ENABLE OTUATER TO REACH SELF-RELIANCE BY 2021
THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE TO ANY HUMAN BEING IS SELF-RELIANCE AND DIGNITY
The Hunger Project defines 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 2021.
WHAT IS AN EPICENTRE?
The Hunger Project’s Epicentre Strategy mobilises clusters of rural villages into “epicentres,” which band together 5,000-15,000 people 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
To date, The Hunger Project has mobilised 2,103 communities to create 127 Epicentres. This has reached 1.8 million people across Africa. So far, 24 Epicentres of 415,000 people have reached 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.
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.
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Total number of people reached in the communities, consituting 78% of Self-Reliance target.
Community members who have participated in committee leadership training.
Food Security & Agriculture
Community members who have been trained in agricultural best practice, to ensure sustainable and diverse resources are available.
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 2021.
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 2021.
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.
JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING ON WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2019
The Hunger Project New Zealand invites you to an inspiring evening of conversation and networking about the exciting role you could play in ending world hunger.
Our speakers, Robert Banks, Board Trustee and philanthropist, Millie Allbon, THPNZ CEO, and a Q & A panel of people who recently witnessed the end hunger in one of THP’s program countries, will share with you how millions of people are transforming their lives from aid dependency to self-reliance in Africa.
If you are interested in finding out how you can catalyse change for good, leave a lasting legacy, global citizenship - or if you simply want to be inspired by what is possible for all of humanity - then this event is for you.