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Continued: 'Orphan Train' project hits home for co-owner of comunications firm

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 28, 2013 - 2:00 PM

ARC’s Clinton Initiative-supported project uses social enterprise models to provide 22,000 people in rural communities with clean water, food and targeted health care to reduce child mortality rates. In addition, 3,000 farmers will receive small agricultural loans to stimulate the local economy and expand. The initiative will use phone-based cash transfers and cloud technology to support a third-party payer system. Models should emerge that can be scaled up and expanded.

Brehm, a veteran visitor to Congo, has explored ways for locals to develop their own development programs. He has served two presidents through the United States African Development Foundation. The HealthStore uses a traditional franchising model to distribute medicine.

• Bravo TV Chef Roble Ali helped ARC raise $11,000 recently through a meal for eight at a Minneapolis home. It’s part of ARC’s I Am a Star campaign that relies on the Somali immigrants to build global support. Some 40,000 people in 65 countries have raised about $13.5 million over three years.

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