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    Sustainable Development Goals: Promoting Good Health in Garbage Dump Communities

    Have you heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? The Global Goals are a shared framework for NGOs, governments and the international community as a whole for eliminating worldwide poverty by the year 2020. As an organization holding consultative status with the UN, International Samaritan shares in the vision of the SDGs and

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    Remembering Debissa Worku

     In November, an innocent soul went home to be with God. Debissa Worku, an 8-year-old in our Step by Step Scholarship Program in Ethiopia, passed away after a four year struggle with childhood diabetes. “International Samaritan (assisted) him in every way possible, from purchasing medicine and paying medical bills to

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    Fire in Zone 3 Destroys Over 30 Homes

    On December 29 between the Christmas and New Year holidays, a terrible fire engulfed the Zone 3 neighborhood on the edge of the Guatemala City garbage dump. Zone 3 is the location of International Samaritan’s programs in Guatemala City, including the Francisco Coll School, Santa María Básico School, Santa Clara Nursery

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  • notes-from-the-field

    Notes from the Field

    Dear Friends,   In Ethiopia, food security is in a very critical state due to a major drought affecting over 10 million people. Expected rains at the beginning of the year did not arrive, and the country is now entering into its dry season. Fortunately, for the lucky ones in

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  • cyclists-brave-heat-wave-to-build-homes

    Cyclists Brave Heat Wave to Build Homes

    Not even a ruthless summer heat wave could stop 5 motivated cyclists’ passions for justice. On Saturday, July 23 5 young men came from different corners of the US to spend 3 days biking across the state of Michigan to raise money for International Samaritan’s homebuilding program in Granada, Nicaragua,

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    No Longer Going to Bed Hungry

    Viviana graduated in 2013 from our Step by Step Scholarship program in Guatemala. Currently, Viviana is working as a chef for a catering company in Guatemala City. Like all of our Step by Step Scholarship recipients in Guatemala, Viviana grew up in Zone 3, the garbage dump community, of Guatemala

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    Hunger Pains Cause Death

    (Photo Copyright: Timothy Bouldry) You may recognize the photo of the 7-year-old boy above, Jeshua. He was featured on the cover of a recent newsletter. We recently learned that Jeshua passed away. He lived and worked in La Chureca, the garbage dump in Managua, Nicaragua. He was addicted to sniffing glue,

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    Focus on Food

    Dear Friends, Of the many programs that International Samaritan sponsors, our food programs are some of the most vital. Whether it’s a toddler in our Guatemala City nursery eating breakfast or a mother packing lunch for her child in Kore, Ethiopia, food is an integral part of life than enables the community

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  • Landslide in Guatemala City Dump

    Yesterday afternoon a tragic event occurred: a major landslide in part of the Guatemala City garbage dump that at this time has left 4 dead, 15 buried and many more missing. A grandfather of one of the students in our Paso a Paso scholarship program is among those missing. One

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    Fr. Don Vettese, S.J. President Emeritus

    Following our Annual Board Meeting in Ann Arbor, Board members gathered for dinner at the Campus Inn, along with staff, volunteers, and supporters. Before the meal, Chairman Truman Timmis (left) and President Oscar Dussán (right) presented our founder, Father Don Vettese, S.J. (center), with the President Emeritus Award. The award

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