World AIDS Day 2009 is being commemorated under the theme of "Universal Access and Human Rights." The Hunger Project's integrated development approach, which includes our response to HIV/AIDS, is based on a fundamental regard for human rights. To date, 880,000 people have taken our HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop.
Young volunteers from all over Bangladesh came together near Dhaka in November to take part in a leadership training, planned by the British Council. They developed the tools to inspire action in their communities and gain a new awareness of the importance of citizenship.
When Awa Ndiaye took out a loan from The Hunger Project-Senegal's Microfinance Program, she was interested in developing a small vegetable trade. Not only did her venture succeed, but in the process, she ended up changing the way many women did business in her village.
It is estimated that at least one out of every three women worldwide have at some point suffered some type of physical or sexual abuse. Violence against girls and women is one of the most virulent and widespread violations of human rights in the world. Read about THP partner, Derare Hirpha, who, with the support of The Hunger Project, was able to persevere and create the life she wanted for herself and her family.
One unfortunate event after another left Jesmeen drained of assets, deprived of a loved one, and with little prospect for improvement. Still, she never gave up hope for a better future. With the help of THP-Bangladesh, Jesmeen conceived a new vision for her life and gained the skills to put it into action.
A Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop with THP-Mexico affected the life of Raquel García Vidaña and those of her fellow community members forever. She discovered a remarkable capacity for change within herself, saying, "It is never too late! It is possible to improve and we are doing it!"
Munanukye Venance began a small venture in animal husbandry, after attending THP-Uganda trainings in 2004. Today his clever business sense has made the diverse and sustainable enterprise a success. He stands as an outstanding example for his community.