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The Foundation for Women’s Empowerment, Global Food Security and the Eradication of Poverty Is Beneath Our Feet

By Beth Roberts, Director, Center for Women’s Land Rights, Landesa

Zainabu, from Kisarawe district, Tanzania, holds cassava

Photo credit Landesa. Zainabu, from Kisarawe district, Tanzania, holds cassava that she dug up on her hillside farm.

Around the world, women are the backbone of agriculture.

From the rice paddies of Asia to the maize fields of sub-Saharan Africa, women are so often responsible for shouldering the labor of farming – they till, plant, water, and harvest crops that feed households and whole communities. Read More

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In Many Ways, Heifer’s Principle of “passing on the Gift” Has Taken on New Forms, Just Like Their Work

By Joanne Lu

Healthy food on table

Local farmers supported by Heifer Ecuador built a farm-to-table food delivery system when the pandemic hit, delivering healthy food to households across the country. Credit: Isadora Romero/Heifer International

Heifer International has been on a 77-year journey to end hunger and poverty, not just in response to the greatest challenges of the times, but also with the goal of empowering families to create sustainable change for themselves.

Their story began in 1944, when Midwest farmer Dan West returned from volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War, where he helped feed refugees. But as a farmer, he became keenly aware that providing meals was a short-term solution. Instead, livestock could provide families a steady supply of nutritious food and even income. Read More


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Chege Ngugi, Africa Regional Director, ChildFund International

Growing Up in a Rural Diverse Community Led to Dedicating His Life to Helping Underprivileged People

By Tyler LePard

Chege Ngugi

Chege Ngugi has been the Africa Regional Director for ChildFund International since 2020, following nearly a decade serving as ChildFund’s country director for three of the organization’s program countries, including his native Kenya.

Chege grew up in rural Kenya, in a settlement area that had a mix of different tribes and ethnic groups with a variety of languages and levels of education. This environment taught Chege to work with a wide range of people from different cultures and backgrounds. He was close to his primary and secondary teachers. He said, “I attribute who I am to my teachers.” Read More


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Pat Garcia-Gonzalez Joins Shortlist of Nominees for UICC’s Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award

Pat joins Paul Farmer, President Joe Biden, and other world leaders in “Driving innovation to advance cancer control equitably” 

We are pleased to announce The Max Foundation CEO and co-founder, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, has been nominated as one of three finalists for the Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award, by UICC. We are honored to see The Max Foundation’s efforts recognized by the UICC.

Pat Garcia-Gonzalez shared her gratitude, saying, “This nomination means the world to me and to all whose voices we represent. At The Max Foundation we believe that all people should be able to access the treatment they need, geography should not be destiny, and everyone should be able to strive for health with dignity and hope. Read More

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