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3 Lessons to Keep Children Growing

In Butezi, Burundi, there is a woman named Leonie who–no matter what she did–her children wouldn’t gain weight. They kept getting sick in a vicious cycle of illness. When Food for the Hungry (FH) started working in her community, she learned three practices that changed her family’s life and broke the cycle of sickness.   […]

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Words from a Mother

In Burundi, 39 percent of children under age 5 are underweight and there is a high mortality rate for these little ones. Many times, the causes of malnutrition are preventable. A Burundian woman named Noella who lives in Kinyinya, found out just in time how to keep her little girl healthy through Food for the […]

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The Organic Farming Network

As many celebrate taking care of God’s creation on Earth Day, marked on April 22, Food for the Hungry (FH) is contributing to teaching others to be good stewards of our environment. FH has introduced organic farming practices to Burundian farmers for providing more food to help reduce the two-thirds of the population living below […]

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Burundi: A Boy’s Generosity

It was a particularly cheery day for millions of people in Burundi. The air was festive as pregnant women, new mothers and young children made the long trek from their homes to the clinics. It was the last day of Burundi’s national health campaign, a yearly project initiated by the country’s Ministry of Health and […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Love

It’s Christmastime and all of us are whirring around, frazzled and distracted. Today, I invite you to join me and pause. Take a deep breath to focus on something simpler and more dazzling than anything you may or may not have wrapped yet. After all, we give gifts on Christmas to mirror the love expressed […]

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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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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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Rebuilding Burundi One Person at a Time

In the early 1990s, a civil war broke out in Burundi, lasting 12 years. More than 200,000 people died and many fled to neighboring countries seeking refuge. The violence destroyed villages, schools, the economy—and now Burundi is rebuilding itself. It’s a beautiful country with massive potential. However, the effects of war linger on with two-thirds […]

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Care groups help save children

My guest blogger today is Alex Mwaura, communications specialist for Food for the Hungry reporting on FH’s work in Africa. Alex recently visited Burundi and shares his experience during a care group training where mothers’ learned to care for their infants.   The sound of rain on iron roofing sheets drowned out the voice of […]

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Men installing solar panel on school roof

Let there be [solar] light

I never, ever thought to thank God for a light bulb. But for some students in Food for the Hungry’s Burundi program, a simple solar-powered light fixture is their key to a brighter future. Gerard is a sixth-grader in Mufumya, a small town in Burundi. Sundown comes before 6:30 p.m. on any day of the […]

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