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July 13, 2015
While on a field supervisory visit for the Hilton Trachoma Elimination Project , I entered the hut of a 5 year-old boy named Nazifi Aminou who had been referred as an “unsaveable case” by the local Chief Medical Officer at one of the health posts in the district of Madarounfa (Tahoua Region, 550 km...
July 10, 2015
Manju Thekre is a 23 year old resident of Ragiwada Village in the Darchula district of Nepal, where she lives with her husband, 17-month-old daughter, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and brother-in-law. Manju is identified as a “1000 days mother,” referring to the first 1000 days from conception up...
July 9, 2015
“I was inspired to construct a semi-intensive poultry coop after learning about its importance during a mothers’ group meeting at Tachai village. I could not continue to stand by while my poultry was ruining my neighbor’s Homestead Food Production (HFP) garden.” These are the words of Mr. Karna...
July 8, 2015
In the wake of the devastating 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal this past April, we went to the Nuwakot district to conduct field level assessments and focus group discussions with the communities in order to understand what needed to be done in order to rebuild and recover. We had visited a village...
July 8, 2015
I carried out a field visit to observe first-hand the work that the HKI-Niger staff had been conducting. One of HKI-Niger’s offices is located in Zinder – a large town some 895 kilometers from Niamey, Niger’s capital. As I was checking into my hotel I spotted a young man sitting with security...
July 7, 2015
Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSPs) have been scientifically proven to be the best source of vitamin A to combat the rapidly rising effects of vitamin A deficiency, one of which being blindness. At HKI, we believe that it is the responsibility of governments, research institutions, and NGOs to...
July 6, 2015
John Palmer, former President of Helen Keller International October 4, 2001 What attracted me to Helen Keller International wasn’t so much blindness, but the agency’s approach to international development. I think the paradigm that this agency embraced of trying to provide the ingredients to...
July 6, 2015
The Reaching Agent of Change (RAC) project advocates for improved policy and increased investment in the distribution of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) . It is a highly nutritious crop, full of micronutrients that are crucial for reducing hunger and Vitamin A deficiency. Through the RAC...
July 6, 2015
Ishowri is a Village Model Farmer (VMF) who lives in a small village in the Rasuwa district, situated in the north of Nepal’s central region. Most households in this community depend upon agriculture as their major source of livelihood. Ishwori is one of many women in the district who have been a...
July 2, 2015
Jansen Noyes, Jr., Treasurer, President, and Chairman, successively, of HKI Board of Trustees, 1947 – 1992. January 14, 1993 I met Helen [Keller] at the American Foundation for the Blind when she wasn’t traveling, which she did for two or three months at a time every two or three years. She used to...

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