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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

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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

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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

In India, Shanti looks forward to improved yields and income

Shanti is a 36-year-old participant in FRB’s India-Patharkhmah program who lives and farms with her husband and son in a small village. They are a poor family, but as a result of their hard work they were able to buy an acre of land on which they cultivated rice.

In 2010 Shanti joined a farmers’ club in her village. She participated in as many club events as she could, including various trainings and exposure visits on kitchen gardens, Sloping Agriculture Land Technology (SALT)

12/02/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Training mothers reduces childhood malnutrition in Peru

Mothers, babies and families participating in FRB’s Perú-Chota program are enjoying improved health through workshops and follow-up on hygiene, home vegetable gardening, nutrition, agriculture, and clean water practices. These rural communities are also securing greater access to basic municipal services , and the program has developed standards for inter-agency coordination between health and educational centers. Hygiene, nutrition and school gardens are a part of school curricula, and mothers and teachers alike have a positive attitude towards the program’s activities.

Over a three-year period, 450 boys and girls under the age of five in the communities have experienced a 9% reduction in chronic and an 11% reduction in overall malnutrition.

11/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Four Malawian Farmers Share Their Success Stories

FRB’s Malawi-Chingale program offers extension services and training for crop production, crop diversification, small-scale irrigation, land resource management, and livestock restocking to a community devastated by the 2006 food crisis and high rates of HIV/AIDS. Participants learn appropriate farming practices, and receive further instruction on the environment, health, child nutrition, HIV/AIDS education, community-based child care, and adult literacy.

Here, four farmers tell how the program has helped them improve their lives

11/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Getting Ready for the Harsh Winter in Armenia

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Participants in FRB’s Armenia-Shirak program are benefiting from their sheep in a way most Americans would not think of. Winter temperatures in Shirak Province – remote and mountainous and the coldest area in the country – can plummet to minus 30 degrees F. Families spend much of the year getting ready for this long and severe season. They preserve food by the gallon and keep it in storage for winter, and buy or collect wood in advance. If they have sheep, however, they can use the manure for heating their houses.

The two program communities have received aid and assistance from many sectors since the devastating 1988 earthquake but continue to experience poverty, food insecurity, and shrinking numbers as men and entire families emigrate for work. Armenia-Shirak’s developmental approach takes in the high level of social solidarity

11/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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