World Hunger Day – May 28th

Join The Hunger Project in celebrating our sixth annual World Hunger Day on Saturday, May 28! World Hunger Day aims to inspire people all over the world to show their solidarity and support for the women, men and children that are ending their own hunger and poverty.

This World Hunger Day, we are focusing on nutrition.  Good nutrition – an adequate and well-balanced diet – is a cornerstone of good health. Better nutrition is related to improved infant child and maternal health, stronger immune systems and safer pregnancy and childbirth. People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to break the cycles of poverty and hunger. Experts agree that tackling malnutrition is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense.

Currently, more than 795 million people in the world do not have enough food, 60% of the world’s hungry are women and 98% of the world’s undernourished live in developing countries. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

The Hunger Project works in partnership with people in Africa, South Asia and Latin America to develop effective, sustainable and gender-focused strategies. We know that there are three critical elements that, when combined, empower people to make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty:

  • Mobilizing people at the grassroots level to build self-reliance
  • Empowering women as key change agents; and
  • Forging effective partnerships with local governments

At The Hunger Project, we believe ending hunger is possible when we empower people to become agents of change, lifting themselves–and their communities– out of hunger and poverty for the long term. The solution to hunger is not about hand-outs and a top-down approach, but a bottom-up approach that starts with women, works with local government and mobilizes communities to take self-reliant actions.

We hope that World Hunger Day will encourage even more people and organizations to work in collaboration with one another and with all of our partners who seek to bring about a sustainable end to their own hunger and poverty.

What you can do:

Wherever you are Do Something Great to end hunger on May 28th

  • Invest now in the sustainable end of world hunger

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Ghana Epicenters Achieve Targets for Self-Reliance

In eight countries of Africa, our Epicenter Strategy mobilizes clusters of rural villages into “epicenters,” which band together 5,000-15,000 people to create a dynamic center where communities are mobilized for action to meet their basic needs. This strategy is designed to partner with communities over a period of about eight years after which they graduate to a phase of “sustainable self-reliance,” which means that communities have demonstrated the confidence, capacity and skills to act as agents of their own development.

We are thrilled to announce that three epicenters in Ghana —  AtuobikromAkotekrom and Nsuta-Aweregya Epicenters —  have achieved the targets they set for declaring their self-reliance.

Self-reliant communities have demonstrated progress in the following eight goals:

  1. Mobilized rural communities that continuously set and achieve their own development goals;
  2. Empowered women and girls in rural communities;
  3. Improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in rural communities;
  4. Improved literacy and education in rural communities;
  5. Reduced prevalence of hunger and malnutrition in rural communities, especially for women and children;
  6. Improved access to and use of health resources in rural communities;
  7. Reduced incidence of poverty in rural communities; and
  8. Improved land productivity and climate resilience of smallholder farmers.

Community members of these epicenters have affirmed multiple local partnerships, created funding streams from revenue-generating activities and established gender-balanced leadership structures to support sustainable growth. The Hunger Project has activated its exit strategy, and it is anticipated that there will be no further financial inputs, with the exception of not-as-frequent staff visits and a post-evaluation three to five years later in a select number of epicenters.

This is a monumental achievement for these communities and all of the staff and investors who partnered with them along the way! The communities will be celebrating this milestone in July, so stay tuned for more news and photos!

Read more about self-reliance and how we measure it.

Find out more about the journeys of AtuobikromAkotekrom and Nsuta-Aweregya Epicenters.

Invest now in our work to end hunger and poverty worldwide.

Changes at The Hunger Project New Zealand

As you can see there are some changes happening at The Hunger Project New Zealand.

We have developed a new web site and will have a number of new activities in the market to provide opportunities for New Zealanders to engage and invest in the work of The Hunger Project as we grow our presence in New Zealand.

Many thanks to the team at Native Software who have very generously donated their time and expertise to develop our website. This will be a tool for us for many years to come in spreading the word and the work of The Hunger Project and allowing people to become involved in our work more easily. They were so easy to work with and so willing to help us get started – thanks are not enough.

Our first post is also a word of thanks to our long term and new investors. Your support of The Hunger Project has helped to drive the work of the organisation forward in our aim to end hunger by 2030. Progress is being made daily and lives are being changed through the different strategies that are in place in our programme countries. It is estimated that more than 19 million people are being reached through the programmes of The Hunger Project around the world with powerful effects. Another incredible figure is that The Hunger Give-Now-Get-Involved-775x517Project has more than 395,000 locally trained volunteers to carry out the work of changing their communities. It is this leveraging power that distinguishes The Hunger Project from other organisations.

I have personally witnessed the work in India of the local Elected Women Representatives who have participated in The Hunger Project’s training courses. Their impact is immense – electricity, sanitation, housing, widow’s pension – things that many of us take for granted but have never been available to the villages where these women live. The multiplier effect of training one woman in India is that an entire village learns more about how to plant their rice fields, an entire village is able to access electricity for the first time and an entire village has access to safe, clean water.

Stories from the epicenters in the communities in Africa where The Hunger Project operates are also powerful. Women who were once struggling with unending debt and little or no hope are able to access low interest loans, develop business plans and take their families forward into a more prosperous future. I encourage you to take the time to understand more about The Hunger Project and the work that is being done on the grassroots levels. Take a look at the global site to see the incredible stories of success and change that are taking place.

There are a  number of ways to get involved with The Hunger Project and a number of investment opportunities – send us an email now to see how you can make a difference.

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