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Lifelong learning helps a Guatemalan grandma care for her family

“I want my grandchildren to grow healthy; that is the reason I am dedicating my time to learn about agriculture,” says 44-year-old Dominga who always has been an active member of her community high in the hills of Guatamala. Guatemala’s children have the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in all of Latin America, and it’s […]

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Striving to help mothers give birth to an HIV-free generation

“I think this is one of the best things we could ever do for HIV; it’s one of the most successful prevention methods,” says FH’s HIV/AIDS programs coordinator, Kim Buttonow, MPH. “You can have an HIV-free generation.” By expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), children of HIV-positive mothers actually could choose whether to protect […]

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Four causes of violence against women in the Dominican Republic

“Never before have I seen a woman that’s eight months pregnant killed by her husband, and then he shoots himself,” says Dr. Martha Butler de Lister, the FH country director for the Dominican Republic (D.R.). Martha grew up in the D.R., and she has noticed a rising trend in violence — violence against women in […]

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VIDEO – Working together to save children’s lives through clean water

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under age 5. Watch this video featuring Karen Neiswender, FH health program support specialist, to learn how a simple water filter can prevent diarrhea and save lives. Help yourself to the details of this water-filter study in Bolivia by reading our blog posts: Part 1 and Part 2.

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What’s better than building a classroom for kids who desperately need it?

What is better than going into a community, finding 130 elementary-school students crammed together under deteriorating roofs, and building them brand-new classrooms?  Answer: Walking alongside that community’s leaders and families, providing encouragement and strategic support as they build their own classrooms. FH helps communities in extreme poverty access the resources needed to lift themselves out of poverty for […]

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Working together to save children’s lives through clean water – Part 2

In the last post, I introduced a recent study done in Bolivia to test the effectiveness of a water filter in combating diarrhea among young children. Usually nothing more than a mere inconvenience or a trip to the doctor for children in the U.S., diarrhea kills about 1.5 million children per year in places where clean water […]

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Working together to save children’s lives through clean water – Part 1

Partnership is a key to success in almost every area of life. You’ve probably heard it said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Across the world, FH partners with other non-profit organizations, governments, churches, schools and local community groups to help meet physical and spiritual needs […]

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How do you calculate the value of one teacher?

A few years ago, I had the privilege of seeing Food for the Hungry staff at work in Nicaragua – the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, after Haiti. One of the places I went was El Limonal, a community I was told lay in the “triangle of death” between the city’s dump, cemetery and sewer system. […]

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Are we willing to share our best?

Victor Cortez, Regional Director of Food for the Hungry in Latin America, shared the following insight about people living in physical poverty. When vulnerable people host others in their home, they share the best they have with their guests. They do not share what they do not like any more, what they no longer use, […]

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A proven way to slow the progression of HIV to AIDS

March 8 is the 100-year anniversary of International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women and reaffirm our commitment to gender equality. This week, Poverty 180 focuses on women in relation to education, clean water, HIV/AIDS and gender-based injustice. Living with HIV/AIDS — From thoughts of suicide to hope for the future Leriange Gelin started planning her suicide […]

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