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 Woman from Dhunot

There are people who bring beauty in the world, and I’m so thankful for them. I met a lady in Dhunot, a community in Bangladesh, who had a knack for creating loveliness. Her name is Jahanara. She’s the president of her neighborhood savings group. With FH staff, she’s helping to organize a group of 20 women […]

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Quite possibly the most beautiful girl in the world

This is guest blogger, Amanda Sleister of H20 Church from Orlando, Fla. She recently returned from a trip to Parkishon, Kenya, where she met her sponsored child, who she describes as “quite possibly the most beautiful girl in the world.” Here is Amanda’s blog: Oh Cecilia…. She captured my heart in 2007 when she was […]

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Unsung destruction in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

  As coverage of Tropical Storm Isaac and New Orleans appear in the news—the stories of the storm’s destruction in Haiti and the Dominican Republic go unsung. While the storm never reached hurricane status, the winds and rain (averaging 12 inches) have caused serious flooding and crop damage, leaving vulnerable communities at greater risk for […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Haiti and Dominican Republic

As Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to cause destruction in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Food for the Hungry is working in 29 communities in Haiti and 29 communities in the DR to help prepare people for possible hurricane winds (often 75 mph) and heavy rains causing floods and mudslides. In Haiti, more than 400,000 people […]

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Child sponsor rejoices in child’s new hope

One of the joys of being a child sponsor is seeing your child’s world change over the years. For Heidi Hatch, a Food for the Hungry staff and child sponsor, her journey began with her sponsored child Rhaki four years ago in Bangladesh. Rhaki’s community is Hindu and is walled off from the greater population, […]

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Helping Flood Survivors in Philippines

  With rains continuing in the Philippines, and another possible storm coming on Thursday, August 16, Food for the Hungry staff continue to help flood survivors. From August 6 – 10, FH helped to set up a soup kitchen serving 300 people. Other relief efforts included a medical outreach, partnering with the Lifeline Foundation at San Roque […]

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Philippine flood: Update from the field

  Three days of monsoon rains caused flooding in nine provinces in the Philippines. The flooding forced approximately 250,000 people from their homes. Many of Food for the Hungry’s communities located near fast-moving, overflowing rivers have evacuated. Several FH staff have experienced flooding in their homes, like FH/Philippines Country Director Debbie Toribio.       […]

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South Sudan: A hopeful—yet uncertain—future

A country claiming its independence after 21 years of war, with 2.5 million dead, is a courageous undertaking. South Sudan made the one-year mark of its independence—but what’s ahead?   “A year ago it was the newest nation in the world,” said Keith Wright, Food for the Hungry’s international president. “The South Sudanese were very […]

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Mothers creating social change

  The sounds of car horns, bird calls, bike bells and the stench of the open sewers surrounded me as I walked through a Dhaka slum in flip-flops. Wandering through a labyrinth of alleyways and small streets, my guide was leading me to meet a group of mothers who were game changers. Social influencers. Women […]

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A Growing Recovery

Burundi women celebrate after training for better farming practices. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Burundians are returning home after a 12-year civil war. Farm land is now scarce in Burundi. More than 90 percent of Burundians are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Now, many live without the food they need to survive. The United […]

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