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Angel, age 24 — first in his community to reach college

I was a sponsored child with Food for the Hungry. I grew up in the community of Saraxoch, in Guatemala. My parents never went to school, and they always struggled to find stable work, but they made my education a priority. That's why I studied hard to prove to them that they were not wasting […]

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Ugandan orphan determined to cure AIDS

Many people are crushed by adversity, but some harness it to fuel their dreams. “I will be a medical doctor,” says Joel who, at age 10, grieved the deaths of both his parents. “I wish to establish this drug that will cure AIDS. It has taken many people, including some of my relatives.” When Food […]

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Celebrate World Water Day with us!

Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Isaiah 12:5 It's fitting that we should celebrate World Water Day in the same month as we celebrate reaching a related Millennium Development Goal three years early. The goal, set in September 2000, was to cut in half […]

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Men lead the charge to protect women and girls from violence

When talking about gender-based injustice, it's easy to start forming the idea that one gender is good, and the other is bad. But our world is more complex than that, and we have to be careful not to get too dogmatic. In fact, in some instances where girls are systematically abused, it's often the mothers […]

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Autistic children find acceptance and help at a special center in India

Neelam describes her son”s autism as a great sea in which her family floats, searching for help. “We pray the God gives us the solutions,” she says in English, her third language. “God shows us a light house that is a Ashish Centre. You are the light; we are swimming towards the light house … […]

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Committed caregiver makes all the difference for woman suffering from AIDS

In rural parts of Africa, it can be a struggle for HIV-positive people to access antiretroviral (ARV) therapy — drugs that extend and improve the quality of life. To those who can get the drugs, however, a possibly even bigger hurdle is to take them on a perfect schedule. If not adhered to correctly, the […]

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Congolese women and men unite in solidarity for International Women’s Day

Something extraordinary happened today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. canexback In this country commonly famed for its use of rape as a weapon of war, today, thousands of women and men united in a peaceful demonstration to behold the value of women. Today is International Women's Day. “It's a very big deal nationally,” says […]

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FH embarks on aggressive campaign to prevent child sexual abuse in the Philippines

In 2008, FH began a partnership with the Stairway Foundation, Inc. (SFI) which defends vulnerable children in the Philippines from various kinds of mistreatment. This past year, FH joined SFI's Break the Silence project to identify and equip a national network of individuals, communities and organizations committed to preventing and treating sexual abuse against children. FH's area of coverage […]

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Guest blog — Rock band visits Africa and builds clean-water wells

The Christian rock back Willet has been a treasured partner of FH for many years, helping find sponsors for hundreds of children in need and raising enough money to build 15 clean-water wells in the country of Mozambique. The four band members speak passionately about God's heart for the poor and our response as His followers. Here, drummer Tyler […]

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Three years of patiently "walking with leaders" changes a Cambodian community

FH's mission statement is “to walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation.” In the forests of rural Cambodia, there is a small community called Toul Prasat. My husband and I visited there in 2010, which is why I'm so […]

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