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Guatemala Celebrates World Environment Day

20161231_230227304_iOS.jpgThe United Nations has established June 5 as World Environment Day. Guatemala is a country with a great diversity of climates, landscapes, soils and ecosystems. The Guatemalan biodiversity is distributed throughout the country with 34% of the national territory being covered by forest area, but this has been affected in recent years due to the high rates of deforestation and pollution that are generated in the country.

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Happy Mother's Day María Isabel Silva

IMG_3688.JPGMaria raises and sells ducks to support her family. Maria became a mom at 16 years old. She speaks of the discrimination due to being pregnant at such a young age. However, despite the suffering and the financial problems her husband Elmer have a strong marriage. 

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Happy Labor Day Guatemala

Imagen1_(2).jpgInternational Labor Day is celebrated around the world and Guatemala is no exception. This day commemorates the struggle of workers to enforce their labor rights. Thanks to these struggles today workers have fair working conditions. However, there are sectors that continue to fight for job opportunities that allow them to meet their needs and be able to develop in an environment of equality.

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Peru Flood Victims Needing Donations of Materials Goods - Accepted this Week

The_intenst_sun_requires_people_to_cover_their_heads_with_whatever_they_can.JPGShipping Charity International in partnership with XPO Logistics Global Forwarding has donated a shipping container to be sent to Peru. We’d love your help filling the container!  

While the flooding in Peru has stopped, relief efforts in the region are far from finished. The CHOICE Peru team has been working with local partners to help drive, fund, and implement relief and reconstruction efforts. The CHOICE Peru team reports that the damage in the Piura is severe, with more than 800,000 people displaced and 100,000 homes destroyed. The relief efforts on the ground are struggling to provide basic relief supplies to the displaced, which are living in massive tent cities while homes are rebuilt. In these cities there is never enough shelter or food; many tents host 3 or more families, and most of the displaced people are only receiving one meal a day. 

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CHOICE Humanitarian partners with Microsoft Edge to launch Accent digital literacy tool

first.jpgChoice Humanitarian in partnership with Microsoft Edge, develop a browser-based literacy solution for women in Guatemala. Extreme poverty is multidimensional and measured beyond income. Some of the additional indicators reflecting acute deprivations are with respect to health, education, and standard of living. But, we know when a community focuses on literacy; the general health and standard of living naturally increase. That is why we’ve partnered with Microsoft Edge to create Accent, a browser-based, digital literacy platform that will help women in remote Guatemala gain access to their country’s economy, government, culture, and language.

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CHOICE Humanitarian Working on Peru Flood Relief

In the past three months, heavy rain has caused severe flooding across South America. This flooding has caused extraordinary damage to towns and villages in Peru, where they have received over 60 inches of rain, overflowing rivers and destroying vital water, waste, and transportation infrastructure.  CHOICE Peru was established in 2010 working with 12 families. That number has now grown to well over 300 families. 

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Shout out to Kenya Village Health Workers on World Health Day

Can a rural Kenyan community of thousands of people not living in close proximity take an active role in their health and health-related development issues?

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Threads in my Tapestry - Guest Blog Post

first_photo.JPGWhen you hear someone say, "I went to Mexico." What comes to mind? Cruise ships. A picturesque vista. Palm trees. Fruity beverages. Oh, and tropical weather. Yes, all the vacation-y things. You typically don't imagine your days south of the border to be serenaded by birds and your freezing cold nights set to the soundtrack of about 1 million dogs. 

In this particular case, they were.  

                      **PAUSE** 

                                                       

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Water - “It's something I cannot believe”

Bolivia is located in the center of South America and is rich in natural beauty and culture, but it is one of the poorest countries on the planet. More than 2.5 million Bolivians do not have access to potable water services and another 5 million lack sanitation services. upload_-1(17).jpg

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A Father's Journey

Benito Vargas has a wife and five children. What he does not have is a left foot or a right arm. Cover_Photo.jpg

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