Through educational training and resource management, Food for the Hungry (FH) is helping entire communities overcome poverty and raising up new generations ready to take responsibility for their futures.
PURPOSE: TO END POVERTY ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME.
PROMISE: TO GRADUATE COMMUNITIES OUT OF POVERTY IN 10 YEARS.
Food for the Hungry is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty - one community at a time. With partners like you, FH walks alongside the most vulnerable communities throughout the developing world as they strive toward sustainability.
Recognizing that each community faces unique challenges as well as advantages, FH is committed to an integrated, holistic approach to development including priorities such as agriculture, education, health, and gender equality.
FROM STUCK TO THRIVING:
A COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION.
- FH addresses the root issues of poverty. Sometimes people get stuck. A community can’t progress until its people understand what is holding them back. Everyone has God-given value and potential so FH begins with changing how they see themselves and the world around them.
- This is community owned development. At the core of FH activities is the belief in "walking with" rather than "doing for". Community leaders are intentionally involved in the creation of grass roots solutions to poverty.
- FH sees the big picture. FH doesn’t do just one thing. Ending poverty is complicated and it takes more than food or clean water for a community to thrive.
- FH hires locally. Over 98% of the 3,000 FH staff members are citizens of the countries where they work. They’re from there; they get it.
- FH leaves. After about a decade, a community graduates and FH transitions from coaches to the sidelines. Since 1994, Canadians have helped 63 communities move from being stuck to self-sustaining. These communities are then in turn reaching out to their neighbours.
- God is our foundation. FH is motivated by Christ’s love to walk with the most vulnerable around the world until they thrive. The Church plays a central role in many of the communities FH works alongside and faith is an important part of a sustainable future.
- Relationships first. FH recognizes that people are at the end of every decision and make that responsibility our priority.
- Commitment to Service. Helping others is part of their DNA. FH applies this philosophy as they walk with communities around the world, our co-workers, and amazing donors like you!
- Invest wisely, focusing on results. FH strives to make wise, long-term decisions with your generous donations to meet their goals of graduating communities out of poverty in ten years.
Where Food for the Hungry Works
Bordering India and Myanmar, Bangladesh is a lush delta region where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers run into the sea. Although Food for the Hungry has been working alongside Bangladeshi communities for decades, in recent years refugees from Myanmar have settled in the southern region of Bangladesh and are a focus of Food for the Hungry’s relief efforts.
Burundi lies on a rolling plateau in East Africa, bordering Rwanda, Tanzania, and the DRC. For decades, ethnic violence and civil unrest have stunted the country’s development and today Burundi is considered one of the world’s poorest countries. Food for the Hungry is walking alongside families and leaders to help communities go from stuck to thriving.
Food for the Hungry (FH) started working in Cambodia in 1990, providing relief to people living in refugee camps during the civil war. Today, FH Canada walks with 8,614 households in 35 Cambodian communities in the regions of Boeng Mealea, Tropeang Prasat, Ta Siem, and Kantuot. Well on their journey from stuck to thriving, communities in Boeng Mealea look forward to celebrating graduation in 2024, Ta Siem in 2025, and communities in Kantuot and Tropeang Prasat will celebrate graduation in 2026.
Landlocked in the eastern region of Africa, Ethiopia is a predominantly agricultural country, with over 80% of its population living in rural areas. Harsh climate and droughts are major obstacles farmers in Ethiopia, and Food for the Hungry is committed to walking alongside these farming families and their communities.
Nestled against several other Central American countries, Guatemala touches both the Pacific Ocean and the Carribean. It is a predominantly poor country, struggling in areas including infant and child mortality, malnutrition, and employment. For this reason, Food for the Hungry seeks to walk alongside communities and leaders in order to bring health and development.
Located just below the equator, Rwanda is an elevated region dominated by mountains and lakes. Food for the Hungry initially began working in Rwanda in 1994 in response to the Rwandan genocide. Today, communities no longer fight one another, but fight poverty together; they are reunited and eager for a future free of poverty.
Uganda’s borders bring together a wide array of ethnicities, cultures, and political systems. Once deemed “The Pearl of Africa,” Uganda’s progress was disrupted by political oppression. However, communities stuck in subsistence living are filled with hope as they work with Food for the Hungry for a brighter future.