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IRIN News has a story on the global success of cash transfers in getting children to school and keeping them there. Small infusions of cash are very effective in supporting child nutrition and education. Pace the Tea Party, but hungry people tend to spend every penny on essentials. Simple, scalable, […]


The Syrian refugee crisis has displaced over two million people. More than half of Syria’s population needs food aid. Snow is falling on tent cities in Lebanon, and pleas for increased humanitarian assistance are at a record high…not surprising, in view of the fact that funding appeals this year netted […]


We can best measure justice in our society by how we treat our children. Children are wholly dependent on adults for the basics of life- food, healthcare, security and education.  You can’t tell a hungry five year old to simply get a job. We can best see compassion in the […]

According to UNICEF, approximately 2,000 children die per day from diarrhoeal diseases, due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. 785 million people still lack access to clean water. In the least developed countries, less than 11% of the population has piped water supplies (urban) and in the countryside less than 3% have piped water. Over a billion people rely on boreholes with hand-pumps while 1 in 10 use surface water, however polluted. Investment in hygiene promotion, sanitation and water service are among the most cost-effective ways of reducing child mortality. The World Bank estimates it will require an additional $30 billion dollars a year to reach the MDG’s for universal access to water and sanitation by 2015.

According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture, over 50 million Americans, 0ne in six, struggled with hunger and food insecurity  in 2011.  This total includes 16.7 million children, or 22.4% of all American children. The average annual household income for SNAP(food stamp) users was $18,014 in 2011, substantially lower than the […]

In 2011, an estimated 3.1 to 3.8 million children under 15 years of age were living with HIV/AIDS. Only 23% of these children or 456,000 receive ARV medications to prolong their lives. Between 280,000 and 390,000 children will die each year as a result. Source ( UNICEF: childinfo.org) The World Bank estimates it will take between 20-25 billion dollars a year in additional humanitarian aid to meet the Fourth Millennium Development Goal – Reduce Child Mortality by two thirds by 2015. It will take a common vision, plan and purpose. It will require THE SAME HEART.


As of 2011, roughly 17.3 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS and millions more have been affected with a vastly increased risk of poverty, homelessness, school dropout, discrimination and loss of life’s opportunities.( Source: UNICEF: childinfo.org) Read about one sustainable solution to the problem, Nyumbani Orphan […]