I had the privilege today to spend time right outside of Chimoio, Mozambique yesterday, in Vanduzi Town. Africare is doing some amazing work in this village called Project COPE. Africare, partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the government of Mozambique (who provided the land), had built 30 new homes for families in need, many of whom were suffering from HIV. The homes were made with 100% local supplies and modern materials, rather than the traditional homes in the area. They were painted in a handsome, ochre color, and they featured sloped roofs that reached almost to the ground in order to prevent the rains from damaging walls of the house over time.
Traveling throughout Mozambique on the east coast of Africa to Rwanda, Sen. Frist will be chronicling his experiences in a blog with Hope through Healing Hands and other organizations from July 13-22.

Help kids survive

May 14 2008

Today, 27,000 children under the age of 5 around the world will die from preventable or treatable causes, such as pneumonia, diarrhea and newborn complications.

Today we celebrate a fundamental human emotion: the love between a mother and child. But if flowers and a sentimental card are all that interests you this Mother's Day, stop reading now.
In this country and most of the world, preserving the health of mothers and their children requires more than a greeting card. It will take renewed commitment to basic health care practices and fairness.

Kids at risk globally

May 07 2008

Nearly 27,000 infants and children under age 5 around the world die daily - or almost 10 million a year - for reasons as preventable as keeping an infant's head warm.
Inexpensive medical care for such easily treatable diseases as pneumonia and diarrhea could save the lives of millions of children worldwide every year, particularly in poor undeveloped countries, a U.S.-based charity said in a report Tuesday.

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