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Annual Report October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2011

“Twenty years ago I had a very different idea of what ‘eradicating poverty’ should look like.” - Ben Hoogendoorn FH Canada President


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From the President Introducing the new Board Chairman


Follow Your Impact & Engage Communities


International Development


Cubi, Rwanda GRADUATES! Busekera, Rwanda to follow




International Medical Equipment Distribution



Emergency Relief


Community Development


Community Development

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(Selected Strategies)

Partnerships & Engagement Canadian International Development Agency

It’s about thriving communities, not dependency

Vision God called and we responded until physical and spiritual hungers ended worldwide.

Mission To walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationships with God and His creation.

Who We Are FH Canada, part of the global Food for the Hungry (FH) network, is a registered, non-governmental organization dedicated to sustainable development and emergency response worldwide. Our belief is that people in poverty need more than just food, allowing us to ensure stable, holistic development for families and communities in developing countries. Often found far outside city limits, FH Canada works among the world’s poorest people where there is little or no current development programming. FH Canada walks alongside community and family leaders – a significant distinctive in global development. Instead of asking communities what they need, FH Canada asks them what they already have and helps them to develop their own vision of sustainability, which provides notable dignity and respect for local leadership. And since poverty has so many causes, FH Canada uses an integrated approach in their development strategies, with attention given to education, agriculture, leadership development, housing, health, environmental sustainability and gender equality. FH Canada is a certified member of the Canadian Christian Council of Charities (


From the President Twenty years ago I had a very different idea of what “eradicating poverty” should look like. Typical of many Westerners, I was only focused on addressing material deficits. I have since come to understand that these are usually symptoms of a much broader and very complex set of issues. Many of the efforts to eradicate poverty initiated over the last 50 years have focused on symptoms rather than root causes. FH Canada’s mandate is to shift the focus back to causes and sustainable solutions. Ben Hoogendoorn President

This year, in addition to graduating our 33rd and 34th communities (San Cristobal, Guatemala and Cubi, Rwanda), FH Canada has conducted Poverty Revolution Boot Camps across Canada to help people understand the poverty in their own lives and better address issues both locally and around the world. The successes described in this report are the result of going to the root causes. This has created sustainable solutions that the communities can (and do!) carry out themselves. Granted, the approach is harder, and it takes more time, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Introducing the new Board Chairman Dave Lewis is a leadership coach with over 35 years of experience promoting leadership development. He recently founded TruNorth Coaching, a leadership advancement venture that helps leaders find their true callings and create paths to reach their desired destinations.

Dave Lewis

Board Chairman, 2012

Presently he is serving as a transitional coach leading church congregations through revisioning and pastoral search processes. Dave has served in North America and internationally as a pastor and denominational church leader. He served as District Superintendent for eight years, giving oversight to 56 churches, 19 of which were multi-ethnic. An effective communicator, Dave speaks with a genuineness that allows him to connect cross-culturally and cross-generationally. Dave has been married to Janie, his lifelong friend and sweetheart, for 40 years. Together they have four adult children and 13 grandchildren. Dave has a wealth of experience serving on boards, and FH Canada is honoured to welcome him as our new Board Chairman.

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Follow Your Impact & Engage Communities Whether you bought a goat, sponsored a child or supported a project this year, you can now follow the impact online!

Whatever your donation, be assured it will make a difference. That’s because your contributions aren’t made in isolation. Instead, many small acts come together to create big impact. For example, if you gave a goat, you didn’t just give a goat. You gave the training that comes with the goat: how to house it, grow its food, collect its manure, and turn that manure into fertilizer to grow vegetable seeds! And if you gave veggie seeds, you didn’t just give veggie seeds. They came with training on crop rotation, fertilizer use and bio-intensive gardening strategies to produce enough food for each family, plus some surplus to sell. And if you gave a latrine... Um, we’ll let you figure that one out.

Did you know that you can follow FH Canada’s work all year long?

Twitter @fhcanada Facebook poverty.revolution Community Pages

Because each gift, sponsorship and project is in the context of a long-term development strategy, it contributes to the eventual graduation of a community as completely self-sustainable!

(Just scroll down to see all the Facebook and FH Canada community pages in one place!) Or, access the Facebook pages separately at:

But don’t just take our word for it.

You can follow your impact all year long. When you a like a community on Facebook you can follow their challenges, opportunities, milestones and every-day moments. Get to know the people whose lives will be forever impacted by your generosity and engagement.


