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Photo Series: Trees of Hope

Photo Series: Trees of Hope

We're committed to giving farmers fair pricing for their crops and improving their standard of living. Our first initiative as a new company was to purchase new cashew tree saplings and, with the help of my family and employees, plant them as gestures of love in the poor villages.
Putting moms and their families first

Putting moms and their families first

By Stephanie Chen, CARE Policy Communications Manager It’s not often that policy makers get to tell the stories of the moms and families they meet when they travel to see U.S. foreign assistance investments.  Last November, the poverty-fighting organization CARE brought Reps. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., and Mike Quigley, D-Ill......
Forgiveness on the farm

Forgiveness on the farm

This is my friend Maria. She is one of the 18,000 people that live in Ruli, Rwanda, and she is tall, beautiful, and kind, but she is certainly not afraid to put someone in their place. I met Maria last May when we she was applying to be in Kula Project’s coffee program, and despite the language barrier, we felt to be kindre...
Ebola in 2015: The Road Ahead

Ebola in 2015: The Road Ahead

As 2015 dawned, Ebola Deeply spoke with a cross-section of voices engaged in the fight against Ebola. We talked about lessons learned, hopes for the new year, questions of accountability and trust. And most importantly, we asked: What can the world do now?
5 almost vaccines

5 almost vaccines

It’s often said that prevention is better than cure, but vaccines can often play hard to get. So, in 2015, it’s still the case that we don’t have vaccines for some of the deadliest diseases on the planet. But that doesn’t mean they’re not on their way.
Fighting for her farm and her daughters

Fighting for her farm and her daughters

When her husband died in in 2009, Gladys Chepkorir had no time to linger on the grief. “Immediately after he died, his family started to ask me for the title deed,” she said. Her mother-in-law told her that in spite of the three daughters Gladys and her husband had together, Gladys’ husband had died “like a tree witho
What textile entrepreneurship has to do with community health and Ebola

What textile entrepreneurship has to do with community health and Ebola

At first, our scholars were afraid. They were frightened by the images they saw and the news articles they read in our computer lab, describing the strange virus that had spread so quickly. The idea that you could get this disease by shaking hands with someone who was coughing or sneezing, or sharing a meal with someone who h
Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

The Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 1 million more people could be food insecure in West Africa from Ebola by March, according to the World Food Program (WFP). Though we see and hear almost daily that the Ebola outbreak is a global public health crisis, what we don’t of...
Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

By Anne Boher. This piece is reposted from UNICEF. After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school. KENEMA, Sierra Leone – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary,…...
Lessons of a Social Entrepreneur: Don’t be afraid to dare

Lessons of a Social Entrepreneur: Don’t be afraid to dare

By Amadou “Chico” Cissoko, a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative. My mother always told me that I was pretentious. And when I looked it up in the dictionary, I found that one of the synonyms for pretentious was ambitious: a strong desire to do or achieve something or a desire and…...
Opportunity and dignity, not pity

Opportunity and dignity, not pity

By Don Larson, founder, Sunshine Nut Company. This piece is reposted from Skoll World Forum with permission from the author.  How do you provide hope? You establish your company in a developing country with the intention of bringing hope to the poor and orphaned. You leave behind your posh lifestyle in suburban America and ......
4 Things Ebola taught me about myself

4 Things Ebola taught me about myself

By Emily Roenigk. This piece appeared originally here in conjunction with World Relief. It has been updated to reflect December 11, 2014 data.  For most Americans, it’s taken over 6,300 burials in West African soil and four in the U.S. to realize that what’s threatening humans in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberi......