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Advocacy in Serbia

In April 2013, CWS hosted a delegation of CWS staff and volunteers from the US who came to visit CWS programs in Serbia and Georgia. In the Serbia-Smederevo program, they witnessed the joint program of CWS, Red Cross Smederevo and Foods Resource Bank providing food assistance and ensuring food security, they toured several pre-schools that provide secure place to young socially vulnerable children, visited the safe house for victims of domestic violence and talked to Smederevo local government officials and CWS local partners.

06/07/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Raising rabbits for survival in Gaza

THE GAZA STRIP is a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the most densely populated place on earth: approximately 1,657,155 people in a total area of 365 square kilometers. Conflict, water scarcity, unemployment and environmental pollution from bombs further increase the difficulty of life here and survival, rather than flourishing, appears to be the goal of most of the inhabitants. The FRB/MCC program provides rabbits and training for food and income. An average income for an employed person in Gaza is around $274-$410 USD a month. Rabbits can be sold at 3-4 months of age and can bring in approximately $13-$16 per rabbit. With no place for the animals to burrow or shelter, an unusually cold winter killed many, and fear and stress from a November 2012 bombing killed or affected reproduction in many more of these sensitive animals. FRB staff recently visited the program and spoke with participants.

06/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Learning Through Doing

Three FRB work learning groups recently returned from Guatemala and Nicaragua. These intergenerational groups went deeper in our learning about FRB as we spent more time in each local community than happens in a regular FRB visit. We supported people in work they were doing for their own communities.

05/20/2013 | 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

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

A visit to FRB’s Bolivia Tacobamba Program - Part 2

Part 2 of 2 on a visit to FRB's Bolivia-Tacobamba Program by volunteers from IN growing projects. Click here to read part 1

Representatives from local partner Nord Sud realized very early on that they would have to gain the trust of the villagers if they were to be successful. They did this not by simply presenting the information and leaving, but staying and living in the village for 20 days of every month to work and teach alongside the villagers. It still took over 2 years of effort before the villagers began to accept the new ways of eating and farming. We saw a new 2-room school, and small metal bins they used to protect their crops from insects and rodents.

02/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A visit to the Bolivia-Tacobamba Program - Part 1

A team of eight of us from Habitat for Humanity was going to be working in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Since three of us were FRB partners – we volunteer for community growing projects in Indiana – we secured permission from FRB, program lead member Lutheran World Relief, and local partner Nor Sud to "drop in" on one of the villages in FRB’s Bolivia-Tacobamba program.

Tacobamba. Until this visit, it was just a name on a piece of paper. Every year our church Missions committee has a meeting after our harvest celebration to choose where our portion of our growing project’s money will go. This year they had been given a list of three programs from around the world and had chosen one in southern Bolivia called Tacobamba.

02/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Children of God

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In mid-December, as part of an expression of Week of Compassion’s partnership with Foods Resource Bank (FRB), I traveled to two very different states in India, Bihar and Meghalaya, to see some of the results of the food security programs we support through work with local on-the-ground partners and members of FRB’s ecumenical network.  From the sleepy mountain town of Shillong  to the chaotic bluster of Kolkata, India’s diverse people, landscapes, and cultures absorbed my attention, begged many questions, and gave me much to ponder, even weeks later.

01/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ramona's Story in the Dominican Republic

The gentle breeze rustled through the trees on Ramona’s porch in the Dominican Republic as I sat watching her bright eyes, animated voice and gesturing hands explain the preschool and adult literacy classes she leads “right here on this porch”.

12/14/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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