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International Development

Graduating communities through partnership and sustainable development; that’s what we’re all about.

FH Canada’s development model is one of empowerment and capacity building. Each community has unique needs and assets, and national FH staff work with community leaders, families and churches to help them reach their vision of total sustainability. The process usually takes about seven to 10 years.

FH Canada works in 26 villages which are part of 10 partner communities around the world:

By helping communities set their priorities, supporting their efforts, and planning an exit strategy to ensure sustainability and not dependency, FH Canada has the joy of seeing amazing community-driven transformation. When a community has become totally self-sufficient and is able to turn and help neighbouring areas, it’s celebrated with a “graduation” and FH begins a partnership with another developing community.

Africa Kayanza, Burundi Sasiga, Ethiopia Kamonyi, Rwanda Mbale, Uganda Asia Anlong Veng, Cambodia Metro Manila, Philippines Mymensingh, Bangladesh

This year we celebrated the graduation of communities in Guatemala and Rwanda!

San Cristobal, Guatemala: Graduated December 2010

Latin America Greater Lima, Peru Cachiman, Haiti Nebaj, Guatemala

Only 10 years ago, this community of about 380 families had a secondary school attendance rate of 12%, unemployment was high and children were dying of simple causes like diarrhea and infections. Today, 74% of school age children attend school, with 87% of those enrolled successfully passing their grade level, and families are preparing nutritious food and using improved health and hygiene practices.

Since 1994, FH Canada has seen 34 communities graduate as self-sustaining!

“I am thankful to God that I have a new way of thinking and that he has a purpose for my life,” says Mirna, who was able to return to school through FH’s work with her family and community.“ “I thank my sponsor and FH’s staff for the support they have given me.”

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Beginning with an End in Sight With story files from April Klassen and photography by Jonty Wilde

One Rwandan community celebrates its graduation, while another celebrates a new beginning.

NOVEMBER 1, 2011 • CUBI, RWANDA It was not just another day in Cubi, Rwanda. The fields lay quiet while the village centre hummed with activity. It was graduation day, and no one wanted to miss it. The celebration marked the end of an eight-year partnership between FH Canada and the village of Cubi in the Kamonyi community. Since partnering in 2003, they’ve become completely self-sufficient.

Ben would return to Cubi several times over the partnership. “Each time there

Where access to education was once an issue, children are now completing both primary and secondary school in well-equipped classrooms. Parents who needed their kids to work can now afford to send them to school. They can also pay their families’ health insurance costs, and are able to prevent and treat most common diseases. Many in the community now belong to farming cooperatives and are trained in business skills and the region’s best agricultural practices. Some groups are even consolidating land to increase productivity, and others have saved together to build offices or mills. The local churches have come together to support the community’s


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development, and are positioned to play a key role as Cubi continues to progress. FH Canada president Ben Hoogendoorn remembers his first visit to Cubi in 2003. “There was an air of expectation,” he recalls, “but their eyes didn’t hold much hope.”


“With each victory, I could feel hope rising.” BEN HOOGENDOORN, FH CANADA PRESIDENT

was a brighter sparkle in their eyes,” he says. “With each victory, I could feel hope rising.” Samuel Bikorimana was 12 when the partnership began, and the ceremony ended with his speech about being a sponsored child. The crowd cheered when he switched to English, an official language of Rwanda he learned in school. “This is proof of how far we have come.” Although the residents of Cubi are saying goodbye to the FH staff and Canadian supporters, there is still much to celebrate. With the recommendation of Cubi’s leaders, FH has begun a partnership with nearby Busekera village.

New classrooms and sanitary latrines only begin to represent the transformation. Other successes include improved health, increased school attendance, higher crop yields, new small businesses and active savings groups.

