In the Spirit of Earth Day, Join Live Below the Line!

April 24, 2014 by Lindsay McNamara
In the Spirit of Earth Day, Join Live Below the Line!

Each year, Earth Day calls for global citizens to examine their impact on the environment and learn new (or more) ways to be environmentally friendly. Here at The Hunger Project, we believe everything is connected and that — hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of factors including decent work, health, education, environmental protection and social justice — only in solving these together will any of these issues be resolved on a sustainable basis. We must work tirelessly to empower women and promote gender equality, healthy nutrition for children around the world and hold our governments accountable to protect the environment.

To understand this holistic approach a bit more, I began to think about The Hunger Project’s recent partnership with the Global Poverty Project on a campaign called Live Below the Line. After taking a depth breath, I decided to join the Live Below the Line challenge.

I am standing with thousands of people around the world who are taking the Live Below the Line challenge to raise funds and awareness for the 1.2 billion people in our world who live in extreme poverty.

From April 28May 2, join me in spending $1.50 a day on food and beverage for 5 days to change the way people think about extreme poverty – all while supporting The Hunger Project’s work in villages worldwide.

I want to experience what it is like to live in poverty and the choices (or lack thereof) my fellow human beings on the other side of the globe (and right here in New York City) make every day.

I recycle; even separate my bottles and cans from paper and cardboard. I don’t drink bottled water. I take public transportation to work. I bring my canvas bags to the grocery store. I try not to consume too much. These small actions pale in comparison to the reduction my carbon footprint will have as I try to eat and drink on $1.50 a day for five days. My fellow environmentalists, I encourage you to Live Below the Line with me and take a hard look at all that you consume in five days.

If you had the opportunity or the chance to change the world and be a part of the Live Below the Line dialogue, to see yourself as a member of the planet as a whole, would you take it?

How can you get involved?

All Politics is Local: Building Grassroots Democracy from the Bottom Up

January 29, 2014 by John Coonrod
All Politics is Local: Building Grassroots Democracy from the Bottom Up with participatory local democracy.
The old saying that “All politics is local” is especially true when it comes to overcoming poverty and hunger. Actually getting basic public services to work requires good local government. Learn why we've prioritized work with local government.

Ten Ways to Fight Hunger and Poverty

January 28, 2014 by Sara D Wilson
Ten Ways to Fight Hunger and Poverty Every Day with The Hunger Project
Looking for ways to get involved with The Hunger Project? Here are a few easy ways to shop, search, share, design, volunteer, dine and even game for a purpose! Join us today and every day in empowering people around the world to end hunger and poverty.

2014: A Great Year in the Making

January 13, 2014 by Sara D Wilson
2014: A Great Year in the Making at The Hunger Project!
In 2013, The Hunger Project joined the world community in declaring that the end of chronic hunger is possible by the year 2030. With your support we look forward to making this a reality. Keep the momentum going and get the word out about the issues you care about all year long!

2013 Human Rights Day and Action Against Gender-Based Violence

December 10, 2013 by Sara D Wilson
Celebrating 2013 Human Rights Day and Action Against Gender-Based Violence
As Human Rights Day comes to a close, it also concludes the nation wide initiative known as 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Our colleagues in India bring us this report of their 16 Days activities.

Information is Progress: Visits to Chirapaq Communities

December 6, 2013 by Bridget Barry
Information is Progress: Visits to Chirapaq Communities
"After meeting with the Organization of Indigenous Women of Laramate leaders in Lima at the World Conference of Indigenous Women, a declaration they made stuck with me as we drove 10 hours to their mountainous villages: 'An informed community is one that progresses.'" Hunger Project staff member Bridget Barry brings us this field report of her visit to indigenous communities in Peru.

Get Out the Give on #GivingTuesday!

November 25, 2013 by Sara D Wilson
Give the gift of empowerment this #GivingTuesday!
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. #GivingTuesday celebrates giving by continuing a conversation about ways to give more, give smarter, and put personal philanthropy back into the giving season.

The Best Investment Against Violence

November 25, 2013 by Sara D Wilson
Nov 25 is Intl Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Say no to violence!
Read this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women statement by Peruvian activist and Hunger Project leader, Tarcila Rivera Zea. Violence comes in all forms -- now is the time to take a stand against all of it.

Reuniting with Mudderakka

November 12, 2013 by Sara D Wilson
Reuniting with Mudderakka -- An elected women leader 13 years later and still changing lives.
In 2000, The Hunger Project's Annual Fall Gala launched a formal prioritization of Elected Women Representatives in India. That evening, we were honored to hear from one such empowered leader named Mudderakka who amazed all in attendance with her story of strength and resourcefulness. Thirteen years later, we reunite with the incredible Mudderakka.

Microfinance Program Staff Journal Entry: Afro-Optimism

September 26, 2013 by Marina Litvinsky
Sonia Rahal MFP Africa 2
Senior Microfinance Program Officer Sonia Rahal recently joined The Hunger Project and submits this journal entry about her first experience meeting colleagues and program partners in Africa. She responds directly to those who are pessimistic about African development and contends: “…the possibilities [in Africa] are indefinitely greater than what we can imagine.” Read Sonia’s entry.
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