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Beyond toilets: improving water and sanitation begins and ends with the community

November 18, 2016

Bad water and sanitation is one of humanity’s deadliest enemies. Nearly two and a half billion people still lack an improved sanitation facility and among them, almost 950 million still practice open defecation. Girls are disproportionately affected, often denied their right to education because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. The answer is not as simple as providing people with toilets. What has far greater impact is community-led approaches to development: using methods that involve local people in selecting, planning and implementing development programs. The Hunger Project's Åsa Skogström Feldt writes about improving water and sanitation around the world. Read the full story at The Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Early childhood education key to academic excellence

November 16, 2016

The Hunger Project-Malawi organised a two-week long training for Early Childhood Development mentors in Zomba. During the closing ceremony, various stakeholders emphasized that regular capacity building interventions in Early Childhood Development are key in the provision of early child development services across Malawi. Speaking during the closing ceremony, Vice-Board Chairperson for The Hunger Project, Rosemary Nhlema said Early Childhood Development is a critical stage for mental growth. She described such trainings to be a catalyst for academic excellence. Read the full story at MBC.

Villagers pledge to maintain social harmony

November 14, 2016

Villagers in six upazilas of Bangladesh pledged to maintain social peace and harmony in their respective communities. The villagers, spanning ethnic and labor classes, also pledged to make their localities free from social and political conflicts, violence, terrorism and militancy. The Hunger Project Bangladesh (THPB) supported the activities in association with its project styled "Peoples Against Violence in Election (PAVE)" with financial support of International Foundation for Electoral System, USAID and UKAID. "We organized eight training programmes for the trainers and twelve social harmony workshops for the target groups," said Jakaru Islam, Field Coordinator of PAVE Project. A large number of people, including political leaders, joined the programmes and expressed their solidarity to the government efforts to maintain social peace and harmony. Read the full story at Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

I had to stop doing No-Spend November because it made me uncomfortable

November 10, 2016

Blogger Anna Gragert describes her experiment with No-Spend November, and why she decided to end it early. She writes, "As someone who knows what it’s like to wonder where her next meal will come from, I am not okay with documenting my purchases, with describing my “thriftiness” in the name of No-Spend November. Because such a trend is not realistic for millions of people." Instead, Gragert suggests donating savings to charities including The Hunger Project, Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, Project Bread and Meals on Wheels, in recognition of the millions of people each day who face a "No-Spend November" every month of the year. Read the full story at Yahoo.

‘Unleashed Women’: A Movement Unlocking Global Female Leadership

October 24, 2016

Olivia Ruello, CEO of Business Chicks explains how four years ago her company partnered with The Hunger Project to launch The Business Chicks Immersion and Leadership Program where participants immerse themselves in some of the world's poorest and marginalised communities, to witness women take part in a deeply impactful transformation. These workshops, lead by The Hunger Project use song, dance and interpretation to get women to really shift their mindset around possibility through sharing their hopes, dreams and fears. Read the full story at The Huffington Post.