Ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

Writing Portfolio

March 2021: Helen Keller Intl

Micro but Mighty: How Vitamin A Saves Lives [Photo Essay]

Thanks to a global community of donors, millions of children receive life-saving vitamin A every year.

February 2021: Helen Keller Intl

Better maternity care means healthier babies and happier mothers

A project in five Kenyan counties has trained more than 800 health workers to provide quality maternity care.

December 2020: Helen Keller Intl

Salimata Coulibaly is on a mission to end child hunger

In northern Cote d’Ivoire, child hunger is diminishing and nutrition is improving through a partnership with a local non-profit organization.

June 2020: Helen Keller Intl

Health Workers Go the Extra Mile to Reach Every Child in Kenya [article and video]

Not even an intense fear of water can stop a committed nutritionist, Sharmilla Kassim, from journeying by boat to an isolated community in order to provide health care.

July 2020: The Life You Can Save

Local “Vitamin A Heroes” Face Major New Obstacle to Saving Children’s Lives

Moriame Sidibé serves her community in Cote d’Ivoire by going door to door to administer lifesaving vitamin A supplementation.

January 2020: Helen Keller Intl

The humble but mighty powers of porridge

Porridge may seem ordinary, but when fortified with simple ingredients, its impact on malnutrition in young children can be nothing short of incredible.

July 2019: Act to NTDs | West

Eliminating a Disfiguring Disease in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, mosquitos are much more than a nuisance – they also transmit harmful diseases like lymphatic filariasis.

July 2019: The Life You Can Save

Knowledge Ensures Healthy Babies and Healthy Mothers

In rural Sierra Leone, special service days are the ideal time for mothers to bring their children for well-baby visits.

June 2019: Helen Keller Intl

Women in Dakar are raising chickens to raise their standard of living

Helen Keller Intl revisited two entrepreneurial Senegalese women to hear what they’ve been up to with the help of Helen Keller’s CHANGE Project.

June 2018: Helen Keller Intl

Opticians with a mission to improve sight in their community

It may not be visible, but a quiet revolution is underway in an optic shop in Hanoi, Vietnam.

September 2015: United Nations News Centre

Addressing General Debate, Cuban President calls for end to US embargo

Cuban President Raúl Castro promised to reintroduce an annual resolution calling for an end to the long-standing US embargo on the island nation.

[All photos: Ruth Fertig, except for last photo: UN Photo / Amanda Voisard.]