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Meet Moussa: West African farmer, trainer, wedding photographer, & reforestation advocate

Moussa, a participant in FRB’s West Africa 1 program, is a busy man. He is a farmer who, before he became involved with the program, didn’t own any animals. Now his family’s compound is full of goats, sheep, chickens and pigeons. As an “indigenous animator” who encourages people to take charge of their own lives and livelihoods, he is a leader in his own community development group. He also regularly visits several other groups to help them keep on track for what they’ve planned to accomplish each year.

Moussa is an advisor to the mayor’s office, a savvy businessman, investor and entrepreneur who, thanks to a microcredit loan from the program, bought a camera and video camera and is now a village wedding photographer!

“Whenever there are any ceremonies in the nearby towns, people call me and I film and photograph their events,

01/17/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Thank you from g.r.o.w

FRB, 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of your ministry.

While working on a growing project I saw people get their hands dirty, I saw community grow, and I saw people motivated by something other than themselves. Jesus taught us to serve, and it was great to see people doing that.

01/16/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Communities Strengthened through organic gardening in Mexico

FRB’s Mexico-Chiapas program is addressing challenges of poor nutrition, poverty, and loss of population from migration due to global policies beyond the control of the community. The program promotes food security by supporting families’ organic crops, fruit trees, and vegetable gardens.

Access to water is limited, so efforts are focused on collecting water in tanks for irrigating staple crops like beans and corn, and water conservation practices in family gardens. Many families are cultivating depleted land, and are benefiting from training on

01/13/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Reflecting on the 1st year shows progress in Timor Leste

Participants from FRB’s Timor Leste-Viqueque program recently reviewed their first-year progress and gave feedback on program strengths and weaknesses during a “beneficiary accountability” meeting. They expressed gratitude for updates from program staff on project goals and objectives and for the chance to weigh in, stating that it was the first time any programming organization had taken the time to report back to them or ask them their opinions.

01/06/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ten years down the road, sustainable development continues in Laos

Community development takes many years of work before you start seeing its fruits. We sometimes become discouraged at the slow pace of change, especially when working in remote and challenging contexts. The continued success of villages like those in FRB's Laos Xieng Khouang program gives us hope that our approach works in the long run.

In the 80s, ZOA, a Dutch relief organization, began working with Laotian villagers who were returning to barren lands after the Vietnam war to rebuild their lives. ZOA’s focus was livelihoods.

12/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Christmas Greetings from FRB's DRC-Micro Devru Program

Christmas Greetings from FRB's Democratic Republic of Congo-Micro Devru program

Bien Chers Partenaires de FRB,

Chers Frères dans le Seigneur, nous du projet ACDI/Lusekele  avons le plaisir de vous présenter nos meilleurs vœux pour les fêtes de Noel 2013 de nouvelle année  2014 Que le bon Dieu par sa grâce a Jésus-Christ vous accorde la force au travail et une longue vie. Nous  profitons de cette occasion pour vous exprimer notre reconnaissance pour le soutien financier que vous apportez a L’ACDI Lusekele sans le quel beaucoup de personnes  dans notre aire  d’actions ne trouverez pas assez a manger et leur situation serait pire.

12/23/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

3rd LWR Gender Integration Program Launched in Uganda

Newsletter: 

In the Busoga region of Uganda, FRB and its member organization Lutheran World Relief (LWR) are partnering with NAMUBUKA Grains Area Cooperative Enterprise (ACE) to help increase the income of 1,500 smallholder farmers. FRB's Uganda-Busoga program is one of three pilot programs in LWR’s cross-regional, gender-integrated food security and agriculture initiative, the Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative.

12/11/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

The Crisis in the Central African Republic

Newsletter: 

Today we ask you to hold up the people of the Central African Republic as they struggle with continuing disintegration of their country. A coup d'etat in March has disabled the government and violence between Christians and Muslims has increased. You can read more about the crisis in the CAR HERE in this special report from IRIN.

Foods Resource Bank supports the work of the Central African Republic-Gamboula program.

12/09/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Uganda, Prosy moves from disability to ability

Looking back at her life before skills training, Prosy, a 23-year-old woman with a disability in her left leg, wonders where she would be if not for the food security, livelihood and entrepreneurship skills training she’s received from FRB’s Uganda-Kireka Lweza program at the Lweza Rehabilitation Center for disabled youth.

Rehabilitation Center students are disproving the widespread Ugandan belief that people with disabilities are unable to care for themselves or contribute to their communities. These students are now earning incomes, growing their own food, selling or bartering their extra production, starting small business, training others and working as consultants.

12/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Tis the Season for Season-less Giving

Black Friday is over.

So is Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday and now, today ... we celebrate Giving Tuesday!

What is Giving Tuesday, you might ask. Well, it’s the day officially designated on which to give back.

12/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More