The satisfaction that Ms. Ana Sebastiao Zitha gets from being a financially self-sufficient woman is irreplaceable. With the skills she gained from trainings at her local epicenter, Ms. Zitha learned to take control of her future. And empowerment is contagious: Ms. Zitha now makes one of her epicenter's most motivated animators, passing on what she has learned to others.
Celine Migan was struck by a debilitating injury while still a child. Too often in her society, this sort of handicap casts a dark shadow over the lives of its sufferers, robs them of their abilities, and dooms them to beg in the streets. However, with The Hunger Project in the picture, self-sufficiency and dignity are never far away. Read about how Ms. Migan works with THP-Benin's Microfinance Program to defy grim statistics and succeed every day.
At 47, Vida Osei-Boahene is discovering she has a knack for business. After suffering the ups and downs of susbsistence farming for years, THP-Ghana gave her room to grow. Several smart business moves later, today she is "so proud to say that, I have GH¢ 300 ($211) in my savings
account! I will forever remain thankful to The Hunger Project!"
Comfort Aniniwa was used to the ups and downs of subsistence farming. She was unable to picture a brighter future for herself, or her family. When THP-Ghana gave her the skills, financial freedom and encouragement to start her own business, things started looking up. Now, Miss Comfort Abena Aniniwa is becoming more "comfortable" every day - truly living up to her name!
In early March, the Indian upper legislative body passed a constitutional amendment that would require that women hold 33 percent of seats in federal and state legislative assemblies. If passed into law, this amendment would change the landscape of women's rights in India.
When access to water - a most basic human need - is obstructed, every aspect of development is sabotaged. Yet, when water flows, the effects ripple outward. Families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. THP works to empower communities to develop new water resources, ensure clean water and improved sanitation, and implement water conservation techniques.
THP partners from the community of Gute, the largest of ten villages served by the Jaldu Water Supply Project, share about the benefits they've experienced. This project was undertaken in 2008-09 in partnership with Rotary International, and provided safe drinking water to 6,000 community members in Jaldu Epicenter.
In commemoration of International Women's Day 2010, The Hunger Project-Ghana organized a National Rural Forum under the theme "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All," which was held on March 5, 2010 at the Odumase-Wawase Epicenter in Kwahu West Municipality.
The theme of International Women's Day (March 8) this year is "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All." At the heart of The Hunger Project's work is the fundamental belief that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the commitment to advance the fulfillment of these rights so people can live free from hunger and poverty.
Tarcila Rivera Zea, president of Chirapaq, The Hunger Project's partner organization in Peru, has been awarded with the Women's Order of Merit given by the Ministry of Women and Social Development in Peru in recognition of her commitment to assert and defend indigenous peoples and women's rights.