Founded in 1977, The Hunger Project (www.thp.org) is a global, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia, and Latin America, The Hunger Project empowers people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs, and build better futures for their children. The Hunger Project carries out its mission through three essential activities: mobilizing village clusters at the grassroots level to build self-reliance, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local government.
The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy
The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy unites 5,000 to 15,000 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. This holistic strategy takes them on a path to sustainable self-reliance through four distinct phases over a period of about eight years. During this time, individuals build the confidence to become leaders of their own development and communities come together to unlock a local capacity for change.
The Hunger Project has mobilized more than 121 epicenter communities in eight countries in Africa. The Epicenter Strategy is integrated and holistic. It achieves synergy among programs in health care (including HIV/AIDS prevention), education, adult literacy, nutrition, improved farming and food security, microfinance, water and sanitation, and building community spirit with a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population.
It is economically sustainable. The primary resources for the strategy come from the local people themselves and by making existing local government resources more effective. Income generation is built into the strategy from the start. Within five to eight years, the epicenters require little or no financial support from The Hunger Project. They are entirely self-reliant.