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.
Mrs. Bassine Kane has seven children and is the Chair of the Ndiollofen Village Women's Organization in The Hunger Project's Sam Contor Epicenter in Senegal. The results she achieved through her bio sorrel (organic hibiscus) farm helped to influence the local authorities' commitment to award land to other village women's organizations and increased women's access to fertile land.
A young indigenous woman in Peru follows her mother's footsteps as a member of an association of rural women in her community. Through her participation with Chirapaq, THP's partner in Peru, Luz Angelica learns about women's land rights and is able to interact with young indigenous leaders from other countries.
Fayise Dhaabaa is climbing the ladder out of poverty, one rung at a time. Loans from the Microfinance Program at her local epicenter gave her the chance to earn additional income to support her family. Now, after a series of small, smart investments, Fayise's financial future looks brighter than ever, and her whole family is reaping the benefits.