About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.
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The Healthy Truth

False beliefs can hinder us from making good decisions—and sometimes even from making choices that save a life. That was the case for a mother named Kyambi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She believed in an untrue explanation about vaccinations that almost caused her daughter to die. Living in Mwingiji village in […]

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A Break From Destruction

What if this is where you lived? As a child, you wouldn’t be able to find a safe place to play. Schools have been flattened, there would be nowhere to learn. The destruction around you would be a constant reminder of all that you lost. In the Philippines, recovery is slow from Typhoon Haiyan as […]

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Recipe for Saving a Life

Information is all around us for improving life. Bombarding us on the radio, television and computer—we are constantly being educated. While this steady stream of latest studies might seem like a nuisance at times, it’s a luxury that many people living in poverty go without. For instance, the health information shared with us on a […]

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Homes for Syrian Refugees

According to the most recent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report there are now more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees displaced from their homes, with 936,861 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and 577,786 in Jordan. With bombings and chemical warfare happening in civilian Syrian communities, the majority of these refugees have lost loved ones […]

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Cooking Recipes for African Porridges

When Westerners think of porridge … they picture a bowl of steaming oats, with dash of brown sugar and milk. A cooking recipe for a cold winter morning. But porridges around the world—while maintaining that comfort food status—are doing more than warming tummies. They are ending malnutrition in children. Here are four porridge recipes from  […]

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Clean Water at H20:DC

A flushing toilet, washing your hands, water coming out of the faucet…three things that many Westerners can’t imagine living without. Our concept of water started with our first sips of clean H2O. Then, when we were potty trained, we learned the importance of washing our hands. This was simultaneous with knowing the toilet flushed and […]

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The Red Zone: Child Hunger

In combatting child hunger, the red zone of a MUAC band tells health workers that a child needs help. Food for the Hungry (FH) care group leaders wrap the band around a child’s arm—if it shows red, the child is underweight. It’s a fast and easy way to get critical information and show parents proof […]

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Cease Fire in South Sudan

Food for the Hungry (FH) and 54 major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations.  The recent cease fire signing in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan government and opposition forces is a hopeful sign for NGOs to continue working. With at least three aid workers killed […]

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Ethiopia’s Generation of Orphans

Around 1 million Ethiopian children share the experience of losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. If it’s hard for you to get your head around that number, try one in eight Ethiopian children are making their way in the world without parents – a generation growing up as orphans. I recently read a New […]

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South Sudan: Staying During Conflict

  In the capital city of Juba, violence has greatly subsided. However, in many of the rural areas, the fighting continues. These are the areas where FH has worked. Since 2001, FH has worked in South Sudan to improve education, water and sanitation, hygiene education, and local agriculture. Many relief and development organizations called non-government […]

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