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Archives: April 2011

2 Degrees Fundraiser in Support of Shining Hope

SHOFCO Fundraiser

Wesleyan Campus Director Ben Firn talks about his and 2 Degrees’ involvement with the Shining Hope fundraiser at Brew Bakers Cafe in Middletown, Connecticut.…

As a Mother – Dr. Karen Sadler

Dr. Karen Sadler with children outside of a clinic in Malawi

A child is a child—it doesn’t much matter whether he has the broad dark face of Malawi, the thinner brown one of Ethiopia or fine, blond hair and blue eyes. The sound of children on a playground is the same throughout the world.

On this trip, I hugged a few kids, tickled a few bellies, bought a stick wrapped in plastic from one dressed in rags from the window of a car, even scared one and sent her scampering back to her mother. In the slums of Nairobi, children played in open sewage on narrow dirt paths and called out …

2 Degrees Countertop Display

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2 Degrees – Malnutrition in Malawi

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Check out this video to gain a better understanding of malnutrition and see the 2 Degrees Team in action in Malawi.…

The Importance of Community Healthcare Workers

A CHW in Malawi checks a child for edema.

For thousands of years, issues of illness and health were managed within local communities by midwives, traditional medicine men and others trusted community members. With the advent of modern medicine, however, treatment and care gradually shifted from self-taught amateurs in the home to nurses and doctors in bustling hospitals. While this model is now the norm in the developed world, it can be problematic in the developing world, where there are often not enough doctors, nurses and facilities to meet the needs of local populations.

In the case of combating malnutrition, the old – and often ineffective – approach was …

2 Degrees and the Valid Nutrition factory in Malawi

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Our latest video from the Malawi trip covers our visit to the Valid Nutrition factory in Lilongwe. Check out the factory and meet some of Valid’s dedicated employees and how their operation benefits the local economy, as well as the children who benefit from RUTF.…

Kibera

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Our visit to the Kibera slum in Nairobi was one of the most moving experiences of our entire trip. Check out this album to see Kibera and the Shining Hope for Communities school and clinic. Shining Hope is an incredible organization dedicated to improving life for Kibera’s women and children.  (Photography: Leslie Tuttle)…

Ilana Nelson-Greenberg, Health Services Director of Shining Hope for Communities

Ilana Nelson-Greenberg at Shining Hope for Communities in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya

I have spent the last 9 months working with Shining Hope for Communities, (SHC), at a health clinic in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. I began soon after graduation from Brown University where I was a Development Studies major. I knew I wanted to spend this year abroad working with global health, and fortunately, my best friend from home attended Wesleyan with Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, (a former Kibera resident) the founders of SHC. Ken and Jess were a compelling duo, and, having studied the theory of development until it was oozing from my ears, I was excited …

The many faces of Nairobi, “Green City in the Sun”

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What do you picture when you think of Kenya?

Do you see lions napping in the setting sun? Giraffes galloping across vast plains? How about epic traffic jams and some of Africa’s largest slums?

Kibera slum (Photo: Leslie Tuttle)

Wipe away your preconceptions, because Nairobi is home to all of the above—and even that oversimplifies the reality of Kenya’s multifaceted capital city.

Photo by Robert Harding.

Founded in 1899 as a railroad depot on the line linking Mombasa and Kampala, Uganda, Nairobi quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa. Under British rule, it was a major center …