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Maman Kichochi Makuu and her children

A kitchen garden enables children to attend school

Maman Kichochi Makuu is a 35-year-old Congolese mother of seven children. She had been earning a meager income from a fishing business, but increased costs and the seasonality of fishing forced her out of business. Then she had no income. She no longer could pay school fees, and her children were expelled. Kichochi knew that […]

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Joseph and his mother Nighty

Now I know I will live

When people ask me what Food for the Hungry does, it’s often phrased like this: “What do you give people?” Most of the time they expect to hear that we give food. It’s in our name, after all. Today my colleagues in Uganda sent a great story about a woman named Nighty. She is  ”living […]

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Girls with curiosity

I loved seeing the video clip of the NASA scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrating the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars the other day.  What a milestone! I’m a child of the Apollo era, when we stayed up late to watch moon walks or heard about the mission’s progress over the school […]

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FH helps families and communities send children to school

Education is Key to Overcoming World Poverty

When I sent my daughter off to school each day, I knew how important it was for her to get good grades to get into a university. I was certain that a university degree would improve her and her future children’s lives. I never considered the role of education in world poverty. The point was […]

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Me and my sponsored child

Joined in prayer

I keep a photo of my sponsored child, Rani, by my desk.  It helps me remember to pray for her. Rani is from Bangladesh. When I decided to sponsor a child I asked our staff to find a child who had languished in the system without a sponsor. Rani was 12 at the time; sponsors […]

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South Sudan: A hopeful—yet uncertain—future

A country claiming its independence after 21 years of war, with 2.5 million dead, is a courageous undertaking. South Sudan made the one-year mark of its independence—but what’s ahead?   “A year ago it was the newest nation in the world,” said Keith Wright, Food for the Hungry’s international president. “The South Sudanese were very […]

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Mothers creating social change

  The sounds of car horns, bird calls, bike bells and the stench of the open sewers surrounded me as I walked through a Dhaka slum in flip-flops. Wandering through a labyrinth of alleyways and small streets, my guide was leading me to meet a group of mothers who were game changers. Social influencers. Women […]

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Boy in green sweater with pen

Pen, paper and a future in Guatemala

The photographer’s caption tells me the image comes from a place where Food for the Hungry works called “Rio Azul,” or “Blue River,” in Guatemala’s Ixil Triangle region.  But I see a story far beyond a young child poised to draw something. The green in little boy’s sweater mirrors the thick vegetation I remember from […]

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Church in Kenya rises to meet practical needs

About this time last year, we learned about a local church in Kenya that chose to go against the flow of society by reaching out to the outcast: people living with HIV/AIDS. You can read that uplifting story here. Today, I want to tell you about another church in Kenya that has led its community in providing […]

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A price too high to pay for clean water

It’s 5 a.m. one chilly morning in Mariwa village, and Florence is up and ready for the day ahead. She quickly sips her tea to help her energize. As the lady of the house, Florence knows an early start will give her an edge over most other women going down to the stream to fetch water.

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