In the Spirit of Earth Day, Join Live Below the Line!

April 24, 2014 by Lindsay McNamara
In the Spirit of Earth Day, Join Live Below the Line!

Each year, Earth Day calls for global citizens to examine their impact on the environment and learn new (or more) ways to be environmentally friendly. Here at The Hunger Project, we believe everything is connected and that — hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of factors including decent work, health, education, environmental protection and social justice — only in solving these together will any of these issues be resolved on a sustainable basis. We must work tirelessly to empower women and promote gender equality, healthy nutrition for children around the world and hold our governments accountable to protect the environment.

To understand this holistic approach a bit more, I began to think about The Hunger Project’s recent partnership with the Global Poverty Project on a campaign called Live Below the Line. After taking a depth breath, I decided to join the Live Below the Line challenge.

I am standing with thousands of people around the world who are taking the Live Below the Line challenge to raise funds and awareness for the 1.2 billion people in our world who live in extreme poverty.

From April 28May 2, join me in spending $1.50 a day on food and beverage for 5 days to change the way people think about extreme poverty – all while supporting The Hunger Project’s work in villages worldwide.

I want to experience what it is like to live in poverty and the choices (or lack thereof) my fellow human beings on the other side of the globe (and right here in New York City) make every day.

I recycle; even separate my bottles and cans from paper and cardboard. I don’t drink bottled water. I take public transportation to work. I bring my canvas bags to the grocery store. I try not to consume too much. These small actions pale in comparison to the reduction my carbon footprint will have as I try to eat and drink on $1.50 a day for five days. My fellow environmentalists, I encourage you to Live Below the Line with me and take a hard look at all that you consume in five days.

If you had the opportunity or the chance to change the world and be a part of the Live Below the Line dialogue, to see yourself as a member of the planet as a whole, would you take it?

How can you get involved?

World Water Day 2012: Water & Food Security

March 22, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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Today is World Water Day! In honor of this universally valuable resource join us in celebrating water and raising awareness about this year's theme of Water and Food Security. Stats, infographics and more!

Join The Hunger Project Delegation to the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

March 12, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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Announcing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for motivated, socially conscious, global citizens between the ages of 18 and 26! Apply now to join a select Hunger Project Delegation to the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago, Illinois April 23-25, 2012.

Thousand Days: Improving the Nutrition of Rural Women - CSW 56 Parallel Event

March 7, 2012 by Communications Intern
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The Hunger Project was proud to co-host a highly successful parallel event during the 56th Commission on the Status of Women this February in New York City titled “Thousand Days: Improving the Nutrition of Rural Women.” It was held in association with Franciscans International, Bread for the World, Thousand Days, Family Care International, African Methodist Episcopal Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and featured four distinguished panelists who tackled the question: why is investing in good nutrition pivotal to sustainable development?

How Will You Celebrate International Women's Day 2012?

March 7, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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This years International Women's Day theme IWD is especially close to our hearts here at The Hunger Project: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty. Read on to find out how our programs around the world are celebrating and don't forget to join us in NYC March 8!

BREAKING: Water, Poverty Millennium Development Targets Met Ahead of Schedule

March 6, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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In September 2000, the leaders of 189 nations made a commitment to achieve specific results by 2015 in eight major areas of international development, results that have come to be known as the Millennium Development Goals. Now, 12 years later, reports reveal the successful, early achievement of a target of MDG 7: Halve the proportion of people who are unable to reach or to afford safe drinking water.

A Review of Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Focusing on Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance

March 2, 2012 by Communications Intern
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The Microfinance CEO Working Group meets once a month to discuss the challenges practitioners face within the industry and to develop responses. In their latest brief, Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Focusing on Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance, they highlight three different microfinance initiatives that are aiding in the delivery of more equitable, transparent and effective microfinance services to clients in developing countries. Read on to learn more about these initiatives and how The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program is meeting these industry standards.

Tweeting the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

February 27, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
Taking place February 27 - March 9, The 56th Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the United Nations in NYC. Follow along as THP staff and like-minded organizations live-Tweet the events and join the converstaion with #CSW56 on Twitter.

Event: “A Life Free From Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition”

February 24, 2012 by Communications Intern
Around the world, 170 to 180 million children are suffering from stunting, a medical condition caused by insufficient nutritional intake. In Save the Children’s recently released report, researchers suggests that malnutrition is a key factor contributing to more than one-third of global child deaths (2.6 million) per year.

The Great Microfinance Debate

February 22, 2012 by Marie Mintalucci
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In a recent article on The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog, Claire Provost weighs in on the international development microfinance debate. She reviews a new book on the topic and comes out with questions. Our Senior Microfinance Program Officer here at The Hunger Project responds. 
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