About Beth Allen

I'm a self-professed sustainable development geek who would have a very hard time picking a favorite country. That means, I love every tribe and nation and take great joy in seeing how God is working in the world. I've been with FH for nearly two decades, and started out by serving with them in the Bolivian Andes. I can't live without Jesus and coffee, but the coffee is mostly decaf so the power is from Jesus.
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Ana in front of home

Savings groups: Keeping women out of sex trade

Her name is Ana. And praise God, she has not become a prostitute. She found a better way to make money. Ana lives in Mozambique, where she was once a young married woman. But the years went on, and there was no baby. Her husband divorced her as a result. Under the dual shame of […]

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Murshida holiding a child, next to her beehive

Ethiopia: Bees make honey money

I have cursed at bees. I know we are supposed to love all of God’s creation. But when they swarm on my patio and sting my bare feet, I am not happy with them. There are some people in Ethiopia, however, who are very fond of bees. The bees help feed their children. One such […]

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Got cows? Get milk, biogas and a lot more.

This story is brought to you by the hard-working people of Bufukhula, Uganda. With a special thanks going to their creativity and their cows. Bufukhula has graduated from Food for the Hungry (FH) programs after years of partnership with child sponsors and donors from FH/Canada. Graduation means the community has proven it can raise healthy […]

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Sick boy on blanket

Remembering refugees

Thirteen years ago, I traveled to the rugged, remote border of Ethiopia and Somalia. I met several people who had started life in Somalia, but for myriad reasons had lived for a time in Ethiopian refugee camps. And I met with many ethnic Somali families who led a nomadic lifestyle, herding cattle and goats. Nomadic […]

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Ethiopian mother with young son

Making Mom happy

What does it take to make Mom happy?  I’ve visited nearly 20 countries in the 17 years I’ve worked with Food for the Hungry (FH), and it seems all mothers want the same things. They want their children to be healthy and happy. They yearn for their kids to finish school. If you probe deeper, […]

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Girls sleeping under mosquito net

Malaria: Big problem, some simple solutions

I love how simple actions can prevent big hairy problems… like malaria. According to the World Health Organization, malaria claims the lives of 660,000 people annually; most of those deaths are babies in Africa. Today is World Malaria Day, when we remember that half of the world’s population lives in areas at risk of malaria transmission. […]

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Men installing solar panel on school roof

Let there be [solar] light

I never, ever thought to thank God for a light bulb. But for some students in Food for the Hungry’s Burundi program, a simple solar-powered light fixture is their key to a brighter future. Gerard is a sixth-grader in Mufumya, a small town in Burundi. Sundown comes before 6:30 p.m. on any day of the […]

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Water+soap+hands=alive

I could see  a group of mothers and their children standing outside the gate of the turquoise-colored school building, still half-shrouded in the morning mist. The kids were so small and scared – especially terrified of the tall white lady (me) with the camera. It was hard to imagine them starting kindergarten, because they were so […]

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girl drinking water out of a tap

Wipe away the tears with water

Water can make grown men cry. Many years ago, on one of my trips into Bolivia’s rural areas, I met with a group of leaders of a village. Food for the Hungry (FH) and the community were new in their relationship with each other. We gathered in a cement block, school classroom and sat on low […]

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Tree seedlings in Haiti

Paul planted, Apollos watered, God made it grow

  “I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”  I Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) I traveled along dusty roads in Haiti two weeks ago, through parched fields thirsty for life-giving rain. As we journeyed, I saw farmers plowing furrows in their fields in hope that seasonal rains would begin soon. Where […]

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