As many of you know, the Bolivian people are facing the enormous challenge of forging themselves as a multicultural democracy. These include: drafting a new constitution which will ensure rights of all citizens and establishing ways for all citizens to benefit equitably from the country's natural resources.
The community leaders we are honoring at the 2008 Africa Prize event are members of a global civil society that is building a better future for all of humanity. The Hunger Project and our partners around the world are also members of that civil society. This newsletter includes highlights from some of these partners, who are creating a world where all people have the opportunity to claim their right to self-reliance, dignity and social justice.
This publication is a compilation of the profiles of 51 women leaders who represent the one million elected women leaders in Panchayats who struggle every day to change the development agenda of their villages.
Hunger is back on the world’s agenda. The rising cost of nearly every
staple food, from wheat and maize to soy and rice, has caused food
riots to break out in countries such as Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt,
the Philippines and Indonesia.
Lalita served on staff of The Hunger Project-India for 17 years, and prior to that she made a career for herself as a teacher of Mathematics and Geography. Lalita played many roles for a lot of us - a mother, mentor, friend, colleague, confidante, fundraiser..... And she leaves her legacy in the many women, men and children you invest in in India and everywhere.
Throughout the developing world, people at the local level are struggling to meet their basic needs. Does our community have access to clean water? Is there a health clinic nearby where I can take my sick child?