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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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Current facts about South Sudan on this historical day

Today — January 9, 2011 — is a historical day for South Sudan because it may lead to the independence of the South from the North, following Africa’s longest civil war. South Sudanese adults around the world will proudly cast their votes between today and January 15 in this referendum which resulted from a comprehensive […]

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In rural Sudan, education is about more than education

A few days ago, I interviewed my friend Sam Ruot who came to Phoenix as a refugee from South Sudan in 2001. I wanted to learn about education in his home country, and I learned that addressing education in many of the places FH works means addressing other critical issues at the same time. Sam […]

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One last look at 2010

Here’s just a quick snapshot for all you numbers people…. God showed his might in many ways in 2010, and we look forward to seeing what he has in store next. Happy New Year! Visit Poverty 180 to join this work in one of four areas: Education, Water, HIV/AIDS, Gender-based injustice.

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What it’s like to fight for clean water

I mentioned in the last blog post how FH works in some pretty harsh places — harsh especially when it comes to finding a steady source of clean water. Even for expert scientists and engineers, an endeavor like this can be messy, laborious and frustrating. In September, our friends at charity:water celebrated their fourth birthday. They’ve installed more than […]

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