By Michael Turnbell They may live worlds apart. But for a day, a simple soccer ball brought together Georgos Jusakos with boys his age at an orphanage in Haiti. Georgos, 13, an 8th grader who lives in Orlando, traveled to Haiti in August with his mother, Luz, and several other donors from the Orlando area […]
Cassandra Celestin, a Special Events Coordinator at Food For The Poor, shares her experience upon returning to her home country of Haiti for the first time in nearly 16 years. Yesterday, we shared part one of Cassandra’s Journey Home to Haiti. Finally I understood why those who leave the provinces to come to Port-au-Prince often say in […]
Cassandra Celestin, a Special Events Coordinator at Food For The Poor, shares her experience upon returning to her home country of Haiti for the first time in nearly 16 years. Summer of 1999 was the most exhilarating and fun summer of my childhood. I had traveled to the United States to spend a few weeks […]
By Michael Turnbell In Haiti, little things make a huge impact. The joy of a child seeing his or herself in a picture for the first time. A new soccer ball. A piece of candy. New shoes or a beautiful handmade dress with a matching doll. Most of the time, just the gift of […]
Today, Brooke Engelbrekssten and 10 other students are leaving for a five-day mission trip to Haiti. Brooke’s group is part of a new college ministry program at the Church of the Nativity in Burke, Virginia. Having an 18-year relationship with Food For The Poor, Nativity has special ties to giving to the poor, especially to […]
Food For The Poor donor and Join The Pack team captain Julie Steere shares her experience of our recent meal packing event. Nearly 300 starving children in Haiti will receive food every day for a year from Food For The Poor, thanks to volunteers who packed 101,088 lifesaving meals during the charity’s first Join The […]
By Michael Turnbell It was a day Nelcia Laventure has dreamed about since she was a child, living in Food For The Poor’s Maison d’Amour orphanage in Haiti. She wanted to meet the man behind the charity that has impacted so many lives in her native country. Nelcia, who was severely injured in the 2010 […]
As Ecuador continues to recover from the April earthquake, longtime Food For The Poor partner Hormel Foods is providing essential food assistance. The charity will ship: 16 pallets of SKIPPY® peanut butter. 13 pallets of SPAM® single packages. Seaboard Marine has agreed to ship the relief items at no cost to the charity. Shipments of rice […]
Before they were reunited at an Angels Of Hope orphanage in Guyana, Devine and her sisters had little hope for the future. The girls were physically abused by their parents and often witnessed them using drugs. Forced to care for themselves, Devine’s 5-year-old sister, Destyne, would rummage through trash bins for food to fill her […]
Fr. Tony Palazzolo, a Food For The Poor Speaker, recently returned from leading a Mission trip to Haiti, and he shared his reflections on the experience. This was one of the most memorable Mission experiences for me personally. Why? Because of the dramatic change/improvement we experienced in [the village of] La Fosse from the previous […]
Katiana Antoine is a recent graduate of Florida International University. She enjoys writing and volunteering for different causes, and especially loves working with young children and youth. She is looking forward to joining us at our Join The Pack event on June 4. How often do you starve? Sounds a bit silly, but if we “starved” […]
By Michael Turnbell People and organizations around the world will celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. Food For The Poor will construct a bakery in San Fernando, Honduras, to help struggling women and their families, many of whom live in shacks and […]
By Amber Noe Nearly all the opportunities life has presented me are thanks, in large part, to the blessings of receiving a solid education. Yet, for so many, those opportunities are left unrealized; unfulfilled. Alas, how can a child have hope of putting pencil to paper, if he doesn’t know when he’ll be putting food […]
On January 13, 40 third grade students from Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, Florida, visited Food For The Poor’s Coconut Creek headquarters. Four years ago, the school began a partnership with Food For The Poor as a way to teach the students to be globally competent citizens. During their visit, the students met […]
We’re so grateful to Dani Johnson and her incredible compassion for the poor. Through her King’s Ransom Foundation, thousands of lives are being transformed (in a good way) in Haiti, Nicaragua and beyond. Take for instance a multi-faceted project that continues to unfold in Kadwa, Haiti. Thanks to King’s Ransom Foundation supporters, the community development […]
