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Guatemalan Pollo Con Coca Cola Recipe

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Here is a recipe for Chicken with Coca Cola that a recent FRB group traveling in Guatemala enjoyed quite a lot.

04/24/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Healing Comes Full Circle

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More than thirty years ago, in my early days of overseas development work, I would often attend worship in Haitian batey churches in the Dominican Republic.  (“Batey” is the Caribbean name for a residential area for workers on a plantation.) My children’s memories of this time include the anxiety of being asked to sit on the platform at the front of the church because we were one of the missionary families.  This was often uncomfortable for us, but at the time we had little command of the language to express how we felt.

04/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Norm Braksick Receives MI Rotary Award

Norm Braksick, shown in this photo from 2004, worked for 30 years at The Upjohn Co. and was president of the Asgrow Seed Co. before retiring in 1997. In late 1998, he agreed to help form the Foods Resource Bank, a nonprofit international organization involving faith, agriculture and world hunger.

The Portage Rotary Club honored retired corporate executive and ongoing volunteer services leader Norman Braksick with its 22nd Annual Community Service Award last Wednesday.

04/19/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Gaza: A land of Contrast (Part 2)

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I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to visit the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) programs that we have in the region one of which, is located in the Gaza Strip. Since my return home I’ve been struggling to find the best way to describe my experiences and to share the stories of those we visited.  As I think through all that happened in the short 1-day visit to Gaza I keep coming back to the idea that there were many “opposites” existing at once. These opposites occurred in many different forms and I will continue to try to explain them in more details in part 2 of the blog post.

04/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Gaza: A land of Contrast (Part 1)

I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to visit the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) programs that we have in the region one of which, is located in the Gaza Strip.  Since my return home I’ve been struggling to find the best way to describe my experiences and to share the stories of those we visited.  As I think through all that happened in the short 1-day visit to Gaza I keep coming back to the idea that there were many “opposites” existing at once.   These opposites occurred in many different forms and I will try to explain them in more details as I write this.

Is Gaza Palestinian or is it Israeli?

According to Wikipedia, the Palestinian National Authority is the interim self-government body established to govern the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

04/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Mariam’s work and ingenuity improve household income in Jordan

Mariam and fifteen other Bedouin women who received food security training through FRB’s Jordan-Greigra program are now successfully growing crops in plastic greenhouses.

Mariam's husband has a second wife, and among them they have 10 children to feed and nurture. After the training, Mariam took out a loan from the program’s small revolving loan project in order buy the materials needed to build and maintain a plastic hoop house near her home.

04/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Individual stories of transformation in Uganda

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FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program with 1250 individuals from 250 households in 10 communities, uses Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Village Savings and Loan groups (VSLs) to help and inspire community members grow enough food for their families, earn incomes, create small businesses, get all their children into school, and envision a better future. Here are some of their stories...

03/28/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Farmers support community orphans in Mozambique

As food supplies in FRB’s Mozambique-Tete-Mutarara communities improve using the conservation farming methods offered in the program’s trainings, there is more food available for orphaned children. Orphans and orphan-headed households are among those who receive training and encouragement in this community-wide food security program. Because it requires less time to prepare and plant fields using sustainable techniques like planting in holes and conserving moisture by mulching, children who are otherwise required to help in the fields are able to attend school and even have time to play.

03/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Guatemala, Roberto Satisfies Passion for Farming with Training

Roberto, a longtime farmer and member of one of the communities served by FRB’s Guatemala-Four Departments program, is taking good advantage of the appropriate farming techniques he’s learned from the program. Roberto is passionate about agriculture. During his childhood and adolescence, he lived with his parents and worked with them on various private farms in Quetzaltenango. His family had to spend all they earned – about three quetzales (40 cents today) a week – so they were never able to pull themselves out of poverty.

03/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

As a Volunteer Ag Worker in Zambia, Amon is a Role Model to Others

“Lead by example” is the phrase which Amon keeps repeating to fellow volunteers who are dedicating part of their time to help their communities reliably grow more food. Amon, 42, is married with 4 children and takes care of his elderly mother. He is also a dedicated Agriculture Volunteer Worker (AVW) in FRB’s Zambia Eastern Program.

Amon was identified by his community to be trained as an AVW because

03/20/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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