NOVEMBER 2, 2011 • BUSEKERA, RWANDA A white canvas sheet blocks the Rwandan sun as Busekera’s community leaders and FH staff pledge a new partnership. In the presence of teachers, farmers and a few foreigners — and encouraged by Cubi’s success less than 20 kilometres away — the community embarks on what will likely be a 10-year journey. Located in the Muhanga district, Busekera is one of the most vulnerable communities in Rwanda. Regular water shortages PARENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY and land infertility result in sickness and starvation. There is no health centre, and few can afford health insurance or to travel for treatment. Teachers

“Busekera has been baptized today by help, support and friends from FH.”

and parents have worked hard to ensure that school is available for kids, but limited classrooms and the sheer weight of poverty have led some youth into prostitution and life on the street. Despite their struggles, the community of Busekera was full of hope at the partnership ceremony. With big, exaggerated voices, the school-aged children presented a comical play about life in the village. The laughter that erupted from the international guests was returned as the visitors were dragged from their seats to join a traditional dance. At that sight, even the most wrinkled faces of Busekera broke into smiles. “Busekera has been baptized today by new help, support and friends from FH,” shared one parent. With the support of FH and its Canadian partners, leaders in Busekera are committed to taking an exciting 10-year development process all the way to self-sustainability.

April Klassen served in Burundi and Rwanda as a short-term Communications Specialist, gathering stories and experiences from the field. You too can be a Comms Specialist! Contact

Since 1994, FH Canada has seen 34 communities graduate as self-sustaining.

Financial Report

Where the money came from, and how we made the most of it.



International Programs $1,480,014 CAD



Domestic Programs & Partnerships $436,649 CAD

Child Sponsorship $1,901,800 CAD


Government Grants (CIDA) $596,559 CAD



$43,216 CAD

41.9% Commodities (IMED) $3,215,527 CAD

Total Revenue: $7,673,766 CAD


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Financial Report

“Managing poverty is big business; ending poverty is revolutionary.”

Our commitment to you, our accountability to excellence.

- Shane Claiborne




Administration & Running Costs $590,543 CAD

Building Sustainable Communities $6,207,571 CAD


Invested to Generate Future Income $644,914 CAD

Total Expenses: $7,443,026 CAD

For full financial statements: Or visit the Canadian Revenue Agency’s Charity Listing site:

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International Medical Equipment Distribution (IMED) Rapid advances in medical technology mean that perfectly functional equipment and supplies in Canada are constantly being replaced, creating storage and disposal difficulties. FH Canada collects and refurbishes these life-saving tools, including entire surgical suites, defibrillators and scanners, and sends them to clinics and hospitals in the developing world.

Sister Margaret Advocates for Soroti Hospital

FH Canada’s IMED program shipped 17 40-foot containers to

10 countries.

Of these, 9 containers

were to FH partnered communities.

Facilities Equiped AOEL School and Clininc, Liberia Bududa Hospital, Uganda (x2) Sunyani Regional Hospital and Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana Anlong Veng Hospital and Health Centres, Cambodia Niamey Hospital, Niger Hope Hospital, Haiti Howard Salvation Army Hospital Sister Margaret (right) helping unload the medical container .

Sister Margaret is one of only 184 general surgeons in Uganda, a country of nearly 34 million. She worked with FH Canada to bring a 40-foot container of specifically requested equipment to rural Soroti Hospital. One of the top needs was incubators, as babies were often lost despite best efforts to incubate them on their mothers’ stomachs under their dresses. The container arrived in October of 2011, and has since been put to good use.

Chinandega School, Nicaragua (x2) Musema and Buye School, Burundi Soroti Hospital, Uganda Co-op Development Ntondo, Congo Tiliaberi and Say Hospital, Niger Lacor Hospital Gulu, Uganda Anglican Diocese of Wiawso, Ghana

“When I see how much stuff you managed to squeeze in there—I can only marvel,” says Judy Lynch, who worked with Sister Margaret to spearhead fundraising efforts in Canada.


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Anglican Buye Hospital, Burundi

Emergency Relief Through the global Food for the Hungry network and its Emergency Response Unit (ERU), FH is positioned to respond effectively to disasters around the world.

The FH Global ERU responded to 15 emergencies worldwide benefiting

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

1.2 million people

During the 2010/11 fiscal year, continued response included food and non-food distribution, home and church rehabilitation, pastors’ training in trauma counselling and a fear-negating presence among those unable to evacuate the advisory zones around nuclear plants. Because the government could respond to a majority of people’s physical needs, the response focused on niche physical needs and holistic care.


