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Maman Kichochi Makuu and her children

A kitchen garden enables children to attend school

Maman Kichochi Makuu is a 35-year-old Congolese mother of seven children. She had been earning a meager income from a fishing business, but increased costs and the seasonality of fishing forced her out of business. Then she had no income. She no longer could pay school fees, and her children were expelled. Kichochi knew that […]

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Meet Angelique

Village Savings Groups Save Lives

Meet Angelique. She’s a compilation of women I’ve met in rural Rwanda – all facing dire circumstances and looking to Food for the Hungry (FH) for help. Angelique has four children. She and her husband Thomas are subsistence farmers and harvest their crop of maize and beans once a year. What they don’t eat, they […]

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Quite possibly the most beautiful girl in the world

This is guest blogger, Amanda Sleister of H20 Church from Orlando, Fla. She recently returned from a trip to Parkishon, Kenya, where she met her sponsored child, who she describes as “quite possibly the most beautiful girl in the world.” Here is Amanda’s blog: Oh Cecilia…. She captured my heart in 2007 when she was […]

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Volunteer teaches handwashing for good health in Burundi

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Explain Their Views on Hunger

As America’s debate about our spiraling deficit and global recession boils on the front burner, a group of pastors and leaders of faith-based organizations have circled up to protect “the least of these.” These Christians are referring to Matthew 25:45, in which Jesus declares that not helping the world’s most impoverished and vulnerable people is […]

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Boy named Kassim next to wattle and daub house

Off the map

I’m reading some interview transcripts today from Uganda, full of names: place names, school names, business names, mountain names. The names have many syllables and a lot of vowels. It’s very confusing and they all sound very much alike. I’m thankful my colleague Alex, who did the interviews originally, took time to spell out some […]

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Ethiopian boy looks out over countryside

Learning from Artists and Olympians

During a recent trip to Ethiopia, one of FH’s largest fields of operation, I purchased a postcard by local artist. The painting on the card featured an Ethiopian Airlines airplane full of passengers that were clearly Ethiopian themselves. You can see it here. I thought it was pretty cool. I really liked the style of […]

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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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Kenyan Women's Parade to Celebrate Clinic Opening

Magic Johnson, HIV/AIDS and No Denial

The AIDS 2012 Conference will be taking place in Washington, D.C., from July 22-27. In anticipation of this gathering that will connect AIDS experts from around the world, PBS’ Frontline aired a program this week on the disease, specifically as it has affected African Americans. You may imagine that Magic Johnson and his famous admission […]

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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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