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Here at Billions Rising, we've always been focused on self-reliance, so there are some organizations that will always hold a special place in our hearts. One of these is Bead For Life in Kampala, Uganda.

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Catherine Garcia Flowers came to Houston following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a violent storm in which she and her parents both lost their homes. She soon met Pastor Rudy Rasmus, who saw her vast energy and potential as she quickly went to work feeding Houston's hungry and less fortunate.

After Rasmus founded Bread of Life, a nonprofit serving Houston's homeless, they stayed in touch. And when Flowers was considering a move to Honduras years later, he talked her out of it. His reason: Rasmus needed her to take the reins of his growing organization. She agreed–and within just weeks, Hurricane Harvey struck Houston. Her decision was seemingly meant to be, as Flowers was perfectly positioned to help after her experience with Katrina. P...

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temp-post-imageThese are tumultuous times, in America and around the world, and as we come up on election day one detects a sense of urgency–a refreshing change for a midterm season. But for those who might still be thinking of sitting the midterms out, consider this: there is actually a lot of good news to report around the world, as this article from Vox points out.

In the article, fully twenty-three separate metrics are cited by the publication to show that poverty, hunger and child labor are all on the decline around the world–and have been for many decades. And these are only a few of the positive trends that we've been seeing. Many eligible voters are unaware of these trends, and our news media doesn't always do the best job of highlig...

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