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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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Fabiola’s Prayer

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. — Psalm 8:2 Fabiola was a sad child. So sad, in fact, that Food for the Hungry (FH) staff were concerned about this 12-year-old girl. During the many years of conflict in Burundi, Fabiola’s family had lost everything. As peasant farmers, they barely raised enough […]

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Protecting women, children from disaster in DR Congo

Women and children — particularly women WITH young children — are among the most vulnerable people when disaster strikes.  It’s a problem at the top of our list and for our staff working with the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recent developments in the country’s long-standing war have sent tens of […]

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Burundi – celebrating success after four years’ work with returning refugees

Background After decades of a devastating conflict that claimed more than 300,000 lives and caused the displacement of over one million people, the Republic of Burundi continues to recover from the wounds of inter-ethnic violence. The 2004 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the August 2005 elections that brought to power the former rebel movement created favourable […]

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Beyond survival in the world’s poorest country

The International Food Policy Research Institute released its 2012 Global Hunger Index in October, and Burundi, Africa, received the dubious distinction of being the world’s poorest country. The report combines three indicators to rank world poverty by country. Those indicators are the percent of the population: Who are undernourished; Are under weight as young children; […]

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Volunteer teaches handwashing for good health in Burundi

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Explain Their Views on Hunger

As America’s debate about our spiraling deficit and global recession boils on the front burner, a group of pastors and leaders of faith-based organizations have circled up to protect “the least of these.” These Christians are referring to Matthew 25:45, in which Jesus declares that not helping the world’s most impoverished and vulnerable people is […]

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Goodbye to cookie cutters: Three reasons to be glad

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with something food-oriented… In my FH world, “cookie cutter” refers to community development where an outsider comes to a village with a certain pre-packaged technical solution to a problem.  Every village would receive the same stuff with the same design.  The village’s decision is whether to accept or reject […]

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Men lead the charge to protect women and girls from violence

When talking about gender-based injustice, it's easy to start forming the idea that one gender is good, and the other is bad. But our world is more complex than that, and we have to be careful not to get too dogmatic. In fact, in some instances where girls are systematically abused, it's often the mothers […]

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One teacher for every 114 students … that needs to change.

It's no wonder only 46 percent of Burundian students complete school when you consider that, in some areas, the ratio of teachers to students is 1 to 114. HTTP://WWW.CANEXBACK.COM Public school is free in Burundi, but thanks to 10 years of an incredibly terrible civil war, there just aren't many schools in existence. So children […]

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Working with all sectors of society to protect women and girls

On a global scale, one in every three women will experience some form of gender-based violence in her lifetime. In Burundi — consistently listed as among the world's top five poorest countries — it's safe to say that that ratio is much higher. HTTP://WWW.CANEXBACK.COM/ Registered cases of violence against women in the places FH works have reached […]

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