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Philippines Response: Applying Lessons from Indonesia to Haiyan

Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.

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Field Update: Seeking Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

As the first responders in many communities, Food for the Hungry (FH) field staff in the Philippines are finding communities completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. In Samar, one of the hardest hit parts of the Philippines, FH staff found one community of 53,000 people “100 percent damaged in terms of agriculture and infrastructure.” Mary Rose […]

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Update: Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Desperate for Help

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed nine regions of the Philippines affecting 11.3 million people. Local officials are saying 10,000 people have died and 600,000 people are displaced. Haiyan, the largest typhoon to hit land in recorded history, leveled homes and buildings, leaving thousands of Filipinos without shelter, access to water, food or electricity. Food […]

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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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Children: 100 Percent Nourished

   In Camarines Norte, Philippines, the M. Guinto Elementary School leaders faced a big problem with many students—malnutrition. Out of the 130 students, 38 children (ages 6 to 10) came to class each day weakened by not having enough food to eat. The school got funding from the government for one meal per week for […]

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Five ways education fights poverty

My son is beyond school age now, but I still have a foolproof way of keeping up with the school calendar. When school is in session, a flashing light in front of the school near my house reminds me to slow down to 15 miles an hour. During vacations and holidays, I’m free to drive […]

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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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Picture your church in the Philippines

The Philippines is a country with a special place in my heart. At the age of 15, I visited the Philippines with my high school youth group. It was my first mission trip. God used it to open my eyes to His work around the world. I discovered Manila, a city crowded with pollution and […]

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Education: Girl gains confidence to teach other students

At age 14, Sophorn stands at the head of her classroom in Cambodia and teaches other children school subjects. She is a patient teacher, because she once struggled in school. Not long ago, Sophorn avoided getting an education. She had learning difficulties and a mindset inspired by the Khmer proverb: “Girls cannot go beyond the […]

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Child sponsorship: Teen pursues higher education

In Bogra City, a bustling metropolis in Bangladesh, most of the population practices Islam. Segmented in the larger population, smaller communities are set apart and house the lowest caste of the Hindu population, called “untouchables.” One such community is called Horijon. In this walled community of narrow, dirty walkways – a boy name Chad is […]

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