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Tree Seedlings Grow Mother’s Hope

It’s amazing how tiny tree seedlings can make such a difference in a person’s life and community. Little trees changed the life of Marcelline Maniema in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She used to be hungry all the time—as was her husband and eight children. But when Food for the Hungry (FH) started working […]

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Habitam and baby daughter

World Food Day: Changing the Hunger Numbers in Ethiopia

This World Food Day, I was reading through Food for the Hungry’s (FH) stories. My attention kept gravitating to the numbers. This story about Habtam, a woman in Ethiopia is no different: 3 = Number of children 1 = Age of youngest baby 1 = Additional family member Habtam is supporting – in this case, […]

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Uganda: Sponsored Child Gets Special Visit

Robin, a Food for the Hungry (FH) child sponsor, recently traveled to Uganda to meet Abraham. He was the little boy who was her sponsored child and who had written to her for the past year. She’d been writing him, too. They were finally going to meet. She described their introduction like this: “I… was […]

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Experience for Saving Lives

I like learning. I’m happiest working on a new skill. This weekend, it was masonry. I built an outdoor kitchen for my backyard. After the skeleton was built, I sheathed the exterior in cement board. Then, it was time to apply stucco. In the Southwest, where I live, stucco is the most common exterior surface […]

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That’s a Lot of Potatoes!

Potatoes. Let’s contemplate the solanum tuberosum. According to the North Carolina Potato Association, spuds are the second most consumed food in the United States. The wonderful tater is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, minerals that prevent cancer and heart disease, and each one provides more than 600 mgs. of potassium. Americans consume about […]

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World Food Day: Apples, Potatoes and Chickens

World Food Day is celebrated every October 16 in honor of the formation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. It’s a day for everyone to pause…take a breath…and notice the work being done to end hunger worldwide. This year’s theme is: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and […]

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The Secret of Backyard Gardens

What’s the secret of successful backyard gardens? It’s all about the gardeners.  A gardener who is committed to working the land with wisdom and understands the growing process can nurture plants to grow. With patience and care, the garden will produce nutritious foods every year. Gardens fit well into this year’s United Nations’ theme for […]

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Back to School in Uganda

What does “back to school” look like in Burundi?

It’s that time of year again! The ads on television announce blue light specials for notebooks, pens and backpacks. Kids rouse from their late summer slumber to the terrifying prospect of book reports not yet started and essays not yet conceived. Moms and dads rush around in double time picking up last minute items that will […]

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Eternal relief work

The United States went on full security alert this week, shutting down embassies around the world this past Sunday. Intercepted communications from terrorists indicated planned attacks on United States and other country targets. Some work furloughs will be extended even further, depending on the threat. It’s prudent, of course, to limit the damage to people […]

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Remember the thrill of school supplies?

When I think back on grade school, my mind is flooded with fond memories of  new beginnings. A new school year with a new teacher brought about the idea of being surrounded my new classmates, new friends, and most notably, a slew of new school supplies. Sure meet-the-teacher was an exciting experience, but I most […]

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