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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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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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Celebrating World Water Week

If you’re really into following water issues around the world, you probably already know this week isWorld Water Week: a gathering of more than 2,600 humanitarians and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden. They’ll be discussing ideas for sustainable, long-term solutions to modern issues like water scarcity and access to sanitation, particularly in urban environments. The goal […]

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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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FH Ethiopia Responds to DROUGHT

Ato Abuta Kotalo, age 35, is struggling to feed his family of eight.  Even in normal times, Ato Abuta struggles daily to provide for his family, and the drought has only worsened their vulnerability.  In order to survive, Ato Abuta sold his only source of livelihood, two sheep, in order to purchase food for his […]

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What a world of difference clean water will make

“I can’t compare it, for the difference is huge,” says Fetiya, a mother of three in Ethiopia. “I used to get water from a distant, unprotected spring after walking about 30 minutes. And sometimes when I got busy, I fetched water from an unclean river relatively close to my house. Hence, my kids suffered from recurrent water-borne […]

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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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270 Gallons of Water for a Cause

It’s Saturday morning and college students (yes, college students) are awake and carrying water for a cause.  Andrew Friedlund, a student at Albright College in Pennsylvania, hosted the second annual “Walk for Water” to raise funds for a new water well in Uganda. Participants carried jugs of water for at least a mile.  To gather […]

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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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How to save lives during extreme drought: Give water to the animals

Today, the United Nations declared famine in parts of the Horn of Africa — resulting from the past few years of unpredictable weather and extreme drought. There hasn’t been an official famine since 1984-85. One of the ways FH is helping save lives in this region is by caring for the animals on which so many people […]

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