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Finding ways to maintain hope amid the realities of township life in Mdantsane, South Africa's second largest township, is daunting, but young leaders there have taken a bold step towards progress and change. Built as a homeland township by the apartheid government, Mdantsane now houses 600,000 black South Africans who grapple daily with the challenges of unemployment, poverty, crime, and rampant diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS.

Photographs show small caves blown apart by bombs and women and children displaced by war. It is almost impossible today to open a newspaper and not see a story about Afghanistan. Amidst the front page columns detailing the ongoing war and the sad life of Afghans under the Taliban regime, the rich culture and strong spirit of the Afghans persevere — especially evident in the hope of Afghan women that through newfound freedom they will carve out safety and health for their families.Laurence Laumonier-Ickx is a French doctor who understands the plight of these Afghan women.

CAMBRIDGE, MA (FEBRUARY 21, 2006) — Many thanks to those who purchased copies of the Gadue-Niebling-Urdaneta Memorial Fund Calendar. Through the sales and distribution of the calendar, MSH has been able to share some of the experiences of Cristi, Amy, and Carmen with an even wider audience than before. In keeping with the spirit of the 2006 calendar, at the end of this year, MSH plans to produce a 2007 calendar highlighting the work of young professionals who are continuing the work about which Cristi, Amy, and Carmen were so passionate.

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