Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry
News Article | May 22, 2017
Don Stephens, President/Founder of Mercy Ships, received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at Gordon College Saturday at the institution’s commencement ceremony. Stephens also delivered the baccalaureate address to the Class of 2017 graduates on Friday. Stephens was recognized by Gordon College for his longstanding service and the profound impact of Mercy Ships around the world, through the organization’s use of hospital ships to deliver hope and healing to some of the world’s poorest countries. Don Stephens founded Mercy Ships in 1978. It was the realization of a dream that was inspired by three life events: the devastation of a hurricane in the Bahamas in 1964, the birth of his profoundly disabled son, John Paul, and a brief encounter with Mother Teresa. His inspiring baccalaureate speech to the Gordon graduates included poignant memories of meeting Mother Teresa in Calcutta. Stephens referenced her pointed question at the time which became his motivation through years of service: “Why were you born?” After starting Mercy Ships, Stephens and his wife Deyon lived onboard the first Mercy Ship, the Anastasis, for ten years with their four children before moving to land to continue to build the global charity. “What began as an unconventional idea has since impacted the lives of more than 2.5 million people,” said Gordon President Michael Lindsay. “Today, the floating hospitals of Mercy Ships bring medical teams, sterile operating rooms, clean water, and the training and tools necessary to treat for those without access to medical care. It embodies the example set for us by Jesus, bringing hope and healing to those in greatest need. It is our privilege at Gordon College to honor Don Stephens’ humble and generous spirit, noble work and great Christian virtue.” “It is indeed a high honor to receive the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from Gordon College, as well as to address the Class of 2017 – future leaders in the making,” shared Don Stephens, President and Founder of Mercy Ships. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has provided medical services and materials valued at over $1.3 billion. This includes over 84,000 life-changing surgical procedures in 55 developing countries. The organization has also trained almost 40,000 healthcare professionals in the countries served so that healing can continue after the ship leaves the port. Stephens’ honors and awards include the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal nomination (2016); the Points of Light Award (2014); the Variety Club International Humanitarian of the Year (2009); the Commanders of the Republic Award, Republic of Benin (2009); and, from Food for the Hungry, the Two Hungers Award (1989). “Don Stephens followed his passion to provide hope and healing for the poorest of the poor when he founded Mercy Ships nearly 40 years ago. Gordon College’s conferring of an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity is a fitting tribute to Don’s compassion and vision which has changed the lives of the host of volunteers who have served as well as the millions of patients and their families touched by the charity's free services," stated Mike Ullman, International Board Chairman, Mercy Ships. The Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, is currently docked in Benin, West Africa. Since August, 2016, the volunteer crew onboard have provided 1,793 free surgeries and trained 1,803 participants in medical capacity-building courses. ABOUT MERCY SHIPS: Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, treating more than 2.61 million direct beneficiaries. The Africa Mercy is crewed by 400 volunteers from up to 40 nations, an average of 1000 each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. With offices in 16 nations, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on http://www.mercyships.org Hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships B-Roll video footage are available upon request.
