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The link between domestic violence and child development

A recent study in the APHA Journal shows a strong link between intimate partner violence (IPV) and child stunting and underweight.  In Bangladesh, 29% of women had experienced IPV in the past year.  Those who had experience IPV (as compared to those who had not) were 59% more likely to have a stunted child and 33% more […]

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First #fhbloggers Trip To Ethiopia July 9 – 16

THE FIRST #fhbloggers TRIP TO ETHIOPIA JULY 9-16 One of the first new projects I began to work on when I first started with Food for the Hungry a year ago was a blog trip. Even though I mostly serve the Artist Program, working with music artists and tours, I feel like everywhere I turned […]

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From Hopeless to Blessed: Partnerships Save and Transform Lives

Wilfred lived at the top of a steep hill in the Haitian village of Lespinasse. His shack was made of sticks and mud and smelled of disease and neglect. Diabetes had rendered Wilfred blind, sick, helpless and difficult to look at. “My spirit was deeply troubled when I first met Wilfred,” remembers Heidi Hatch, Field […]

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Becoming a wife and a mother, while still a child – Part 1

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be born a girl — a girl born into poverty versus one born into wealth — and how incredibly different their paths can be. We've examined in recent posts how gender-based injustice inhibits a girl's chances at getting education, having a voice in society, protecting her own […]

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Focusing on young people is key to stopping the AIDS pandemic

AIDS orphans are so abundant in our world that many people recognize today, May 7, as World AIDS Orphans Day. There are some 15 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa alone and, over the past few weeks, we've highlighted a few of them in our Poverty 180 blog. In case you missed it, click here […]

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Empowering resource-poor families to send their children to school

They moved from their impoverished hometown to the crowded, almost-12-million-person capital city of Metro Manila in search of a better life. Finding Manila's high cost of living too impossible, they moved again to San Roque, a coastal neighborhood about 10 miles outside the city. Settling there was illegal, but it was better than going all […]

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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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HIV education not only saves lives — it strengthens marriages

When FH teaches married couples about marital faithfulness as a way to protect oneself from HIV, other wonderful results often pop up. Here is testimony from a man in Mozambique who, along with his wife, participated in FH's prevention programs which include lessons on non-verbal communication, conflict resolution and child rearing.  From left: Antonio and […]

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Bullies couldn’t stop her from succeeding

This story comes from David Burton, international communications officer for FH/Bangladesh Ayesha is 14 years old and is part of the Boilor community in Trishal, near Mymensingh in northern Bangladesh. She is in grade 7. In its strategic programs, FH focuses on the whole family, helping families experience transformation and seeing them help themselves to […]

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Reflections on winning the lottery

A few days ago, I had the privilege of snuggling a 2-day-old baby girl–the first child of two of my good friends. The house was filled with joy as they praised God for this new creation and hurried to swaddle her in a soft blanket while she screamed her lungs out. I thanked God for […]

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