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Meet the Champiti community

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The Champiti community in Malawi used to live in chronic hunger and poverty.

Dennis is a member of Champiti and he said his entire community was suffering terribly. There were no roads and the nearest hospital was two days’ walk away.

“Pregnant women would attempt to walk to the hospital but go into labour on the way. Mothers and infants died. Those infants who survived were not vaccinated. The hospital was just too far away,” Dennis said. 

The Campiti thought there was no way out. They had no vision for their future.

“We thought this was our lot in life… we had no hope for our future,” Dennis said.  

The Hunger Project set up Vision, Commitment, Action workshops, as well as entrepreneurship training and microfinance loans in Champiti and now the locals have reached the historic milestone of self-reliance.

Thanks to investors like you 100% of the Champiti community have access to clean, safe water, 100% of births are attended to by a licensed professional, fewer than 1% are living in hunger, 95% of households have at least one literate person, and amazingly there has been a 680% increase in children attending secondary school.   

There are many ways you can partner with the people of Champiti:

  1. Invest with a one-off or monthly gift
  2. Share the story of the people from Champiti on social media and tag The Hunger Project Australia
  3. Read more about our work in Africa
  4. Learn about our leadership immersion programs to Africa, India and Bangladesh

Meet Amina

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Amina used to live in chronic hunger. She could not see any way out of the repetitive daily struggle to survive. She had no hope for the future.

Her life involved spending days gather wood, walking for hours to collect water, and back-breaking work in the fields to try and grow enough food to feed her family. Every day was the same for Amina.

“My children didn’t go to school. Why would they need to go to school just to work in the fields?” Amina said. 

Her life changed because someone like you invested in her. She attended one of The Hunger Project’s Vision, Commitment, Action workshops where Amina learned that she had the power to change her life. For the first time, she created a vision for her future, made a commitment to herself, and learned how to take action and achieve her new visions. 

“Now I have a successful soap making business, I have learned how to grow vegetables and make nutritious meals for my family and I have a beautiful vegetable garden. My children go to school and I work with my husband in his business. Together we make joint decisions about our children and our money,” Amina said. 

Finding her vision for her future, Amina is now committed to helping others in her village achieve their own vision and end their own hunger. Her entire village is being transformed thanks to the partnerships and investments from people like you. 

There are many ways you can partner with people like Amina:

  1. Invest with a one-off or monthly gift 
  2. Share Amina’s story on social media and tag The Hunger Project Australia
  3. Read more about our work in Africa
  4. Learn about our leadership immersion programs to Africa, India and Bangladesh

 

 

 

Meet Dennis

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Before The Hunger Project came to his community, Dennis was living in severe hunger.

“Sometimes I found small jobs to do in exchange for food. Sometimes I would have to beg for food. Sometimes I would have to steal from my neighbours. Often, I would have to fall asleep without eating. I nearly died of hunger,” Dennis said. 

His life was transformed because someone like you invested in him. Dennis attended farming technique workshops set up by The Hunger Project in his community of Champiti. By applying what he learned, he tripled the yield of his family’s farm. His family now have enough food for the entire year and even have some produce left over to sell locally.

Thanks to entrepreneurship training and a microfinance loan he received from The Hunger Project, Dennis and his wife Bernadette are now the proud owners of a grocery store.

“I am transformed… My three-year-old son Cheos eats three times a day, every day. He has never slept on an empty stomach,” Dennis said.

Right now, there are people who are living in severe hunger and urgently need your support. Please make a tax-deductible donation before June 30 and partner with people like Dennis. Your investment will make sure people, families and communities can achieve their vision of ending poverty and hunger.

 

 

 

Ndeye’s vision for a better future

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Ndeye Loum is a volunteer who has been trained by The Hunger Project in Coki, Senegal.  She lives in a village called Kane’ene Khar and says, before her training, there was no way she would have spoken in front of a group of people to talk about the issues affecting her and the wider community.  Before Ndeye’s training, she couldn’t even envision a life free from hunger and poverty.  That’s all changed now!

