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Sexy or Not, Development Matters

If you’re a communications staff person for a development organization, or part of a group that does advocacy on why development is important, you know all too well how difficult it is to get your program’s message heard. Everyone wants the quick, “sexy” solution to helping the world’s poor.

School educates youth, lifts community in Haiti

A two-year commitment and $225,000 from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is enabling a new preschool here to provide education, and nutritious meals, to more than 195 students.

A group of Catholic nuns from the Carmelitas de La Caridad de Vedruna order had been providing the service to 60 children, but with the help of JRS they’ve been able to expand the educational program. Classes were once held in the community chapel, but the new school just outside of the town center opened last September. In addition to the classroom block, a latrine was built, and a well for fresh water.

Sahel Crisis: Regional Food Emergency Intensifies in Mali, Mauritania

Originally published on Action Against Hunger's blog on April 9, 2012

As a military coup upends Mali and harvest failures threaten Mauritania, Action Against Hunger gets to work

Connecting Through Reading

When I was a kid, I loved stories so much that my busy parents started getting me books that came with audiotapes to entertain me while they did boring things like going to work or cooking dinner, and then they read to me and interacted with me at bedtime, after the day’s chores were done. Because of both the constant audio stories and the interactions with my parents, I learned to read younger than most of my kindergarten classmates.

“Strange” for us, all too common for far too many

Today is April 10th another ordinary spring day. On this day all over America -- particularly on college campuses -- you’ll see people walking barefoot to class. But today, it’s not because of the warmer spring weather.  April 10th marks TOMS Shoes’ One Day Without Shoes.  They are showing their support for children around the world who cannot afford to buy shoes.

Gaza: The Land of No

By Rania Elhilou, ANERA Communications Officer – Gaza

I live in the land of no:  No lights, no cooking gas, no clean water, no jobs, no exit.

Yet again, there is no electricity in Gaza. Power cuts last about 18 hours a day. That means no electricity at home to keep fresh food from rotting or in the hospitals to keep machines running. It is oppressive. It is paralyzing our lives.

Development: Beyond Governments to Communities

Recently, a friend who is a former diplomat and academic asked me a question about U.S. foreign assistance and its role in driving economic development and leading to better lives and greater stability. He asked, if two countries are candidates for aid but one has a better government and policies, do you work with the former, even if the inadequate country is more in need of stability and its people in need of better lives?