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Baseball in the Time of Cholera

Just 10 months after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history swept across Haiti. As of June 10, 2012, 555,328 cases of cholera had been reported, over 300,000 people had been hospitalized, and the disease had killed 7,260 people since the outbreak began. The situation stabilized for […]

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People helping themselves. Your support is critical.

Mardien Etienne, left, and Jille Jacques, weed a peanut field.

We are proud to share Groundswell’s 2011 annual report with you. Groundswell’s partners made incredible progress last year, and it was your generosity that made it all possible. Together we are supporting marginalized rural women and men around the world to regenerate their farms and landscapes, grow more food, and organize to create healthy communities and local economies. […]

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EkoRural plays key role in shaping Ecuador’s national food sovereignty movement

In December 2010, as part of Ecuador’s landmark Food Sovereignty Law, the Ecuadorian Congress established the Conferencia Plurinacional e Intercultural de Soberania Alimentaria – COPISA (Intercultural Council on Food Sovereignty) to engage civil society organizations and citizens in the design and implementation of its constitutional mandate to promote food sovereignty. EkoRural has strategically supported two […]

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Momentum… keep it going in 2012

Dear Friends, Like Cilianna Mars in La Victoire, Haiti, who leads work in her community to improve health through disease prevention and the production of natural medicines, we are happy with our progress and greatly appreciate your support. We have incredible momentum going into 2012. Last week we received a $30,000 grant from the Mary […]

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Taking advantage of new opportunities: health, urban-rural linkages, and climate change (part 7 of 8)

This is the seventh post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth posts. Taking advantage of new opportunities: health, urban-rural linkages, and climate change “In rural Burkina,” says Fatou Batta, “we […]

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Ekorural and partners win grant to advance sustainable food production and nutrition in the Andes

Ekorural, a Groundswell partner organization based in Ecuador, along with Wageningen University’s Communication and Innovation Studies Group, and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences recently won a grant from WOTRO, a division of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research that supports scientific research on development issues, in particular poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The […]

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Groundswell’s 2011 strategic objectives

Groundswell made a significant impact in 2010, and we have exciting plans for the year ahead. Our strategic objectives for 2011 are: Empower 500,000 people living on less than $1.25 per day to improve their lives. Consolidate and sustain: Consolidate strong partner programs for lasting impact in Haiti, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali. Spread […]

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Communities demonstrate resilience in the face of Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic

According to Haiti’s Ministry of Health, as of November 14 there have been 1,034 cholera related deaths and 16,799 infections. This is a fourfold increase in deaths and a fivefold increase in infections since our October 26 update. It is important to keep in mind that the Ministry of Health statistics include only reported cases. […]

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Cholera outbreak in Groundswell program areas

Thirty-nine people have died and hundreds are ill in Groundswell program areas located in the Artibonite Department. In the village of Bayonnais, 12 people have died, including one of the leaders of the coordinating committee of the Peasant Movement of Bayonnais, a key local partner organization. In the town of Saint Michel 27 people have […]

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