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The Hunger Project Netherlands is part of an international, non-profit organization that is committed to a sustainable end to chronic hunger worldwide.

In Africa, South Asia and Latin America we support people to build a future on their own without hunger. In the Netherlands, we focus on recruiting investors for our programs in twelve developing countries. In addition, we move people to take action themselves to end hunger. The Hunger Project is headquartered in New York.

Together with nine other countries, The Hunger Project the Netherlands is raising the necessary funds to contribute towards the end of hunger in twelve program countries. Nearly 300 paid employees of local origin work in these program countries. In addition, thousands of local volunteers work within the programs.

Read more about The Hunger Project The Netherlands or The Hunger Project Global.

The Fi Global Odisha Challenge is a fundraising competition to support The Hunger Project in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Join the competition as a team or an individual and organise events to raise money for The Hunger Project in Odisha, India. The more money you raise, the higher up the leaderboard you will go.

The Fi Global Odisha Challenge is open to everyone. Join as a team or an individual. You can create a company team or simply group together with friends.

Why not consider upping-the-ante and create multiple teams within your office and compete against each other! Any team who joins the Fi Global Odisha Challenge will be added to the leaderboard. The more money you raise, more chance you have to win the Fi Global Odisha Challenge.

Watch this how-to video to learn more on setting up your account and start fundraising. Or join here by setting up your own fundraising page. Through this, you and your supporters can send the money you have raised directly to The Hunger Project.

You or your team can organise as many activities as you like to raise money for the Fi Global Odisha Challenge. From bake sales and clothes to sponsored runs or sky dives.

You can organise them as a team or individually.

The more you do, the more money you can raise, and the higher up the leaderboard your team will go!

Look here for more ideas.

There are no limits – minimum or maximum – to the amount of money you can raise. Everything you donate via your fundraising page will go straight to The Hunger Project and support them in their projects in Odisha.

All of the funds raised will be donated directly to The Hunger Project – and will fund their work in supporting and training female village council leaders in the state of Odisha, India. Read more on how this money raised for Odisha is spent on women empowerment here.

To ensure the money you raise goes to the Fi Global Odisha Challenge, make sure you donate everything you have raised via your personal fundraising page. Remember to send the link to your friends, families and colleagues so they can also donate via your page.

Set up your fundraising page here.

Learn more on how to set up your fundraising page here.

India is a country of contrasts. The economy is growing, and India is getting richer. Or at least, a part of India is getting richer. The difference in income between the upper and lower population layer is large. In addition to enormous wealth, India also has severe poverty. 1 in 4 people with hunger in the world live in India. Every day 194 million Indians have too little to eat, especially in rural areas.

There are opportunities enough to reduce hunger and poverty. The Indian government has already taken the necessary steps in theory. With the taxes paid by the rich, all sorts of schemes and subsidies are available to the poorest. From widows’ pensions to subsidies for houses, from a job program to school meals and food vouchers.

In practice, however, it does not always work out like this. Due to inequality between men and women, in combination with corruption and bureaucracy, the subsidies do not end up in the right place. The system is totally blocked.

As Ruchi Yadav, program director at The Hunger Project India, noted: ‘India is extremely good at drafting laws and ratifying international treaties. We are only not so good at fulfilling and actually implementing it.’

Inequality is deeply rooted in Indian society. Gender determines a person’s position for the rest of their life. Women and girls are considered inferior to men and boys and have little or nothing to say. Moreover, there is a lot of (sexual) violence against women. They go to school for shorter periods, are more often malnourished, are unable to read and write well, follow shorter education and receive fewer opportunities.

A son is a source of joy for a family, and girl a burden. A married woman (or girl, since there are many child marriages) wishes that she may become “the mother of 1000 sons”. Girls are undesirable. And as a result, there are fewer. Thousands of girls in India have “disappeared”. They are aborted because they are a girl. Or they are killed after birth. The ratio of girls to boys is skewed. There are 914 girls for every 1000 boys. And in small families this difference is even greater: with 1 child there are 782 girls for every 1000 boys, and with 2 children there are only 720 girls for every 1000 boys.

