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Carrying Water for a Cause

This article was written and published by the Reading Eagle.  To view the article in its original format visit: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=306481   Participants in Albright walk carry water for a cause From left, Nicholas Yankowsky, Wyomissing, an Albright sophomore; Diana Weidner and her husband, Steve, Topton, carry water Saturday at Albright College to raise money and awareness […]

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World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day – a day to take a close look at this deadly, water-related disease, the progress made in beating it, and how much we have yet to accomplish. The facts: Malaria, carried by mosquitoes, is completely avoidable and treatable. Still, malaria is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and kills […]

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What! No way….

Yes, if you’re like me, “What! No way…” is what you’ll say — at least a few times — when you take this National Geographic quiz about drinking water. I definitely scored a 40 percent the first time around. How did you do? Food for the Hungry is saving lives and improving the quality of life […]

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Following Japan’s catastrophes, it’s not just developing countries who lack drinkable water

Japan showed us recently that in just a few short moments, anyone can go from living a life of plenty to owning only the clothes on their bodies…suddenly dependent on others for water, food and shelter. More than 18,000 are expected to have perished in the disastrous series involving earthquakes, a tsunami and a nuclear-plant explosion. […]

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The moment I learned I’m just a big wimp

March 8 is the 100-year anniversary of International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women and reaffirm our commitment to gender equality. This week, Poverty 180 focuses on women in relation to clean water, education, HIV/AIDS and gender-based injustice. It’s a girl’s job: The back-bending task of collecting water In the two-thirds world, collecting water is a job […]

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Urgent: Harness your right to speak up for the world’s poor

Congressional Budget Action Alert Public Policy & Advocacy Team Action Alert Content: Antonio, a farmer from northern Mozambique, has increased his income and livelihood through participation in FH food security programs. He has been able to grow peanuts, maize, rice, cow peas and sesame. Despite erratic rains that seriously impacted other farmers, Antonio sold some […]

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After nine years without clean, running water, “my kids can’t wait to take a shower”

This is a transcript of an interview between FH staff member Coraly Usnava and Arsenio Ignacio Salinas, a husband and father in a very poor, mountainous community in Peru. I love to read it and imagine the scene — the smile, maybe some birds chirping and kids running around. Oh, how I take for granted […]

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Should water be provided by the public or private sector?

We’ve talked a lot so far about the raw mechanics of finding, gathering and storing clean water in extremely remote places like Sololo, Kenya. But this article about the president of Bolivia got me thinking about how water is managed day-to-day once access to it is established. Most water distribution in developing countries is managed by the public sector, but […]

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How to collect *clean* water in a desert on top of a rock

Question: How do you provide a steady supply of clean water to about 1,500 people in this type of environment…. Annual rainfall is about 12-18 inches Sits atop bedrock, making a traditional borehole-style well impossible Nearest possible borehole location is about 47 miles away During the dry season, there may be 6 months without a drop […]

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Mom Keeps Family Healthy During Cholera Outbreak

In October 2010, a cholera epidemic spread through Haiti killing 3,300 and infecting more than 30,000 people. The island’s capital of Port-au-Prince, devastated by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake 10 months earlier, still lay in ruins with broken sewage lines, water pipes, buildings and roads. Having no prior exposure to cholera, Haitians feared the disease.  People […]

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