Posts Tagged: “Kathy Spahn”

Will a push to tackle malnutrition impact G8 leaders?

This article was originally written by HKI President and CEO Kathy Spahn for the Global Post. View original post.

Commentary: G8 Summit gathering is opportunity to scale up international commitment to improving nutrition around the world.

A child in Tanzania receives a high dosage Vitamin A supplement. Photo c. HKI/Trevor Snapp

A group of government, business, science and NGO leaders are gathering in London for “Nutrition for Growth,” a special meeting hosted by theUK and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation to “galvanize leadership to deliver a transformational effect on maternal and child under nutrition across the world.”

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Fight Malnutrition by Empowering Mothers Around the World

This posted was originally written for the Huffington Post by HKI President and CEO Kathy Spahn. View original post.

Mother’s Day is a time to come together as families and friends to celebrate some of our greatest nurturers, teachers and providers. It’s not easy being a mother under any circumstance, but I am particularly inspired by, and mindful of, the mothers we serve in countries where malnutrition and food insecurity still persist.

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Categories Africa, Reducing Malnutrition

Salamata’s Story: How One Mother Makes a Difference

Salamata is a community leader, farmer, mother, and grandmother.

In her village in Burkina Faso in western Africa, Ouoba Salamata is a Grandmother—with a capital “G.”  Not only does she care for her immediate family, but also for her entire village.  And, like many grandmothers – with a small “g”, she has lived a life filled with hard work, sacrifice, and boundless love for her family.

Wherever I travel, the faces of everyday heroes become imprinted in my memory. I recently returned from a visit to Helen Keller International’s programs in Burkina Faso where I met Salamata, a hard-working, brave member of her village.  When I saw how she has utilized HKI’s programs to transform life for her entire community, I knew I had to share her inspiring story with you.

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Categories Africa, Reducing Malnutrition

What do NBC News Anchor Brian Williams and Helen Keller have in common?

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This blog is written by Peggy O’Neill, HKI’s Vice President of Development, Individual Giving.

Seeing world renowned television journalist and HKI champion, Brian Williams back on air last night with the return of Rock Center, reminded me of this year’s Spirit of Helen Keller Gala.

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Nutrition’s Time Has at Long Last Come

Kathy Spahn discusses her participation in the launch of IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report, and the window of opportunity that has opened for nutrition
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This blog is by Kathy Spahn, HKI’s President & CEO. Ms. Spahn was asked to speak about the rising profile of nutrition in the development agenda at the launch of IFPRI’s new flagship publication, the Global Food Policy Report.

On April 23rd I participated on a panel organized by IFPRI, the International Food Policy Research Institute, to launch their first Global Food Policy Report, a comprehensive report about major food policy developments and challenges of the past few years, and the outlook for 2012.

It’s an exciting time to be working in nutrition; at long last its star is on the rise. When I first joined Helen Keller International there weren’t many organizations like us or IFPRI that concentrated specifically on nutrition and its vital role in the health and development of nations. Over the past few years, beginning with the 2008 Lancet series, which highlighted the central links between nutrition and food security, to the more recent launch of the 1,000 Days campaign and the promotion of the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) framework, it seems everyone is now thinking about nutrition. It’s even on the agenda of the World Economic Forum and the G8!

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With Better Support Women Farmers Could Feed Millions More

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This post was written by Kathy Spahn, Helen Keller International’s President & CEO and also appeared on the 1,000 Days Blog.

I participated in a panel yesterday hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that focused on the role of women in promoting transformative agricultural development and food security. As Secretary Clinton noted, if women farmers were given equal resources – land, seeds, water, credit and access to markets – they could grow enough to feed another 150 million people each year! With this compelling fact in hand, the discussion got off to a lively start, and ranged from talk about men and tractors to talk about vitamins and land rights.

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Categories Asia-Pacific, Reducing Malnutrition

Oh What A Night!

HKI’s Spirit of Helen Keller Gala a Smashing Success
Kathy Spahn, Meryl Streep, Reinold Geiger ©HKI/Joe Vericker-PhotoBureau

This post was written by Peggy O’Neill, Vice President of Development, Individual Giving.

Herbs from Provence, a Hollywood legend, and vitamin A.  What do they have in common?  All took center stage on Tuesday, May 24th at Helen Keller International’s sixth annual Spirit of Helen Keller Gala.

Over 300 guests filled the Grand Ballroom at the Pierre Hotel on Tuesday, May 24th to support HKI’s programs to prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition and celebrate our honorees, Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (PFS) and Reinold Geiger, CEO of L’OCCITANE en Provence.  Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised a remarkable $825,000 for HKI’s sight-and life-saving programs!  And donations are still coming in! more…

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How to Be Inspired by Your Job Every Day: Meet HKI’s Kathy Spahn

An interview with HKI's President and CEO
Kathy Spahn in Mozambique

Have you ever dreamt about having more fun at your job, or wondered why some people really look forward to going to work every day? Ask Kathy Spahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helen Keller International, about her work. Even after five years, she still feels rewarded and energized by her job. I recently asked Kathy to tell us about her journey to HKI and what inspires her the most.

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Categories Africa, Asia-Pacific, Helen Keller, Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition, Staff Profiles, United States

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

Celebrating National Carrot Cake Day
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You got to give it to Americans; we really like a reason to celebrate. Believe it or not, February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day! On this day, we celebrate the moist, spicy, sometimes nutty, and usually-covered-in-cream-cheese-frosting, cake that has been pleasing palates for decades.  Food historians believe that carrot cake was first developed during the Middle Ages when sugars were expensive luxuries and people used the natural sugar content of carrots to sweeten desserts (this is according to foodtimeline.org).  In celebration of National Carrot Cake Day, I’d like to take a moment to pay special homage to carrot cake’s main ingredient, the carrot!

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Categories Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition