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World Water Day: H2O, Energy and Poverty

World Water Day (WWD) is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year, WWD addresses the very important link between water and energy in the context of sustainable development. Without water, there is no energy. Likewise, energy is required […]

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The Quespia family with their chickens

Providing a Helping Hen in Bolivia

I have six eggs (and bacon) in my refrigerator right now, representing a quiche Lorraine in my near future. But to a family in Bolivia, eggs mean much more. Eggs are a great source of protein, so children can grow taller and stronger. Eggs mean they won’t be too tired to pay attention in school, […]

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Meeting Moms in the Hills of Bolivia

On February 7 and 8, I’ll have the honor to join women (many moms)  from across the country at the IF: Gathering. The name of this gathering comes from a simple question: “If God is real, then what?” Many of us will meet in Austin, Texas, but many others will be at simulcast host sites […]

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Having a Big, Beautiful Cow

The path to better nutrition started with beautiful Bolivian cows. For Agustin, age 53, he started growing a variety of 100 percent organic crops, earning income and feeding his children. And his cows helped him—producing manure to improve the soil for stronger plants. The cows also produced milk that the family sold for income and […]

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Different Christmas Traditions

In Bolivia, some of the communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works are far from the reach of television, toy catalogs or the tradition of Santa Claus. So, what do Christmas traditions look like in these places? To find out, we asked children in rural Bolivia how they celebrate Christmas. Marcelo remarked, “At Christmas, […]

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Ethiopian mother with young son

Making Mom happy

What does it take to make Mom happy?  I’ve visited nearly 20 countries in the 17 years I’ve worked with Food for the Hungry (FH), and it seems all mothers want the same things. They want their children to be healthy and happy. They yearn for their kids to finish school. If you probe deeper, […]

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Luisa Llampa

The inspiration of motherhood

With Mother’s Day barreling toward us, I’m reflecting on the topic of motherhood. We all have our favorite mom stories—tales of how our mothers nurtured us into the people we are today. My own mom taught me I could do whatever I wanted to put the time and energy into learning and achieving. She banished […]

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Proper (and fun!) handwashing for children

In the vulnerable places where Food for the Hungry works, handwashing is a lifesaving technique. Diarrhea and pneumonia, two of the leading causes of child deaths worldwide, can be drastically reduced just by proper handwashing. Isn’t it wonderful that such a simple act can have such an impact? Knowing the impact of handwashing, I wasn’t […]

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girl drinking water out of a tap

Wipe away the tears with water

Water can make grown men cry. Many years ago, on one of my trips into Bolivia’s rural areas, I met with a group of leaders of a village. Food for the Hungry (FH) and the community were new in their relationship with each other. We gathered in a cement block, school classroom and sat on low […]

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What’s in your toolbox?

I rode into work this morning with my friend Charith, and we talked about a mutual friend working in China. Our friend observed that an uncommon number of Chinese seem to be wearing glasses. Charith asked, “Why do you think so many people have bad eyes?” Community development professionals observe and ask these questions all the time. As a former community […]

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