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27 Jul 2018 description
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Written by Sara Chambers

Every year our team compiles a country update for all child sponsors. This update shares what has been happening in the country where their sponsored child lives and gives them a glimpse into the real work that’s happening in the communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works.

This year, we wanted to dive in a little deeper to one of the most profound programs that FH implements in each community across the world, cascade groups.

04 Aug 2015 description
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PHOENIX (August 3, 2015) – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), overwhelming research has shown that breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition to promote healthy growth and brain development for infants. Breast milk has also been shown to provide protection from life threatening illnesses such as respiratory infection and diarrheal disease as well obesity and non-communicable diseases like diabetes and asthma.

17 Jun 2015 description
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PHOENIX (June 17, 2015) – Modern fatherhood means being involved with childrearing duties, and supporting the family emotionally, spiritually and physically. In many cases, it also means making sure the family has safe shelter, food on the table and the income to pay for children’s education. Each and every day, hundreds of fathers around the world are able to provide for their families thanks to programs established by Food for the Hungry.

16 Jun 2015 description
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PHOENIX (June 9, 2015) – Since 2012, Food for the Hungry, in cooperation with local communities has planted 98.1 million tree seedlings in nine Ethiopian districts. The resulting regeneration of ground water sources, improved soil fertility, gully formation and improved productivity of existing streams is saving lives.   

08 Apr 2015 description
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By Kebede Lulie on April 8, 2015

The Sekota district is a highly drought-prone district of Amhara region in Ethiopia. Almost every year there is not enough rainfall to grow food for all the residents. In the early eighties, thousands died due to hunger, starvation and malnutrition-related diseases. But things have changed.

Meet Adane Berihanu.

08 Apr 2015 description
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PHOENIX (April 2, 2015) – Tuesday, April 7 is World Health Day, a day originally created to recognize the founding of the World Health Organization. Today, organizations like Food for the Hungry (FH) celebrate World Health Day by recognizing the successes of global health programs like the establishment of defecation-free zones in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Those living in communities where public restrooms are a fact of life may have a hard time understanding the risks and challenges associated with public defecation.

03 Feb 2015 description
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Deforestation is a global reality that significantly contributes to climate change.

Who knows this better than Ethiopians, who have suffered through severe drought in recent decades? They have endured years of displacement and starvation. Those in rural areas often suffer the most.

And yet, despite this reality, thoughtful women like Workinesh Bayisa, continue to cut down trees to use as fuel for their cook-fires. With no electricity or gas, fire is her only means of providing meals for her family. She has no alternatives.

08 Dec 2014 description
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By Kebede Lulie

Finding at least one water source for each family to increase food production was a primary focus for us in nine drought-prone districts of the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Over the past fiscal year, a total of 22 rivers and springs were developed and diverted. In addition, 202 shallow wells were dug for irrigation. As a result, more than 3,500 people started producing food at least twice a year, therefore increasing their income. But numbers don’t tell the full story.

10 Oct 2014 description
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by Kebede Lulie on OCTOBER 9, 2014

Bugna district

09 Oct 2014 description
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Food for the Hungry Programs Inspire Hope and End Poverty

PHOENIX (Oct. 9, 2014) – When you hear the terms “kitchen garden” or “home farm,” you might picture a box of fresh herbs growing in the windowsill or a few tomato plants climbing up a trellis in a pot on the patio. In developing countries, however, family farming is not a popular trend. It’s the key to ending poverty, stopping childhood malnutrition and saving lives.

12 Aug 2014 description
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Training Africans to increase sales and grow small agricultural businesses

PHOENIX (August 5, 2014) – President Barack Obama spoke to 50 African leaders at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington D.C. from Aug. 4-6, to promote Africa’s economic growth in business and foreign investment. President Obama rallied support for Africa’s upcoming generation in creating business opportunities.

03 Apr 2014 description
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According to a study conducted by Food for the Hungry (FH), in some areas of Ethiopia, as many as 60 percent of women believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife if she burns food or argues with him.

Forty-four percent of women feel that denying sex is a justifiable reason for a man to beat his wife, indicating that respondents generally accept violence as part of the male-family relationship.

10 Sep 2012 description
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Food for the Hungry has been supporting a program for poor rural communities in Ethiopia, helping them build resilience against poor harvests and high food prices. The program focuses on improving agriculture diversification and production and thus increasing the amount of food and income available. The activities include micro-credit, livestock rearing and marketing, dairy production, agricultural production and distribution, beekeeping and irrigation.

Success stories:

Motorized Pump Irrigation

12 Apr 2012 description
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It's hard for me to imagine a situation more desperate than a child born with a deadly disease -- the same disease that killed both her parents.

At age 13, Mihiret assumed the role of mother over her two younger siblings aged 9 and 7. AIDS consumed both of these children's parents, and all three of the children themselves are HIV positive.

26 Feb 2012 description
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Celebrate World Water Day and learn about water projects around the world

Did you know…in the world’s poorest countries, approximately 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water? There is an even greater number lacking adequate sanitation and proper hygiene.

World Water Day is March 22, and Food for the Hungry celebrates the many water projects that faithful partners like you have help us complete worldwide. Your prayers and financial gifts are not only saving lives, but you are helping to change communities! Communities like Kinna, Kenya.

16 Nov 2011 description
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Everyone gets excited about the digging of a brand-new well ... the anticipation, the hard work, and the joyous celebration upon seeing clean, drinkable water spew from the ground! But what happens after that? Who's in charge of the water -- whose water is it?

Just as we pay companies for our water use here in the West, so people in places like Sasiga, Ethiopia set up their own systems for managing resources.

06 Oct 2011 description
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A few weeks ago, Food for the Hungry was hand-picked from among three non-governmental organizations as having the best educational programs in a specific area of Ethiopia.

"Praise the Lord for the recognition!" says Feye Tolla, director of FH's child-development programs in Ethiopia.

In the Oromia region and around the world, FH teaches parents and community leaders the importance of education and, when necessary, helps the community furnish local schools with blackboards, desks, reference books and other supplies.

05 Sep 2011 description
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"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 themselves from the deadly virus, instead of being born with it.

21 Jul 2011 description
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Today, the United Nations declared famine in parts of the Horn of Africa -- resulting from the past few years of unpredictable weather and extreme drought. There hasn't been an official famine since 1984-85.

One of the ways FH is helping save lives in this region is by caring for the animals on which so many people depend.