Here is a translation of a handwritten testimonial from a farmer who has benefited tremendously from a Food For The Poor-supported agriculture project. The Red Lady Papaya Production project outside León, Nicaragua, is a sustainable, income-generating project that has thrived thanks to the technical expertise and partnership of American Nicaraguan Foundation and the Taiwan ICDF. […]
Amber Noe, our Champions For The Poor coordinator, encountered hope in an unlikely place. By Amber Noe When it comes to Haiti, we often hear about the tragedy, but rarely do we get to glimpse the possibility. I recently traveled back to this rich land, which I fell in love with some months ago. I say “rich” […]
Katiana Antoine is a senior at Florida International University. When she’s not in class, she works as a writing tutor and a reading coach, and also volunteers for a literacy program. Recently, Katiana threw a party for a 7-year-old girl who she sponsors through our Angels Of Hope program. This is her story of celebrating Miriam’s […]
Food For The Poor received some high praise recently from the President of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger. Here’s a transcript of a beautiful speech he gave at Food For The Poor-Guyana’s recent fundraising dinner. “Food For The Poor, an international organization committed to serving the poor, has honored the name of God through its […]
Since 2001, a group of compassionate Illinoisans have been partnering with Food For The Poor to provide life’s essentials for the poor of Haiti. “Hope for Haitians” has established nine village building projects (with a total of 365 new homes), and a whole lot more to help people in need. They’ve also provided: Clean water […]
Our Executive Director Angel Aloma recently spent a week in Haiti where he visited a hospital run by Lebanese twin surgeons, Jerry and Marlon Bitar, who gave up a life of luxury in Paris for a lifetime of helping the destitute poor in Port au Prince. It was there that Angel experienced one of the […]
If you ever feel hopeless about the scope of poverty, or skeptical about the impact you can make in our world, take a look at what Food For The Poor donors are doing to help to transform the community of Fort Royal, Haiti. Fifty solid concrete homes (each equipped with a personal pit latrine and […]
A few weeks ago, Angel, our Executive Director, shared about a family living underneath a tarp in a garbage dump in Honduras. Angel wrote about Maria, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant. He called for prayer that her baby would be born and raised in a safe, new home, instead of in the hazardous dump.
Joseph Hamaty is a Program Specialist in Food For The Poor’s Church and School Department, where he helps oversee the Operation Starfish and Combined Federal Campaign initiatives. Here he shares about a trip to the poor community of El Bejucal, Guatemala. We drove over treacherous terrain in a mountainous area of Guatemala called El Bejucal. […]
Our Executive Director, Angel Aloma, traveled with a group of clergymen recently to Honduras to visit children and their families who benefit from our programs. The group also met with families living in desperate conditions. This is Angel’s account of one encounter. On my trip in Honduras last week, we visited a garbage dump in […]
Amber, our Champions For The Poor coordinator, shares more about her first trip to Haiti.
Amber Noe is the coordinator of Food For The Poor’s peer-to-peer fundraising program, Champions for the Poor. She recently traveled to Haiti for the first time, and was kind enough to share some of her experiences with us.
By Robby Brumberg Honduras is a mountainous country with harsh terrain and extremely limited infrastructure. The country has about 15,000 miles of roadways, less than 2,100 of which are paved. This leaves huge numbers of rural residents at the mercy of perilous, constantly shifting dirt roads, which may or may not be passable depending on […]
Food For The Poor’s dauntless staff writer Debi Springer has an extraordinary compassion for the children and families we work to support here at FFP. Please take a few minutes to read about a family she met on a recent trip to Haiti. Have you ever come face-to-face with someone who has a dream? I […]
By Joy Oglesby It was a warm Tuesday afternoon when the earth started to violently shift. Within minutes thousands were killed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as buildings collapsed on children, women and men. When the dust settled, more than 300,000 people were dead. Countless others were injured. More than 1 million instantly displaced. Since that terrible […]
By Victoria Green In October of 2014, after having worked at Food For The Poor for just under three years, Natalie Hurtubise joined FFP’s Projects department as the Project Manager for Guatemala and El Salvador.
