Real people. Real stories.

Hear from the people doing the work to end poverty—our community members! These are real people sharing their incredibly inspirational stories of struggle and overcoming. You’ll also find facts about global hunger, climate change, and women’s empowerment and how it all ties into the fight for a poverty-free world.

Latest Stories

Bringing Home the Books

Sarah teaches Grade 3 literacy in Bunashimolo, a small community located in Bukiende, Uganda. In addition, Sarah is a wife and mom with three kids of her own under the age of 10: Josephat, Betina, and little Blessing.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

How are you doing—really doing?

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From Washed Out to Thriving

Jean farms for a living, but it isn’t easy. The soil in the Rwandan community of Ruhindage is acidic and the hilly landscape causes crops to wash away when it rains, making farming an unpredictable (and often unproductive) livelihood.

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It Takes a Village

You've probably heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child," before. After all, it's well known that community support is crucial for raising a child! But what happens when those helping hands never arrive and, in their place, a new mother is shamed by her community?

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Recipe: Doro Wat

Doro Wot is a tasty, traditional Ethiopian chicken dish, often quite spicy. It is widely enjoyed at Christmastime, a comforting taste of home for many Ethiopians. This recipe comes to us all the way from Samson, the FH Senior Program Manager for the Sasiga communities.

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Recipe: Doro Wat

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Hope Is A Person

Now we are in the Advent season!

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Loun gives poverty the flush!

Right now, there are 3.5 billion people still living without safe toilets. Because of a lack of sanitation, diseases spread among their families and communities, killing 1,000 children under the age of five every single day. This global situation poses a threat to half the world’s population and puts women, girls, and vulnerable groups at risk of harm.

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Starting a Child Strong

On World Children’s Day, we’re highlighting the need to start strong!

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Cookies for Change

It all started with a sweet idea.

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Single Mother Grows Hope

When María’s husband unexpectedly passed away, she and her daughters, Yamilin (6) and Ana (3), moved back in with her aging mother and two sisters.

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Hope for the Next Generation

Cham comes from a family that didn’t know the value of formal education. Instead of attending school, they worked hard at their farming and did their best to survive. But Cham is determined that her family will be different

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Batwa People Are Reclaiming Their Place

It’s no surprise that Mandela and his peers felt like second-class citizens in their homeland. As members of the Indigenous Batwa Peoples in Burundi, they had faced discrimination from before they were even born.

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How New Water Grows New Food

I think we can all agree that water is essential to life on Earth.

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Why Mental Health Matters

When Deborah was just 12 years old, she was kidnapped and held captive with a group of young girls for two months. By the time she escaped and returned home, the damage was done. Her harrowing ordeal haunted her into her teens and adulthood. Fearing social stigma, she told no one the truth about what had happened, except for her mother and sister. She had been a victim of human trafficking, but she didn’t feel like a survivor. She felt restless, fearful, and depressed. She isolated herself from friends and community. She couldn’t work—she could barely brush her own hair.

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Better Together

After her husband died, Rachel wasn’t able to feed her four children on her own, much less pay school fees. The yields from their 10 acre farm were so low.

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A Bottle of Hope

Juana will never forget the little water bottle that she carried to school every day. Water access close to home (or in your house!) is critical to development. Girls in Guatemala need access to water to help them stay in school.

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From Drop-Out to Role Model

How a Young Girl is Transforming her Community's Future

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The Great Admin Rate Debate

If you’re like most Canadians, the admin rate (i.e. the percentage of donations spent on administration and overhead) comes out somewhere on top. In some ways this is fabulous, and in some ways–perhaps surprisingly–it is not.

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The Great Admin Rate Debate

Are there hidden costs to low-cost programming?

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