THP-Mexico Part of an Unprecedented Nationwide Initiative!

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Lorena Vázquez Ordaz, Country Director of The Hunger Project (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 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the Board.

This year, Mexico celebrates its 200 years of independence and the 100th anniversary of its revolution. As part of this celebration, one of the two biggest TV network owners in Mexico, Emilio Azcárraga, from Televisa, launched the "Iniciativa México" to celebrate the best of Mexico. Emilio Azcárraga invited his rival network owner, Ricardo Salinas Pliego of TV Azteca, to join him in this initiative, and they are now creating a real breakthrough in the country as they set aside their rivalry to work together for a project to contribute to building a better future for Mexico.

This celebration comes within the context of a very challenging time for the country, with news dominated by government actions against drug cartels and the response to such actions, which includes people being killed every day at an alarming rate.

"Iniciativa México" was launched live on TV and radio on Monday, June 7 throughout the country. The initiative calls on all Mexicans who are working with their own resources to improve their country and the quality of life of its people to submit their projects. Twenty will be selected, with their stories presented on TV. Five projects will be the winners.

It is an honor for THP-Mexico to serve on this Technical Board with such distinguished and high-level members as: the current and former Dean of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), José Narro, PhD and José Ramón de la Fuente, PhD; the Dean of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Rafael Rangel, PhD; the Dean of the Insituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Yoloxochitl Bustamante, PhD; former ambassador of culture, writer and poet, Homero Aridjis; director of one of the most important cultural and political magazines "Nexos," author and journalist, Héctor Aguilar Camin; and the CEO of the biggest chain of cinemas in the country, Alejandro Ramirez. The other two NGOs represented are ASHOKA Mexico and New Ventures.

The launch of "Iniciativa México" was top news throughout Mexico. This role brings THP-Mexico into the spotlight not only for the next four months, but also as a key player in society that is building a strong, creative, powerful Mexico.

Congratulations to THP-Mexico!

Learn more about this initiative - news story including video (in Spanish)

Learn about THP's work in Mexico.