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Indonesia: Don't forget to wash your hands October 15, 2008
A Mercy Corps survey in five provinces of Indonesia found that only 30 percent of school-age children wash their hands before eating and after using toilets. Handwashing reduces the spread of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhoea, a major cause of malnutrition in children.
West Bank and Gaza: Sports for Life October 15, 2008
In 2008, the Palestinian Federation for the Disabled became the Palestinian Paralympics Committee (PPC). Its purpose is to enhance the skills and abilities of people with disabilities through sports.
Kyrgyzstan: Teaching street kids a lesson October 15, 2008
In Kyrgyzstan, it is estimated that between 2,000 to 15,000 children work in order to help support their families economically. Most of these children do not go to school regularly.
China: Epilogue August 6, 2008
I have been back in the United States since Saturday afternoon. As usual, these first few days have been experienced — and felt — through the blurriness of a fifteen-hour time difference between Oregon and China. Jet lag renders everything into vagaries.
China: A Rare Treasure August 1, 2008
I think what I'll always remember about distribution day in Yunji is the range of emotions.
China: Literally Beautiful August 1, 2008
China: Turnabout July 30, 2008
I interviewed them for a half-hour, and then they interviewed me for an hour. And I think they asked the tougher questions.
China: Adding Oil July 29, 2008
A displacement camp isn't an easy place for a child to live. Besides the confines of the camp structure, there is a lack of open, green play areas. Also, the very place is a daily reminder of the tragedy and trauma that has brought them and their families there.
China: The World's Youngest Principal July 15, 2008
When I think about our first day distributing hygiene kits to displaced earthquake survivors, I will most remember the bravery of a 17-year-old school principal.
Lebanon: Making Movies July 8, 2008
A disenchanted male teenager spends his days sleeping and his nights drinking and wandering the roads looking for trouble. The emptiness of daily life provides the focus for the film "Good Morning," produced by Lebanese teenagers Ranine Andraus, Christian Andraus and Shadi Sader.