• 38.7 Percent of Children Stunted in India: Wait, There is More To The Story

    According to a new report by Global Nutrition Report (GNR), 38.7% of children in India suffering from stunting. Global prevalence is an astonishing 23.8%. India ranks 114 out of 132 countries (#1 being best).   According to UNICEF, 54 million children (under 5 years of age) in India suffer from stunting. UNICEF claims this reflects the,

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  • Thomas Friedman, ISIS and the Need For National Debate

    On May 27th Thomas L. Friedman penned in the New York Times his solution for taking on ISIS…“Contain and Amplify.”  Now, I am no Thomas Friedman, and never will be. However, our country needs a national debate regarding ISIS, otherwise the issue of this and other terrorists groups gets subjugated to 4-year election cycles and

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  • Children of Extreme Poverty

    HURDUU helps provide cost-effective services to children of extreme poverty in the peri-urban slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  A comprehensive package of provided services includes; food, housing, nutritional support, relief from social needs, basic medical and nursing care. counseling and psychological support, and HIV transmission prevention education.  Services to families also include; community empowerment/ownership assistance, business

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  • Orphans

    Due mostly to the HIV virus, and more recently the Ebola virus, millions of children have been orphaned.  Understanding issues of scale and  care-quality are important.  Scale because of the vast number of orphaned children, sometimes millions in just one country.  Kenya alone is home to an estimated 1.3 million orphaned children. What solutions are

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  • Girls In Crisis

    HURDUU helps establish rescue “kiotas” (Swahili for “nest” or “home”) for girls in crisis pregnancy to provide temporary sanctuary until the crisis has passed and the girls are back on their feet.  The kiota provides refuge, empowerment and transformation for girls. In many parts of Africa “taboo babies” are unwanted for fear they will bring

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  • Children As “Soft Targets, Development, And The Work Of Mankind

    What does development have to do with children as “soft targets” of terrorism? Development is the process by which infrastructure is produced for the purpose of facilitating “work.” When we do not directly address societal problems, particularly through development, we are ultimately and eventually allowing for opportunities of terrorism and setting up children as “soft

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  • Travel Update: Africa, UN and Children’s Living Conditions

    I am writing you from the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya attending a global summit on housing and urban development (UN HABITAT III).   Why am I here?   500 million of the world’s children live in slums. In 1990, 43% of the world’s population lived in cities (urban populations). Today, this figure has risen to

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  • The World’s Goals For Children (P3/3): Child Mortality and Maternal Health

    Improvement on reducing under-5 and maternal mortality is continuing, however neither of these goals will be met by 2015.  In fact, only 9 of the 137 developing countries will likely meet both MDG goals by 2015, and a total of 14 countries by 2020.  Please see graphs below for expected dates of individual countries meeting

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  • The World’s Goals For Children (P2/3): Pros and Cons

    The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 goals that UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in September 2000, commits world leaders to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women. The MDGs are derived from this Declaration.

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  • The World’s Goals For Children (P1/3): What Are They?

    Our world has improvement goals for children.  What are they?  When are they to be met? What happens next?  The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. All 189 United Nations member states  committed to help achieve the following Millennium

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  • Unfit For Habitation (P3/3): The World’s Largest Slums

    Would you believe that the US has one of the top ten slums in the world?  Hidalgo County, Texas is home to 52,000. Here is the 10 largest list: 10. Hidalgo County, United States – 52 Thousand 9. Rocinha, Brazil – 69 Thousand 8. Khayelitsha, South Africa – 392 Thousand 7. Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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  • Unfit For Habitation (P2/3): The World’s Slums and Children

    A billion children live in cities and towns.  Thus, according to overall population studies, a third of these children live in slums. As with their rural counterparts, these children lack access to clean water, electricity, education and health facilities.  According to a recent UNICEF report these children are often getting overlooked because their statistics are

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  • Unfit For Habitation (P1/3): The World’s Slums, An Overview

    1/3 of the urban population in the developing world in 2012, or about 863 million people, lived in slums (UN-HABITAT).  The proportion of urban population living in slums was highest in Sub-Saharan Africa (61.7%), followed by South Asia (35%), Southeast Asia (31%), East Asia (28.2%), West Asia (24.6%), Oceania (24.1%), Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • Global Water Crisis: Matt Damon, Good Will Found

    Will: “That may be, but at least I won’t be unoriginal. But I mean, if you have a problem with that, I mean, we could just step outside – we could figure it out” (Good Will Hunting). “It’s an absolute, just white-knuckle crisis right now for three-quarters of a billion people,” Damon said. “It’s killing

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  • Global Water Crisis: Children

    Every year, approximately 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation. Water in Accra, Ghana, costs three times as much as in New York.  Nearly half the people who gained access to water between 1990 and 2008 live in India and China.  Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their

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  • Global Water Crisis: Overview, Matt Damon

    Americans use 15-30 times the amount of water as people living in sub-Saharan Africa (daily per capita use, World Water Council). Key facts include; 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water; 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation (2002, UNICEF/WHO JMP 2004); 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases; 3 900 children die

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, Our Complicit Silence

    Christians who were “persecuted and crucified under our eyes, often with our complicit silence”. Francis emphasized these words with deep emotion. “In your betrayal and crucifixion we see our usual betrayals and daily infidelities, in your disfigured face we see the brutality of our sins, the cruelty in our heart and actions,” we see “all

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, Their Tenacious Faith

    When four Iraqi Christian children were about to be beheaded recently they told their ISIS killers, ““We love Yeshua [Jesus], we have always loved Yeshua.”  ISIS then demanded the children to tell them that they will follow Mohammed.  The children, all under 15, four of them,” said, ‘No, we love Yeshua, we have always loved

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, Targeted & Indifference

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis presided at a Good Friday service where he heard the Vatican’s official preacher accuse the international community of indifference to the persecution of Christians, a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.  Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose title is “preacher of pontifical household,” referred

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, “Do You Know The Prayer?”

    They knew who to kill because they ordered students to recite an Islamic prayer. Those who could were spared. Those who could not were shot dead, about 147 so far (WSJ).   Early Thursday, five shooters from the Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorist organization swept through a university in the Kenyan town of Garissa, shooting Christian students. See

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