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The Gift of Independence

My grandfather was a farmer in the United States. My sister and I enjoyed many summers on his arid Colorado acreage. As a farmer, he had a lot of independence. Grandpa pretended to need our help raising his corn and beats. He attached a seat for each of us on the fenders of his John […]

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Beating Malnutrition with Tasty Cooking

  To combat the malnutrition, Food for the Hungry (FH) created care groups for fathers and mothers to learn about nutritious foods and hygiene for disease prevention and improve health. The care groups consisted of one FH staff teaching 10 to 15 people. Once the people in the group learned the information, they formed their […]

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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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