Babyology founder and managing editor Mandi Gunsberger recently returned from a trip to Mexico to see first-hand how The Hunger Project is making the world of difference to people living in poverty.
The Hunger Project shares the world’s concern that anyone living in poverty is a person too many. But by pioneering strategies for rural progress in Mexico, the passionate team behind the project believe they have the will and commitment to help end world hunger.
By looking at women’s needs in each village, The Hunger Project helps the village come up with a vision on what is needed to be self-sufficient and end poverty by 2030 – a mere 15 years from now.
The project helps to create women-centred strategies for rural progress in places like Oaxaca, one of the regions Mandi visited. “They believe the answers are within the people who live in the villages and not solved through handouts of money and supplies,” Mandi explains.
“The community creates their own vision for the future, commits to achieving it, and outlines the actions that are needed to succeed.”
Amazingly, as many of the people involved are illiterate, the concept is all done through images and drawings.
“They learn how to plan, implement and evaluate small-scale projects that will affect change within their families or villages,” Mandi says.
Back in 2010 members of Oaxacan communities prioritised nutrition, housing and access to clean water as their biggest needs. Five years on and they have eco stoves, electricity and are involved in their own water harvesting.
During Mandi’s visit – which included an arduous hike into a remote mountain village to meet a community the project is supporting – people walked for days to meet the team, greeting them with homemade gifts, flowers, music and dancing.
“Although they are so far away from Australia, they were so proud to share their stories of their community and the work they are doing,” Mandi says. “They feel special that we will help spread the word.”
With $11,126 raised, Mandi says a very special thanks goes to everyone for their donations to make the trip possible, including the following companies. “The money will make such a diffence to the community I was able to visit,” she says.
The Hunger Project has worked for 35 years to help create a world where poverty no longer exists. You can help by making a one-off or regular donation to empower communities worldwide to end their own hunger.