News Article | May 13, 2017
Following the successful March release of their self-titled national debut album (Discovery House Music), husband-and-wife duo Out of the Dust are preparing for a busy summer with an upcoming 30+ city tour and a digital exclusive Deluxe Edition of Out of the Dust available on June 9th, featuring 5 additional acoustic tracks. To help celebrate, NewReleaseToday.com (NRT) kicked off a month of Out of the Dust music video premieres starting on May 12th with the exclusive premiere of "All That I'm Made For.” On May 19, NRT will give music fans a first look at the music video for "You Pursue,” followed by "Your Will” (May 26), "Make Us Whole” (June 2) and "How Deep The Father's Love For Us” (June 9). From coast to coast, Out of the Dust has been resonating with audiences as Chris and Stephanie Teague share their real-life story of downfall, heartbreak, and miraculous redemption that is woven deep into the fabric of their music. The 11 songs on Out of the Dust were birthed from a difficult and raw time in their lives, including a separation, divorce, and remarriage. Their lyrics address not only the pain and reality that life brings, but the hope and healing that Jesus offers. These memorable songs speak to the hearts of listeners as they make sense of their own lives as Chris and Stephanie tell their own story with the hope of encouraging any heart that’s ever been broken. After growing up in church and marrying young, like so many young men, Chris slowly and quietly lost all faith in God during college. Even while slipping deeper into drugs and every other whim of his heart, he secretly managed an alter ego for years around church friends, family, and even Stephanie. Finally, everything surfaced one Thursday night in January 2010 as Stephanie’s life unraveled before her eyes. Their young marriage quickly collapsed in divorce as Chris walked away from God, friends, and everything he had built with Stephanie. What happened next can’t be called anything other than a miracle. His independence very rapidly found him in the darkest and most desperate place of his life, and it was there that he was shown the depth of his selfishness and pride. Incredibly, in just over a year, God mended their hearts, restored their marriage, and still continues to breathe new life into their story today. Chris and Stephanie's amazing story carries a message of restoration that is artistically delivered in their music—a mix of indie, folk, and pop styles that is stirring, thoughtful, and uniquely their own. Their influences range from the intricate lyricism and ambience of Fleet Foxes to the fun, quirky melodies of Ingrid Michaelson and the skillful, acoustic arrangements of John Mayer. Out of the Dust is a vulnerable portrait of the brokenness and uncertainty found in the human experience, yet it offers hope and redemption to an aching world. The album features sweeping arrangements of strings and instrumentation from skilled producers Joe Causey (Colony House, Jenny & Tyler) and Kyle Cummings. Out of the Dust will hit the road this summer, heading out over 30 cities from coast to coast on their “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour in association with Food for the Hungry. They’ve also been added to Family Life’s popular Love Like You Mean It Cruise in early 2018, which is already sold out. Upcoming Tour Dates: May 12 - Nashville, TN - TBN’s "JUCE LIVE” - Airs nationwide - Check local listings! June 4 - Bell Buckle, TN - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 8 - Puyallup, WA - Lighthouse Christian Center June 9 - Snohomish, WA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 10 - Seattle, WA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 12 - Spokane, WA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 15 - Marion, IN - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 16 - Wapakoneta, OH - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 17 - Brookville, OH - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 18 (AM) - Fairfield, OH - Calvary Chapel Worship Service June 18 - Batavia, OH - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 24 - Monroe, LA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 25 - Monroe, LA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour June 27 - Florence, AL - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 18 - Palmyra, PA - Encounter Church July 19 - Lexington, VA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 20 - Fayetteville, NC - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 21 - Sanford, NC - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 25 - Lee’s Summit, MO - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 26 - Trenton, MD - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 27 - Osceola, IA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 28 - Searsboro, IA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour July 30 - Kankakee, IL - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 9 - Macon, GA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 11 - Kingsland, GA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 12 - St. Mary’s, GA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 13 - Kingsland, GA - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 19 - Cleveland, TN - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 20 - Manchester, TN - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 25 - Lebanon, OH - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 26 - Mason, OH - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour August 27 - Wapakoneta, OH - “Can We Come Over” Summer House Tour February 11-17 - Atlantic Ocean - Family Life’s Love Like You Mean It Cruise Visit Out of the Dust online: http://www.outofthedustmusic.com twitter.com/theoutofthedust facebook.com/outofthedustmusic instagram.com/outofthedustmusic
Perin J.,Food for the Hungry |
De Calani K.J.N.,Food for the Hungry |
Norman W.R.,Food for the Hungry |
Perry H.,Food for the Hungry |
And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | Year: 2014
