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Gratitude Renews Hope

It’s almost the four-month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. So much debris covers over the survivors’ towns, loved ones and hope. The typhoon hit on November 8, 2013, demolishing entire towns and displacing more than 1 million people. But as this woman’s story shows—a little gratitude can lead one to find the hope […]

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What’s the Root of Your Resolutions?

(Photo by Wicker Furniture) Like many of you, I’ll step on a scale on Jan. 2, 2014, and think, “OK. Its back to leafy greens and carrots for you!” Then, I’ll make a resolution to change my wayward eating habits. And while I’m at it, I’ll look at my monthly budget and adjust it to save […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Survivor Starts Rebuilding Life

At 5:30 a.m. on November 8, Typhoon Haiyan took out entire towns, like Basey in the Philippines. Filipinos living this community describe the waves as an “anaconda eating the city.” The waves came in three times—the final being the deadliest. Now, Basey homes lay in piles of rubble along the streets. Layo Mateo, a typhoon […]

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This Girl Made Typhoon Haiyan Personal

Major disasters usually seem a world away, but not this time. When I heard that Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines, my thoughts went at once to Mariecris. Mariecris is my sponsored child. She lives in the Philippines, like 2,000 other children sponsored through Food for the Hungry (FH). When the typhoon hit, my daughters […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: Child Friendly Spaces

Where do children play after their community is demolished? Many children venture out among the rubble, looking for something to do. Schools are closed. Homes are make-shift shelters. They face physical dangers and can be vulnerable to abuse and trafficking. Food for the Hungry (FH ) is creating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the Philippines, […]

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Getting Food to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Food for the Hungry (FH) continues food distributions this week in the Philippines to provide Typhoon Haiyan survivors with a two-week supply of food per family. Survivors have been desperate for help as destroyed roads and downed communication systems made receiving and calling for aid nearly impossible. But through FH partner churches and staff living […]

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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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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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