Vision, Commitment & Actions for Community Development in Mexico
The Hunger Project empowers communities to shift mindsets by first providing them with the opportunity to learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate small-scale projects within their home or village.
In Mexico, community partners first shift their mindset from believing they have no rights to development or representation – no resources and nothing to offer – to realizing that they do in fact have rights and that they collectively have the material resources and the human capacity to begin the work of ending their own hunger. The Hunger Project empowers communities to make this shift in mindset by first providing them with the opportunity to learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate a small-scale project within their family or village. They continue to build their competency by practicing the basic skills of planning, implementation and assessment until they master them. They gain confidence in the power of their own entrepreneurship and stop waiting for someone from outside to come solve their village’s problems.
Visions established across the four states in which The Hunger Project works have included family food security, adequate sanitation, safe cookstoves and water access. Visions are achieved by participating in leadership and skills trainings, coordinating among the community, and working with dynamic volunteer “catalysts,” who are members of the community that foster community progress. The Hunger Project, catalysts and community members partner with local government agencies and other non-governmental organizations to share resources, collaborate and ensure effective implementation of visions.