The global Hunger Project was founded in 1977. It is a Non-Governmental Organization recognized by the United Nations and has consultative status on that body’s Economic and Social Council.
The Global Office is located in New York. The global board of management coordinates the strategic planning work. It is made up of a group of internationally accepted experts of finances and development, who meet for a working conference twice a year. Suzanne Mayo Frindt has been the new president and CEO of the global Hunger Project since May 2017.
The Hunger Project Switzerland, based in Geneva, was founded in 1983. The association is non-denominational, politically neutral and, in light of its public welfare purpose, exempt from taxation. In November 2009, the Hunger Project Switzerland became ZEWO-certified and must therefore meet the ZEWO Foundation’s stringent requirements regarding the handling of donations.
The association uses its receipts to fund the programs of The Hunger Project worldwide, which are aimed at overcoming hunger and poverty in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. THP Switzerland mainly supports projects in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and India.
It supports with member contributions and voluntary contributions from partners as well as other income, pursuant to these articles of incorporation:
from left to right: Daniel Heini, Manuela Stiffler, Dorna Revie, Karin Tasso, Stella Cunidi, Ursula Maier, Anne-Céline Bonnier, Alexandra Koch (Managing Director)
Dr. iur. Daniel Heini
Yvonne Feri - National Council Member
Igor Ustinov - President of the Peter Ustinov Foundation and Sculptor
Dr. Christian Auer - Epidemiologist
Max J. Koch - Former Vice-Director of a transport company
Dr. med. Bruno Lerf - MD General Surgery
Ursula Willimann - Translator
Dorna Revie (board member, representant Western Switzerland)
Marie-Laure de Beausacq (coordination volunteers Western Switzerland)
Mark Silverstein (Responsible Communication & Development Institut Florimont in Geneva, Member of the Rotary Club in Geneva)
lic. rer. pol., MBA
A predominant part of the worldwide activities of the Hunger Project is carried out by 385’000 volunteers, who devote their skills and their time with great commitment in their respective regions.
Working with volunteers helps to create a working atmosphere of individual responsibility, initiative and solidarity. Moreover, this contributes to keeping down the personnel costs considerably.
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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