Rural communities are far away from key services like schools and hospitals. Many don’t even have roads connecting them, let alone electricity. They are long forgotten by government. Decades of ineffective aid has resulted in people waiting to be rescued, expecting help that isn’t coming. People are resigned to the way things are.
- Bring communities together to form a central hub where key infrastructure like a community hall, health clinic, bank, food storage and more is housed.
- Train people to become local leaders who take responsibility for mobilising others for Self-Reliance.
- Engage local government to support local communities by including their activities in government development plans.
What We Do.
The Hunger Project’s Epicentre Strategy was created by Africans, for Africans. We mobilise clusters of rural villages into a dynamic community hub called an ‘Epicentre community’. The Hunger Project first facilitates a mindset shift within the community, and then delivers key programs including education, health, sanitation, farming, microfinance and more. This takes place via 4 phases over an 8-year period, resulting in the community reaching sustainable Self-Reliance. Ultimately, when the community demonstrates their readiness, The Hunger Project exits, and the community continues their development independently.What are the results for the community?People build confidence to become leaders and work together to unlock local capacity for change - significantly reducing hunger and poverty. Communities are self-reliant and take full ownership of their development. Women are front and centre of development activities eg. women must be represented equally on leadership committees.
What are the results for the community?
- People build confidence to become leaders and work together to unlock local capacity for change - significantly reducing hunger and poverty.
- Communities are self-reliant and take full ownership of their development.
- Women are front and centre of development activities eg. women must be represented equally on leadership committees.
Creating Sustainable Futures.
Sustainability is one of The Hunger Project’s fundamental principles. Ending hunger in a sustainable way means starting at the local level, involving entire communities in the process and addressing all aspects of social life, including our impact on the environment.
Allan, is a Hunger Project partner in Majete, Malawi. He used to engage in poaching in the wildlife preserve near his community to support his family. After participating in The Hunger Project’s leadership trainings, Allan created and set out toward a new vision for his community — one that protects the planet and reduces poverty.