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August 13, 2015
It was on an HKI Board trip to Sierra Leone in February 2014 that our group visited a small rural village en route to another location. We stopped at a health clinic to meet with members of the staff, some patients, and residents of the surrounding area served by the clinic. After introducing...
August 13, 2015
On my first trip to the field as a new Board member in 2008, we went to Singida, Tanzania, a full-day’s drive into the center of the country from Dar es Salaam, mostly down rutted dirt roads. The hotel’s mosquito bed nets had big holes in them, the shower emitted a trickle, but we were there to see...
August 13, 2015
“Life is an exciting business and most exciting when lived for other people.” - Helen Keller I’ve been working at Helen Keller International in the Operations department at headquarters since 2010, where my main responsibility has been making sure the office runs like a well-oiled machine on a day...
August 11, 2015
When the 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, late morning on a Saturday, many of us were unprepared for what would follow. The last big earthquake at this scale was almost 80 years ago. In what seemed like the ground was moving constantly, we experienced more than 113 earthquakes above 4.0...
August 10, 2015
Mette Kjaer Kinoti, HKI’s Vice President for Africa, recently visited Mali and met with some beneficiaries of the End Fund NTDs MMDP project in the health districts of Markala and Bla. During her visit, she met 65 year old Tieson from Markala. He lives in a remote village that is 45 km from the...
August 10, 2015
I remember the four hour interview I had to go through to get my position in the Finance and Admin office, but I must say it was truly worth every second. Working for HKI in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa regional office has been an escalation of both personal growth and work experience...
August 10, 2015
Soon after I graduated from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Ophthalmology , I worked in an eye hospital where I would see up to 100 patients a day and perform 100 surgeries a week. When I moved to Ethiopia, I worked for the government in Addis Ababa in challenging situations where there...
August 10, 2015
Vision is easy to take for granted--at least that's true for me. I try to be intentional about recognizing the good in life and giving thanks, but so many things still escape notice. I'm glad I can see, but it was never any deeper than that. My perspective changed a few years ago when my mom...
August 10, 2015
Working hard to make a living is not something new for Alveret Tloim, 38, a father of two from Mella village. After graduating from high school, he sold water around the village, served as a conductor on public transportation, and other odd jobs to help his family financially and to send his four...
July 30, 2015
“As a human being, we can never live alone. It is really a great blessing for me that I can be useful to others in reducing malnutrition among children in the area of the Besmalak Health Post.” Yohana Manao, 44, a mother of four in Hoi village, appreciates her volunteer duties at the Besmalak...

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