This study examined the relationship between childhood diarrhea prevalence and caregiver knowledge of the causes and prevention of diarrhea in a prospective cohort of 952 children < 5 years of age in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The survey of caregiver knowledge found that more than 80% of caregivers were unaware that hand washing with soap could prevent childhood diarrhea. Furthermore, when asked how to keep food safe for children to eat only 17% of caregivers reported hand washing before cooking and feeding a child. Lack of caregiver awareness of the importance of practices related to hygiene and sanitation for diarrhea prevention were significant risk factors for diarrheal disease in this cohort. The knowledge findings from this study suggest that health promotion in these communities should put further emphasis on increasing knowledge of how water treatment, hand washing with soap, proper disposal of child feces, and food preparation relate to childhood diarrhea prevention. Copyright © 2014 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Ricca J.,Health Integrated |
Davis T.,Food for the Hungry
BMC Public Health | Year: 2015
Background: Globally, less than half of Countdown Countries will achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) by two-thirds by 2015. There is growing interest in community-based delivery mechanisms to help accelerate progress. One promising approach is the use of a form of participatory mothers' groups, called Care Groups, for expanding coverage of key child survival interventions, an essential feature for achieving mortality impact. Methods: In this study we evaluate the effectiveness of Care Group projects conducted in 5 countries in Africa and Asia in comparison to other United States Agency for International Development-funded child survival projects in terms of increasing coverage of key child survival interventions and reducing U5MR (estimated using the Lives Saved Tool, or LiST). Ten Care Group and nine non-Care Group projects were matched by country and year of program implementation. Results: In Care Group project areas, coverage increases were more than double those in non-Care Group project areas for key child survival interventions (p∈=∈0.0007). The mean annual percent change in U5MR modelled in LiST for the Care Group and non-Care Group projects was -4.80 % and -3.14 %, respectively (p∈=∈0.09). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that Care Groups may provide a promising approach to significantly increase key child survival interventions and increase reductions in U5MR. Evaluations of child survival programs should be a top priority in global health to build a greater evidence base for effective approaches for program delivery. © 2015 George et al.
PubMed | Food for the Hungry, FHI 360 and International Relief and Development
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Global health, science and practice | Year: 2014
Undernutrition contributes to one-third of under-5 child mortality globally. Progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing under-5 mortality is lagging in many countries, particularly in Africa. This paper shares evidence and insights from a low-cost behavior-change innovation in a rural area of Mozambique.About 50,000 households with pregnant women or children under 2 years old were organized into blocks of 12 households. One volunteer peer educator (Care Group Volunteer, or CGV) was selected for each block. Approximately 12 CGVs met together as a group every 2 weeks with a paid project promoter to learn a new child-survival health or nutrition message or skill. Then the CGVs shared the new message with mothers in their assigned blocks.Household surveys were conducted at baseline and endline to measure nutrition-related behaviors and childhood nutritional status.More than 90% of beneficiary mothers reported that they had been contacted by CGVs during the previous 2 weeks. In the early implementation project area, the percentage of children 0-23 months old with global undernutrition (weight-for-age with z-score of less than 2 standard deviations below the international standard mean) declined by 8.1 percentage points (P<0.001), from 25.9% (95% confidence interval [CI]=22.2%-29.6%) at baseline to 17.8% at endline (95% CI=14.6%-20.9%). In the delayed implementation area, global undernutrition declined by 11.5 percentage points (P<0.001), from 27.1% (95% CI = 23.6%-30.6%) to 15.6% (95% CI=12.6%-18.6%). Total project costs were US$3.0 million, representing an average cost of US$0.55 per capita per year (among the entire population of 1.1 million people) and US$2.78 per beneficiary (mothers with young children) per year.Using the Care Group model can improve the level of global undernutrition in children at scale and at low cost. This model shows sufficient promise to merit further rigorous testing and broader application.
PubMed | Health Integrated and Food for the Hungry
Type: | Journal: BMC public health | Year: 2015
Globally, less than half of Countdown Countries will achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) by two-thirds by 2015. There is growing interest in community-based delivery mechanisms to help accelerate progress. One promising approach is the use of a form of participatory mothers groups, called Care Groups, for expanding coverage of key child survival interventions, an essential feature for achieving mortality impact.In this study we evaluate the effectiveness of Care Group projects conducted in 5 countries in Africa and Asia in comparison to other United States Agency for International Development-funded child survival projects in terms of increasing coverage of key child survival interventions and reducing U5MR (estimated using the Lives Saved Tool, or LiST). Ten Care Group and nine non-Care Group projects were matched by country and year of program implementation.In Care Group project areas, coverage increases were more than double those in non-Care Group project areas for key child survival interventions (p = 0.0007). The mean annual percent change in U5MR modelled in LiST for the Care Group and non-Care Group projects was -4.80% and -3.14%, respectively (p = 0.09).Our findings suggest that Care Groups may provide a promising approach to significantly increase key child survival interventions and increase reductions in U5MR. Evaluations of child survival programs should be a top priority in global health to build a greater evidence base for effective approaches for program delivery.