Ndeye is confident there is a better life available to all and is determined to share everything she’s learned with her community. After she learned to read and write, a brand new world opened up to her.   Her new literacy skills allowed her to take up the opportunity to become a teacher and earn an income to support her and her family.  She is able to send her children to school and has upgraded from a tin house – where they slept on a mattress on the floor – to a brick house – where they sleep on a large ornate wooden bed (she is very proud!).  She has visions of her children having a future free from the cultural practices that held her back in earlier life – like child marriage and lack of education.

As Ndeye’s standard of living began to improve, so did her vision of the future for her community.  She developed a desire to create change on a greater scale and with the support of her family, she has been able to become more involved in the programs at the Epicentre.  Her family understands that she has the opportunity to contribute to the wider community and empower others living in hunger.

She says “Many years ago it was not possible to find any women in my village who were literate… Now because of The Hunger Project we can read, write and even text!’.  In 5 years she hopes to be a big trader and to be invited into communities everywhere to deliver training sessions that will help transform people’s beliefs and their lives.

Meet Ndeye

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Taking part in workshops run by The Hunger Project got Ndeye Ndiaye thinking about her future. She had learned to read and write in school and had also taken literacy classes but she had never been inspired to put her skills into action. When she was mentored by Coumba – a Hunger Project animator (trained volunteer) and strong leader in the community – Ndeye began to realise her own potential as a leader and entrepreneur.

She said, “I had my mind opened about leadership, my role at work and in entrepreneurship – and that’s when I started thinking about my future.”

Ndeye started her own dressmaking business, where she employs her 3 brothers to make made-to-measure clothes for the local community. They make up to 20 dresses per week and many people now shop exclusively with them.

Through the success of her business, she makes enough profit to take care of her family and to work on her vision of setting up a training centre for women to learn tailoring skills.

Ndeye has now been trained as a Women’s Empowerment Animator through The Hunger Project and she is committed to inspiring women and girls to get an education so they too can become productive contributors to their community. She plans to buy more sewing machines so she can employ more people to work with her.

EMPOWERED WOMEN OF INDIA – LEADING CHANGE

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Women’s roles as village council (Panchayat) leaders, is transforming the way people live in India. Although they often have much adversity to overcome – due to social conditioning and attitudes around gender – women are emerging as powerful leaders motivated by a desire to provide better lives for their families and communities.

When women are empowered with skills and knowledge, they act as change agents – creating opportunities to improve life and participate in the positive development of their community. The training they receive through our programs allows them to realise their full potential and instills the confidence required to approach local governments with authority. As such, they develop voices that are heard in public forums and generate the support of the people.

Through the Panchayat, they interact with people who can assist them in creating the changes they prioritise, such as –
• Ensuring all children (particularly girls) have access to an education
• Ensuring quality healthcare is available and accessible to all
• Installing clean water systems and sanitary facilities to meet basic human needs
• Addressing violence and inequality against women – so that all may live to their fullest potential

Elected women, like Geeta (pictured below), carry with them a deep sense of pride and responsibility to act in the best interests of all. By taking time to speak with people in their villages – including those previously left out of the development agenda – they find out what is truly wanted and needed and act on it.

 

“I draw determination from my heart, from within…I feel I’m not a regular woman – I’m a special woman! I am proud to be elected as the President of my local council area. I won by 1,500 votes because I took the time to speak to people in my community about what they wanted.” – Geeta Rao – An Elected Woman Representative trained by The Hunger Project in India.

How Beti’s leadership is saving lives

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Beti Saket is an Elected Woman Representative in one of the most marginalised communities in India. When she was first elected to council, she found it difficult to make an impact. Every time she put forward a development proposal, a powerful lobby group pressured her to pay them a commission and regularly threatened to complain.

This all changed when Beti received leadership training from The Hunger Project. She learned to stand up for what she believed in and how to have her initiative approved and implemented. 

Beti saw that malnutrition was a big problem in her community and was determined to do something about it. Under Beti’s strong leadership, cases are now being efficiently tracked and mothers and children who are suffering from malnutrition are receiving counselling and given help at Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres.

Thanks to Beti, more than 75 malnourished children have been treated. 

Sunder, whose son was severely malnourished, is thankful to Beti and says, “Without her help, crucial time for my child would have been lost.”

2030 Leaders: A Ugandan trip of a lifetime

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Taking part in 2030 Leaders has been a very enriching process, both personally and professionally. 

It is an experience I will remember for the remainder of my life.

