January 2009 eNewsletter: Rural Women Creating a Better Future


Dear Friends,

This time of year is when we contemplate changes to improve our health, careers or relationships and for some of us, even ways to improve our community and our world. For people living in hunger and poverty, just surviving is a daily struggle, let alone making improvements that benefit the wider community.

Village leaders throughout the developing world are taking courageous actions everyday. They are not only meeting their basic needs and supporting their families, they are also working to create a better future for all. I encourage you to learn more about these heroes, whose knowledge and abilities have been unlocked with the support of Hunger Project programs. I am certain that their ingenuity and resolve will serve as an inspiration as you make your resolutions for 2009.

The month of December saw significant achievements for The Hunger Project in developing new partnerships, some of which are outlined below. With courage and resilience, our staff, investors and, especially, our sisters and brothers in the developing world have made tremendous strides in 2008. This gives us a firm foundation on which to launch into this challenging year, with momentum, commitment and the undeniable recognition that together, we can achieve our goals

I look forward to your continued partnership as we work steadfastly for the end of hunger and poverty. My best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2009.

Jill Lester
President and CEO

Netherlands Family Foundation Invests in India

Ribbink van den Hoek Foundation will provide €627,000 (US$800,000+) over five years for The Hunger Project-India's work in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The funds will support our work to empower elected women representatives through our Women's Leadership Workshops, federation building, pre-election campaigns and media work.

Government Funds Literacy Centers in Burkina Faso

The Minister of Literacy announced in December that it will fund 96 Hunger Project literacy centers in four epicenters in the amount of US$82,000, enabling us to provide literacy classes to an additional 2,880 partners in 2009. This is just one example of the funding partnerships that were put in place throughout our Program Countries in 2008, from national governments, bilateral aid agencies like the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and other international organizations like the Ford Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund. See a full list of partner organizations.

Celebrating Cecilia Loría Saviñon

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Cecilia Loría Saviñon, a former member of our Global Board of Directors.

Read our full statement.

Making a Difference

Linda Asantewa is a 52-year-old single mother in Ghana. She is a Hunger Project HIV/AIDS educator, an adult literacy facilitator, and she is training other women to gain skills in soap and cosmetics production.

Read about other women who are creating a better future for all.