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Hear from the people doing the work to end poverty—our community members! These are real people sharing their incredibly inspirational stories of struggle and overcoming. You’ll also find facts about global hunger, climate change, and women’s empowerment and how it all ties into the fight for a poverty-free world.

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Starting a Child Strong

On World Children’s Day, we’re highlighting the need to start strong!

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Cookies for Change

It all started with a sweet idea.

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Single Mother Grows Hope

When María’s husband unexpectedly passed away, she and her daughters, Yamilin (6) and Ana (3), moved back in with her aging mother and two sisters.

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Hope for the Next Generation

Cham comes from a family that didn’t know the value of formal education. Instead of attending school, they worked hard at their farming and did their best to survive. But Cham is determined that her family will be different

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Batwa People Are Reclaiming Their Place

It’s no surprise that Mandela and his peers felt like second-class citizens in their homeland. As members of the Indigenous Batwa Peoples in Burundi, they had faced discrimination from before they were even born.

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How New Water Grows New Food

I think we can all agree that water is essential to life on Earth.

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Why Mental Health Matters

When Deborah was just 12 years old, she was kidnapped and held captive with a group of young girls for two months. By the time she escaped and returned home, the damage was done. Her harrowing ordeal haunted her into her teens and adulthood. Fearing social stigma, she told no one the truth about what had happened, except for her mother and sister. She had been a victim of human trafficking, but she didn’t feel like a survivor. She felt restless, fearful, and depressed. She isolated herself from friends and community. She couldn’t work—she could barely brush her own hair.

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Better Together

After her husband died, Rachel wasn’t able to feed her four children on her own, much less pay school fees. The yields from their 10 acre farm were so low.

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A Bottle of Hope

Juana will never forget the little water bottle that she carried to school every day. Water access close to home (or in your house!) is critical to development. Girls in Guatemala need access to water to help them stay in school.

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From Drop-Out to Role Model

How a Young Girl is Transforming her Community's Future

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The Great Admin Rate Debate

If you’re like most Canadians, the admin rate (i.e. the percentage of donations spent on administration and overhead) comes out somewhere on top. In some ways this is fabulous, and in some ways–perhaps surprisingly–it is not.

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The Great Admin Rate Debate

Are there hidden costs to low-cost programming?

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Welcome to Ukhia, Bangladesh

Have you ever heard of Ukhia, Bangladesh? Chances are you have, you just might not have realized it at the time. Ukhia is home to Cox's Bazar, where you'll find the world's largest refugee camp. In 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya refugees poured into the region, triggering a humanitarian crisis that continues today. Ukhia is one of the poorest sub-districts in Bangladesh and the sudden influx of refugees placed stress on already strained resources. FH Bangladesh has a medical program in the Rohingya camps, but after seeing the need in the host community, felt called to respond with an additional program. And so, Food for the Hungry's partnership with four communities in Ukhia was born in late 2021!

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Child Sponsorship Helps Save Mercy

When Irene's husband left for Kenya to seek employment, Irene became a single mother solely responsible to provide for five children.

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Does Child Sponsorship Really Work?

Does child sponsorship really work?

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A Second Chance for Richard

Richard is just 24 years old, but already he’s married with three children and solely responsible to support his growing family. Like many young men in Bwikhonje Village, Uganda, though Richard struggled to make a go of it.

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Journeys of Joy: Marare, Nashisa, and Busekera

Celebrating Resilience: A Decade of Transformation

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Water Access Transforms Asma's Community

Ashrayan, a government-built project housing over 48 families, had no local water supply. Residents spent hours traversing a steep hill to collect unsafe water that made them sick. Ashrayan had no preschools and only one primary school a kilometre away. “Being far away from the [primary] school, we were not very interested in education. If we have that interest to involve our children with school, it’s quite tough to go to school regularly for our children by walking that distance from our house,” one mother shared.

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Sponsor Child Graduates Top of His Class!

Across Canada, June is graduation month. From big cities to small farming towns, teens are moving those tassels from right to left, grinning ear-to-ear as they stride off the stage of their childhoods and into the boundless world of adulthood. Moms are crying. Dads are cheering. Siblings have mixed feelings. But everyone is proud!

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Open Homes and Ice Cream Cones: Creating everyday habits of generosity

When Ali and David, a young couple with two daughters under two, received an early inheritance from his grandparents, they began thinking about the legacy they wanted to leave. Ali had seen generosity exemplified in the lives of her family and in-laws in many forms—like welcoming homes and ice cream cones—and she realized there is no better time than the present to create habits of generosity.

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