Tag: Notes from the Field

SOGC: Changing maternal outcomes globally

| July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
SOGC: Changing maternal outcomes globally

In a white room inside a plain building in the town of Mzuzu, Malawi, doctors John Smith and Doris Kayambo stand behind a table where they have laid out a variety of medical instruments and models over a white sheet, ready to teach a room full of eager medical and clinical officers, midwives and nurses […]

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Right To Play: Opening doors to education

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Right To Play: Opening doors to education

The following wise words came from Julienne, a 12-year-old girl in Rwanda who has become a community hero: “School is where lives can be changed for the better.” Julienne is part of a Right To Play leadership club of 125 members, who range in age from 8 to 14. She created the Let Girls Go […]

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PeaceGeeks: Shedding light on extremism

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
PeaceGeeks: Shedding light on extremism

My colleague Ahmad Al Zghoul and I arrived at the National Arab Youth Alliance offices 90 minutes before our workshop started. We arrived early to prepare and were surprised when 16-year-old Elias Al Terawi — one of the workshop participants — arrived, sporting a broad smile. Surprised by Elias’ enthusiasm and early arrival, we greeted […]

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The Aninga Project: Sending Ugandan girls to school

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Aninga Project: Sending Ugandan girls to school

Ruth talks about her gratitude for the Aninga Project which, she says, has brought profound change into her life: “It has been a wonderful achievement and success since you started paying my school fees, which gave me a clear vision of becoming an accountant and successful financial manager. You gave me hope.” The Aninga Project […]

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Water education for generations

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Water education for generations

Lack of clean water is a daily reality for an alarming number of people: Three in 10 people lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and six in 10 lack safely managed sanitation. Water and sanitation services are essential foundations of development. They affect health, nutrition, education, income and gender equality. Stakeholders around […]

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MATCH: Funding global grassroots women’s groups

MATCH: Funding global grassroots women’s groups

Taking in the rolling mountains, swaying corn fields and cloud-studded skies of Guatemala’s Patanatic Route, it’s impossible to believe such a beautiful place could have once been the stage for an ugly civil war. In fact, many tourism companies bank on it. But a savvy group of Mayan women living near Lake Atitlan saw an […]

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Exporting medical care to Cameroon on land and sea

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exporting medical care to Cameroon on land and sea

It was a historic day when Africa Mercy, a floating hospital, arrived in Cameroon for the first time in the organization’s history in August 2017. During the 10-month field service, the Africa Mercy will be docked in the coastal city of Douala and serve Cameroon through various surgical programs that support the mission of Mercy […]

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Food security and gender equality go hand in hand

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Food security and gender equality go hand in hand

Rice farmer André Samvura loves to cook. “I used to eat only meat and rice,” he explains while peeling a basket of potatoes at his rural Rwandan home. “Now we eat a balanced meal with the vegetables we grow ourselves.” This is a sea change for Samvura and his wife, Anastasie Izabiriza, who now grow […]

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Children’s Bridge Foundation: Making futures bright

Children’s Bridge Foundation: Making futures bright

Lucy was just six years old when both her parents died from HIV/AIDS. She and her siblings, all from the coastal region of Kenya, were sent to live with their grandmother, but their grandmother was also ill and struggled to support the children. To complicate matters, Lucy’s little sister, who was infected with HIV at […]

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Ghana Medical Help: A 21-year-old’s vision

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ghana Medical Help: A 21-year-old’s vision

In 2010, Ghana Medical Help (GMH) founder Kelly Hadfield went to Ghana for the first time. She was volunteering in a hospital in the rural north, which, like most hospitals in the area, lacked even the most basic medical supplies and supported more than 88,000 people with a single physician. While she was there, she […]

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