50,500 beneficiaries Partners Crossroads Christian Communications, ERDO, Japan International Food for the Hungry, Friends with the Voiceless International, Regent College, DNA, CRASH

Horn of Africa Food Crisis Below-average rains in early 2011 caused prolonged drought and a severe food shortage. FH was asked to respond in Kenya and Ethiopia, which both have a national FH office and staff. The response included food distribution, supplementary feeding for young children and pregnant and nursing mothers, water and sanitation programs, animal health initiatives, economic recovery programs and sustainable seed research and programming. “Because of the shortage of rains our summer crops failed to produce a good harvest. We did not even have enough food for ourselves to eat. But now we have been selected for Food Aid. Tomorrow we will feast again – feast in a sense of enjoying that there is food on the table. Soon my baby will grow strong and healthy again. I want to thank the people who thought of the hardships my family went through.” –Gemena Gebeta, Ethiopia

Horn of Africa

1,095,000 beneficiaries Partners Canada Food Grains Bank, CIDA, World Food Program UNICEF, World Vision, CRWRC, Christian & Missionary Alliance, FH Ethiopia, FH Kenya

FH Canada directly responded to emergencies in 4 areas: Myanmar (earthquake) Philippines (flooding & fire) Horn of Africa (food crisis) Japan (earthquake & tsunami)

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Community Development (Sponsorship) Funds from child sponsorship go towards community-driven programs that best and most effectively meet the critical needs of children. This means school fees and materials for children, food-growing assistance and clean water development for the community, income-generating programs for parents and public health education for families.

2611 sponsors

Juliette’s Story

In total, 4490 children are registered in FH Canada development or educational programs*

through FH Canada are active in the lives of 3543 children.

Sponsors who actively write child: 924 Sponsors supporting more than one child: 544 Total Enrolled Sponsored

Juliette (third from left) with her mother and sisters.

Juliette lives with her parents and seven siblings in Kayanza, Burundi. Because she comes from such a big family, there were seldom the funds for her to have school supplies and a uniform, so she couldn’t attend school. Through sponsorship, she now receives what she needs for school. This frees her parents to put resources towards supplies for her younger siblings. Through home visits, community staff and volunteers encouraged Juliette’s parents to prioritize education for their children. Juliette is now in grade four and receives excellent grades. “Now I see the importance of school,” says Juliette. “I will study until I become a teacher.”


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in FH Canada child development program

one-on-one via FH Canada

Kayanza, Burundi Sasiga, Ethiopia Kamonyi, Rwanda Mbale, Uganda

885 | 643 350 | 243 445 | 396 955 | 730

Greater Lima, Peru 460 | 391 Cachiman, Haiti 118 | 109 Nebaj, Guatemala 525 | 404 Anlong Veng, Cambodia 363 | 283 Metro Manila, Philippines 79 | 71 Mymensingh, Bangladesh 310 | 269 TOTAL 4490 | 3543

*947 children are awaiting one-to-one sponsorship *Statistics are reflective of the 2011 calendar year

Community Development (Highlighted Strategies) The long-term sustainable development process is different in every community, yet some strategies prove effective in several contexts.

Violence Prevention

Priorities vary region to region, as determined

with help from community leaders, churches and families.

Family, sexual and social violence are prevalent issues in some of our partner communities. Working with local authorities, schools and families, FH helps communities walk towards a violence-free future. This is done by training local community mediators, advocating for child protection policies, removing the stigma from talking about abuse, running seminars on anger-management and healthy relationships, and working overall to decrease financial and health-related stress for families while promoting values of both justice and forgiveness.

Violence Prevention in: Philippines Peru Cambodia Haiti

Community Savings Groups

Savings Groups in: Bangladesh

With micro-savings as opposed to micro-credit, community members learn to manage, grow and invest their small yet sufficient income. FH organizes groups of 12 people each who learn reading and writing, book-keeping and money management. As group members’ savings are set aside, they grow into substantial amounts that can then be loaned among the group and to other men and women in the community. This is revolutionary especially in our partner communities where women have historically been oppressed.

Ethiopia Uganda Rwanda Cambodia

Leader Mothers

Leader Mothers in: Peru

FH trains volunteers called “Leader Mothers” who then teach the health, nutrition and agricultural lessons they learn to at least 10 other women, who then agree to teach 10 more. This “echo teaching” or “care group” model is incredibly effective at creating behavioural change through work done on average 80% by volunteers and 97% by community-level staff and volunteers combined.

Haiti Guatemala Uganda Burundi

“I am happy to learn and give my knowledge to others,” says Annette, a Leader Mother in Burundi who is teaching other women how to set up bio-intensive and compact kitchen gardens on their small plots of land. Already, 90% of families in her village have started the gardens.