PubMed | Food for the Hungry, World Relief Mozambique, Feed the Children, Concern Worldwide U.S. and ICF International
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Global health, science and practice | Year: 2015
In view of the slow progress being made in reducing maternal and child mortality in many priority countries, new approaches are urgently needed that can be applied in settings with weak health systems and a scarcity of human resources for health. The Care Group approach uses facilitators, who are a lower-level cadre of paid workers, to work with groups of 12 or so volunteers (the Care Group), and each volunteer is responsible for 10-15 households. The volunteers share messages with the mothers of the households to promote important health behaviors and to use key health services. The Care Groups create a multiplying effect, reaching all households in a community at low cost. This article describes the Care Group approach in more detail, its history, and current NGO experience with implementing the approach across more than 28 countries. A companion article also published in this journal summarizes the evidence on the effectiveness of the Care Group approach. An estimated 1.3 million householdsalmost entirely in rural areashave been reached using Care Groups, and at least 106,000 volunteers have been trained. The NGOs with experience implementing Care Groups have achieved high population coverage of key health interventions proven to reduce maternal and child deaths. Some of the essential criteria in applying the Care Group approach include: peer-to-peer health promotion (between mothers), selection of volunteers by mothers, limited workload for the volunteers, limited number of volunteers per Care Group, frequent contact between the volunteers and mothers, use of visual teaching tools and participatory behavior change methods, and regular supervision of volunteers. Incorporating Care Groups into ministries of health would help sustain the approach, which would require creating posts for facilitators as well as supervisors. Although not widely known about outside the NGO child survival and food security networks, the Care Group approach deserves broader recognition as a promising alternative to current strategies for delivering key health interventions to remote and underserved communities.
PubMed | Food for the Hungry, World Relief Mozambique, Concern Worldwide U.S., Feed the Children and ICF International
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Global health, science and practice | Year: 2015
The Care Group approach, described in detail in a companion paper in this journal, uses volunteers to convey health promotion messages to their neighbors. This article summarizes the available evidence on the effectiveness of the Care Group approach, drawing on articles published in the peer-reviewed literature as well as data from unpublished but publicly available project evaluations and summary analyses of these evaluations. When implemented by strong international NGOs with adequate funding, Care Groups have been remarkably effective in increasing population coverage of key child survival interventions. There is strong evidence that Care Groups can reduce childhood undernutrition and reduce the prevalence of diarrhea. Finally, evidence from multiple sources, comprising independent assessments of mortality impact, vital events collected by Care Group Volunteers themselves, and analyses using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), that Care Groups are effective in reducing under-5 mortality. For example, the average decline in under-5 mortality, estimated using LiST, among 8 Care Group projects was 32%. In comparison, among 12 non-Care Group child survival projects, the under-5 mortality declined, on average, by an estimated 11%. Care Group projects cost in the range of US$3-$8 per beneficiary per year. The cost per life saved is in the range of $441-$3,773, and the cost per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted is in the range of $15-$126. The Care Group approach, when implemented as described, appears to be highly cost-effective based on internationally accepted criteria. Care Groups represent an important and promising innovative, low-cost approach to increasing the coverage of key child survival interventions in high-mortality, resource-constrained settings. Next steps include further specifying the adjustments needed in government health systems to successfully incorporate the Care Group approach, testing the feasibility of these adjustments and of the effectiveness of Care Groups in pilot programs in government health systems, and finally assessing effectiveness at scale under routine field conditions in government health programs.
