• 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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  • Story Of A Nine Year Old Girl

    Some stories don’t need to be told.  This one does.  Let’s call her “Ann.”  Ann was orphaned, along with her many siblings, at a very young age.  Ann’s grandmother attempted to take care of all of the children.  Grandma also had to work, and there was no one else to provide daily care.  Therefore, before

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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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  • 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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  • Sophia Bush, “I Am That Girl”

    It’s one thing to say it, its another to be it.  Sophia Bush is not only a driving force behind “I Am That Girl,” the actress and activist has contributed towards Children’s Defense Fund, Global Green, Make-A Wish Foundation and the Rape Foundation, to name just a few. The vision of “I Am That Girl”…

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  • Justin Wren: Redemption For Him and “The Forgotten People”

    “It was mainly to opiates, narcotics and pain pills, but I was also doing cocaine a lot and medical marijuana,” responded 2 time MMA champion, Justin Wren, when questioned on his prior addictions.  Today, Wren is a hero to thousands of Pygmies in the Congo, also known as the “forgotten people.” Per Wren, “I was

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  • Tom Brady Does Deflate Infectious Diseases in Africa

    Tom Brady does “deflate” infectious diseases in Africa by supporting the Accordia Global Health Foundation. The football star has been auctioned off…for as much as $30,000. Tom’s wife Gisele Bundchen has said, “We are blessed to have families that support each others philanthropic endeavors.”      

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  • Droughts & Famines

    Children in Somalia have already survived war, hunger, floods and forced dislocation. Today, together with more than 8 million people across the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, Somali children are threatened by famine, disease and further displacement as families migrate in search of water and food. (UNICEF. See, Photo Essay – Drought in southern Somalia). In

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  • Child Mortality, HIV/AIDS

    The highest rates of child mortality are still in Sub-Saharan Africa—where 1 in 8 children dies before age 5, more than 20 times the average for industrialized countries. Over 70 percent of under-five deaths occur within the first year of life.  Of the estimated 1.8 million (1.6 million–2.1 million) people who died of AIDS-related illnesses in

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