Day 5: 2 Rabbits (8 Days of Giving)

Today, I’m writing a very different post than I expected to write. When we stopped on the page with the rabbits, I expected the conversation to go a a little different. When we landed on the page in the FH gift catalog, Julia (5 years old) exclaimed, “Oooooh! Let’s get rabbits!” I began thinking about […]

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Update on Geoffrey

I have some incredible news! Remember Geoffrey? He was the young boy experiencing renal failure in Rwanda. His uncle sold everything he owns to pay for hospital bills, but it was simply not enough. They were being faced with the threat of being forced to leave the hospital, because they were so behind on their bills. Because […]

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Day 4: Deworming Medicine for 500 Kids (8 Days of Giving)

It’s hard to imagine life in countries where even a glass of water isn’t safe to drink. When we came to the page that had deworming medication on it, our kids wanted an explanation of the image and what a deworming pill could do. After explaining how the pill will change a child’s life, Julia, […]

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Day 3: Cow (8 Days of Giving)

One of the most touching aspects of this giving process has been how Evie (age 8) has responded. As we were selecting gifts to give, we considered giving chickens. Evie asked if she could give two chickens herself. She has been saving up her earnings since the gift catalog arrived with a goal of giving […]

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You never forget your first National Geographic moment.

You never forget your first National Geographic moment. Mine was in 2007… Rwanda. I was interning for Food for the Hungry (FH) as student photojournalist. A kid with a camera and sense of adventure – I knew nothing about poverty, FH or Africa. And there I was, in the middle of a war torn country, hearing stories of genocide […]

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Day 2: 3 Sets of School Supplies (8 Days of Giving)

We’ve been very blessed to be able to homeschool our children. Each year, we go and purchase the curriculum and school supplies, so we understand how much it costs to equip our kids each year. When we saw the school supplies gift, our kids’ eyes lit up. Evie (age 8) asked, “Dad, school supplies only […]

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Day 1: 2 Guinea Fowl (8 Days of Giving)

The first time we sat down with the kids to pick items to give, we thumbed through the entire gift catalog before picking which items to donate. As we read through each item, we began to realize how educational this process was going to be – not only for the kids, but for us as […]

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Love sports and fighting world poverty? Do both with FH!

FH World Sports: a movement of athletes driven to end extreme poverty FH World Sports mobilizes athletes to effect global change. Participate in a local athletic event or host your own event. Then, ask your friends and family to join you in raising funds to help keep children in school, decrease child mortality, and provide […]

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Saving her allowance

My 8-year-old daughter answered the phone with something urgent to tell me. “Mom, this girl has worms in her belly,” Linda blurted. I had a moment of panic, wondering what could possibly have happened at home in the 24 hours since I had left town on a trip for work. “I’m looking at this book, […]

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8 Days of Giving

Each Christmas season, our family looks through the gift catalog and selects a few gifts. We have four girls and a boy (and one more child due on Christmas!) who love to give. This is an opportunity for them to see how our gifts can make an impact in others’ lives. We love flipping through […]

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