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The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. We work in 11 countries in Africa, South Asia and Latin America to develop effective, bottom-up strategies to end hunger and poverty.
World Hunger Day (May 28) was launched by The Hunger Project-UK in 2011 to inspire people around the world to join together in solidarity to support all of those working to end their own hunger and poverty and make the journey to self-reliance. We’ve seen massive response over the last two years, including a 5,000-person concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and dozens of organizations taking up the cause.
We hope that World Hunger Day will encourage even more people and organizations to work in partnership with one another and with the women, men and children in the developing world who seek to bring about a sustainable end to their own hunger and poverty. Read more about the purpose of World Hunger Day.
This year, The Global Hunger Project family is celebrating World Hunger Day with the release of the single of One World, One Song. Following its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012, we will release this very special ‘We Sing, You Sing’ charity single, featuring Dionne Warwick, Joe McElderry and more of the original cast, with a twist! Not only will you be able to purchase a spectacular recording of the song to listen to (with all proceeds invested in The Hunger Project), but you will also be able to join in and create your own version of the song! Get involved now.
Also happening on World Hunger Day 2013: THP-UK has created a cross-curricular schools project based around the song and its meaning. Find out more. And, THP-UK is also hosting an exciting series of intimate live concert events in central London on May 26, 27, and 28.
How many hungry people are there in the world and is the number going down? What effect does hunger have on children and what can we do to help them? Here are 10 facts that go some way to explaining why hunger is the single biggest solvable problem facing the world today.
Gudatu Saving and Credit Cooperative (SACCO), or rural bank, of The Hunger Project's Jaldu Epicenter in Ethiopia has been awarded two cups and certificates for its outstanding work in mobilizing the highest number of women members and the highest saving amounts among other SACCOs at the regional and federal levels.
The awards were handed over to the SACCO chairperson, Mrs. Ayantu Dube, by Mr. Alemayehu Atomsa, Oromia Adiminstrative Region President, on February 28, 2013 at Adam City and by Mr. Hailemariam Desaleny, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on March 2, 2013 at Bahir Dar City, respectively.
The initial certificate award was prepared by the Oromia Regional Government Agricultural and Rural Development office on the occasion of the 6th Regional Farmers and Agro Pastoralists Festival celebration at Adama City. Following this, as the first of three SACCOs elected from the region, the Gudatu SACCO received its second award at Bahir Dar City on a similar occasion celebrated at the federal level. The certificate stated that the SACCO "is awarded for having contributed a lot in realizing the agricultural and rural development policy and strategy to enhance the agricultural production and productivity and for their active contribution in implementing the five years Growth & Transformation Plan."
Both events were covered on regional and national radio and television programs.
Gudatu SACCO was the first certified SACCO among the six epicenters established by The Hunger Project in Ethiopia. Jaldu Epicenter began its activities in 2005 and since, the Microfinance Program (MFP) has been working to promote savings and credit activities among the epicenter community towards their effort for self-reliance.
In implementing the program, THP-Ethiopia has supported the community by providing initial seed capital. The program creates better opportunities, especially for women, as they engage in capacity building training, mobilize saving and access loans to engage in income-generating activities. Later on, with the objective of establishing a sustainable microfinance system in the community, the program was transformed to a SACCO in June 2009 and certified by the zonal cooperative promotion office with the name "Gudatu SACCO."
Currently, the SACCO has 1,330 members of which 934 are women. As of the end of 2012, the members had mobilized and deposited a total of birr 223,539 (approximately US$12,000) in their savings accounts.
- Learn more about The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program in Africa.
- Learn more about our work in Ethiopia.
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