Envisioning a shared future.
On October 15, 2022, Hunger Project activists, investors, staff and guests came together for a night of reflection, inspiration and connection in alignment with this year’s Fall Event: The Future Is Calling.
In his welcome and keynote addresses, President and CEO Tim Prewitt spoke about our organizational commitment to human dignity, social transformation, gender equality and transformative leadership. He shared the collective sentiment that we, as a global community, must shift the broader mindset around hunger — a shift to knowing that hunger CAN end. Sharing a powerful story of Ferediah, a pumpkin farmer in Uganda , Tim emphasized the role of sustainable, grassroots and women-centered strategies in ending hunger through women’s empowerment and commitment to and for her community.
Following Tim’s keynote address, guest speakers Grace Chikowi, Country Manager in Malawi, and Veda Bharadwaja, Veda Bharadwaja, Senior Program Officer in India, shared how communities working with The Hunger Project build resilient food systems and mobilize local change-agents to achieve self-reliance.
Grace Chikowi, Country Manager, The Hunger Project-Malawi:
The Hunger Project doesn’t see people in need as people unable.
Veda spoke of the remarkable transformation that happens when women are trained, and the outcomes they create when empowered with the opportunity to elevate their voices. The Hunger Project-India engages adolescent girls and the women leaders, trained by local leaders in village councils, to forge connections between women leaders and girls in rural places. These connections spark an intergenerational dialogue that unlocks the potential of young women in communities.
Veda Bharadwaja, Senior Program Officer for The Hunger Project-India, shared about women “exercising their own agency and own potential.” 96% of the adolescent girls who have engaged in our programs in India have continued to remain in school and 85% of would-be child brides have negotiated with their households to delay the arranged marriage.
Finally, in his invitation to invest, Executive Vice President John Coonrod called on all of those in attendance to recognize our fundamental interconnectedness as citizens of this planet.
The evening concluded with a celebratory drumming and dancing performance by the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation Ensemble, a dance theater based in Brooklyn, New York.