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The Bangladeshi tailors behind our facemasks.

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You can now purchase one of our facemasks made with love in Bangladesh and enable the employment of Bangladeshi women so that they can earn an income and support their families during this challenging time. These beautiful limited-edition, handmade face masks have been made with love by tailors that The Hunger Project Bangladesh has worked closely with for years. Meet the women who made them.

Mahfuza Rimi

Mahfuza is the sole breadwinner in her house, caring solo for her two teenage children since her recent divorce after 21 years. Just 2 years ago she took the brave step of opening up a small shop and offering her services as a tailor, a craft she’s been dedicated to for 15 years. Being from a remote village, running her own business in the city was a steep learning curve, and despite earning some income through it, it’s never enough to cover her family and business expenses. Now with the pandemic, orders have completely dried up, putting pressure on her and her employees who also depend on the shop for their livelihoods. She believes through this partnership with THP Australia and accessing a new customer base for her work, she will be able to earn what she needs to look after her family! 

Munira Begum

Munira has been married to her husband for 30 years. Together, they have two children. Munira’s husband has been sick for many years and is unable to work, so she is the sole breadwinner for her family The whole family depends on the income that Munira earns as a tailor. The pandemic has made it more difficult than ever before for Munira to earn an income as tailoring orders come to a near standstill. This partnership means that Munira can continue to run her business, earn an income and support her family. 

 

Support Munira and Mahfuza by purchasing a facemask today!

Reforestation and Tree Planting in Ethiopia

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In the Machakel region of northeastern Ethiopia, the grass grows well and the hills are green during the rainy season. However, there was also significant soil erosion on the hills. Due to the erosion, deep channels stripped of vegetation were worn into the otherwise green landscape. Almost all of the native forest on the hills was cut down and the soil depleted, resulting in crop failures and food insecurity.

Since 2017, The Hunger Project Ethiopia and WeForest have been working together to fight erosion in the area. WeForest is an organisation that empowers communities to sustainably advance and implement lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes.

“Population pressure has increased. Large areas of forest have been cut to create more agricultural land. As a result, the soil isn’t retained as well. Because of climate change, the rains are getting heavier — large areas of land simply wash away,” says Dr. Aklilu, Forestry Expert at WeForest.

“WeForest has a lot of expertise about forest planting and forest management. The Hunger Project is strong in engaging and mobilising the community. This is desperately needed, because we need action from our village partners in the area. It is ultimately in the interest of the people themselves that erosion is tackled, and we want to achieve that together,” he says.

Our village partners in Machakel play a crucial role in the collaboration, contributing with:

1. Land – they make communal land available for forest planting, instead of grazing cattle

2. Time – they unite in committees, assist in planting seedlings and protecting plants

3. Selection of trees – instead of planting popular, exotic trees such as eucalyptus, they now plant protected, native trees

“The most important thing for me is that we create a better living environment for all of us and counteract the effects of climate change. The children that I will probably have [in the future], must also be able to live here” – Gizachen Buyu, The Hunger Project village partner.

Now, grass has regrown to knee height and trees have grown where erosion channels used to be. The countryside has recovered.

AS OF DECEMBER 2019:

• Seedlings were grown in three nurseries in the region

• Our village partners formed 60 farmer committees

• 530 hectares of community land was made available for forest and planting (where previously it had been used for livestock grazing)

• More than 1 million trees have been planted

• Farmers have planted 735,000 fruit trees and fruit-bearing shrubs on their own land, so that 270 hectares of land is now used for agroforestry

Invest in a sustainable future and food security for families here.

35 years investing with The Hunger Project!

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George Phillipos: Investment and Financial Adviser

“My vision for the world is a greater level of peace overall; specifically, for The Hunger Project – to achieve the goal of eliminating chronic, persistent hunger. 

My interest in The Hunger Project goes back to when I was 14 years of age. I picked up a magazine at the bus station here in Perth. In those days you saw famine, particularly in Biafra, the region in Nigeria. I could not understand that there’s enough food production in the world and where there was not sufficient distribution, people would needlessly suffer.

Back in those days, there was probably three billion people in the world, now it’s more than seven billion people, so that’s where my motivation initially came from. I could not understand how people could turn a blind eye to that type of unnecessary suffering.

I invest in The Hunger Project because it is more focused on getting to the root causes of chronic, persistent hunger than any group I know. I appreciate the unique Epicentre Strategy, the wonderful people The Hunger Project works with, how they source investors and work with integrity, honesty and inclusivity. I really value the work The Hunger Project is doing. It’s our humanity – you have to help lift every human being up.