News Article | November 2, 2016
Partnership to tackle poverty in region by helping female entrepreneurs start their own businesses Wakefield, MA and Maidenhead, U.K. – November 2, 2016 – SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that, as part of its continued work with the MicroLoan Foundation (MLF) over the past eight years, it is partnering with MLF to help the charity expand its presence into Zimbabwe. MLF currently provides small loans to women in rural Malawi and Zambia, enabling approximately 50,000 female entrepreneurs every year to set up their own self-sustainable businesses and work themselves and their families out of poverty. Support for charities like MLF is central to the SDL Foundation’s mission of supporting structural and sustainable projects that are income-generating, helping people to help themselves. SDL grants have effectively enabled MLF to help a significant number of these women set up businesses and provide for their families. MLF’s model has experienced a successful repayment rate of about 98 percent. “At MLF, we provide small amounts of investment for groups of women who otherwise have little chance of employment, entrepreneurship or simply being self-sufficient and taking care of their families,” said Peter Ryan, Founder and CEO, MicroLoan Foundation. “The grant from SDL allows us to extend our work into Zimbabwe, a country with great needs and immense potential. As our work in Malawi and Zambia demonstrates, relatively small sums of money generate large returns for the women we work with. With SDL Foundation’s contributions, we look forward to transforming the lives of Zimbabwean women.” In addition, a number of SDL employees have provided creative support to the design of MLF’s marketing materials and will provide their technical expertise in web engineering for MLF’s new website. Earlier SDL Foundation funding also enabled MLF to introduce a sophisticated management information system (MIS) and accounting system to improve operational efficiency, reporting and assessment. “We are immensely proud to be working with the MicroLoan Foundation to help fund the establishment of MLF in Zimbabwe,” said Alastair Gordon, Chairman of the SDL Foundation. “Enabling people who want to help themselves and who have the determination to generate income and be released from a reliance on aid goes to the heart of the SDL Foundation’s mission. The fact that these small businesses consistently repay the loans and also create further employment in their communities gives the SDL Foundation Trustees great confidence in this exciting new initiative in Zimbabwe.” Other projects undertaken by the SDL Foundation include a ten-year partnership with Food for the Hungry, where the Foundation is helping the charity to turn around the impoverished community of Maisa Bora, Kenya. In Paraguay, the SDL Foundation is working closely with the Santa Maria Education Fund and recently financed a full-time employee to help manage a network of volunteer teachers. The aim of the partnership is to help students significantly improve their lives and those of their wider families. About the MicroLoan Foundation MicroLoan helps some of the poorest women in the world feed their families, send their children to school, and pay for life saving medicines. It’s a very different kind of charity, offering hope – not handouts. By providing small loans (average $100) and ongoing business training and support, MicroLoan helps women in rural Malawi and Zambia to set up their own self-sustainable businesses, enabling them to work themselves and their families out of poverty. About the SDL Foundation The SDL Foundation forms parts of the Corporate Social Responsibility activities of SDL plc, a company that helps to eliminate communication barriers by managing and translating content across websites and devices. The SDL Foundation is committed to supporting charities and projects across the world that work with disadvantaged communities. About SDL SDL (LSE: SDL) is the leader in global content management and language solutions. With more than 20 years of experience, SDL helps companies build relevant digital experiences that deliver transformative business results on a global scale. Seventy-nine of the top 100 global brands trust SDL to simplify the complexity of managing content across multiple brands, websites, languages, and devices. Go global faster with SDL. Learn more at SDL.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Kariger P.,University of California at Berkeley |
Frongillo E.A.,University of South Carolina |
Engle P.,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo |
Britto P.M.R.,Yale University |
And 2 more authors.
Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition | Year: 2012
Indicators of family care for development are essential for ascertaining whether families are providing their children with an environment that leads to positive developmental outcomes. This project aimed to develop indicators from a set of items, measuring family care practices and resources important for caregiving, for use in epidemiologic surveys in developing countries. A mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) design was used for item selection and evaluation. Qualitative and quantitative analyses were conducted to examine the validity of candidate items in several country samples. Qualitative methods included the use of global expert panels to identify and evaluate the performance of each candidate item as well as in-country focus groups to test the content validity of the items. The quantitative methods included analyses of item-response distributions, using bivariate techniques. The selected items measured two family care practices (support for learning/stimulating environment and limit-setting techniques) and caregiving resources (adequacy of the alternate caregiver when the mother worked). Six play-activity items, indicative of support for learning/stimulating environment, were included in the core module of UNICEF's Multiple Cluster Indictor Survey 3. The other items were included in optional modules. This project provided, for the first time, a globally-relevant set of items for assessing family care practices and resources in epidemiological surveys. These items have multiple uses, including national monitoring and cross-country comparisons of the status of family care for development used globally. The obtained information will reinforce attention to efforts to improve the support for development of children.