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What’s in your toolbox?

I rode into work this morning with my friend Charith, and we talked about a mutual friend working in China. Our friend observed that an uncommon number of Chinese seem to be wearing glasses. Charith asked, “Why do you think so many people have bad eyes?” Community development professionals observe and ask these questions all the time. As a former community […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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Bolivian sewing school teaches women skills

The Chair in the Seed

“Where did this chair come from?” Germán asked me. We had been talking with a group of women in Bolivia who had just started their own sewing school with guidance from FH. Germán, the FH staff member who leads the project, was making a point about helping the women to support themselves. Germán related the training he had given […]

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sacrificing comfort for Christ

Meet My New Role Model

Olivia is the type of person who lights up a room. I met her in Sorojchi, a rural area of Bolivia. After an early morning journey from the nearest city on bumpy dirt roads, I sat down with the local FH staff for breakfast. Each of us introduced ourselves as we passed around bread, yogurt, […]

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Americans with disabilities help send children in extreme poverty to school

In many cases, the only thing standing between children born into extreme poverty and their education is a simple set of school supplies. It’s not that poor communities don’t have school supplies; rather, they might cost the equivalent of one or two days’ work, and in that case, it’s easy to see why the poorest […]

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The power of God’s Word heals families

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Ethel, Edwin and their three daughters might not be a whole family today, were it not for the Word of God being injected into […]

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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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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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After nine years without clean, running water, “my kids can’t wait to take a shower”

This is a transcript of an interview between FH staff member Coraly Usnava and Arsenio Ignacio Salinas, a husband and father in a very poor, mountainous community in Peru. I love to read it and imagine the scene — the smile, maybe some birds chirping and kids running around. Oh, how I take for granted […]

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