Sustainability is very important. If you find a solution to something, you don’t want to go back and do it all over again. The Hunger Project is uniquely focused on that. Educating people is one of the most sustainable things that we can do. In Grade 7, there was a chart on the wall of my Primary School classroom and I will never forget the words it said: ‘Education is the key’. To lift people out of chronic hunger and poverty, education is the key.”

George Phillipos has invested in The Hunger Project since 1985.

Find out how you can join us on the journey to end hunger here.

Courageous Shania stopped her own child marriage.

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“I know the consequences of child marriage. [From The Hunger Project, we also] learnt about the evils of drugs, as well as changes during adolescence. Knowing all of this has given me the courage to protect myself against early marriage. I was able to convince my parents. My marriage is over. Now I can realise my dream of becoming a teacher.”

The Hunger Project runs programs such as Youth Ending Hunger in schools in rural Bangladesh. Shania is in year 9 at school and lives in the Naogaon district 

In parts of Bangladesh that are very poor, many families struggle to afford to send their children to school. Because boys tend to be valued more than girls, parents typically pull out girls from school and marry them off, even before the legal age of 18. COVID-19 has compounded an already bad situation: the UN Population Fund estimates an additional 13 million child marriages will occur between 2020-2030 due to the pandemic. 

Shania usually rides a bicycle to school. The people of the village did not approve of her behaviour, so they approached her father with a marriage proposal. Shania knew that she had to do something to stop it happening. She had learnt about the negative consequences of child marriage through the Youth Ending Hunger’ program in her school – a program run by school students who have been trained by The Hunger Project tmobilise their classmates around the issue of child marriage. 

Because of this knowledge, Shania was able to talk to her parents about the consequences of child marriage, such as the health dangers of giving birth before her body was fully developed, and continuing the cycle of malnutrition for her baby. As a result, her parents helped her to stop her marriage, and she was luckily able to remain in school. 

It has never been a more critical time to empower girls to stop the harmful practice of child marriage today — invest here.

Nobel Peace Prize Highlights Issue of World Hunger by Honoring World Food Programme

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has named the World Food Programme (WFP) the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. As David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP, said in a statement following the award, “Today is a reminder that food security, peace and stability go together. Without peace, we cannot achieve our global goal of zero hunger; and while there is hunger, we will never have a peaceful world.”

Over the last five years, global hunger has steadily increased, driven largely by conflict and environmental shocks. And now, the global COVID-19 pandemic threatens to push 130 million more people into hunger by the end of 2020.

“We salute the Nobel Committee for highlighting the issue of world hunger, and congratulate our partners at the World Food Programme,” said Sheree Stomberg, Chair of The Hunger Project’s Global Board of Directors. “It is critical that the world community step up our efforts and invest the resources needed to end hunger.”

“We have seen that when community members work together to achieve development goals, they become stronger, more resilient and more peaceful. This is the key to sustainable change,” said Stomberg.

Hunger is rooted in deeply entrenched conditions of inequality, conflict, corruption and climate change. We at The Hunger Project work in partnership with local communities to implement solutions that are sustainable, multi-sectoral, and community-led, to catalyze systemic change throughout governance structures and society.

We are glad the The Norwegian Nobel Committee turned the world’s attention to the importance of ending hunger through this award. Let this recognition kickstart a decade of action and global commitment toward ending hunger.

Originally published by The Hunger Project.

Image credit: Karel Prinsloo/Arete/UN Mozambique.

 

Creating an equitable world: Nina Genikis

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“My vision for the world is equity. People being equal to other people. I want people to have the power that comes with knowing that they are not so completely different from the rest of the population. That is what really drives me and what I want to see in the world.

One part of poverty that distresses me the most is hunger, and malnutrition, in particular. I did a degree in nutrition and that is what drew me to support The Hunger Project.

You get the impression, that we as the human race, are racing towards the cliff edge and not particularly caring about it. When people like Greta Thunberg get upset about the generations ahead of her – my generation – I can completely understand it because we are treating the world like the future doesn’t matter. The focus is on the present and our ability to extract as much out of this world as we can. It’s so important to focus on the future we are creating for ourselves and others.

One of the main reasons why I signed up for the Uganda Leadership Immersion Program in 2016 was actually because of the leadership aspect of The Hunger Project’s work. This is no ordinary charity. It’s about self-empowerment and understanding who you are and what you want to get out of life.

