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Volume 8 Issue 5   May 2015

 

Turning Stone into Strength

Molly Erickson, Convoy of Hope

On a rainy day in Tanzania, a woman sits on a massive pile of stone as she grips a small hammer. Her eyes stay on the stone and her strong, hardened hands steady before each swing. She begins with a large piece and splits it in two. She continues to hammer each piece until it breaks into several smaller pieces. Behind her, more women are spread across the entire village, almost in a pathway formation... [READ MORE]

Families in Iraq Say 'Alhamdulillah' for Food Aid

Islamic Relief USA

Our car pulled up to a grassland March 25 in the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq. It was early on a cloudy morning, and a crowd of hundreds waited in the muddy field. Their postures showed tension, as they hoped to receive a share of the food sent by Islamic Relief USA donors. These are displaced families, who left their homes in order to save their lives from ISIS, and they all needed food... [READ MORE]

ProMedica's Food Pharmacy

Gina Sares, ProMedica

Hunger is a problem that physicians see among their patients every day. Being food insecure has a significant impact on an individual’s overall health, and can contribute to conditions such as obesity, diabetes and depression. In April 2015, ProMedica opened its first food pharmacy to address this issue head on... [READ MORE]
 

Gender Gaps in Agriculture: Evidence to Inform Advocacy, Program Design and Policy Making

Mary Kate Costello, The Hunger Project

It is commonly known throughout the development sector that women make up 80% of smallholder farmers [in Africa]. Stakeholders are increasingly prioritizing gender equality as exponential strides are made as a result of gender consideration and inclusion. As we more closely assess best standards and practices for inclusive and sustainable development, there is additional evidence and data – rooted within a human rights based approach – worth considering... [READ MORE]
 

600,000 Meals to Nepal: Outreach, Inc. Unites with International Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs

Outreach, Inc.

Outreach, Inc. shipped nearly 600,000 meals to aid the victims of the Nepal earthquake that killed over 8,000 people on April 25, 2015 and left millions of survivors in need of aid... [READ MORE]
 

Youth Rise to the Challenge of Fighting Hunger through Meal Packing

Steve Hickle, Stop Hunger Now

As an Iowa native, I earned my Eagle Scout medal in the Midwest and learned the value of service to others: Scouts pledge to be “helpful” and “to help other people at all times.” I went to the 1964 National Jamboree, Scouting’s flagship event, at Valley Forge, PA, attended two national Order of the Arrow gatherings, and returned to a Jamboree at The Summit (WV) in 2013. In addition, I’ve trekked Philmont Scout Ranch’s wilderness four times and served as a chaplain in three seasons... [READ MORE]

 

Upcoming Events:


June 2, Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Regional Come to the Table Summit

The Alliance to End Hunger, ProMedica, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services will be co-hosting the third of a series of regional Come to the Table summits in Albuquerque, NM. The event will address the clear and critical links between food security and health, and will offer opportunities to discuss approaches to the issue from both health care and policy perspectives. To learn more and register, click HERE.

June 17, Washington, DC
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) Operational Meeting and International Hunger Forum

Last December, more than 200 global university leaders gathered in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations to formally launch the PUSH initiative. More than 66 university presidents have now signed on to this four-part action plan to fight against hunger and malnutrition. On June 17 PUSH will convene an operational meeting and hunger forum.  Sign up HERE or contact Paula Hunker to learn more.

June 22-24, Washington, DC
InterAction Forum 2015

The 31st annual InterAction Forum will bring together leaders from not-for-profits, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness, and innovation in our work to end poverty and move us toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Scheduled for June 22-24 in Washington, D.C., Forum 2015 promises to be our most ambitious and exciting program ever. Our work is framed by enormous and rapid changes in the development and humanitarian landscape – technological advances, multisector partnerships, and new financing mechanisms, as well as complex challenges from climate change to food insecurity and economic instability. Learn more and register HERE

June 22-24, Arlington, VA
Joint Council and NCFA Conference: Putting Family First, From Family Strengthening to Adoption
Joint Council and NCFA have teamed up to launch a new conference: Putting Family First, From Family Strengthening to Adoption is on June 22-24, 2015. We’re combining our strengths to bring together a diverse group of presenters and participants who are focused on the continuum of care that helps children live in safe, permanent, and nurturing families. We’re looking forward to providing an unprecedented opportunity to learn, network, and lead. The location of the conference is at Marriott Gateway Crystal City, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.  Learn more at: http://www.puttingfamilyfirstconference.org/ 

June 26-29, Arlington, VA
Christian Connections for International Health Annual Conference

Join in fellowship with others who share your passion for bringing health and healing to those in need at the Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) 29th Annual Conference. Our theme this year is Ending Extreme Poverty: The Challenge for Christians in Global Health. Learn why global health professionals from across the globe attend the CCIH conference in this two-minute video. Online registration ends June 5.  Learn more at www.ccih.org
This newsletter was compiled by Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach at the Alliance to End Hunger. Comments and questions may be directed to nmagrath@alliancetoendhunger.org.
 
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