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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.
On June 25, 2014, it was announced that The Hunger Project-Sweden, together with the organizations Crossing Borders and Plan Sweden, was awarded 7 million Swedish krona (USD 1.02 million) from the Postcode Lottery to create the Girl Platform. Postcode Lottery is a lottery designed to raise funds for organizations "that work for a better world" and is a key part of The Hunger Project-Sweden's investor family. The project is a part of the Postcode Lottery’s special campaign “Sweden - for diversity and tolerance.” Last year, nine projects shared 60 million Swedish krona (USD 8.8 million) for increased diversity and tolerance in Sweden. This year the Postcode Lottery rewarded 10 new projects, including The Hunger Project-Sweden's Girl Platform.
What is the Girl Platform?
There are many initiatives and organizations working to improve and strengthen girls' position in society. The Girl Platform is designed to serve as a meeting place for everyone in Sweden who works for the rights of girls and creates a platform to discuss maintaining momentum and building lasting change, both locally and globally. The platform should be an inclusive meeting place for anyone who wants to be part of creating an equal society. The platform creates an arena for the exchange of experiences and enables participants to learn from each other. The project will run for three years with the goal of the Girl Platform living on after the project period has expired. The partnership will be launched on October 11, 2014 for International Day of the Girl.
Gender equality and equal value for all human beings have always been two of the Hunger Project's primary tools for ending hunger and poverty in the world. In 2000 the Hunger Project in Bangladesh started a network of organizations to celebrate and recognize National Girl Child Day, a day which annually mobilizes tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh at events focused on ending all forms of discrimination against girls. Today The Hunger Project collaborates with local authorities and various local organizations in all Program Countries to prioritize girls' rights and now we want to do this in Sweden. The work our partners do in Africa, Asia and Latin America has been a great inspiration to Sweden when applying for this grant!
For more questions kindly contact Magdalena Jennstål, Fundraiser for The Hunger Project-Sweden.
I am Sankara Saidou. I am fifty-two years old and the father of twelve children. The village of Singdin, located three kilometers from Boulkon Epicenter in Burkina, is my home. I raise livestock (goats, sheep, chickens and oxen) and farm for a living.
My involvement with the epicenter began in 2009. It is here where I received training in organic manure production. I have since put this knowledge into practice and can speak to the benefits it has had on my sorghum (a type of grain) field:
- The plants are more resistant to droughts and the physical qualities of the soil have improved.
- The farming operations were also very easy, and the physiological condition of the plants has been better.
- I have noticed that my field with organic manure yields twice the amount than my other field without organic manure.
- The excess fodder allows me to feed my animals, but also use a portion of it for composting.I have been able to harvest twice the amount of cereal crops with the use of organic manure. Making the months of July, August, and September easier.
I thank The Hunger Project for introducing us to new agricultural practices. These practices have enabled our community to increase agricultural production and improve our own food security.
The collaboration between both agencies was designed to contribute to the sustainable and balanced development of local communities in Burkina Faso, so that people may live a fulfilling life and are autonomous and responsible for their own development.
Through its partnership with the Ministry of Decentralization, The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso will implement programs in community organizing, food security, health and nutrition, environment, renewable energy, water and sanitation, microfinance, education and literacy. The aim of these programs is to strengthen decentralization and ownership by rural communities.
Through the new partnership, the Ministry of Decentralization will register The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso as an authorized implementing partner to seek funding from the municipal and regional planning departments. Additionally, the Ministry will include The Hunger Project in consultation frameworks seeking funding for community projects in Burkina Faso.
The MoU also stipulates strengthening the capacity of local elected officials and implementing formal partnerships with local authorities.
The Hunger Project’s collaboration with the Ministry of Decentralization created an invitation to present the Epicenter Strategy at a workshop for the working group on Local Development and Decentralization for the general assembly of NGOs in Burkina Faso. Representatives from The Permanent Secretariat of the National Policy of Good Governance, World Bank, European Union, KfW, and other NGOs attended the workshop. The Epicenter Strategy was presented as an example of a "Best Practice" in decentralization. The Hunger Project was also invited to lead the working group!
Throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America, Hunger Project programs operate in rural and sometimes remote communities. Since we began monitoring programs using cutting-edge mobile technology, areas without internet connection have posed a challenge for our committed Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team.
Partners in San Luis Potosí have identified what they want to change in their community, and they are making it happen.
The Hunger Project-Mexico facilitated Vision, Commitment, Action workshops through which partners developed four solid priorities to improve their community:
Vision 1: Food security
Vision 2: Adequate and sustainable sanitation
Vision 3: Safe stoves
Vision 4: Adequate housing
To address their first Vision, community members partnered with two Mexican Government bodies, the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) and the Strategic Project for Food Security Mexico (PESA), to plant organic and diversified family gardens. They have also started a seed bank of affordable and native seeds. The community has since yielded multiple successful harvests leading to local sales and crop exchanges within their community.
Learning from these fruitful partnerships, The Hunger Project-Mexico also helped identify local authorities in the village of Tampamolón Corona, such as municipal presidents and SEDESOL representatives, to support progress on community members’ second Vision: Adequate and Sustainable Sanitation. Community members presented their vision to the local authorities, and delineated the plan to acquire eco-friendly and adequate bathrooms using composting toilets. Impressed by the community initiative and convinced of the importance of achieving their vision for their community, local authorities pledged their support of the project despite not having the financial resources. The government had allocated resources for sanitation according to what the national level dictates; San Luis Potosí partnerships are demonstrating that the communities can shape their own paths.
San Luis Potosí community partners are committed to making their community what they want it to be, and they’ve decided such an endeavor cannot be done alone. But they no longer are depending on partnerships as ways to merely receive aid. They are shaping their partnerships themselves, and are on their way to improving the lives of their families and their whole community.
Traditional stoves in the villages where we work in Mexico fill houses with smoke that the whole family breathes in, creating poor health conditions from poor air quality. Traditional stoves also consume a lot of wood, which is oftentimes difficult for our partners to find. The Hunger Project-Mexico recently launched a "clean stoves" or "green stoves" program, an initiative derived from 2013 pilot project with partner Water for Humans.
The clean stoves are designed to remove smoke from the house, having a positive impact on the health of our partners. They also allow our partners to cook faster and save time. The clean stoves save wood too, which generates a positive impact on the environment through the reduction of firewood use and burning of greenhouse gases.
The clean stove program is being implemented in four communities within the Mazateca region in Mexico. These communities were involved in the process of fundraising, planning and construction. Water for Humans trained promoters on how to build and fix the clean stoves, keeping expertise and knowledge in the region. A video (in Spanish) features more information about the clean stoves.
- Check out an overview of The Hunger Project-Mexico's work
- [VIDEO] Rainwater Harvesting in Oaxaca, Mexico
In a great partnership between The Hunger Project-Sweden and The Hunger Project-Malawi, a team of visitors from PostCode Lottery visited Kachindamoto Epicenter in Malawi last month. PostCode Lottery, a lottery designed to raise funds for organizations "who work for a better world," is a key part of The Hunger Project's investor family in Sweden.
Country Director of The Hunger Project-Malawi, Rowlands Kaotcha reported that the PostCode Lottery team visited community partners' households that are participating in the Microfinance Program. These Hunger Project partners were able to show PostCode Lottery their renovated homes with furniture and explain their investments in food production and security, including the purchase of their livestock.
Community partners also explained how their children were being sent to school with no problems, they have expanded their businesses and have created household savings through the Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) at the epicenter, as well as the commercial bank.
Next, the PostCode Lottery team visited another food secure household, met with epicenter leaders and toured the epicenter infrastructure. At lunch, the PostCode Lottery team were taught how to eat without utensils by community partners. The epicenter community gave PostCode Lottery three shields as gifts (see photograph above) and the PostCode Lottery team provided the epicenter nursery school with toys for the children to play with.
A video crew joined the PostCode Lottery team of four to collect footage for a documentary. According to Rowlands Kaotcha, one of the team members from PostCode Lottery shared that the Epicenter Strategy is an excellent way to end hunger and poverty because it empowers people and The Hunger Project does not give our community partners handouts. In their own words they said, "we will now be ambassadors of The Hunger Project."