Leaders from Around the Globe Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of THP in New York

November 3, 2017

On the weekend of October 21-22, over 400 people from around the world gathered in New York City for The Hunger Project’s Annual Fall Gala, which this year marked the celebrations of our 40th anniversary! The weekend of events and panel discussions focused on the theme “Unleashing the Human Spirit,” shining the spotlight on our transformative work to end hunger since 1977.

Every year, the evening reception brings together Hunger Project supporters, investors as well as professionals from non-profits, governments and aid agencies. Given the special significance of this year’s celebrations, colleagues joined us from Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Mexico and Uganda to share in their own words how our holistic approach to ending hunger starts with women, mobilizes entire communities and builds long-lasting partnerships.

One of the moving speakers was from India. In India, we work with rural women and girls to empower them to make their own decisions and be leaders in their communities. Ganga Gupta, master trainer at The Hunger Project-India, reflected on her own life growing up as a woman in India and on some of the challenges women still face in the country. She said that because of widespread discrimination, she had found herself married at the age of 17 and was the mother of three by the time she turned 22. “At my husband’s home, I had to cook three times a day for nine people and had to wash everyone’s clothes, clean the house, and perform all the duties that a daughter-in-law has to do,” she recalled.

That’s when Ganga looked deep within herself and realized that it was time for change. “I realized immediately that no hero was going to come save us. I needed to be my own hero – we women needed to be the heroes for each other.”

See more of her sharing below :)