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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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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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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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Nicaragua: Deadly Dengue Fever Epidemic

What is dengue fever? There are many strains of dengue fever. All of them transmitted to people through mosquito bites.  The more mild varieties cause high fevers and other flu-like symptoms. If infected with this type, the survival rate is high. Then there is another class of dengue fever. The kind with 106 degree fevers […]

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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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Responding to God’s Call

The recently deceased Christian author and teacher, Dallas Willard, made an important observation in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy.” He wrote, “God relates to space as we do to our body.” This is entirely scriptural. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul put it this way: “There is … one God and Father of all who is over […]

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Children: 100 Percent Nourished

   In Camarines Norte, Philippines, the M. Guinto Elementary School leaders faced a big problem with many students—malnutrition. Out of the 130 students, 38 children (ages 6 to 10) came to class each day weakened by not having enough food to eat. The school got funding from the government for one meal per week for […]

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