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Kenya Defecation Free Zone: Building Latrines to Save Lives

When you live in a society in which personal hygiene and public sanitation are inherent, it may be difficult to imagine the absence of Open Defecation Free (ODF) areas. In many communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works, ODFs are revolutionary. In Kenya, FH is helping traditionally semi-nomadic tribes to learn to settle down and […]

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Building Canals in Ethiopia

  A canal cut through the barren hills of Achete Wonz village in Ethiopia, to funnel water from a nearby river to the farm of Yaregal Eshetu. Unfortunately, the canal had cracks. The amount of water getting to Yaregal’s field was minimal, so he could only plant half his land with chickpeas and maize. At […]

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The Story in Children’s Eyes

Children living in Ethiopia’s rural areas don’t need to say a word to tell a story about their life. You can see it in their eyes … stories about their health, hope, frustration, nutrition level and more. At the end of May, I visited Food for the Hungry’s (FH) Sisga project in Ethiopia with a […]

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A Walk to the Water Well

If you were thirsty, imagine taking a six-hour round trip to get some dirty H2O. That’s what Semegn, a 20-year-old mother from Ethiopia, went through to get water. She is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and lives in Lay Gayint district in Taria Georgies village. And she wasn’t alone in her hardship. According to […]

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World Water Day: H2O, Energy and Poverty

World Water Day (WWD) is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year, WWD addresses the very important link between water and energy in the context of sustainable development. Without water, there is no energy. Likewise, energy is required […]

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Clean Water at H20:DC

A flushing toilet, washing your hands, water coming out of the faucet…three things that many Westerners can’t imagine living without. Our concept of water started with our first sips of clean H2O. Then, when we were potty trained, we learned the importance of washing our hands. This was simultaneous with knowing the toilet flushed and […]

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The End of Global Worming

No, that is not a typo. And yes, you will want to hear how the end of “global worming” is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring hope to the most vulnerable. Let’s start off with a short lesson on what I’m referring to as “global worming.” No, this is not a sci-fi conspiracy […]

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Kenya: 19,032 Orphans Receive Clean Water

Starting in 2011 during the worst drought Kenya had seen in 60 years, Food for the Hungry (FH) helped 19,032 Kenyan orphans and vulnerable children access clean water and this project continues today. For generations, water supply and sanitation in Kenya has been characterized by low levels of access and quality, especially in urban slums […]

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The Joy of Clean Water

I have a photo of a Cambodian girl on my desk. After a routine file-cleaning, I just couldn’t toss this outdated snapshot away. Her smile is sweet as she washes her hands with a pitcher of water. She could be any little girl I know. Playing outside and using her imagination to think of games […]

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That’s a Lot of Potatoes!

Potatoes. Let’s contemplate the solanum tuberosum. According to the North Carolina Potato Association, spuds are the second most consumed food in the United States. The wonderful tater is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, minerals that prevent cancer and heart disease, and each one provides more than 600 mgs. of potassium. Americans consume about […]

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