“Give of yourself, give as much as you can! And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!… Give and you shall receive, much more than you would have ever thought possible. Give, give again and again… No one has ever become poor from giving.” — Anne Frank Food For The […]
Every workday, we hold a prayer service at Food For The Poor. On Mondays, it’s a quiet time where we can reflect on our many blessings. We remember those in need here and around the world, and the generous people who help them. Pauline, our Human Resources Director, shared this beautiful prayer recently that was […]
One of FFP’s planned giving advisors, Via, traveled to Haiti last year, and she sent back this reflection. When we were kids, food was scarce. With eight hungry mouths to feed my mother struggled to put food on the table — never mind something nutritious. The cupboard was often bare. Breakfast was two pieces of […]
By Robby Brumberg Dominica is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place, filled with spectacular beaches, mountains, waterfalls and other protected natural beauty, but nearly a third of all Dominica residents live in poverty. Here are a few more things you might not know about the “Nature Island of the Caribbean.” That cool looking bird on Dominica’s flag […]
At Food For The Poor, we’re blessed to have dedicated and loving board members like Dr. Lynne Nasrallah. This educator has served on our board for nine years and often travels with us. She also chairs the Orlando “A Celebration of Hope” gala, which builds homes for destitute families in remote areas of Haiti. She […]
By Robby Brumberg I just read a press release from our PR team about a new Food For The Poor Fishing Village initiative in Honduras. Kind donors are equipping local fishing cooperatives in Omoa and Puerto Cortes with new boats, motors, and other fishing equipment to help them increase their catch. It’s uplifting to hear […]
Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor, is visiting partners and communities in Guatemala along with four FFP colleagues. Hours into his arrival he encountered a family desperately trying to make ends meet. Below is an email he shared with the Food For The Poor staff about the family’s saga. We arrived in Guatemala […]
Matt Herzel is Food For The Poor’s very talented Multimedia Developer. He traveled to Haiti earlier this year, where he saw how FFPs reforestation efforts are making barren landscapes fruitful once again. By Matt Herzel Travel from the Dominican Republic across the border into Haiti and two things immediately strike you: the beautiful, rugged hills, […]
When staff writer Bonnie Vanak travels, she meets many mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers in the depths of despair. She sits with them and listens as they share their struggles, their dreams and their prayers. Today, Bonnie shares the story of a mother she met in the mountains of Guatemala while on assignment with […]
Kathy Skipper is Director of Public Relations for Food For The Poor. She and her husband Joe have been blessed to sponsor Ruth through the Angels Of Hope program for the last two years. This is a birthday letter to their little girl, who lives at Our Lady of Lourdes Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Food […]
By Robby Brumberg Food For The Poor is marking 23 years of working to help the poor in Guyana this month. To celebrate this anniversary of charitable partnership and cooperation, here are a few things of note about the beautiful South American country. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America. Despite its large […]
By Robby Brumberg Having easy access to clean water is one of those incredible blessings we tend to take for granted here in the U.S. We turn taps, draw baths, flush toilets, clean dishes, run the washer, water plants, take showers, hose down children (my kids love dirt), and quench our thirst without much thought. […]
Earlier this month, Food For The Poor lost a dear and devoted friend: Fr. Richard Martin. Jim McDaniel, Program Specialist at FFP who worked with Fr. Martin of Church of the Nativity for 16 years, shares his memories. Rev. Richard B. Martin Oct. 17, 1939 – May 3, 2014 By Jim McDaniel Fr. Dick […]
Every day, you, our Food For The Poor donors, change lives and transform communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Over the course of a year, that generosity adds up to 365 days worth of miracles, blessings and hallelujahs for poor families. Have a look at just a few things you made possible in 2013. […]
By Robby Brumberg “God rained manna upon them for food; bread from heaven He gave them. All ate a meal fit for heroes…” (Psalm 78:24-25a)
1. Freshwater Sharks – Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, is home to the Lake Nicaragua Shark. (Just a friendly reminder to keep your head on a swivel if you decide to visit and take a dip.) 2. FFP’s Nicaragua Contingent Runs Deep – Nicaraguans on staff here at FFP include our Executive […]
At a recent Thankful Thursday service, FFP’s Haiti Project Manager Delane Bailey-Herd shared a story about a little girl from one of the poorest areas of Haiti she’s developed a special bond with over the years. Here’s her story about a life transformed… “For many years I would go to Shada (a place of deep […]
On January 16, 2014, Rosemarie Smith helped build a purple house in Jamaica. She worked alongside family, old friends and new ones, to build the house on the one-year anniversary of her son Kyle Good’s death, in his memory. Then, in a moving ceremony, she handed over the keys to the home to its new […]
We are grateful for “The Voice” winner Tessanne Chin, and for people like her who use their platform to promote the needs of others. Folks like Tessanne and celebrity chef Ron Duprat who use their star power for good are making such a huge impact on the lives of people in need. Here’s a video […]
Throughout the Caribbean and Latin America (and here in sunny South Florida), you will find world class athletes in many sports like soccer, baseball, cricket, swimming, track & field and many others. If there’s a sport that’s played in warm weather, chances are people in our part of the world excel at it. But “cold […]
A love letter from our Executive Director Angel Aloma to YOU: When people say to me, “God bless you,” I think to myself that if God were to cut me off at this very moment, I would still die in His debt for how richly he has blessed me. (God, that was just a statement of […]
Before I left on my first Mission trip to Haiti with Food For The Poor, my coworkers had plenty of advice, musings and experiences to share with me. They told me everything from the mundane (don’t brush your teeth with tap water) to the inspiring (you will never be the same).