The success stories we saw in Uganda were truly amazing. I remember meeting an older lady who was living near a primary school. She had created that school with her own savings and her son was the Headmaster. She invested her savings into the school to support her community and it had grown into something that was really sizeable. She was educating and nourishing the entire community in a sustainable way.”

Nina Genikis is a Business Operations Manager at DXC Technology and has invested in The Hunger Project since 2015.

Get to know our Youth Board: Thandie Masuku

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a young design student from Sydney who hopes to move into the Graphic & Ceramic design fields upon graduating from my degree. I also work as a Key Leader at Lululemon in order to challenge my career development skills whilst I undergo and complete my studies. I am greatly involved in social justice and equity, sustainable design and diversity both within my own values and in the way I treats those around me. I am also highly passionate about health and wellbeing, both mentally and physically, and believe in a balanced and holistic lifestyle.

Why did you choose to join THPA’s Youth Board?

Being raised by an existing THPA investor and travelling on two immersion trips to Malawi, joining an effort for THPA’s bigger picture seemed like the perfect progression to stay involved and active in creating sustainable change. In joining I was interested to see how I could engage more of the people around me to invest in the future of those who, given the opportunity, would thrive immeasurably.

What is your highlight from being on the Youth Board so far?

Our inaugural convention in collaboration with Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine! Having worked with the girls at LMBDW we were able to meet a variety of like-minded women and form new networks in support of THPA. The energy of the event was truly unbelievable.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hopefully working for myself, either as a freelance designer or with my own design studio team. I would love to stay involved in THPA and see where I can integrate my professional career to invest.

Favourite quote?

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”— Maya Angelou

 

You can make an impact in the end of hunger like Thandie by investing in our work here.

Get to know our Youth Board: Georgie Owen

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1)    Tell us a little about yourself

I love being with my beautiful family and friends. My top five values are belonging, love, self actualisation, ambition and enthusiasm. I am above average obsessed with food and this is something that initially drew me to THP – my relationship with food is a privilege and I wanted to partner with an organisation who are empowering people to break their cycle of hunger and poverty. I also love THP’s emphasis on mindset shifting and female empowerment. Things that make me happy are running, salt water, walks with friends, margaritas (the cocktail not the pizza), travelling, magnesium baths, banana smoothies, musicals, nonfiction books and fresh flowers.

 

2) Why did you choose to join THPA’s Youth Board?

 I’ve been sold on THP since I first found out about it and went to Uganda with them in 2018. Joining the Youth Board was another way to commit to a cause I feel strongly about and to approach challenges and opportunities through a slightly different lens. Broader approach = bigger impact.

 

3) What is your highlight from being on the Youth Board so far?

Bonding with people (who I’ve actually never met in person!) over our shared passion for ending hunger and poverty. I always feel invigorated and inspired after our morning meetings.

 

4) Where do you see yourself in ten years?

 I’m using the next few years to figure that out but I know I’ll have good family, friends and food around me!

 

5) Favourite quote?

 For good days, Marianne Williamson’s quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. As we let out own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”   

 For hard days, Beau Taplin’s quote:

“On the difficult days, when the world’s on your shoulders, remember that diamonds are made under the weight of mountains.”

 

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What we’re reading and watching.

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Our team has been spending a little more time online lately, reading, watching and listening to new, inspiring content to connect with others around the country and the world, and to make sense of our collective experience of COVID-19 and our shared desire to shape a new future of Self-Reliance and dignityBelow is a list of our top picksmany of them featuring or created by members of our THP community.  

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The latest THP products to get your hands on.

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Throughout the pandemic, our amazing partners are as deeply committed as ever to create sustainable change for our village partners and raise much needed funds for The Hunger Project’s work.  

Bared Footwear, a Melbourne-based, podiatrist-designed footwear brand, has launched the ‘Hornbill THP’ – a sneaker for all day comfort$50 from every pair of sneakers sold will be invested in THP, supporting communities in Malawi as they take action to reach Self-Reliance. 

Inclusive activewear brand BeKeane Healthy and Fit has launched THP crop tops and leggings so now you can get your exercise done in style while making a difference globally. 20% of all sales of the limitededition crop tops and leggings will be invested in THP.

Alkam, a sustainable Australian fashion label, has released a THP scrunchie available in 2 fabrics and 3 colours, crafted from fabric offcuts to reduce waste. 100% of profits from scrunchie sales will be invested in THP.

Coming Soon

Something exciting is coming for the month of October in partnership with our friends at Secret Sisterhood, a jewellery brand and social enterprise. Stay tuned for an announcement from us soon in your inbox!