October 2008 Global Update


Our 2008 Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger Gala Award Ceremony is almost upon us! We should all be proud to have before us such an amazing group of finalists for this year's Africa Prize.

All members of a thriving and active civil society, these women are working tirelessly and selflessly to provide opportunities to African women. Their work ensures that families are healthier, more children go to school, incomes increase and communities are self-reliant. The exceptional leadership of such women helps bring us closer to realizing the end of hunger and poverty.

Bisi Adeleye-Fayeme, Executive Director and Co-founder of the African Women's Development Fund and a leading voice in the African women's rights movement.
Christine Agnélé Mensah-Atoemne, Founder of Quaviff, a theater group designed to transform attitudes toward girls and women in Togo, and a champion for the protection of the rights of children and the elderly.
Faiza Jama Mohamed, Director of the Africa Regional Office of Equality Now and an effective champion in the struggle to halt violence against women in Africa for 20 years.

Mmatshilo Motsei, Founder of ADAPT, a nonprofit that addresses domestic violence, with a pioneering community empowerment model that involves men as part of the solution.

Janet Nkubana, Founder and President of Gahaya Links, a Rwandan handicrafts organization that gives local rural women a chance for reconciliation and empowers them to achieve economic stability.

Building collaborative partnerships with like-minded groups, such as the wonderful organizations these women represent, will be an important way forward for The Hunger Project over coming years.

We are also pleased to feature in this newsletter other partnerships we have formed as we prepare for our 2008 Africa Prize Gala Award Ceremony.

I hope many of you can join us at the upcoming event on October 18 at the New York Hilton. If you have not purchased a ticket yet, please do so! If unable to join us, we ask you to consider making a special investment in The Hunger Project in lieu of your attendance at this year's event and in honor of these amazing women leaders. Your support will help show others that civil society should be honored for its achievements.

Warm wishes,

Jill Lester
President and CEO

Young Leaders Invest in the End of Hunger

Nearly 100 corporations and foundations from nine countries fund our work. Many of them are joining us at, and sponsoring tables for, the Africa Prize event. One such foundation is FeelGood, a student-run, nonprofit that sells gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on college campuses and invests the proceeds in The Hunger Project. FeelGood uses this initial foothold with students to create a culture of generosity and build a mass movement of social change among the leaders of tomorrow. FeelGood raised nearly $40,000 for The Hunger Project in 2008 and is bringing 75 representatives to the Africa Prize Gala!

Portrait Painter Promotes Self-reliance

Our gala event will feature portrait paintings by Stephen Bennett. Stephen founded Faces of the World, an organization committed to preserving the heritage of indigenous peoples and empowering them through art, education and cultural exchange. Faces of the World facilitates art workshops for thousands of children teaching self-reliance and pride in their heritage.

African Entertainment

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Harambee Dance Company, based out of New York. Harambee means "let us pull together" in Swahili, and the dance company believes in offering audiences experiences designed to strengthen social connections and responsibility. The headline entertainment will be provided by Angelique Kidjo, 2008 Grammy Award-winning artist from Benin, who is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Centerpieces that Empower Women

Our centerpieces from the event come from Baskets of Africa, a company that imports baskets from all over Africa in order to support the economic development of weavers, especially women. They are members of the Fair Trade Federation, an organization that shares a strong belief that indigenous people around the world should be compensated fairly for their work.

The Hunger Project Launches a New Website

Our new website is designed in a fresh, streamlined style to help us reach out to new audiences and effectively communicate The Hunger Project's unique approach to ending hunger and poverty. I hope you will enjoy browsing our site!