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.