Our Purpose, Values and Principles
FHIF exists to end physical and spiritual hungers worldwide.
Our core values are:
- Our First Love: Jesus Christ and Kingdom of God
- Our Calling: God called and we responded until physical and spiritual hungers ended worldwide.
- Out Guide: The Bible and Holy Spirit.
- Our Method: Vision of Community
- Our Organization: Unity and diversity
Our principles for organization include:
- Freedom and Responsibility
- Team Leadership
- Direct Relationships
- Supportive Stewardship
- Local Member Development
- Spirit of FHI
Our Approach – Vision of Community
In FHIF, the final fruit of our work is a sustainable, healthy community that can keep growing itself. We call this “Vision of Community” (VOC). It must be the community’s dream, not ours.
A key question for every organization is, “when have we finished?”. FHIF’s answer is when a community can keep growing itself towards their vision. This requires doing projects differently from Day One:
- Focus on the root causes of poverty, especially mindset, not just lack of resources.
- Starting with small projects that build community confidence, not big projects that can cause dependence.
- Starting with leader training so that everything is owned by the community.
- Using a community-led process, not outsider-led.
- Followup to encourage communities.
Food for the Hungry was founded in 1971 by Dr. Larry Ward. His dream was to create an organization solely dedicated to ending hunger. Our early years emphasized emergency relief and refugee assistance. His compassion for the hungry and poor was captured in his frequent exhortation, “people die one at a time, we can save them one a time”.
In 1980, Food for the Hungry became an international organization, registered in Geneva, Switzerland. During the 1980’s, FHI expanded its programs to development and the number of countries served.
In the 1990’s, FHI created its definition of success at a community level, called “Vision of Community”. This is a community-led process that enables communities to become sustainable and keep growing without long-term assistance.
In 2006, FHI multiplied into two groups under the same mission: FH and FHIF. FHIF was created with a decentralized management style. The FH association maintained a more centralized style of management. Members from both groups continue to collaborate with one another.
Today, FHIF members have grown dramatically to serve over 80 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Our Executive Team
Wonsik Yoo is the President of Korea Food for the Hungry International (KFHI). He previously was the President of Sun Microsystems and Oracle in Korea.
Seike Hirohisa is the chairman of Japan International Food for the Hungry. He has led many of FHIF’s efforts in disaster relief responses throughout the world.
Randall Hoag has 34 years of experience in international relief and development. He served in Bolivia and Thailand. He is also the President of Vision of Community Fellowship.
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