to one another, these countries are all dealing with similar severe drought […]

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