About Martin

Emergency Response Unit, FH. Based in Buckinghamshire, UK and formerly a mechanical engineer with BP. Attends parish church of St. James, Gerrard's Cross.
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Women farmers in the Congo (DRC) pave the way for healthier families

History The Congolese people have suffered at the hands of exploitative leaders and civil war for decades.  Beginning with the regime of King Leopold of Belgium (1885-1908), continuing in the post-independence dictatorship of Mobutu SeseSeko (1965-1997), and fiinally in the brutal civil war period of conflict and insecurity, the Congolese people have experienced one of […]

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DRC – Sustainable progress after 6 years of working with returned refugees

Background The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is rich in mineral and agricultural resources.  However, sadly it remains among the poorest and most food insecure countries in the world due in large part to the ongoing effects of years of civil war.  Two statistics starkly point this out: first, the DRC has one of […]

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Haiti – Restoring lives after Hurricane Isaac

The effects of Isaac Tropical Storm Isaac swept through Haiti at the end of August, flooding homes and damaging the livelihoods of many communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) is operational. In the days following the storm, FH staff in Haiti visited affected communities to assess the damage and to determine how FH could […]

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Burundi – celebrating success after four years’ work with returning refugees

Background After decades of a devastating conflict that claimed more than 300,000 lives and caused the displacement of over one million people, the Republic of Burundi continues to recover from the wounds of inter-ethnic violence. The 2004 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the August 2005 elections that brought to power the former rebel movement created favourable […]

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Flooding in Bangladesh left families homeless

“The river moved so quickly … all we could do was run”

  The road is not wide, but it winds through communities of several thousand people. Even here, close to the 2 kilometer-wide Jamuna river, every inch of land is precious in highly-populated Bangladesh. We’re in the community of Chondonbaisha, home to 200 families who have lost their homes to river erosion this month. River erosion […]

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Impact story from Haiti – Marie-Nicole’s journey to a better life

In our last blog we described how Food for the Hungry has been working with local leaders in Haiti to raise awareness of child abuse and gender-based violence. This is the story of one such victim whose life was transformed by subsequent community intervention. Marie-Nicole’s trials She never smiled, talked or played. She had never […]

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Hurricane season in Haiti – but don’t forget long-term community development

With Hurricane Isaac recently causing havoc in Haiti, it is a good time to reflect that even when Haiti is not in the news for storms or earthquakes, FH is active behind-the-scenes helping local leaders create healthy and disaster-resilient communities.  One of these cases is Belladere, a town close to the border of the Dominican […]

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Ethiopia: Market-led Livelihood Program

Food for the Hungry has been supporting a program for poor rural communities in Ethiopia, helping them build resilience against poor harvests and high food prices. The program focuses on improving agriculture diversification and production and thus increasing the amount of food and income available. The activities include micro-credit, livestock rearing and marketing, dairy production, […]

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Landslide in Uganda: FH’s Response

The Mbale area of Eastern Uganda has a long history of mudslides, largely due to human interaction with the environment (destruction of forest and poor farming methods). On June 25th 2012, a major slide occurred, burying at least three villages and displacing many families. The number of casualties is still being investigated. It took local […]

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Ethiopia: FH Housing the Homeless after Disastrous Fire

Many homes were destroyed by a recent fire in Shashego, Ethiopia, but FH came to the rescue and provided building materials for families to build replacement homes for themselves.

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