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Girl from Guatemala

World Food Day: Running on Empty

On October 13 at 2 pm, I was 4/5 of the way through a half Ironman event, but had no gas left in the tank and was running on fumes. With my energy ebbing away, I had to will my body to keep going. The words in my head kept cadence with the sounds of my […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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Making a difference this World Food Day

Field staff and a community member talk about how FH donors are helping making a lasting difference in celebration of World Food Day 2012.

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Maman Kichochi Makuu and her children

A kitchen garden enables children to attend school

Maman Kichochi Makuu is a 35-year-old Congolese mother of seven children. She had been earning a meager income from a fishing business, but increased costs and the seasonality of fishing forced her out of business. Then she had no income. She no longer could pay school fees, and her children were expelled. Kichochi knew that […]

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Meet Angelique

Village Savings Groups Save Lives

Meet Angelique. She’s a compilation of women I’ve met in rural Rwanda – all facing dire circumstances and looking to Food for the Hungry (FH) for help. Angelique has four children. She and her husband Thomas are subsistence farmers and harvest their crop of maize and beans once a year. What they don’t eat, they […]

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How the Poor Will Change Your Church

When you think about people living in poverty, do you think about what you can do for them, or how you’ll be changed by knowing them? Of course, we see the call to serve the poor throughout Scripture. From the earliest laws given to the Israelites, openhandedness is commanded. “If anyone is poor among you… do not be hardhearted […]

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Server with cables

What’s my source?

One of the best things about old friends is, they remind you how far you’ve come. I chatted with my long-time colleague Rick this morning about how communication has changed since we started international development work. We both remembered when letters took weeks to travel home, before e-mail and Skype were options. My mind went […]

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Flooding in Bangladesh left families homeless

“The river moved so quickly … all we could do was run”

  The road is not wide, but it winds through communities of several thousand people. Even here, close to the 2 kilometer-wide Jamuna river, every inch of land is precious in highly-populated Bangladesh. We’re in the community of Chondonbaisha, home to 200 families who have lost their homes to river erosion this month. River erosion […]

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Bolivian sewing school teaches women skills

The Chair in the Seed

“Where did this chair come from?” Germán asked me. We had been talking with a group of women in Bolivia who had just started their own sewing school with guidance from FH. Germán, the FH staff member who leads the project, was making a point about helping the women to support themselves. Germán related the training he had given […]

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How irrigation changed a family’s future

Agustin Michel is a 52-year-old Bolivian farmer with eight children. Like most people in his community, he never used to allow himself to dream about the future. He and his children faced the same prospects his father and grandfather had faced. Hunger. Malnutrition. And no hope of escaping from poverty. Hope glimmered more than a […]

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