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IN THE CROSSFIRE

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IN THE CROSSFIRE

Homicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Oakland.

“Stand up if someone close to you has died as a result of gun violence,” a teenage girl asks an Oakland, California junior high classroom. Half the class stands up.

“Stand up if you know you could get a gun in 24 hours,” she asks. Nearly the entire classroom stands up.

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STEPPING OUT OF POVERTY

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STEPPING OUT OF POVERTY

Economic advancement seems unattainable for the world’s poorest people.

Around the globe 1.2 billion people survive on less than one dollar per day, eking out a living too meager to afford adequate food, shelter or clothing, let alone schooling or medicine.

Some are unemployed; others do unpaid domestic labor, work for poverty wages or subsist on a small business of their own.

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SOLID FOUNDATIONS

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SOLID FOUNDATIONS

After more than a decade of ethnic and political conflict the former Yugoslavia has been divided into numerous countries.

The breakup of the region has been ongoing since the 1990’s, and most recently Kosovo declared its independence in 2008. These newly-formed countries are still struggling to assert their independent and economic identities.

CHF International aids communities throughout the Balkan region to rebuild infrastructure and economies and to restore social cohesion.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“It makes me feel so good to be able to do something to alleviate this feeling of ‘what can I do?’ Well, I can do this, and it is making a difference.”

We read about poverty, famine and disease in the newspapers. Images of war and disaster flicker across our television screens.

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RESOUNDING SUCCESS

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RESOUNDING SUCCESS

It is often said that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. But what happens when you receive something you have been missing?

What if a health ailment improves — or a relationship is renewed? Even more, what happens when you help to facilitate that change for someone else?

The Starkey Hearing Foundation offers answers. For 35 years, the foundation has provided hearing aids and medical care to people experiencing hearing loss around the world.

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JAMES NACHTWEY

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JAMES NACHTWEY

James Nachtwey is perhaps the most well-known and highly-respected photojournalist living today. For almost 30 years he has photographed inside conflict zones intimately documenting urgent social issues. His freelance work has taken him to every corner of the globe to produce photographic essays in North and South America, Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. Nachtwey’s often raw and intensely close images have made millions keenly aware of little-known human suffering and acts of war.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1970, Nachtwey spent six years teaching himself photography, working, and apprenticing for a news film editor. He began his photojournalism career with a newspaper in New Mexico. Four years later, he moved to New York to freelance for magazines.

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