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A Flood Washed Away a Village, But Not Their Dreams

November 14, 2018

Finding Hope In Unexpected Places This spring, the worst flood of the century swept through the community of Magarini in Eastern Kenya, where families have worked for years to end their struggle with hunger and improve their lives. Homes were washed away. Entire fields were lost, buried in sand. With their homes destroyed, 90% of families had to move into tents. But hope was not lost. Even in the midst of severe challenges and disappointments, the men and women in this community are holding on…

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Girls Empowered to Improve Their Own Lives

January 2, 2019

Marginalized girls like Lilian who have graduated from the two-year Girls Empowerment Program in West Pokot have improved their psychological, social and economic welfare such that they are able to take charge of their own futures. Many of them were married off too early or otherwise exposed to trauma and oppression, but living in a […]

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Savings Groups Have Lasting Impact

December 28, 2018

Friends and neighbors in the Kenya Tigania program join together to save money according to a “Village Savings and Lending Association” (VSLA) model that is quickly boosting both income and possibilities for participants. One member, Francis, had a shoe repair business that had failed, but lacked the funds to revive it until he joined his […]

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“The World’s Perfect Food” is Perfect for These Children

An ad campaign for the nutrient-rich banana calls it “the world’s perfect food.” A baby step toward self-sufficiency for families in the Rwanda Rubavu program involves growing bananas for a fast turnaround on nutrition for children. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ (NCM) Child Development Centers had been seeing an increase in children being left at the border […]

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Growing Vegetables with Nutrition in Mind

Thanks to the Kendua program’s emphasis on nutrition and environmentally friendly agriculture, a farmer named Mr. Alam declares, “Our food habits have changed, and we, our wives and our children are healthier.” Most of the villagers in the program are farmers who’ve always used traditional methods. They mostly grew rice to satisfy their families’ hunger, […]

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Farmers raise money, share knowledge in global group

December 27, 2018

OTTAWA, Ill. — Midwest farmers and church-goers have found a way to make harvest festivals, bike rides, auctions and good crop yields here raise money for projects that help people overseas fight hunger. Dean Lundeen (left) and another volunteer prepare the hog for the Harvest Celebration dinner in Ottawa, Ill.Photo courtesy Kevin Nelson This year, […]

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Dry-Land Farming Techniques Trap Moisture

December 19, 2018

Even though the Burkina Faso Gnagha program just started in April of this year, participants in ten villages are hard at work readying their fields in advance of hoped-for rains and planting. In this picture, a farmer employs a dry-land conservation farming technique that retains morning dew that will allow his crop to sprout and […]

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Alternative Income Sources and Peace-Building

December 18, 2018

Amid a bleak situation of country-wide political violence and drought followed by flooding, program participants in Nicaragua are finding hope through the efforts of local partner CIEETS. Ever since protests in April led to violence and threats, roadblocks have prevented children from going to school. Since people couldn’t leave the area, supplies of staple foods […]

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Celebratory Food Fairs Serve an Important Purpose

Nine program families sold a wide array of home-grown produce to guests at a food fair sponsored recently by local partner CIEDEG. Fruits like peaches and passion fruit. Vegetables galore, including celery, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, radishes, avocado, green onions, tomatoes, and chili peppers. Medicinal herbs and fresh-cut flowers. The beauty of the offerings wowed guests, […]

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Improving Family, Community and Environmental Health

Families participating in the Macuelizo program in Honduras – the country with the highest propensity for natural disaster in the world! – discuss some of the ways their lives have improved with support from local partner CASM. The Ramirez family says that “CASM is the first organization that has directly helped families in our community. […]

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Successful Farmer Becomes an Entrepreneur

December 14, 2018

When farmers have affordable and locally-available technical support, they are more likely to be successful as they try out and adopt new farming practices. The new India West Champaran & Sitamarhi program trains Private Service Providers (PSP) to offer their support services to others. After mastering rice-growing techniques that improved yields and reduced costs, Munna […]

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