Fourteen people who came from California, Rhode Island and states in between are in Haiti this week to share their blessings and roll up their sleeves. On the agenda: make school children smile, help dish out lifesaving food, paint a home, and be a witness to families living in despair. Victoria, an employee at Food […]
One of the many ways FFP works to empower (rural and urban) farmers in Jamaica is through beekeeping. In addition to the benefit beekeepers receive from managing hives and producing honey, the projects are great for the bees themselves. With the alarming trend of bee populations being decimated around the world, healthy beekeeping projects are all […]
When 6-year-old Brooke Pasquinelli of Greenberg, PA, saw a story on TV about children sending shoes to orphans in need, she paid close attention. Brooke’s mom, Melissa, says that Brooke was inspired by the program to help children in a similar way. Melissa and her husband Brett are supporters of Food For The Poor, and […]
I was just looking at the FFP website and saw a couple things that grabbed my attention.
There are many creative ways to support the families that Food For The Poor serves. With thoughtful planning, you can make a gift that benefits your family as well as those in dire need in Latin America and the Caribbean. In honor of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, October 21-27, 2013, Food For The Poor […]
Our Banana Bark Card program offers employment to talented artisans in Haiti and gives them a chance to earn income to provide for their families. The chance to work offers the hope of a more prosperous future.
It’s a difficult task to properly encapsulate the scope of all that Food For The Poor does on a daily basis. There are a lot of moving parts in a lot of different places. With that in mind we made a map that we hope serves as a helpful representation of how much your generosity […]
When you hear about poverty statistics, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed.
On a recent trip to Haiti, I traveled to a village called Manneville. The poverty there was extreme.
When Susan Doellinger learned that her husband, Pastor Paul Doellinger, was traveling to Haiti with Food For The Poor, she wanted to make a contribution, to help children in need.
The Angels Of Hope program sponsors children who were neglected or abandoned. Through the compassionate support of donors, the children are clothed, fed and schooled. Most importantly, they are shown God’s love. Here, Angels Of Hope Program Director Tricia Szymanski visits with Carla, one of the sponsored children benefiting from the program, at a home […]
Jack Osborne traveled to Jamaica with a Food For The Poor mission group in July. Here, he shares his story. One day during our Mission Trip, while visiting the people of Jamaica, my life was affected dramatically by a very sweet young boy.
By Paul Jacobs As a member of Food For The Poor’s radio team, Paul visits remote and rural parts of the countries Food For The Poor serves. Today, he shares a story about a mother he met in Guatemala.
Here in South Florida we are in the midst of our rainy season. It rains just about every day this time of year. It’s not so bad, so long as you have
When Father William Beers speaks on Sunday, in a different church each week, he doesn’t use prepared remarks.
Doug Bursch is a radio host at 820 AM KGNW in Seattle. He traveled with Food For The Poor to Guatemala, where he met severely malnourished children, visited parents desperately
By April Simpson “Bahareque” homes, made mostly with bamboo, mud and sticks, are a traditional form of construction still practiced in rural areas of Latin America, including El Salvador.
One of the things that I have found most inspiring since coming to work at Food For The Poor is our donors’ dedication. I have heard many stories about individuals or groups who have traveled to Haiti or Jamaica three, six, 10 times. They see that the need in these countries persists, and they persevere: […]
By April S. At Ciudad de Niños home, a Food For The Poor-supported orphanage in western El Salvador, the children sell fragrant candles for $1 and make an 80-cent profit with each purchase. The soy wax is provided by generous donors, the glass is made with recycled bottles collected from the area, and the red […]
By Roberta S. Weddings are an amazing time for loved ones to get together and celebrate love and life. In the spirit of celebrating life, love and generosity, some brides and grooms are using their big day as an opportunity to help people in need. Many couples tying the knot these days already have plenty of kitchen […]
In a country with the highest rates of child malnutrition in our hemisphere, Food For The Poor is supporting initiatives that are helping poor, isolated communities grow more healthy foods.
Partnerships are an absolute key ingredient in making the work of Food For The Poor efficient and effective.
Our manager of Angels of Hope has met and bonded with hundreds of children who live in the 117 orphanages that Food For The Poor supports. For Tricia, each child is dear to her. This is a story of one child who captured Tricia’s heart and lives up to her name Reina, which means queen […]
On the way in to work last week, I heard a piece on the radio about the high cost of electricity in Jamaica, and the difficulty this causes for the island’s poor (and even the not so poor).
