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Heart to Heart International Responds to Hurricane Harvey

This blog was written by Steven Hammerli.
Hurricane Harvey became the nation’s first Category 4 landfall in almost 12 years, hammering the Texas Gulf Coast with an extremely dangerous combination of torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend.

Harvey is expected to stall for a few days, leading to dangerous flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

A Young Life Saved in Somalia

The below was written by Ahmed Kheyr and Ahmed Mohamud of the International Medical Corps.

One-and-half-year-old Farhiya sat in her mother’s arms at an International Medical Corps facility. She was unable to move, unable to smile, unable to even cry.

Her mother, Duniyo, travelled more than 10 kilometers to bring Farhiya to International Medical Corps’ Intensive Stabilization Centre in Galkacyo town, Somalia.

Facing cholera and malnutrition

One in four Yemenis don’t have enough food and the number of suspected cholera cases climbs beyond half a million. More lives are now at risk in Yemen than anywhere else on the planet.

Mohammed’s family travelled by road for 15 hours to reach Al Sabeen Hospital.

“We had no choice,” explained Mohammed’s father. “There are no functioning facilities in our area now. There is nothing.”

At two years of age, Mohammed weighs 5.9kg and cannot sit unassisted.

International Hunger Briefing Recap - Leveraging Foreign Aid to End Hunger

On July 18 InterAction, in collaboration with One Acre Fund and the House Hunger Caucus, hosted the International Hunger Briefing. The event brought together a bipartisan and bicameral group of congressional offices with representatives from nearly a dozen development and humanitarian organizations. The packed house of over 60 participants examined the future of food security policy, outlined key areas for improved program implementation and highlighted current best practices for hunger eradication.

Supply and Demand for Something Different: How Open Data Can Help End Hunger

While progress is being made in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, almost 800 million people worldwide still suffer from hunger today.

Location Data: We Can Do This the Easy Way or the Hard Way...

Location data matters. Despite being one of the least published pieces of data on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, it is consistently highlighted as one of the most important. Without information on where donors are spending their money, aid practitioners are less able to avoid project duplication or identify gaps in funding.

Report from Aleppo: Working to Provide Relief as Violence Intensifies

I have just travelled back from Aleppo, where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.

When I was there nearly 100 mortars fell on west Aleppo in a couple of days. While at the same time, only a few hundred meters away we witnessed the unrelenting bombardment of the eastern side of the city.

My colleagues told me that they hid in bathrooms and basements as the attacks continued. There was little sleep that night. The very same staff came to work in the morning with the same energy, as if it was just an ordinary night.

A Plea from Aleppo: "Please Save Us"

"Please save us."

This is the only message we received from our Syrian colleagues in Aleppo in the last days. Hearing no news from them last weekend, we were concerned as the humanitarian situation deteriorated and the government gained control of the city. The message they sent did little to reassure us.

"After this, we don’t know what will happen or how we can survive," wrote a Syrian humanitarian worker.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Start a Relationship of Impact

In 2013, just after super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, I attended a benefit reception to support an NGO that had been working in the Philippines since 1985, called Handicap International. At that time I was a friend of Handicap International, and this was my first #GivingTuesday action on behalf of any organization.

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