Over the course of our week in Uganda, we moved from place to place, visiting The Hunger Project’s Epicentres
at various stages of sustainability. I’m sure most of our group would agree that it was an emotional rollercoaster; confrontational, challenging, inspirational and raw.

We laughed and played with the children who were fascinated by us and all the strange contraptions we brought into their villages, and were heartbroken by the stories of pain, struggle and loss.

We were motivated by how far the communities had come because of their partnership with investors like you. They had initiative and creativity, yet were realistic about the road ahead.

We observed how quickly things can change when people are united and how slowly things move when they’re not. 

There was beauty, chaos, scepticism and hope and as many similarities as there were differences between our cultures to uncover.

Strange as it may seem, one of the most memorable aspects of the program – for me at least – was time spent on the minibus. From its windows, we observed life in Uganda.A young mother walking elegantly along the roadside balancing a sack of grain on her head as she sang to the numerous children wrapped to her body. Three boys taking turns to jump off a drain pipe into a lake below and an elderly woman sweeping the ground outside a well-kept home made of mud. 

On that minibus, we connected with each other, shared meals, voiced our responses, listened to stories of Africa that have been passed down through generations, sung terribly and laughed A LOT. It was our transport and a place we could untangle all the experiences lessons we were learning along the way.

Fast forward a few months since returning from the trip and it has taken some time to really understand what I learned from the experience in Uganda; the place, the people and the program. There was so much to consider coming home and a lot to digest whilst readjusting to everyday life in Australia.

The overriding lesson for me was that we as individuals are the most capable change agents in our own lives and that sustainable change starts in the mind. To effect change in a family, a community, an organisation – even an entire country – we must start with the individuals. The message is universally applicable.

To me, this is the core message of The Hunger Project and the foundation of its effectiveness across the globe. It’s the message that is saving hundreds of thousands of lives and the same message that can transform my life, your life and the community around us. For me it’s a message that will shape my life forever and an understanding gained through experience that I’m sincerely grateful for.

Fiona Dickson – 2030 Leaders participant, 2017

Find out more about 2030 Leaders or apply HERE.

Unleashed Women is BACK!

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We’re proud to launch Unleashed Women for 2017. It’s back bigger and better – and truly global, with women joining from the US, UK, New Zealand, Europe and more!

This powerful global movement empowers women to end hunger – will you join us? Together with you, we believe we can achieve our goal of raising $200,000 reaching 160,000 women to end hunger and poverty in their communities.

In the words of The Hunger Project Australia’s CEO Melanie Noden, “Unleashed Women is a movement for women like you who are bold and dream big; who want to be part of a collective of like minded and like hearted women; and who care about making a positive impact on the world. As an Unleashed Woman, you are a global citizen who stands for a brighter future for women everywhere”.

Does this sound like you? Simply click here to join today.

We’ll be here standing alongside you as you unleash your potential to make a difference in the world!

#UnleashedWomen #TheHungerProject

Roger Massy-Greene announced as new Global Board Member

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Roger Massy-Greene, long time The Hunger Project Australia National Board member and investor, has been appointed as a new member of The Hunger Project’s Global Board of Directors.

Sheree Stomberg, Chair, The Hunger Project Governance, Nominating, and Human Resources Committee announced the appointment on 3 May 2016.

Roger has been an investor for more than a decade and has been a member of The Hunger Project board in Australia since 2010.  He currently serves as Chair of two publicly held electricity utilities in New South Wales, Australia. He was previously the Chair of Networks NSW, a joint venture entity that managed the three electricity distribution networks in that state. Roger is a director of OneVentures Pty Ltd, a technology venture firm. He co-founded the ASX 200 company, Excel Coal Limited and was its Chairman until its acquisition by Peabody Energy in 2006. He previously worked for Bank of America and for Rio Tinto plc.

Roger also serves as Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Sydney Advisory Board and of Eureka Benevolent Foundation (EBF), a family foundation focused on social justice issues. EBF has been The Hunger Project’s funding partner for the Champiti Epicentre in Malawi since its inception. He is the Deputy President of Cranbrook School in Sydney. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Already a vital member The Hunger Project family, Roger has been instrumental in supporting the dynamic growth trajectory of The Hunger Project Australia. We now welcome his leadership as a member of our Global Board.