In Haiti, many children are fed mud pies, which sometimes are made with vegetable shortening and salt, when there is nothing else to eat. Francis McGovern, who works at Food For The Poor as a donor service representative, shares his childhood story of sampling mud pies. This was first published on our Facebook page in December. “Here’s […]
Much has been said and written about Haiti’s deforestation problem. With good reason. Unabated chopping down of trees to produce charcoal – many Haitians’ chief source of fuel – has turned a once lush, beautifully forested country into one of the most deforested countries in the world. This has caused a tremendous amount of issues; […]
On the third anniversary of the earthquake that crumbled homes and hopes in Haiti, we’d like to share a poem of remembrance and commitment written by Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor. One of the more powerful lines in his poem, titled “Beloved Haiti,” is this: “Oh Haiti, land enslaved by misery. […]
Here’s a quick one from FFP Radio On-Air Fundraiser Paul Jacobs. He just got back from Guatemala, where he made some new friends and met a new hero. By: Paul Jacobs … so, the way it works is that children are supposed to be served and cared for by us, NOT run from house to house […]
Can you imagine waking up before dawn, fishing all day in the hot sun on an empty stomach, only to return with a few small fish for your hungry family? Add to this the weight of knowing your family is entirely dependent on you to bring home food, and will only be able to eat […]
Food For The Poor’s Donor Relations department always has at least one housing campaign per year, and we have a meeting to sort of “kickoff” the campaign. With that said, I elected four advisors from Donor Relations to put together some ideas for the kickoff of our “A Stitch and a Prayer” campaign. We were […]
His name is Miguel and he is 7. We met him on a research trip to Honduras, where a writer, photographer and project manager team were gathering stories to share with our donors. Miguel lives with his family in the town of San Lorenzo, in the barrio of Altos del Sur, a community of 300 […]
AOH Slideshow by FFP Photographer Hilda Perez They anticipate the day for months. Like children waiting for Christmas, the orphans Food For The Poor’s Angels of Hope (AOH) program supports bubble with excitement over their upcoming Day of Celebration. They constantly talk about the day, ask questions about it and dream about the fun-filled affair. […]
By ROBBY BRUMBERG Recently we spoke with FFP’s Executive Vice President Alvaro Pereira (pictured on the left in the photo above), about his involvement in international development, the importance of houses and happiness, and little bit about badminton. Enjoy! Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background: where you grew up, what sort […]
Guadalupe Sanchez, director of donations for CEPUDO, a Food For The Poor in-country partner, describes her visit to a feeding center in Honduras: Marvin and Anita visit the feeding center every day. They live in a rented room, in front of the feeding center with their mother, Katia. Their father was killed the year before […]
In 2006, when Food For The Poor’s Honduras development team first met him, 8-year-old Gerson David seemed to carry the weight of the world on his small shoulders. His father had abandoned the family, and Gerson alone was left to help his mother, Eliodora, care for his three older siblings — two brothers and a […]
Thanks to generous Food For The Poor donors, an isolated community in Guatemala that once relied on a chicken coop as a school will soon be getting the real thing. FFP Development Advisor Lisa Thompson shares the story of El Tabacal, now with a new school under construction: El Tabacal, located at 1,139 feet above […]
Debi, one of our writers, interviewed Susan not too long ago about her always-exciting job that often calls her to some of the most remote, hard-to-reach places in our hemisphere. Read on to learn more about the challenges and the blessings of being FFP’s Project Manager for Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and the Eastern Caribbean. Debi: […]
In 2012, after the Florida Marlins baseball team rebranded itself as the “Miami Marlins” and the players received new uniforms, outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, traveled with Food For The Poor to the Dominican Republic to generously donate their old uniforms and various baseball equipment to underprivileged youths in the Dominican Republic.
Recently we asked Ian Wood, FFP’s intrepid videographer extraordinaire, to send along one of the favorite videos he’s shot. Here’s what he sent. Hi Food For The Poor blog readers. This is Ian Wood, the videographer for FFP. I wanted to share one of my favorite videos with you all. It highlights Food For The […]
Food For The Poor staff photographer Benjamin Rusnak snapped this poignant photograph of Sister Edna Morales and a young friend in February 2011 during a visit to the FFP-supported nutritional center where she works. Guatemala has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere, and Sister Edna has been pivotal in running the […]
Doug Bursch is a man of many talents: he’s a pastor, columnist, blogger, teacher and radio host just to name a few. Doug is also a friend to the poor of Guatemala. He traveled to Guatemala with a team of radio hosts earlier this year to meet some of our brothers and sisters there. Since […]
I’m in a village called Valley of the Angels, about 35 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa. It is aptly named, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Before we started our 53 homes here, God had already done His beautiful work – surrounded by lush mountains and two rivers, the poor of this village that […]