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A Fukushima Mother's Story

Yukie Hashimoto   |  December 19, 2014

I have spent days that felt both long and short these three and half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The experience during these three years was something my family and I have never gone through before.

My hometown is just 50km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The huge earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, and evacuation procedures started for people living within a 30km radius from the power plant, but there was no indication for people living within 50km radius, where my home was. I was really concerned whether my home was safe or not.

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Nuclear on agenda for World Conference in Sendai

Takeshi Komino  |  December 18, 2014

At the 2013 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, a Japanese newspaper article stated “Nuclear will not be on the agenda of World Conference in 2015.” Someone was trying to advocate for this and the Japanese government’s stance was the same as this headline. They stated that the Hyogo Framework for Action should deal with natural disasters and not human-made disasters such as the one in Fukushima in 2011.

Since then, CWS Japan has led the creation of an advocacy network in Japan called the Japan CSO Coalition for 2015WCDRR (JCC2015) along with Peace Boat and the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation.  The network has almost 100 member agencies/networks now and is the biggest advocacy network in Japan working on disaster risk reduction global policy.

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What'd you give?!

Rev. Courtney Richards  |  December 15, 2014

“What did you give?”

“What’d you get? What’d YOU get? What’d you GET?”

Isn’t that often the refrain? At birthdays, Christmas, whatever gift giving occasion there may be ... we see the size of the box, or hear the rattle, or wonder at the shape and we always want to know what someone gets.

But NOT THIS YEAR. This year ... right now ... I’d like to know what you give.

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2014: In Humanitarian World, Fight Against Climate Change and Hunger Continue

Chris Herlinger  |  December 10, 2014

The year in the humanitarian world? It ends with agencies scrambling to respond to another typhoon in the Philippines (luckily not as severe as last year's but still plenty worrisome), as well as bravely continuing work in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

What 2014 has principally been, though, is a year of constant and churning problems, in which the challenges of climate change and food security (the availability and access to food) became more acute and ever-more clear.

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ICN2 - Better Nutrition Means Better Lives

Julia Suryantan, M.D.  |  December 9, 2014

We know that to achieve nutrition security, we need not only food, but we need good quality of food, and access to health care, safe water, sanitation and a healthy environment.

In late November, I and over 2,200 other participants attended the Second International Conference on Nutrition, including representatives from more than 170 governments, 150 representatives from civil society and nearly 100 from the business community. It was a high-level inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization.

The first ICN was conducted in 1992. The purpose of ICN2 was to review the progress made since ICN1, reflect on nutrition problems that remain and look at new challenges and opportunities

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"Whaddayaknow" About Giving?

Amy Porter  |  December 3, 2014

Every year, I am impressed with the Nashua Interfaith CROP Hunger Walk in New Hampshire for their commitment to raising awareness as well as funds to fight hunger locally and globally.

This year at Nashua’s 30th anniversary Walk, the group took the lead of Deirdra Schmidt, long-time education coordinator for the Walk, to create a bingo game based on 30 ways to give from the CWS Best Gift catalogue.  They selected 30 ways that CROP Hunger Walks help people here at home and around the world, and made up a giant board with photos and text.  They also made up a bingo sheet with thirty spaces to be filled in with stickers.

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Faced with Insecurity, We Find Solidarity

Malinda Britt  |  November 24, 2014

Last year, Honduras declared a state of emergency due to coffee rust plague, a plant disease that caused widespread devastation of farms across Central America. For families living in the rural communities of Nueva Frontera, a municipality in western Honduras, devastation is an understatement. Whether they are small coffee producers or hand labor on larger farms, the rust has robbed many families of their main source of income and, consequently, their food security.

According to Ramona Rivera, of the La Cumbre community, “This last year was very sad for us, because practically the entire coffee farm was destroyed by the rust. And this was something we couldn’t control.”

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