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A Polished Stone

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Today, Friday August 23, 2013, is Bev Abma's last day with Foods Resource Bank. Please hold her in your thoughts and prayers as she begins a new phase in her life.

If you've ever been carried across a river on the back of a nice young Bolivian man, you might be Bev Abma.

If you make it a rule NEVER to ask what it is you’re eating, you might be Bev Abma.

If you've ever accepted a live chicken as a thank-you gift on your way out of an African village, you might be Bev Abma.

As we approach retirement, we often wonder have we made a difference or would life be the same if we had not passed through it.

08/23/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Building Happy and Healthy Families In Nepal

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FRB's new Nepal-Bhatigachha program seeks to respond to the widespread malnutrition and seasonal hunger among marginalized landless famlies in the Bhatigachha district, by developing sustainablel livelihoods through access to leased land, and training in agricultural production. It is envisioned that this will enable marginalized communities to break out of the cycle of hunger and labour exploitation and improve their families' nutritional status and income by farming for themselves, rather than for landlords. 

08/21/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Beehives bring new opportunities to children in Armenia

Bees and their honey are a cornerstone of the progress of FRB’s Armenia FHSLD program. Beekeeping has been added as part of a farming operation in the local children's center which is bringing benefits, not only in nutrition but in training for life skills and teamwork. 

08/16/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Dusuba's new house! …evidence of SILC Success

Like most others in the village of Gberia Timbakor, Dusuba struggled to meet her family’s necessities––food, shelter, and education. With a husband and six children, her small rice and groundnut farm was not enough to meet those needs. That is, until she joined a SILC group through FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program. Now, she says, she has overcome all of her obstacles.

08/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Culturally relevant agribusiness for smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone-West program is a business-oriented poverty-reduction initiative of World Hope International (WHI) in conjunction with FRB. The program works with smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone to develop sustainable, culturally relevant agribusiness enterprises at the village level, such as growing and selling mangoes and pineapples to a local juice processor.

Communities in the program area are exceedingly vulnerable. Lack of employment among men and women of working age causes poverty. Lack of capital to cultivate food creates food insecurity.

08/02/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Learning Meetings Inspire Greater Care for Neighbors in Uganda

Recently, a guest participant at a learning meeting FRB hosted in June 2013 in Uganda shared the following with FRB staff: 

"Our church has a ministry for women living with HIV AIDS in which we helped decrease stigma and help them openly declare their status. This has encouraged other people in the community to go for testing and counseling, starting retroviral drugs and living in positive lifestyles for their own safety. 

07/26/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Guatemala - Totonicapan-Nebaj Program Prayer Request

Dear Friends of FRB, 

We wanted to share some sad news with all of you.  We recently received an update from our partner in the Guatemala Totonicapan-Nebaj program, CIEDEG, that Margarita Hermoso, the woman who a group of FRB visitors built a greenhouse with, passed away last week.

CIEDEG staff said that she had been ill for some time and recently passed away. They are not sure what her illness was as she had tried to get medical attention,

07/24/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Djibo's dreams come true in West Africa

A few years ago, Djibo and his family shared some of their dreams with a visitor. "I hope one day to have a cell phone and a motorcycle, and that our community group can do trickle irrigation," said Djibo. His wives added, "We hope our group can get a mill so we don't have to pound millet all day long." 

Since then, some of these dreams have become reality. Djibo bought a cell phone, which can mean the difference between safety and danger in remote communities, and helps him stay abreast of market pricing and more. Last January, Djibo’s community put in a solar-powered trickle irrigation system. They've begun planting vegetables, including onions and tomatoes, using this new system.

07/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Kenya, communities build sand dams to address water needs

Pastor Matayo is a community leader in FRB’s Kenya Ngong-Intashat program who was involved in sand dam construction across a seasonal river, from start to finish. The program’s goal is to increase food security by making water more available for household use, livestock and agriculture.

07/19/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Nonprofit plants corn for Bridgewater, SD farmer

BRIDGEWATER — Kenton and Autumn Hofer are no strangers to helping others.
Kenton Hofer has built a house on a mission trip to Guatemala, and the Bridgewater couple donate crops to Foods Resource Bank, a Christian organization that takes money from donated crops and turns it into grant funds for agricultural development.

So in February, when Kenton knew he’d need a bone marrow transplant, they went online and filled out an application to receive assistance from Farm Aid, a nonprofit organization that rallies volunteers to provide planting and harvesting assistance to farmers who have experienced major injury, illness or disaster.

07/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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