From the ‘village frontlines’: Life under lockdown

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We were delighted to host an insightful and informative discussion between Rowlands Kaotcha (THP Global VP and Southern Africa Regional Director) and Diane Grady AM (Chair of The Hunger Project Australia) this week about life on the ‘village frontlines’ in the context of COVID-19.

For those of you who weren’t able to join, you can catch up by watching the recording below.

Our key takeaways from the call:

  • The enormous challenges faced by our village partners – for example, Rowlands said that in Africa, 79% of people don’t have access to water and soap for handwashing.
  • The 500,000 community leaders on the ground trained by The Hunger Project are already rapidly mobilising to respond to COVID-19.
  • The way that THP-trained Animators have used the THP methodology in new and innovative ways to take responsibility and design local solutions.
  • How our village partners have embodied the ‘leader mindset’ (instead of the ‘victim’ mindset) and feel empowered to take action.
  • That THP has always recognised the importance of partnership, and particularly now, given the scale of the issue, we have needed to link in with local and national governments and other NGOs.

What can you do to be part of the global solution? 

On the call, our CEO Melanie Noden invited all of us to be part of THP’s new global Stay In, Reach Out campaign – while staying in to protect yourself and your family, you can still reach out to keep 16.5 million people safe.


A generous investor has offered to match dollar for dollar (up to $20,000) any investment in our campaign. So this is a great opportunity to DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

It’s simple. Give the equivalent of what you would spend on the things you can’t do right now, and instead enable others to do what they can in order to keep safe! If you’re not in the position to give, then please help us by sharing the campaign instead.