Starting Over in Bidibidi

An Interview with South Sudanese Refugee, Nema Nyoka Keni

July 13, 2017
Danielle Etter

Atrocities of War

There is no easy way to put it. Since July 2016 when fighting once again broke out in Juba, the people of South Sudan have been starved to death and murdered outright. Gun fire, throats slit, locked in their homes and burned alive. There are now 290,000 people at risk of dying from malnutrition due to the destruction of farms and the blocking of aid. Many go to aid tents, just to be gunned down.

“…when fighting started in South Sudan, life became very bad. You find you lost your...

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Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Staff Stories

Changing Lives for the Better

July 06, 2017
Daniel Wakibi
Background

Real Medicine Foundation has been active in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement since 2008, when we were named UNHCR-OPM Operational Partner and began our still-successful health program, supporting the existing health centers with medication, medical and cleaning supplies, medical personnel, and support staff; renovating Panyadoli Heath Centre III; providing hospital supplies such as beds, bed sheets, and hospital equipment; setting up a solar-powered water source that supplies the health centers and the refugee community with clean water; and conducting medical camps for various illnesses, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. Since RMF looks...

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Two Inspiring Stories for World Refugee Day

Equipping Refugees by Liberating Human Potential

June 20, 2017
Background

Since 2011, RMF has been inspiring hope in the young people of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and the host community, by offering skills training at our Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). The program started, as suggested by the community, with training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and Tailoring and Garment Cutting, and has grown to offer two more courses: Carpentry and Joinery and Bricklaying and Concrete Practice. After completing the three-month training program, students take DIT examinations to be certified in their field of study. Many graduates have gone on to start successful businesses...

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Stories of Women Impacting Change

Encouraging Healthy Behaviors

March 09, 2017
Rakesh Dhole and Deanna Boulard

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From Poor Housewife to Accomplished Government Health Supervisor

Liberating Human Potential

Rekah Mawi is a resident of the Barwani Tribal district of Madhya Pradesh, India. At an early age, she married a daily wage earner named Anil. Rekha soon realized that her husband was an alcoholic, and his meager daily income coupled with his frequent, compulsive spending on alcohol was not enough to support the family. Rekha was specially concerned for the welfare of their two children. On April 1, 2010, Rekha met with Radha Chouhan, the District Coordinator of RMF India’s...

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#BeBoldForChange

An Interview with Serbia Country Director N'Deane Helajzen

March 08, 2017

bōld/
adjective
1. (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous. “A bold attempt to solve the crisis.”

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close until 2186. Fortunately, this fate is not set and RMF is working to empower women and girls to #BeBoldForChange.

In light of International Women’s Day, we asked some of our boldest female staff members about their vision for the women of their country.

N’Deane Helajzen is RMF’s Program Director, Serbia, and also supports the coordination of our global programs. She is...

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German foreign aid is at a record high and rising.

Here is how it works.

February 02, 2017
https://www.devex.com/news/german-foreign-aid-is-at-a-record-high-and-rising-here-is-how-it-works-89366

German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.

Catherine Cheney included part of Dr. Martina Fuchs’ feedback on how Germany is aiding refugees in Part 2 of her article series for Devex: “German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.” She highlights how the number of refugees seeking shelter in Germany is growing and the social service benefits they will receive while there.

By the end of 2016, more than two-third of refugees coming to Europe find shelter in Germany, and once they are...

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Yusuf Bisiku

Healing Found at Panyadoli Health Centre

December 28, 2016

Yusuf Bisiku

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Yusuf Bisiku is a three-and-a-half-year-old boy; a refugee living at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Yusuf had symptoms of malaria and he was vomiting. After an investigation by RMF’s laboratory technicians, he was diagnosed with severe malaria and being underweight. He looked like a much younger child. After the diagnosis, Yusuf was immediately put on treatment.

Yusuf’s mother explained that they did not have enough food since fleeing South Sudan. They survived on water and biscuits and some food begged from well-wishers they found along the way....

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Samelle Joseph

A Life-Changing Day

December 19, 2016

Samelle Joseph

Free Surgery Begets a Lifetime of Opportunities

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Samelle Joseph is a 10-year-old girl who has been living with a very severe form of Blount’s disease, a deformity of the lower limbs that commonly afflicts a specific ethnic group in Haiti. The disease also includes increased weight and specific morphologic features, as well as moderate to severe progressive medial leg bowing and tibial bone changes.

Because of the deformation caused by Blount’s disease, Samelle and children like her face physical disability, discrimination, limited opportunities,...

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Noemi: Case Study

A Specific Financial Need in Peru

December 05, 2016
Magali M. de Pujalt

Noemi

Hope Through Continued Treatment

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7-year-old Noemí is youngest of four siblings, and was born on March 11, 2009 in San Clemente. At two days old, she was taken to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia and had to stay in an incubator for several days.

In 2011, when Noemí was 2 years old, she would try to stand up, but was not able to. Her legs had no strength or stability. Her parents (her father owned a shoe...

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Promoting Girls' Health and Education in Pakistan

An Interview with Dr. Rubina Mumtaz

December 01, 2016
Danielle Etter


For the past two months, I have had the honor of communicating with RMF Pakistan’s Country Director, Dr. Rubina Mumtaz. We have texted, emailed, and Skyped so that she could share her knowledge and expertise regarding RMF’s Menstrual Hygiene Management Project, resulting in the previous two blogs. Over the course of our communications, I have developed such respect and admiration for Dr. Mumtaz. She is intelligent, passionate about her work, and dedicated to see women and girls empowered to their fullest potential.

Finally, we get to hear straight from Dr. Mumtaz as she...

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