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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.
The Hunger Project mourns the passing of the greatest leader of our era - Nelson Mandela. President Mandela was the father of South Africa's freedom and a beacon of hope to his nation, his continent and our world. He received The Hunger Project's 1994 Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger at a ceremony with President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, and was married to our 1992 Africa Prize laureate Graça Machel.
In part of his address at our award ceremony, President Mandela included a paragraph very pertinent to our world today:
"There is conflict in many parts of the world, and many people have asked us, How is it that in your country which was divided from top to bottom by racial tensions and conflict has managed to bring the masses of the people together, former enemies? One of the principles which leaders in such a situation should observe in assessing whether we should work with our former enemies is the sacred principle, that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall. It has been said that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying. And that opens the possibility for all of us to strive to be saints."
He concluded his remarks to this mostly American audience, saying:
"I love each and every one of you. You are my brothers and sisters. You are my children, my grandchildren. I sincerely wish I was carrying big pockets with me that I could put all of you in my pocket and take you back to South Africa. You are citizens of the most powerful state in the world. You have a dynamic and highly competent President. You are poised to play a decisive role in world affairs, and in helping the developing countries. I have no doubt that you will live up to expectations. May God bless you and your future endeavors."
As we celebrate World AIDS Day December 1, we are happy to report some good news: the rate of HIV infection is declining! Worldwide, 2.3 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2012, down from 3.4 million in 2001. However, there is still an alarming number of people, 35.3 million, living with HIV.
Developing regions account for the highest rates of infection, with sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for over 70 percent of new infections and nearly 25 million of the total number of people living with the virus worldwide. In Uganda, for example, the prevalence of HIV has increased, and it remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the country. Forty-five percent of the two million orphans are HIV/AIDS related. HIV/AIDS is killing farmers, teachers and health workers, and negatively affecting food production, life expectancies and infant mortality rates.
With educational sessions in rural communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and empowers people to overcome the unwarranted stigma around it. As a result, people from rural communities are more confident to undergo voluntary counseling and testing (VCT).
Our partner countries across Africa have made a firm commitment to prevent and put an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, in 2003 The Hunger Project launched HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have perpetuated HIV/AIDS. To date, more than 1.1 million people have attended these workshops.
Women in Malawi are empowered to take control of their sexual and reproductive health with the distribution of female condoms at epicenter health centers.
In the Southern region of Ethiopia, around Enemore, Mekan and Wurib Epicenters, the decision of the communities to do pre-marriage HIV/AIDS tests by prospective spouses has reportedly made a significant contribution in controlling the spread of the virus. THP-Ethiopia also assists the health center within the epicenters to conduct VCTs and other HIV/AIDS activities.
In Uganda, The Hunger Project trains specialized volunteer “HIV Animators” in each epicenter who conduct workshops that engage both women and men in learning about facts of HIV/AIDS and the role of gender inequality in fueling the pandemic.
THP-Ghana has been implementing a Gender Inequality and HIV/AIDS project. The major focus has been on awareness creation to change socio-cultural practices and the negative perceptions that promote the spread of the disease. The project includes three major thematic areas: prevention and behavior Change, abstinence and protection (condom use). A series of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) exercises have also been organized under the “Know Your Status” campaign.
In Malawi, a special Microfinance Program aims specifically at empowering often ostracized HIV-positive partners. While many NGOs do not provide loans to HIV-positive people out of fear that they will die before loans are repaid, THP acts differently. THP believes that all people have the right to access resources that can help them live better and more independent lives. With access to loans, people living with HIV/AIDS can, and do, improve their lives.
- Reducing Stigma of HIV in Uganda
- HIV/AIDS and Gender
- Blog:The Importance of Scaling-up HIV/AIDS Awareness
- Issues: HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases
The retail sector has benefited for years from coordinating national shopping days around the holidays. Everyone knows “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.” But this year, for the second year in a row, something unique will take place on December 3, 2013: #GivingTuesday.
Our hearts are with the people of the Philippines – the victims, their families, the displaced – as they face the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, as well as with those in other parts of Asia who are now facing the storm.
The Hunger Project is not a disaster response organization and does not have programs in the area. Several of our fellow InterAction member organizations are working to respond in this time of crisis. Please visit InterAction’s page to support such work.
The Hunger Project has received the 2013 One Wish Award, the annual prize inaugurated by Innovation Pioneers recognizing the use of innovation in achieving outstanding results at Innovation Pioneers’ Innovation in Action symposium in Stockholm.
We were recognized for our “exceptional ideas and outstanding actions” in implementing empowering, people-centered solutions.
The Hunger Project is a proud, founding member of InterAction, an alliance of more than 180 US-based nongovernmental organizations working in international relief and development. InterAction serves as a convener, thought leader and voice of our community. It hosts a variety of working groups focusing collective action on issues, and The Hunger Project participates in groups on health, nutrition, food security (for which we serve as co-chair), gender, the Post-2015 development agenda and relations with USAID.
In 1979, The Hunger Project launched a campaign to mobilize a global response to famine in Cambodia and, in doing so, discovered a profound lack of coordination. An alliance was clearly missing. The Hunger Project convened a symposium in 1980 with the purpose of organizing a community of hunger-response organizations. A small, development-focused network was created, called PAID, and by October 1984, as The Hunger Project was mobilizing action for African famine relief, PAID (Private Agencies in Development) and a refugee-oriented network known as ACVA (American Council for Voluntary Agencies) merged to form InterAction.
InterAction holds an annual Forum, which serves as a catalyst for transformative changes within the NGO community. These have included the shift from a "helping" to "partnership" mindset, speaking with one voice against apartheid, strengthening alliances among African NGOs, setting increasingly high standards of integrity for member agencies and promoting principles of development effectiveness.
The Hunger Project has also participated in InterAction’s Food Security Aid Map, where you can see photos and descriptions of Hunger Project (and many other organizations’) food security programs by searching geographically.