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Philippines Response: Applying Lessons from Indonesia to Haiyan

Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.

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Field Update: Seeking Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

As the first responders in many communities, Food for the Hungry (FH) field staff in the Philippines are finding communities completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. In Samar, one of the hardest hit parts of the Philippines, FH staff found one community of 53,000 people “100 percent damaged in terms of agriculture and infrastructure.” Mary Rose […]

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Update: Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Desperate for Help

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed nine regions of the Philippines affecting 11.3 million people. Local officials are saying 10,000 people have died and 600,000 people are displaced. Haiyan, the largest typhoon to hit land in recorded history, leveled homes and buildings, leaving thousands of Filipinos without shelter, access to water, food or electricity. Food […]

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Thankful people are happy people

Have you ever met those people who seemingly have it all. The great career, the sweet ride, the family with 2.5 kids… and some of these people seem a bit unhappy? In stark contrast you may have met people with… well nothing… literally. I’ve met many of these people in my travels through Asia, Africa, […]

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Generosity: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living.” If examination makes life worthwhile, accountants are happy people. This week, our external auditors are scrutinizing Food for the Hungry’s (FH) financial accounts. They go over every detail of our records ensuring that we properly recorded the year’s transactions. As our fiscal year ended in September, […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: FH responds with food, shelter

I heard on the news that on average over 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. That explains why when word that Super Typhoon Haiyan was on a crash-course with the Asian archipelago, my initial reaction was “Not again!” Of course, this time is different. Typhoon Haiyan (the Filipinos call it Yolanda) is possibly the […]

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‘Tis the Season at Your Church

We’re buzzing with excitement in the halls of Food for the Hungry’s (FH) Global Service Center in Phoenix. For months I’ve been telling you about Hope Tree, and this week it’s all coming together! Today, I’m sharing photos of just a few of my many hardworking co-workers who made our brand new Hope Tree materials […]

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Update: Nicaragua Dengue Fever Spreading

Early this week, I visited Nueva Segovia where the Nicaragua dengue fever epidemic is spreading. As the FH/Nicaragua Country Director, I’m helping to coordinate FH’s work with the Ministry of Health’s (MINSA) efforts to contain the spread of this disease. I was overwhelmed to witness so many patients including pregnant women, adolescents, children and infants […]

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Be the “thank you” in a child’s life

Watching leaves fall from a tree is magical. It displays a canvas of bold colors mixing together like splatter paint as each one gently collides with another and floats softly to the ground. The shedding of trees also brings a finish to the harvest; a time of great work, growth, and wealth. This is nature’s […]

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