On February 27, 2012, the community of Kachindamoto in Malawi celebrated the inauguration of their epicenter. Initiated in 2008, the epicenter has a total population of 10,950, reaching people from across 28 villages.
In 2006, we launched our Scale-Up Initiative in Ghana. The goal: to implement our Epicenter Strategy in Africa on a large enough scale so that it could be proven as a successful, cost-effective and replicable model that could be expanded and adopted by governments in their national development plans. All 36 epicenters have now been constructed and significant progress is being made on all fronts within the epicenter communities in terms of the provision of health care, food production and more!
As Chairman of his epicenter’s Education Committee, Mr. Saër Diop has advocated for the importance of improved school resources, practices and attendance. Through community mobilization and partnership building, he has successfully secured funding and support for continued primary education in and around his village.
Geletea Gonfa began working at Jaldu Epicenter in Ethiopia when it first opened in 2005 as a way to support his wife and son. His demonstrated passion and commitment to the progress of the community have since empowered him to take leadership roles in the epicenter.
Rachelle Mahouchi is from the village of Kpèkpèhoué in Benin. Rachelle delivered her fifth child at home, having had previous deliveries under the same conditions with no apparent problems. The fifth delivery, however, was a birthing experience so difficult that she almost lost her life. Because of this, she decided to have her sixth child at a THP-Benin health clinic. Hear her story.
The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy unites people in a cluster of villages to create an “epicenter,” or a dynamic center where communities are mobilized for action to meet their basic needs. At our annual fall event, we released our latest video sharing how the Epicenter Strategy works. Watch it now!
On a recent trip to Malawi, The Hunger Project’s Vice President of Africa Programs, Dr. Idrissa Dicko, had the opportunity to witness current programmatic successes firsthand at Champiti Epicenter and met with partners from three households empowered by epicenter resources.
The Hunger Project's partners at the Zuza Epicenter in Mozambique are the first of all our epicenters to embrace solar energy as a clean, renewable source of electricity for their epicenter and water system.