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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for All

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for All September 21, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The Water and Sanitation Crisis | Starting with Water | How to Solve the Crisis: Collaboration | Opportunity's Collaboration on WASH | Moving Forward Together In the first hour of your day, you might brush your teeth, take a shower, wash your face, and use the bathroom. You may make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, or simply fill a bottle with water. And if you’re anything…

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Backpacks and Possibilities

by Lydia Baldridge Meier

I just sent my two kids, 6 and almost 4, off to their first day of the new school year. My first-grader was thrilled to head back. She loves everything about school. My preschooler was reticent, so I spent a good deal of the morning telling him about all the new adventures that await him—that anything is possible at school! I am so fortunate that my husband and I were able to write the pre-school tuition check, buy school supplies, pack nutritious lunches and send the kids off with shiny new backpacks.…

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Accessible, High-Quality, Sustainable Education for All: Exploring SDG 4

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Accessible, High-Quality,Sustainable Education for All August 24, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Our Secret Weapon | What Happens When Children Are Educated | Accessibilty, Quality and Sustainability | Ensuring Access, Improving Quality and Seeking Sustainability | Ensuring Education for All Imagine, for a moment, kindergarten. Your days are full of finger painting, imagination and writing your letters and numbers. You learn to share, work with others and…

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Promoting Peace Through Community and Opportunity

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Promoting Peacethrough Community and Opportunity July 28, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Seeking Peace | Escaping the FARC and Escaping Violence | How Opportunity Promotes Peace and Justice | Entering into Violent Communities to Promote Peace | Moving Forward in Peace Yineth’s entire childhood was plagued by violence. As a young girl growing up in rural Colombia, her family struggled to make ends meet. When she was eight years old, she learned that the man…

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What We're Reading: Nicholas Kristof

by Atul Tandon

I have good news to share. For the first time in history, less than 10% of the world lives in extreme poverty—and every day, another 250,000 people graduate from extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. We are encouraged and optimistic because the data shows us that we are slowly but surely achieving our goals, and I am honored to lead an organization that plays a role in this progress. Together, we are working tirelessly each and every day, moving closer to our vision of a world without extreme…

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Partnering for Health and Well-Being: Exploring SDG3

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Partnering for Healthand Well-Being June 20, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Good Health and Well-Being | Child Health | Maternal Health | HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases | Partnering to Save Lives For the past few months, we have been exploring the Sustainable Development Goals—the set of benchmarks the UN created as global guidelines for development and poverty alleviation. These goals are inextricably linked with one another. Like the body described…

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Opportunity In Action: May

by Opportunity International

Opportunity In Action May Edition May 25, 2017 People like to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” But what good will it do if a fisherman doesn't have a fishing rod or doesn’t know where to sell his fish? In order to thrive, entrepreneurs must have access to markets, technology, banking, roads, water, education and more—which is why Opportunity International equips clients with the knowledge and infrastructure they need…

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Beyond the Fishing Rod: Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Beyond the Fishing Rod:Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9 May 22, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Sustainable Development Goal 9 | Building Infrastructure—and Possibility—in Nicaragua | Information Technology and the Power of Mobile Phones | Improving Farming Through Access to Irrigation | The Future of Infrastructure and Innovation I recently finished reading a book written by South African comedian Trevor Noah. In it, he discusses his…

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Planting a Seed of Opportunity: An Infographic

by Opportunity International

Two out of every three African farmers are living in poverty, despite having incredible potential to grow their underutilized farms. Opportunity International provides ambitious farmers who want to work their way out of poverty with access to the right tools to grow their farms. With Opportunity International’s financial services, knowledge, connections and technologies, farmers can grow more crops, increase their incomes and sustainably feed their families and communities. See how planting a single…

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She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity - A Mother's Day Tribute

by Lydia Baldridge Meier

We celebrate mothers the world over who work hard for their families. Thank you for believing in the beauty and strength of their labor, as celebrated in Proverbs 31: She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.…

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