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sock being made on double pointed knitting needles

Farmers inspire me to knit my socks

In August 2012, I became a great-aunt for the first time. I have always been a good aunt — just ask my niece — but when my dear niece had twin boys, I graduated to GREAT aunt. I grew up with a plethora of great aunts. Like all good Northern farm girls, they could knit up […]

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Guatemalan Farmer

A legacy of organic farming

Mr. Won Kyung-sun was a remarkable man. He was born in 1914 to a poor farmer in what is now North Korea. When he recently died at the age of 100, he left a legacy of organic living that has inspired millions of people. In fact, the Korea Herald referred to him as the godfather […]

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how gardens build community

Join me on a little venture down memory lane from a trip I took with Food for the Hungry (FH) to Indonesia in 2011. Riding on a tiny 12-seater plane, I had to put on sunglasses as we passed through clouds that swallowed up the plane and made everything bright. As we left the cloud behind, […]

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Women farmers in the Congo (DRC) pave the way for healthier families

History The Congolese people have suffered at the hands of exploitative leaders and civil war for decades.  Beginning with the regime of King Leopold of Belgium (1885-1908), continuing in the post-independence dictatorship of Mobutu SeseSeko (1965-1997), and fiinally in the brutal civil war period of conflict and insecurity, the Congolese people have experienced one of […]

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DRC – Sustainable progress after 6 years of working with returned refugees

Background The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is rich in mineral and agricultural resources.  However, sadly it remains among the poorest and most food insecure countries in the world due in large part to the ongoing effects of years of civil war.  Two statistics starkly point this out: first, the DRC has one of […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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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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How irrigation changed a family’s future

Agustin Michel is a 52-year-old Bolivian farmer with eight children. Like most people in his community, he never used to allow himself to dream about the future. He and his children faced the same prospects his father and grandfather had faced. Hunger. Malnutrition. And no hope of escaping from poverty. Hope glimmered more than a […]

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Cambodian Farmer and Daughter

What’s a Livelihood?

A livelihood is your way of earning enough to feed and provide for your family. It encompasses everything from your job to your healthcare, education and skills training. It also includes having the resources to pay for family events and unexpected expenses. At Food for the Hungry ( FH), we consider a vulnerable family’s livelihood sustainable […]

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A Growing Recovery

Burundi women celebrate after training for better farming practices. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Burundians are returning home after a 12-year civil war. Farm land is now scarce in Burundi. More than 90 percent of Burundians are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Now, many live without the food they need to survive. The United […]

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