People whose lives are directly affected by hunger and poverty are not considered to be a problem, rather, those people play a key role in identifying, planning and realizing sustainable solutions. They themselves newly develop and shape their lives with their creativity, their skills, their resources and their decision-making power.
mobilizes people at the grassroots level to build self-reliance
The basic attitude of people who are affected by resignation and dependency has to be faced and changed. In many countries this is achieved by the Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop and the training of local development aid coaches who, on their part, motivate and organize the other villagers to become active themselves.
empowers women as key change agents
For the most part women traditionally bear the main responsibility for the health of the family, education and food security of the children, and they often also provide a part of the household income. However, they have no access to the household income they have generated, they have no land rights and no participation in decision-making in the family or on economic or political boards. Therefore, empowering women in political, social and economic matters has the highest priority for the Hunger Project.
forges effective partnerships with local government
An effective panel has to be created which enables the villagers to meet their basic needs and grants them access to the resources of the government they are rightfully entitled to.
Local people play a key role in conquering chronic hunger with their creativity, their potential and their own resources.
This is why the work in the developing countries is managed and carried out by fellow countrymen only.
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"In the local VCA (Vision-Commitment-Action)-Workshops of THP, the majority of participants are women and they become empowered to lead their lifes independently, to take action and to influence their communities as self-responsible members. As such, they jointly find their own ways out of chronic hunger and external material dependence. THP joins this process locally, where the people are at home."
Therese Gerber-Fürst, Management Consultant, has been supporting THP for more than 10 years