Tag Archives | Bolivia

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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The first need of every child

When my co-workers found Mayra, she was 10 years old. She was living with her parents and her five younger siblings. If you were to visit Mayra’s home in the neighborhood of Horno Ckasa, Bolivia, you’d first notice the door. We don’t think much about doors where I live in suburban America. We take for […]

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Yves Habumugisha, Country Director South Sudan , Maria McCulley, Director Government Finance and Keith Wright, International President.

“The World is a Handkerchief” and Other Sayings from a December Staff Gathering in Phoenix

I’ve learned two new sayings this week. They are: “The world is a handkerchief” (from Bolivia) and “A mosquito can’t bite you unless it gets close to your skin” (from Ghana). Where does this new knowledge come from? I am sure you are wondering where you can find such gems! (wink) Well…first let me tell […]

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plates of food in Mozambique

Thanks to the One True God

I haven’t seen too many situations where people beg to be allowed to give thanks.  But living overseas in South America, in the highlands of Bolivia, my Food for the Hungry office friends asked one year if we could celebrate a full American Thanksgiving dinner – for SIXTY people. Six-oh. Those of us of the […]

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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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Bolivian sewing school teaches women skills

The Chair in the Seed

“Where did this chair come from?” Germán asked me. We had been talking with a group of women in Bolivia who had just started their own sewing school with guidance from FH. Germán, the FH staff member who leads the project, was making a point about helping the women to support themselves. Germán related the training he had given […]

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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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sacrificing comfort for Christ

Meet My New Role Model

Olivia is the type of person who lights up a room. I met her in Sorojchi, a rural area of Bolivia. After an early morning journey from the nearest city on bumpy dirt roads, I sat down with the local FH staff for breakfast. Each of us introduced ourselves as we passed around bread, yogurt, […]

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