Traveler’s Lament

I’ve recently been traveling overseas. There’s always some business purpose that motivates my travel. I start with enthusiasm. But as aspiration turns into reality, I find trip preparation stressful. First, there’s the planning phase. How many nights will I be gone? “Yikes, Mr. Travel Agent, is that the best we can do? Where’s that layover? […]

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Aiding Antoinette . . . and 500 Others

Umutoniwase Antoinette is 57 years old. She was 37 when tragedy struck on an almost unimaginable scale. Many people recall little about their own lives in 1994, let alone things that happened half the world away in a country whose name is hard to spell. Antoinette remembers. She was there when 800,000 people from the […]

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Gary Edmonds, Food for the Hungry President/CEO

Humbled by Coffee Growers

Since accepting the position of President and CEO of Food for the Hungry (FH), I have been eager to hear and learn about the opportunities and challenges of our fields. In early November,  my wife, Tricia, and I had the honor and privilege to join the incredible leadership of our Latin America and Caribbean fields […]

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Deworming: A Best Buy for Health, Education and Development

Have you ever had stomach pain so severe that you felt sick all of the time and could not concentrate? If you ask children why they are not in school, you will get a variety of answers. Some answers might even be very funny. But very few would tell you intestinal worms are the cause […]

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Kenya Defecation Free Zone: Building Latrines to Save Lives

When you live in a society in which personal hygiene and public sanitation are inherent, it may be difficult to imagine the absence of Open Defecation Free (ODF) areas. In many communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works, ODFs are revolutionary. In Kenya, FH is helping traditionally semi-nomadic tribes to learn to settle down and […]

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Waiting for the Lost Girls of Chibok

Where are they? Nearly seven months have passed since more than 200 Nigerian school girls were abducted. No one, other than their abductors, knows for sure where they are or when they will return. There is no mystery about their capture. Anyone who follows the news knows that they were abducted in the middle of […]

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Life is Sacred

Hunger is now regarded as the world’s number one health risk. When you go to bed tonight, will you have to worry about finding enough food to eat tomorrow? For the majority of us, this basic human need is not a cause for concern. Therefore, it is easy to forget that nearly a billion people […]

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Soup Instead of Seeds

The year of 2014 started out relatively normal for the agricultural community of Caulatu, Nicaragua. Farmers like 34-year-old Marcos Pinell planted their crops in May, anticipating a bountiful harvest in August. Drought kept that bounty from materializing, and food became dangerously scarce. Pinell, the father of two little girls, faced a gut-wrenching dilemma — how was he going to […]

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My One Year Old and Ebola: It’s all about Preparation and Prevention

My daughter turned one year old the other day! It’s been an incredible experience to be a daddy and I am so thankful for the gift that she is to my wife and me. But as many parents know, you learn a lot about yourself and the important things in life as you try to […]

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A Vision that Goes Beyond the Horizon

“A sound anti-poverty strategy must include: self-sufficiency through work, implementing policies to encourage job creation, improving access to quality education, and taking steps to restore a culture of marriage. Combining these efforts will help create a society where more individuals have the opportunity to succeed and flourish.”[1] Possibly one of the greatest problems facing faith-based […]

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