FH helps families and communities send children to school

Education is Key to Overcoming World Poverty

When I sent my daughter off to school each day, I knew how important it was for her to get good grades to get into a university. I was certain that a university degree would improve her and her future children’s lives. I never considered the role of education in world poverty. The point was […]

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Young girl holding paper airplane in Ameya, Nicaragua.

On my desk…Helpless…but praying

Reflecting on my first trip to the field You may have noticed that my title did not say ‘On my desk this week.’ As I’m writing posts about what I’m working on each week, I realized there are so many things I’ve worked on in the past that did not get the opportunity to be […]

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Faith Summit on AIDS Receives Accolades

Yesterday was an exciting day here in Washington DC. As the AIDS2012 mega-conference with its 20,000 participants continued in the city, I spoke at a side Summit on the role of the Christian faith in the fight against AIDS. I was thrilled to be on a panel with Rick Warren from Saddleback Church, Raj Shah, […]

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Distributing hygiene kits in school

Five Arteries Deliver Improved Health in Developing Countries

As reported in the respected medical journal, The Lancet, 57% of deaths among children under age 5 could be averted through changes in household behaviors. Changing household behaviors is what Food for the Hungry (FH) works toward in our health programs. One tool is Care Groups. Weekly lessons teach members ways to improve all aspects […]

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Me and my sponsored child

Joined in prayer

I keep a photo of my sponsored child, Rani, by my desk.  It helps me remember to pray for her. Rani is from Bangladesh. When I decided to sponsor a child I asked our staff to find a child who had languished in the system without a sponsor. Rani was 12 at the time; sponsors […]

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The faith community provides about 40% of healthcare worldwide

In Faith Toward an AIDS-Free Generation

As I prepare to serve on a discussion panel tomorrow with Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Raj Shah of USAID, Lois Quam of the U.S. State Department, and others, I am amazed and humbled by what the international faith community has helped to accomplish over the past decade in rolling back the tide of AIDS, […]

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Poiema … God’s Workmanship

The early church taught about two types of lives: the Perfect life and the Permitted life. The spiritual and the secular. The Perfect life allows for reflection in place of work (monks, priests, nuns, anyone who does nothing but sit around and think holy thoughts, etc). The Permitted life requires labor. These people (the laborers) […]

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Children learn to climb trees as part of a disaster risk reduction plan

The Five Ways to Survive a Disaster

For a flood-prone community where Food for the Hungry (FH) works in Bangladesh, palm trees are an important part of their Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plan. The community makes sure every child can both swim and climb a palm tree. FH worked with that community to develop and implement a five-pronged DRR plan that includes prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and […]

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Goodbye to cookie cutters: Three reasons to be glad

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with something food-oriented… In my FH world, “cookie cutter” refers to community development where an outsider comes to a village with a certain pre-packaged technical solution to a problem.  Every village would receive the same stuff with the same design.  The village’s decision is whether to accept or reject […]

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how to stay grounded in a world of marketing influence

Without God as our foundation we can be easily manipulated by our environment and our culture. I find myself carrying around my android phone with iphone envy… a true victim of marketing manipulation. Don’t judge me – I know you’ve done it. Ever caught yourself purchasing something or doing something only to realize you never […]

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