The Sarojini Naidu Prize is awarded annually to three Indian journalists for exceptional reporting on women in local government. After reviewing 900 entries, the jury has announced this year's winners, who will receive their awards at a ceremony on October 2.
About 400 children gathered for an art competition organized by member organizations of the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, including The Hunger Project, which serves as the secretariat. This year's theme was "Let every girl child grow up in a safe and fun-filled environment."
We are delighted to announce that The Hunger Project's 2009 Fall Event will feature renowned author and philosopher, Peter Singer. With Prof. Singer's most recent book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, he hopes to change our worldwide culture of giving.
At the end of August, the Government of India made an important decision moving toward an increase in the reservation of seats in village councils for women from one-third to 50 percent across the country. "This is a historic moment," says Rita Sarin, Country Director of THP-India.
In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn give an overview of the many challenges women in the developing world face and highlight the opportunity of focusing on women and girls. THP is cited as an organization that promotes women as the key to ending hunger.
Oprah's Angel Network has awarded a US$50,000 grant to The Hunger Project to enhance our community mobilization and leadership programs in Uganda. These programs enable rural communities to overcome their own hunger and poverty on a sustainable basis.
THP has earned Charity Navigator's coveted four-star rating for sound fiscal management for the third year in a row. Only 12 percent of the more than 5,000 charities they rate have received at least three consecutive four-star ratings.
The Hunger Project (THP) is committed to supporting and encouraging the press to prominently report the success stories of women leaders. The deadline for 2009 submissions for THP-India's Sarojini Naidu Prize, which supports such writing, has been extended.
In late May, THP-India officially launched SUGRAMA, a federation of 5,000 elected women representatives in Karnataka. These women leaders will now have a unified platform from which to speak, and the strength and support that comes from that solidarity.
Meet Elizabeth Kalimbuka, one of THP's specialized HIV/AIDS animators who has built up a bustling business. Elizabeth is a shining star in her community and a great example of the importance of supporting HIV-positive community members.