About Karen Randau

A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen uses her blog posts to put into action her passion for helping people be all that God intended them to be. She is able to do this through her role in the Food for the Hungry communications department of the Global Service Center in Phoenix in two ways. First, she helps people understand the plight faced by impoverished people in developing nations. Second, she brings light to the successful ways Food for the Hungry is helping people.
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Food for the Hungry Child Sponosrship made Nasrin's dreams come true.

Five ways education fights poverty

My son is beyond school age now, but I still have a foolproof way of keeping up with the school calendar. When school is in session, a flashing light in front of the school near my house reminds me to slow down to 15 miles an hour. During vacations and holidays, I’m free to drive […]

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Goats save Haitians from food crisis.

Goats saving Haitians from food crisis

We were on our way to somewhere else, but Timer LaVenture was one persistent Haitian. He wanted our group to see his success with the two goats Food for the Hungry (FH) had given him. “We don’t really have time,” said our host, noting our delayed arrival in Belledere caused by extreme traffic in Haiti’s […]

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Fathers contribute to a child's development

The importance of fathers

The month of June is when Americans celebrate Father’s Day. And FH likes to expand that celebration to fathers all over the world. But finding fathers can be difficult where FH works, because many fathers must migrate for work. making them absent from their homes for months at a time. I found an article that was […]

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Syrian Refugees

Emotional relief is key to helping Syria’s civilian refugees

Last week, I spoke with the Food for the Hungry (FH) Director of Emergency Response Pete Howard, days after he returned from assessing conditions for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. He told many heart-wrenching stories, but the saga that touched me most was his own. Ten years ago, Pete traveled to Iraq as part […]

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IT meeting in Asia

Making the world a smaller place

I’m delighted to share the following guest blog from my co-worker, Tony Alonzo. He describes himself as a self-proclaimed computer geek who loves bringing technology and people together. Born and raised in Arizona, he loves the “dry” heat, mild winters and the beautiful Arizona sunsets. With his wife Carmen and his son Xavier, they enjoy […]

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Luisa Llampa

The inspiration of motherhood

With Mother’s Day barreling toward us, I’m reflecting on the topic of motherhood. We all have our favorite mom stories—tales of how our mothers nurtured us into the people we are today. My own mom taught me I could do whatever I wanted to put the time and energy into learning and achieving. She banished […]

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A community member in Nicaragua

Owning their own development

I’m pleased to share with you this guest blog by Mike Meyers, FH’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communication. After 15 months of serving in the marketing department at Food for the Hungry (FH), I recently was blessed to witness what it looks like when a community in Nicaragua owns its own development. It’s a story I […]

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Yubo's Garden in Kenya

What happens when women lead?

Women in developing countries often aren’t thought of as leaders. Food for the Hungry (FH) helps communities reverse that thinking. An example of a woman becoming  a leader is Yubo Boru, a 35-year-old mother of four children living in Kenya. Rather than going to school when she was a girl, Yubo would carry as much water as she […]

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Ethiopian child by Peter Mogan

How a beekeeper’s dignity sold me on honey

The inspiring blog post below came from my colleague, Gretchen Jewell. She recently told me in a hallway conversation that her first trip to Africa transformed her life. I thought you would enjoy her story. I’m not usually a big fan of honey. I rarely buy it. But recently, I bought honey because I wanted […]

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Child sponsorship kids club fun

Child sponsorship lets kids be kids

  I first noticed her as she ran from a house to the building we were about to visit. She wore a pink princess dress, white ribbons in her hair and shoes that didn’t fit. The building we were visiting had been finished the previous week. Food for the Hungry (FH) had helped a church […]

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