A Hunger Project staff person and investor shares her experiences on a recent Investor Leadership Trip to Ghana. In the words of one investor, "THP and the epicenters shifted from a distant concept to something I now have inside of me. I got my heart filled with this trip and it will stay with me forever."
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Mary Ellen McNish has been appointed President and CEO of The Hunger Project. Mary Ellen joins THP after serving 10 years as General Secretary, the executive head, of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Idrissa Dicko has been appointed the new Vice President of Africa Programs at The Hunger Project, following the retirement of Dr. Fitigu Tadesse. Dr. Dicko has been a treasured THP team member for the last 14 years as Country Director in Burkina Faso.
It is with great appreciation and esteem that we announce that Dr. Fitigu Tadesse will officially retire at the end of July 2010. Dr. Tadesse has had a stellar career with The Hunger Project for more than 20 years. He led the implementation of our first on-the-ground work on the African continent and is the architect of our Epicenter Strategy.
Lorena Vázquez Ordaz, Country Director of THP-Mexico, is serving on the Technical Board of an historic initiative in the country of Mexico: "Iniciativa México." She represents THP-Mexico as one of only three NGOs on the Board. The initiative was launched live on TV and radio on Monday, June 7 throughout the country.
In May 2010, women leaders from across Bangladesh participated in the Third Women's Convention of The Hunger Project-Bangladesh's Unleashed Women Network. They celebrated their many achievements which included stopping 645 early marriages, testing 13,357 tube wells for arsenic and building sanitary latrines for 7,445 families.
The ultimate objective of The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program is to gain government recognition and operate as a licensed saving and credit cooperative (SACCO or Rural Bank). Owned entirely by community members, the Rural Bank then provides the entire epicenter community with sustainable access to savings and loan facilities. We are proud to congratulate THP-Ethiopia's latest SACCO at Jaldu Epicenter: the Gudatu SACCO.
The Hunger Project's partners at the Zuza Epicenter in Mozambique are the first of all our epicenters to embrace solar energy as a clean, renewable source of electricity for their epicenter and water system.