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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Madam Cristen stands on the steep trail pointing to where she carries water for her subsistence-level garden.

Catching rain to transform children’s lives

I recently was honored to meet Madam Christian Jean Cimilien, a 67-year-old widow and mother of 11 grown children. She’s a member of the community water management committee in Lefevre, Haiti. The community is working with Food for the Hungry (FH) to create a source of clean water by catching rain water. And with the goal of […]

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Growing love and respect on Valentine's Day

Growing love and respect for Valentine’s Day

Since today is Valentine’s Day, it seems fitting to celebrate with Peruvians Wilmer and Elizabeth. In their country, Valentine’s Day is called Día de San Valentín or Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship). It’s a national holiday, and Peruvians exchange cards, chocolates, teddy bears and other expressions of affection. Not […]

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Guatemalan Farmer

A legacy of organic farming

Mr. Won Kyung-sun was a remarkable man. He was born in 1914 to a poor farmer in what is now North Korea. When he recently died at the age of 100, he left a legacy of organic living that has inspired millions of people. In fact, the Korea Herald referred to him as the godfather […]

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Middle Schoolers Give Hope for Christmas

I had the privilege of speaking to an amazing woman named Donna Nelson the other day. She’s helping children see beyond themselves. In the process, these children are experiencing the idea that happiness comes from contributing rather than receiving. They are seeing that great things can be accomplished when people pull together toward a common […]

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Girl with goat

Fabiola’s Prayer

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. — Psalm 8:2 Fabiola was a sad child. So sad, in fact, that Food for the Hungry (FH) staff were concerned about this 12-year-old girl. During the many years of conflict in Burundi, Fabiola’s family had lost everything. As peasant farmers, they barely raised enough […]

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African Children

Faith’s role in an AIDS-free generation

With World AIDS Day coming on December 1 and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiling the U.S. government’s new blueprint for eradicating AIDS, I was encouraged to read a United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) report showing that 25 countries have seen a 50 percent or greater drop in new HIV infections since 2001, and […]

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Ugandan women

You can help end human trafficking

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – a day each of us can think about steps we can take to end abuse. According to numbers recently released by the Untied Nations (U.N.), one of the many ways women endure violence is modern-day slavery. The U.N. estimates that today […]

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African mother and children

How you can help end violence against women

Orieanna had been tense all day. It started when yet another fight with her husband ended with him slapping her before leaving the house. She absent-mindedly touched her tender cheek as she tried to remember the last time a day went by without them screaming at one another – at least the days when he […]

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The Berchmans family by their home

Beyond survival in the world’s poorest country

The International Food Policy Research Institute released its 2012 Global Hunger Index in October, and Burundi, Africa, received the dubious distinction of being the world’s poorest country. The report combines three indicators to rank world poverty by country. Those indicators are the percent of the population: Who are undernourished; Are under weight as young children; […]

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Maman Kichochi Makuu and her children

A kitchen garden enables children to attend school

Maman Kichochi Makuu is a 35-year-old Congolese mother of seven children. She had been earning a meager income from a fishing business, but increased costs and the seasonality of fishing forced her out of business. Then she had no income. She no longer could pay school fees, and her children were expelled. Kichochi knew that […]

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