Real people. Real stories.

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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Single Mom Rescues Children from Hunger

Somewhere in Mbirizi, a small village tucked in green hills in the very centre of Rwanda, a woman named Djalia stands proudly outside her home. Her small garden outside is watered, the cow, chickens, and rabbits are fed. Her six children and one grandchild are inside, they have all eaten. But things weren’t always this hopeful for Djalia.

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Weaving a New Future

Feliciana, a mother of three from Acul, Guatemala, remembers her childhood dream. She always wanted to be an entrepreneur, experiencing the thrill of being her own boss and starting her own business. From a young age, she learned how to weave and embroider güipiles, traditional blouses. She knew that this could be a perfect business, but her lack of confidence held her back.

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International Day of Education

In the past, we in Canada may have been tempted to take education for granted. Of course our children will go to school when they turn five or six and stay in school until they graduate at the vibrant age of 18, ready to take on the world—or, at least, university. But after nearly two years of rolling COVID-19 lockdowns, school closures, and various versions of online-only or hybrid learning, we’re no longer so quick to assume anything when it comes to our children’s education. “From its early days, the pandemic has been a terrible study in inequality, so it seems inescapable that the world’s poorer countries would bear the heaviest costs. But kids also disappeared from classrooms in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.”1

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Building Back Brightly

For students in rural Cambodia, pandemic lockdowns have closed schools and have made learning a disjointed and difficult process. Schools have been mostly closed since the onset of the pandemic, jarred by reopening and closing again. The substandard education experience for children in the community weighed on the Prasat Krohom Meanchey village chief, Mr. Chhoeun Ngoun. “While COVID-19 was spreading through the community, 19 schools were temporarily closed and left children out of in-person school,” he explains. But Chhoeun had a plan to help kids continue learning together outside of school.

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What's Faith Got to do With It?

There can be a tendency to stereotype people of faith, and while this is inevitable, it can still be painful. At FH Canada, we see all forms of poverty as rooted in all forms of broken relationships. We, therefore, make the focus of our work walking with others, rather than on an ideology that can alienate.

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Cultivating Empowerment

In North America, the phrase ‘business woman’ might trigger the image of power suits, striking presentations, and hurried cups of coffee while taking yet another conference call. But one group of women in Guatemala is proving to be so much more.

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Brewing A Generous Cup of Coffee

Take a Sunday morning sip of your complimentary cappuccino, made with Guatemalan coffee imported and roasted specifically for New Life Church’s Brew Life Cafe, and you will be awakened to the possibility of great tasting coffee grown out of committed relationships.

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How a Dairy Cow Saved This Family Farm

How do cows help end poverty? Cow manure makes organic fertilizer that can triple the harvests of smallholder farmers like Celestin.

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Sponsor Child Gets Life-Changing Surgery

It was a long trip. Two countries—Rwanda and Uganda—with fourteen days straight of work-related travel, meetings, and conversations. As I came to the end of the trip, I was pretty tired.

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Kids Cash in for Charity Gifts

How many bottles does it take to buy a $25 Pair of Chickens?

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Heroes of Transformation: Meet Chun Ul

Chun Ul was a newcomer to Ta Siem only a few years ago. Now, she's a key leader in her community, setting an example for others to follow!

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Learning Your Value

For anyone, a chance to learn and grow can make you feel valuable. And 12-year-old Rorn Hann didn’t always feel valued.

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Friends on the Journey

It’s often said that the day a woman gives birth is the most dangerous day of her life. Sylvia Namakoye knows all too well the dangers of pregnancy and birth. Living in the rural village of Nabukhoma, Bukiende, Sylvia’s home was too far from the closest health centre to walk to her antenatal appointments.

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Hoping for Healthy

It’s hard to get much done when you’re always getting sick. Debilitating stomach cramps, chronic fatigue, and the embarrassing need to run to the washroom every 15 minutes tends to get one down.

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Why is there a hunger crisis?

We’re in the midst of a hunger crisis

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Recipe: Cambodian Kuong (Spring Rolls)

Kuong is enjoyed by Khmer people across Cambodia as a lunchtime snack, street-food treat, and party platter favourite—some people even eat it for breakfast! It’s a great way to jazz up leftover meat!

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Recipe: Bangladeshi Nakshi Pitha

This popular traditional and ornamental Bangladeshi appetizer is a crowd pleaser. Often served at festivals or while entertaining guests in villages, these fried rice cakes make for the perfect savoury or sweet, crispy and flakey (and beautiful) treat.

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The Poverty of Being Overlooked

Poverty isn't just a lack of material goods. It’s a mindset, an emotional state, a social position, a self-perception. When Annonciate in Burundi was equipped with skills to care for her family, she gained the confidence to participate in community and leave behind her shame.

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8 Myths About Clean Water Around the World

A natural resource that covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and makes up to 60% of our bodies, water contributes to life around the world, including providing food, income, and wellbeing. Yet, the global water crisis is commonly misunderstood! This World Water Day, Food for the Hungry experts in water, sanitation, and health (WASH) have joined together to help you dispel some common myths about clean water, and give you a better understanding of the work we do with water around the world.

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Please Pass the Sausages

In that moment I realized “the poor” can outdo us “wealthy ones” any day of the week when it comes to sacrificially sharing food. While they lack material resources, they are profoundly rich in hospitality.

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