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The Story of Furaha Aline

When I first meet Furaha, she is at her home in Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda. She’s surrounded by her six beautiful children. Ranging from newborn to age 12, they appear to be a very tight-knit family. I am immediately…

Top 20 Photos of 2020: A Year in Review

Let’s remember back to the start of this year. I recall feeling full of hope and blissfully unaware of what was about to unfold. Sitting at my home desk 12 months later, it invigorates me to imagine the chorus of…

Remembering that Jesus was a Refugee

The story of Christ’s birth conjures striking similarities between that time and today. When we think about our calling at Medical Teams International – to boldly break barriers to health and restore wholeness in a hurting world – it’s humbling…

Born Too Soon

Caring for Premature Infants A beautiful, tender moment. A reason to celebrate – the moment a newborn enters the world. For a baby born premature, it can also be a terrifying moment. Some of Medical Teams’ most important and rewarding…

In the Aftermath of a Hurricane, Luisa Looks for Hope

On November 2, Hurricane Eta struck Central America. Heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides. In its wake, the hurricane left damaged roads and uninhabitable conditions. Ready to Respond During hurricane season, we track many storms. This one was no different….

Mazen’s Story: Coping With Diabetes in a Refugee Settlement

No matter where you live, we are all affected by disease. What you may not realize is how different diseases run rampant depending on the country where you live. The difference used to be stark depending on your country’s economic…

Florence’s Story: Saving Her and Her Baby’s Life

Florence lives in Kyangwali refugee settlement with her five children and husband. She was pregnant with her sixth when she started having labor complications.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: One Family’s Thanksgiving Tradition

This year, holiday traditions may look a little different. But one thing doesn’t have to change – the way we focus on gratitude, generosity and community – even from afar. For Jim and Mary Lois Kuhns, one of their favorite…

International Day of the Girl

Almost 10 years ago, United Nations General Assembly named October 11th the “International Day of the Girl Child”. On this day, we acknowledge and remember the challenges faced by girls all over the world. We also remember individual girls, like…

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Writing about my Latinx heritage is complicated. In fact, I don’t often divulge my thoughts and feelings on the topic because there is so much to be said. While I have deep pride in the strength, courage and resilience of my family and our people, I also experience grief, sadness and anger over the corruption and poverty that has riddled each of…