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A message from our CEO

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To our valued partners in the end of hunger,

There always seems to be so much to celebrate within The Hunger Project community! I am thrilled to share this newsletter with you; it is packed full of acknowledgement and achievements. Rumi’s story in particular brought tears to my eyes to hear her and her friends’ strength and determination. You will also read an inspiring story from Ivan Halbert with whom I had the privilege to have lunch recently in Perth – his unwavering commitment to the end of hunger over 20 years is amazing.

I’m also excited to tell you that the Mpingo Epicentre  reaching 9,465 people in Malawi has just reached Self-Reliance. I went with a group of Australian leaders and investors to Malawi recently, and we were fortunate to be part of the celebrations with the Mpingo community. The Massy-Greene family and the Eureka Benevolent Foundation from Sydney generously funded the last few years to Self-Reliance. That very same family foundation continues their generous investment in the end of hunger, this time in the Pemba Epicentre community in Malawi, where THP began work just 2 months ago. As a result, the future of the people in Mpingo and Pemba will look dramatically different to their past. This is just extraordinary.

I would also like to highlight the power of our partnerships with Australian businesses – in particular DECJUBA, MECCA, Camilla and Hey Tiger. All four businesses are led by incredibly empowered women entrepreneurs who are passionate about advocating for the empowerment of women, both in Australia and globally. The beauty of these partnerships is the opportunity they provide us to engage new groups of people – particularly via DECJUBA’s THP tshirts and Fearless campaign marking their 10th anniversary, MECCA’s limited edition THP product for International Women’s Day, Camilla’s The Butterfly Effect initiative, and Hey Tiger’s launch. These partnerships enable us to expand and grow our community.

Thank you for your commitment and generosity. With you, we are enabling people to transform their lives.

Yours in ending hunger,

Melanie Noden

CEO, The Hunger Project Australia

Photo: Melanie Noden pictured in Senegal with young girls who are living in a self-reliant community and are growing up with a brighter future ahead of them.

Read on about the latest results from The Hunger Project’s work in Bangladesh: 

Mpingo Epicentre makes history

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The Hunger Project’s Mpingo Epicentre community is the third community in Malawi to reach self-reliance. What’s most exciting about this news is that all three of these communities in Malawi have been funded by Australians.

The 11,835 people of Mpingo have partnered with The Hunger Project since 2003 – and with the Eureka Benevolent Foundation since 2015.

There are 3 criteria an Epicentre must achieve in order to be declared self-reliant. Mpingo has achieved all three of them with flying colours:

1) The first criteria required is to have legal recognition as a community development organisation in their own right (separate to The Hunger Project).

2) The second criteria required is a title deed for the property on which the Epicentre building is constructed.

3) The third criteria required is to have a minimum self-reliance score of 80% based on their achievements on 53 measures.

Their future: As a result, the community declared themselves self-reliant, and Then Hunger Project is able to withdraw – and focus our attention on bringing other communities to self-reliance.

Results at Mpingo

Since reaching self-reliance Mpingo has achieved some amazing results across the board in terms of health, education and community engagement.

95% of births are attended by a licensed health care professional.

94% of households have at least one literate person.

90% of farmers are using improved farming methods.

88% of individuals are aware of their HIV status.

84% of children age 4 to 18 are attending school.

84% of individuals now believe they have the ability to implement change.

You can read more about the Mpingo Epicentre and much more in our 2017 Annual Report.