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Hope from the hills of Kapchorwa

Today I’m featuring guest blogger Alex Mwaura, Food for the Hungry’s Africa Regional Communications Coordinator. Alex writes to us about his thoughts after visiting Kapchorwa, Uganda just after the finish of the London Olympics. By Alex Mwaura When Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich won the marathon race in the London 2012 Olympics, many were amazed because his […]

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Boy named Kassim next to wattle and daub house

Off the map

I’m reading some interview transcripts today from Uganda, full of names: place names, school names, business names, mountain names. The names have many syllables and a lot of vowels. It’s very confusing and they all sound very much alike. I’m thankful my colleague Alex, who did the interviews originally, took time to spell out some […]

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medicine dripping from a bottle

Mothers of choice

What is your diarrhea medicine of choice? Do you buy the white chalky stuff, the pink chewable tablets or the liquid form? I usually chose the one that works almost immediately; you know that small pill in a travel size pouch.  I ask this question because for most of us diarrhea is usually not much […]

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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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Joseph and his mother Nighty

Now I know I will live

When people ask me what Food for the Hungry does, it’s often phrased like this: “What do you give people?” Most of the time they expect to hear that we give food. It’s in our name, after all. Today my colleagues in Uganda sent a great story about a woman named Nighty. She is  “living […]

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statistics can be alarming

Do you feel crushed under the weight of that statement? Statistics can be alarming. But much like the alarm that wakes you up in the morning – it might make you move initially – but you won’t think about it until you hear it again tomorrow. And for a moment we might drop our jaws […]

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Thankfulness

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed something about myself. I am quick to grumble and slow to be thankful. Ironically, I have noticed this through my 3-year-old son who recently started saying “grrrr” when he gets frustrated. Because he isn’t around too many other people, I realized that he must have gotten this […]

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Girls with curiosity

I loved seeing the video clip of the NASA scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrating the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars the other day.  What a milestone! I’m a child of the Apollo era, when we stayed up late to watch moon walks or heard about the mission’s progress over the school […]

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Young girl holding paper airplane in Ameya, Nicaragua.

On my desk…Helpless…but praying

Reflecting on my first trip to the field You may have noticed that my title did not say ‘On my desk this week.’ As I’m writing posts about what I’m working on each week, I realized there are so many things I’ve worked on in the past that did not get the opportunity to be […]

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Me and my sponsored child

Joined in prayer

I keep a photo of my sponsored child, Rani, by my desk.  It helps me remember to pray for her. Rani is from Bangladesh. When I decided to sponsor a child I asked our staff to find a child who had languished in the system without a sponsor. Rani was 12 at the time; sponsors […]

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