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Ethiopian child by Peter Mogan

How a beekeeper’s dignity sold me on honey

The inspiring blog post below came from my colleague, Gretchen Jewell. She recently told me in a hallway conversation that her first trip to Africa transformed her life. I thought you would enjoy her story. I’m not usually a big fan of honey. I rarely buy it. But recently, I bought honey because I wanted […]

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Dave Evans, Food for the Hungry U.S. President, prays for Senator Lindsay Graham

Inspiring hope to end poverty

Her name is Gize. It means “time.” When she became a participant several years ago in Food for the Hungry’s (FH’s) USAID-funded program in Alaba, Ethiopia, Gize was unfortunately running out time. Another year of bad rains had combined with astronomical food prices, forcing her to sell the family ox, rent out her land to […]

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Feeling lost in today’s world?

A funny thing happened when I went to help change the conditions of the poor in Africa. I was changed. Twenty years ago, I moved to post-war Uganda to do my part to help. What I came to realize was: God’s call for me to meet the needs of the poor also involved His desire to transform my life. […]

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Ethiopian boy who is living with HIV

A cure for HIV? Let’s celebrate and be faithful

The first time I vividly remember sitting with a child who was infected with HIV was in northern Ethiopia. The boy, who was about eight years old, had a glazed look in his eyes. He sat practically motionless while I visited with his mother and grandmother. The father had passed away. Siblings were also present […]

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River in Shashego

Bridging the gap, saving lives

I honestly don’t know how many bridges I crossed this morning on the way to work. I drive on a freeway that crosses over myriad side streets, and navigates a pass through the Phoenix North Mountain nature preserve.  I don’t even think about the steel and concrete that take me 16 miles to work and […]

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Photo of Melissa Peterson holding her children's book

Finding God in the Missouri River

I am consistently surprised by the things that come across my desk. As a writer in the marketing and communications department, I see a lot of different assignments come through, from stories from the field to interviews with Christian musicians about why they support Food for the Hungry. However, some of my favorite assignments have […]

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Ethiopia: Market-led Livelihood Program

Food for the Hungry has been supporting a program for poor rural communities in Ethiopia, helping them build resilience against poor harvests and high food prices. The program focuses on improving agriculture diversification and production and thus increasing the amount of food and income available. The activities include micro-credit, livestock rearing and marketing, dairy production, […]

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Ethiopia: FH Housing the Homeless after Disastrous Fire

Many homes were destroyed by a recent fire in Shashego, Ethiopia, but FH came to the rescue and provided building materials for families to build replacement homes for themselves.

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Boy named Kassim next to wattle and daub house

Off the map

I’m reading some interview transcripts today from Uganda, full of names: place names, school names, business names, mountain names. The names have many syllables and a lot of vowels. It’s very confusing and they all sound very much alike. I’m thankful my colleague Alex, who did the interviews originally, took time to spell out some […]

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Ethiopian boy looks out over countryside

Learning from Artists and Olympians

During a recent trip to Ethiopia, one of FH’s largest fields of operation, I purchased a postcard by local artist. The painting on the card featured an Ethiopian Airlines airplane full of passengers that were clearly Ethiopian themselves. You can see it here. I thought it was pretty cool. I really liked the style of […]

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