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Partnerships & Engagement Church, Business and Group Partnerships Through church , business and group partnerships, FH Canada links Canadian communities with developing communities in FH partner areas. A strong relationship is developed over the course of a long-term, committed partnership, and both parties are impacted. There are many great examples of this impact. The partnership between Friends Church (Calgary) and Rio Azul (Guatemala) has accomplished a new running water system and will soon also finish drainage from every home in the community. Their vision has also grown to include municipal and government assistance in projects. The partnership between 5th Avenue Fitness Club (Calgary) and Belo (Ethiopia) continued strong in the last year. Through events, tournaments, team trips and fundraisers, the partnership has garnered industry attention, most recently in Club Business International magazine. Other community partners include: World Financial Group, Sherwood Park Alliance Church, Rotary Club of Abbotsford, 5th Avenue Fitness Club, Lambrick Park Church, Fratello Coffee, Slave Lake Alliance Church, Relevention, Praise 106.5, Capilano Community Church, Northgate Baptist Church, Friends Church, Binbrook & Beyond, Buckerfield’s Country Store, MEI Middle School, Vernon Alliance Church, Beulah Alliance Church, Atlantic Community Church, Heartland Alliance Church, Pacific Church,and University Chapel.

Poverty Revolution Boot Camp Poverty Revolution Boot Camps are a key part of our dedication to end-to-end transformation. The day-and-half workshop cuts through the myth that poverty is only material. The sessions challenge life-long assumptions, foster reflection on the origin of poverty and explore poverty’s surprisingly relational nature. Although designed with FH Canada’s partners in mind, the training is having a broad reach. University students, community groups and church members are among this year’s participants. In particular, Vernon Alliance Church has partnered with us and made the workshops mandatory training for any short-term outreach teams.


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FH Canada works with 16 Canadian partners who are engaged with developing communities.

Vision-Sharing Trips 4 Team Trips to Partner Communities 13 Church & Business Partner Public Engagement Events 12

Boot Camp Participants



FH Canada Office - Abbotsford, BC Vernon Alliance Church -Vernon, BC Sherwood Park Alliance -Edmonton, AB University Chapel -Vancouver, BC IMED Warehouse -Saskatoon, SK Binbrook and Beyond -Hamilton, ON Pacific Church -Vancouver, BC Trinity Western University -Langley, BC

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) FH Canada has been fortunate to receive matching funds from CIDA for specific projects in three of our partner communities.

CIDA generously matches Canadians’ donations to approved projects 3:1 .

Anlong Veng, Cambodia

Cambodia 32,685 beneficiaries

As part of the overall development plan, CIDA-matched projects focus on improving nutrition, hygiene and disease prevention in the community; increasing the productivity of farms and animal husbandry for better food security; and ensuring women and men are secured with increased savings and access to affordable credit.

(70% female)

3 year (2008-2010) funding

Interim funding in place while new CIDA proposal is considered

“The loan I took from my savings group was used to buy a chicken. It has given me lots of benefits. I can easily meet my family’s needs. I am grateful to be part of this group.” – Chan Yout

Sasiga, Ethiopia Ethiopia 17,914 beneficiaries

CIDA-matched projects in Sasiga focus on improving the agricultural environment for better food security, improving overall community health and increasing gender equality and the capacity of women through income generating activities.

(51% female)

3 year (2008-2010) funding

“I am very happy with the training I took on vegetable production. We did not know the importance of vegetables before FH trained us. FH gave us some seeds and I planted them in my backyard and produced a lot. I sold the leftovers and purchased goats. The goats have reproduced and become five. They will generate good income for me to buy an ox in the future.” – Aberash Ejigu

Interim funding in place while new CIDA proposal is considered

Burundi 17,100 beneficiaries

Kayanza, Burundi

(55% female)

Main Cida-matched projects include increasing the capacity of local farmers and their crop yields through sustainable farming systems; enhacing seed and crop availability; improving business management skills in commercial production; marketing and local micro-finance loans; and increasing gender equality and capacity of women through income generating activities and leadership opportunities.

3 year (2010-2012) funding

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FH Canada 2011 Annual Report  
FH Canada 2011 Annual Report  

A review of FH Canada's activities from Oct 1, 2010 to Sept 30, 2011 in the fight to end poverty. Thank You Canada, for being part of some...