She was a frail, young woman who was 22 when I met her. I can’t imagine how her small frame could possibly have given birth at the age of 12. Her story changed me for life.
About Heidi HatchHeidi Hatch, church relationship manager for Food for the Hungry's community-to-community (C2C) program, got her start with Food for the Hungry as a volunteer. She began promoting child sponsorship after being incredibly moved to "just do something" about the poverty she had seen while serving internationally on a team. A mother of two adult children who are pursuing their life's work in serving the poor, Heidi attributes their passion to the impression made through child sponsorship. "It has been a journey." she says, "It all began by sponsoring a child in Bangladesh that led to serving on a team. I am very grateful for the experiences God has given me through sponsorship." She also enjoys art and music, and she is finishing her degree in Human Development through Hope International University.
After waiting for her turn in line, 13-year-old Aleme lifts her jerricans. Strapped with 40 pounds of water on her shoulders, she makes the long journey home uphill. The water has to last the family until tomorrow, when Aleme will make the journey back down the hill, wait in line, gather her water and hike [...]
As I wake from jet lag at 3 a.m., the girls in the Wari slum of Dhaka are just getting out of school. I can’t help but wonder what else I can do to help them finish their education and grow up to become thriving young women. So, how can we help girls half way [...]
Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
Preventing child marriage is not just a “good idea” from the West, but rather it supports the desires of women living in extreme poverty who want to see change in their communities.
The Ashish Center seeks to work towards a society that views each person as a being of value and importance. They work hard to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities as well as their families. Through an integral approach of intervention, they work for the learning and growth of each child [...]
Cornerstone Community church visited their partner community and played with children, rebuilt buildings, and worked in the local community. This photo album shows the trip.
You might be asking yourself, “Why Bangladesh?” You might be wondering, “Where is Bangladesh? I have never heard of this place!” You might be thinking, “Why would I go there and what would we do?” These are great questions and I am so glad you asked! Surrounded by India on all sides, Bangladesh is the size [...]
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