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What’s a Livelihood?

A livelihood is your way of earning enough to feed and provide for your family. It encompasses everything from your job to your healthcare, education and skills training. It also includes having the resources to pay for family events and unexpected expenses. At Food for the Hungry ( FH), we consider a vulnerable family’s livelihood sustainable […]

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Woman holding watering can

What’s it take to change the world?

Meet Emily. She’s an average teenage girl, slim adolescent build, mousy hair in a ponytail, donning a fluorescent orange safety vest.  She’s planted in lock-kneed stance on a traffic island, in the midst of a boulevard.  Thousands of evacuees from the fairground swarm Emily’s crosswalk, to reach their cars before the huge storm really cuts […]

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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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On my desk this week….South Sudan celebrates Independence Day!

  I’ve been very excited about this week and I’ve been typing double time to squeeze in even more work than usual. Why’s that? It’s Fourth of July this week and it’s time to celebrate! For many Americans, this means barbeques, family time, reflecting on our nation’s history and of course, fireworks. And lucky for […]

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Small businesses are key to South Sudan success as a nation.

A lesson from a taxi driver in Bor, South Sudan

If you travel to South Sudan, you will within 15 minutes of your arrival realize that it’s a harsh place. The new country born just a year ago is having a new beginning after nearly melting away under the heat of Africa’s longest civil war. All systems collapsed under the weight of the war; health, […]

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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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faces of South Sudan

South’s Sudan’s independence day is coming up this week.  The people of South Sudan voted and won their independence by a 98% vote on July 9th last year. The youngest country in the world – and many of us know so little about it. Though I know what work FH DOES in S. Sudan, when […]

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Two Stories of National Pride

Americans will celebrate the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, and the world’s newest country, South Sudan, celebrates its one-year anniversary as an independent nation just five days later on July 9. While the celebrations will differ by culture, a common theme will be national pride, well expressed in each national anthem. United States of […]

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Affordable Healthcare?

The American Supreme Court today announced that it upheld the constitutionality of the controversial Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare). As pundits and politicians began to spin their “what’s this mean to you” conversations along the lines of their opposing idealogy, my mind turned to the availability of healthcare worldwide. According to the World Health Organization […]

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a mysterious illness in northern Uganda

Nodding disease is a mysterious illness that has killed 200 children in rural northern Uganda and has debilitated hundreds more, leaving doctors scrambling to find its cause and cure. Without modern medical answers or treatments, many desperate parents turn to traditional medicine for relief, which unfortunately does not help the situation. Many parents in despair […]

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