Reflections on winning the lottery

A few days ago, I had the privilege of snuggling a 2-day-old baby girl–the first child of two of my good friends. The house was filled with joy as they praised God for this new creation and hurried to swaddle her in a soft blanket while she screamed her lungs out. I thanked God for […]

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Despite famine, there are bright spots in the Horn of Africa

This article was originally published by Mission Network News.  To view this article in its original format, visit: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16260.   Ethiopia (MNN) – Food security has deteriorated for famine-wracked Somalis trapped in their own country, but it has improved for those who have fled to Ethiopia. John Connelly with Food for the Hungry (FH) explains, “The famine is really […]

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Lifelong learning helps a Guatemalan grandma care for her family

“I want my grandchildren to grow healthy; that is the reason I am dedicating my time to learn about agriculture,” says 44-year-old Dominga who always has been an active member of her community high in the hills of Guatamala. Guatemala’s children have the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in all of Latin America, and it’s […]

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Overcoming the impossible in the dry hills of Kenya

Sometimes, a problem is so formidable that it’s hard ever to imagine a solution for it. This may have been how families felt in Parkishon, Northern Kenya before FH convinced them they could overcome once very essential problem: access to clean water. Eight hours. That’s how long Parkishon’s women and children used to walk to get […]

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Striving to help mothers give birth to an HIV-free generation

“I think this is one of the best things we could ever do for HIV; it’s one of the most successful prevention methods,” says FH’s HIV/AIDS programs coordinator, Kim Buttonow, MPH. “You can have an HIV-free generation.” By expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), children of HIV-positive mothers actually could choose whether to protect […]

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What do actress Anne Hathaway and this Kenyan armed guard have in common?

They each have different genders, different skin colors, different languages, and very different day-to-day lives. But both Anne Hathaway and the armed guard below know that women and girls in Northern Kenya are in danger–they desperately need to be protected, especially during this time of extreme drought. This man stands guard as women and girls […]

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Babies benefit when their mothers learn about exclusive breastfeeding

In Northern Kenya, an area currently suffering from extreme drought and lack of food, mothers are experiencing what a difference breastfeeding makes for their infants. In the U.S., exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t mean the difference between life and death, but it can in places where clean water is scarce and baby formula doesn’t exist. “When I compare Luko […]

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Celebrating World Water Week

If you’re really into following water issues around the world, you probably already know this week isWorld Water Week: a gathering of more than 2,600 humanitarians and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden. They’ll be discussing ideas for sustainable, long-term solutions to modern issues like water scarcity and access to sanitation, particularly in urban environments. The goal […]

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Helping families in Kenya adapt to drought, using their own resources

In the desperately dry deserts of Northern Kenya, thousands of people have found themselves dependent on foreign aid for food in recent years. FH is teaching families how to use what they already have in a way that will ensure their survival and even prosperity in the midst of extreme drought and an unpredictable climate. […]

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A smorgasbord of good news about beating HIV/AIDS

Throw a dart at this infograph, The Changing Face of AIDS, and you’ll learn something encouraging about humankind’s efforts to rid ourselves of the HIV virus.  Some exciting highlights: AIDS-related deaths peaked in 2004 and have been declining ever since. The use of anti-retroviral therapy (drugs to slow the progression of HIV) has significantly increased in […]

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