THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE TO ANY HUMAN BEING IS SELF-RELIANCE AND DIGNITY
The Hunger Project's Vision is for every woman, man and child to live a healthy and productive life of self-reliance and dignity.
We define self-reliance to be when community members are confident in their capacity and skills to act as agents of their own development, and they have the leadership and governance in place to continue the work of The Hunger Project on their own.
Epicentres are successful because of partnerships. Self-reliance requires the combination of community and country partners on the ground, and the financial investment of our partners in New Zealand and across the world.
We know that the final few years of the journey are critical to achieving self-reliance. Otuater is entering this critical period and The Hunger Project is seeking your support so this community can achieve their goal of self-reliance by 2020.
WHAT IS AN EPICENTRE?
The Hunger Project’s Epicentre Strategy unites 5,000 to 15,000 people in a cluster of villages to create an “epicentre,” or a dynamic centre where communities are mobilised for action to carry out community-led integrated strategies to meet basic needs and become authors of their own development.
Our holistic, gender-focused strategy takes rural communities on a path to sustainable self-reliance. It was created in Africa by Africans and continues to address the multi-faceted causes of hunger & poverty across the continent.
Proven and replicable
So far, 1.4 million people across Africa have been reached through our unique epicentre strategy. More than 500,000 people in 31 epicentres have moved from aid-dependancy to self-reliance.
Transparent and measurable
Progress is tracked against agreed and verifiable targets using quantitative and qualitative data.
When an Epicentre community reaches self-reliance they no longer need the support of The Hunger Project or the funding of Investors. They are now managing their own future and The Hunger Project begins to exit.
PHASE 1: MOBILISATION (YEAR 1-2)
- Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops.
- Animators trained
- Community iniated projects
PHASE 2: CONSTRUCTION 2 (YEAR 3)
- Contributed land, materials and labor
- L-Shaped building built with 'hands and hard work' by the community
- Demonstration farm
- SACCO/Bank recognition
PHASE 3: PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION (YEAR 4-6)
- Food and nutrition security
- Adult literacy
PHASE 4: TRANSITION TO SELF-RELIANCE (YEAR 7-8)
- Epicentre income generation
- Epicentre committee leadership of continuing development
Otuater Epicentre is located in Ghana, Africa, and reaches 4,388 people. The Otuater community was mobilised by The Hunger Project in 2008, and construction of the epicentre building was completed in 2009. Their key economic activities include agriculture, food processing and small market trading.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS
Vision, Commitment & Action
Our Vision, Commitment & Action workshop serves as the foundation of our work, inspiring individuals to move from "I can't" to "I can" to "We can".
Leadership & Capacity Building
Building the epicentre committee leadership ensures the community is set to continue leading their development when we exit.
Food Security & Agriculture
Food security and agricultural best practice closes the food gap by ensuring sustainable and diverse resources are available all year around.
TRANSITIONING TO SELF RELIANCE
Otuater Epicentre is now entering into a critical phase. As part of the self-reliance target, the community is required to:
- Affirm its partnership with the local government including legal recognition of the community.
- Ensure funding streams from income-generating activities are sustainable.
- Entrust the future growth of the epicentre to its leadership and governance structures.
Final training is led by THP trained community-based animators, and the epicentre committees manage each program, including budget oversight and leadership transitions.
When a community has reached Self-Reliance, THP activates its exit strategy and scales down its activities as the community solidifies its own leadership and management. This usually takes between 1-2 years.
YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED
The Hunger Project New Zealand invites you to join a consortium of investors, championed by Robert Banks (THPNZ Board Trustee), to partner with the Otuater community to reach self-reliance by 2020.
A three-year investment (minimum of $5,000 pa) will enable the people of Otuater to achieve their goal of self-reliance, continue transforming their future, and create a hunger-free and empowered community for generations to come.
THE IMPACT YOUR INVESTMENT COULD HAVE
2019 is a pivotal year for the Otuater Epicentre. Your investment ensures the community receives full capacity and skills training needed to become equipped to manage the epicentre operations in a sustainable way.
This is essential to transition to self-reliance by 2020.
Maintaining progress towards self-reliance is critical. There is a potential negative psychological impact for the community should they not achieve self-reliance at this point in their development.
Your investment maintains progress and momentum and allow us to begin the exit strategy
When the community reaches self-reliance, THP-Ghana will begin the hand over of the running of all Epicentre Programs to Otuater Epicentre Leadership and Management Committees in 2020.
Our successful exit enables us to mobilise new communities in Africa, expanding our impact towards ending hunger by 2030.