In Bangladesh, we have been catalyzing change for more than two decades, mobilizing people and resources at the grassroots level, and breaking down social barriers to ending hunger.
In March 2020, Anju Anwara Moyna, a long-time volunteer community leader with The Hunger Project-Bangladesh, was determined to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in her district. She started by setting up handwashing stations in front of her own house and urged her community members to learn proper handwashing techniques. She helped set up additional stations in the surrounding villages and organized a group of volunteers to run a hygiene campaign, broadcasting key public health messages over loudspeakers and distributing leaflets. Realizing that many of the most vulnerable people in her community were going without, Anju organized a community philanthropy drive. She and her fellow volunteers collected nearly $8,500 of food and other necessities and distributed it to more than 1,500 families.