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Happy Global Handwashing Day from Action Against Hunger

October 15, 2012 is the fifth anniversary of Global Handwashing Day, which is a particularly special year because it marks a major goal in a child’s life- reaching their fifth birthday.  The importance of washing hands with soap cannot be overstated; research has shown that it is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrhea and pneumonia which cause more than 3.5 million child deaths every year.

As Floods Soak South Sudan, ACF Steps Up with Proven Solutions

Some things never change, even for the newest country in the world: South Sudan has been hit by another round of flooding. The period from August to October is known as the “flood season,” and each year thousands of people are displaced, and property and crops are destroyed.

This year has seen the worst floods in five years, but the good news is that in some areas, humanitarian actors and communities were prepared and a humanitarian emergency was minimized.

For Displaced Pakistanis, a Positive Way Forward

One is a 65-year-old woman, displaced by severe floods in 2010. The other is a 60-year-old man, a farmer forced from his fields and his home when the government’s clashes with regional insurgents intensified. They hail from different villages in Pakistan’s northern Nowshera District, and are unlikely to ever meet. But what they do share are compelling stories of human resilience in overcoming tremendous adversity to move forward positively with their lives—all with support from Action Against Hunger. These are their stories.

Amid Complexity, Progress in Tackling Deadly Hunger in Nigeria

If you simply scratch the surface, it appears as if Nigeria is having a golden moment. It’s a middle income country according to the World Bank, and is the second largest economy in Africa after South Africa. The U.S. gets 20 percent of its oil from Nigeria and is the nation’s largest foreign investor. And according to Citigroup, no country in the world will have a higher average GDP growth rate in the next 40 years than Nigeria.

Liquid Assets: Providing Clean Water Around the World

Chances are you’re reading this post at your desk, a bottle of water in easy arm’s reach. If you’re like us, you sip throughout your day—staying happy, healthy, hydrated. You might take a moment to give your ubiquitous H20 a little extra appreciation because this week, on Thursday, March 22nd, is World Water Day. It’s also a great day to remind ourselves that water is not ubiquitous for everyone. In fact, issues with water—its scarcity or its contamination—present a crisis to some 300 million people in emergency situations every year.

[PUBLICATION]: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Policy

Over the past decade, the humanitarian landscape within which ACF operates has become more complex. New hazards have emerged that complicate long-term efforts to extend water and sanitation services—challenges such as urbanization, environmental degradation, climate change and migration, as well as population growth and economic marginalization.

[VIDEO]: The Clean Water Access Initiative: Project Indonesia

In addressing the global water crisis, Action Against Hunger believes in the power of partnership. To illustrate this, we invite you to watch two videos explaining the the first project in our three-year collaboration with Tyco International. The videos show the first two phases of building a clean water system in Indonesia’s impoverished Nusa Tenggara Timur province:

[VIDEO]: Water as a Lifeline: Hygiene Promotion in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Extensive drought, hunger and displacement threatened millions of lives in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia during the 2011 Horn of Africa Crisis. In Kenya alone, 3.5 million people were affected by one of the worst droughts in 60 years. We responded quickly with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene programs to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases across Kenya’s Northeast.

Clean Water Access Initiative Sponsors Philippines Project

We’re teaming up with longtime partner Tyco on an emergency relief project to provide clean water to residents of the Philippine island of Mindanao in the aftermath of a damaging tropical storm.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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