• 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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  • 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 (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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  • The Global Water Crisis

    THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS: According to the United Nations, every day 4,400 children under the age of 5 die around the world, having fallen sick because of unclean water and sanitation. In fact, five times as many children die each year of diarrhea as of HIV/AIDS. A third of the world’s population is enduring some

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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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  • 500,000 Children Near Starvation

    500,000 children were on the brink of starvation in Somalia recently.  Few good choices are available, fleeing to Kenya, begging from a transitional government or falling victim to the Shabab… allies of Al Qaeda. View More. 

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  • The Horn of Africa That Was Not Heard

    Recently, the Horn of Africa experienced its worst famine in 60 years.  With 12 million at risk of starvation, an UNBELIEVABLE 29,000 Somali children are believed to have died last year.  While the US contributed half of the emergency funds that were provided to the UN, less than half of the overall appeal was pledged.

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  • Bono and K’Naan

    Rocker Bono and Somalian rapper K’Naan joined forces in Minneapolis   to “sound the alarm bell” about the drought and famine spreading across Africa. Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia – known as the Horn of Africa due to their location in the east of the continent – have been hit with the worst drought in 60

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