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Tadelech and four of her children sit outside their home.

What if you had six children and no food?

Can you imagine if you had six children and couldn’t afford to feed them all? What expenses would you cut back on? Would you decide to provide for some children and not the others? For many of us, if we faced this dire situation, we might survive by buying cheaper groceries, canceling our cable service, […]

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Refugee hunger: A family’s story of survival.

Hunger is a very real fear in life. For those who are used to a middle-class lifestyle to be thrown into a refugee’s existence—it’s a nightmare. For Yussef Hawas, that nightmare became reality as his family fled the bombings and violence in Syria to go to Lebanon. On their tenth day in Lebanon, Yussef Hawas’* […]

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Refugees: Life without a home

  Life in a tent  – who knows for how long? Living with the vivid memories of the bombings and shootings that made you flee. The heartache of lost family members who didn’t make it out. Fear of abuse from  people around you who are desperate to survive at all costs. Refugees are utterly vulnerable and dependent on others. Far […]

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Welcoming refugees to our cities

After my second trip with Food for the Hungry (FH) to Uganda in 2007, I came home with a distinct feeling that I was suppose to work with the refugee population in Phoenix. I felt compelled to do something to help vulnerable people here when I wasn’t traveling to foreign countries for work. To quote […]

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Sick boy on blanket

Remembering refugees

Thirteen years ago, I traveled to the rugged, remote border of Ethiopia and Somalia. I met several people who had started life in Somalia, but for myriad reasons had lived for a time in Ethiopian refugee camps. And I met with many ethnic Somali families who led a nomadic lifestyle, herding cattle and goats. Nomadic […]

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Syrian Refugees

Emotional relief is key to helping Syria’s civilian refugees

Last week, I spoke with the Food for the Hungry (FH) Director of Emergency Response Pete Howard, days after he returned from assessing conditions for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. He told many heart-wrenching stories, but the saga that touched me most was his own. Ten years ago, Pete traveled to Iraq as part […]

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Network of love from South Sudan to Yale

What do Sudan’s lost boys, an Ethiopian teacher, a Lutheran library, a Christian high school in Africa, a Catholic nun and a bus driver in Juba, South Sudan, all have in common? Each is part of a network of caring individuals that provided a pathway of hope for an orphaned boy named Paul Lorem—who is […]

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Business or economy class?

Business or economy class? This is a very relevant question in relief and development work around the world. I recently hosted a friend who flew business class to the United Kingdom per his organization’s policy on international flights. The price difference from business to economy for his five-hour return flight was about $8,000, so naturally […]

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Liliwen and friends

How sponsorship saved a family in the wake of disaster

If you were a female living in Bangladesh, you would face a multitude of troubles such as vulnerability and discrimination. If you happened to also be of a low caste, an ethnic minority and a poor family, your challenges would severely increase. And when a cyclone wreaked havoc on your community, destroying the few resources you had — you would be devastated. Find out how Food for the Hungry brought hope in these circumstances.

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I’ll be home for Christmas….or maybe not.

Christmas music is a huge part of my holiday experience. I have been singing in choirs since I was eight years old. I don’t have a solo voice, but I can hold my own in a chorus. Last night, I joined about fifty others and a small orchestra to perform the beloved holiday classic, Handel’s Messiah. Being surrounded […]

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