The female village council members are also confronted with this inequality. And this inequality is one of the reasons that the political system does not work as it should. The female council members have little to say in practice, and cannot fulfill their function due to lack of knowledge and opportunities

“Why do we have to sit on the floor during a meeting while the men sit on chairs? That change did not go without a struggle. The first time I sat on a chair, I received a lot of comments. I would not respect the male councilors and I would have forgotten all the rules. “

“According to my family, politics is not for women. That is why I was not allowed to attend meetings during my first term. I did not do anything, and I felt bad about that.”

The state of Odisha (until 2011: Orissa) on the east coast of India has a total of thirty districts and nearly 42 million inhabitants. Approximately 84% of the population lives in rural areas. With 45% of residents living below the poverty line, Odisha is one of the poorest states of India.

In half of the districts, 80% of the population has a very low standard of living. Odisha faces different challenges, especially in the countryside. For example, malnutrition among children is a big problem. Almost 36% of children under five in rural areas are malnourished. And there are many child marriages. Although the number of child marriages has fallen over the past ten years, 21% of girls still marry before their 18th birthday.

The Hunger Project is currently active in twelvedistricts in Odisha, where we work together with partner organizations. Until now, 1875 female village leaders have been trained, who together have had a positive impact on the lives of nearly one million villagers.

In 2017, an Odisha started a new five-year election cycle for the village councils. The Hunger Project wants to expand its work in eight new districts and bring the total to sixteen districts. These new districts have been designated by the government as the largest disadvantaged areas and the greatest impact can be achieved here.

In 2018, The Hunger Project will be working in sixteen districts in total. This means The Hunger Project will soon be active in 50% of all districts. We train more women and have an impact on more people in the countryside. In this way we achieve a critical mass through which we can effectively influence the government and make our voices heard about important themes such as food security, safety for women, gender equality, combating discrimination against women or low castes, and making us strong for access. to services and government regulations for everyone – regardless of gender or caste. Moreover, we are being taken more seriously at the national level, and we can show that our approach really works – with more mass and more substantial research data. Our work, and especially the chosen women, become inevitable.

By scaling up, the end of hunger in India comes a step closer.

The Hunger Project India has trained almost 175,000 women leaders in the poorest areas of the countryside in eight states since 2000. With enormous results and impact on the lives of 75,000,000 villagers.

The trained women fulfill their function and become champions for a better village. The subsidies and government regulations are used efficiently where they are needed: from food aid to widows’ pensions, from homes for the poor to building toilets, and from the construction of irrigation channels to a well-functioning health center. There is less corruption and more transparency. The women become revolutionary examples for their environment. And they inspire countless other women and girls to commit themselves, whether or not through a political function, to a better future for their village.

Every euro invested into the villages has a multiplier effect: more subsidies, more services, it works as it should work. And through improved health care, more access to clean water, more children (boys and girls) to school, functioning health centers and good care for malnourished children, people are healthier, better educated, better fed and have a higher income. With that, hunger and poverty decline.

An external evaluation of our leadership program in Madhya Pradesh in India shows that trained female leaders have twice as much confidence as untrained women, undertake more actions for their village and that their political vigor is greater. The female leaders actually become ‘change agents’ in their communities. The cooperation between female leaders appears to have the most influence. When women work together in federations, it is much more often possible to arrange, for example, better education, water supplies and job-creation projects for their village.

The Hunger Project India works in the most difficult, remote areas in the countryside. With disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, where this is most needed. Changing administrative functioning and unequal power structures takes a long time and requires a long-term investment: at least a five-year management cycle per area. The Hunger Project strengthens the leadership of the chosen female leaders in these villages so that they can do their work more effectively by strengthening their capacities, knowledge, confidence in their own abilities, their role and responsibilities. And by working on creating an environment in which they can do their work as well as possible. The approach consists of:


  • Election campaigns (SWEEP): encouraging women to stand for election and bring attention to female leadership among voters.
  • Three-day Women Leadership Workshop: newly elected women receive knowledge and tools that help them understand their role better, with a focus on self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem.
  • Thematic workshops according to need, about the existing arrangements and benefits and how to claim them.
  • Formation of federations: women unite to jointly tackle problems.
  • Consultations with villagers, campaigns, media workshops and meetings with parliamentarians: extra activities that allow women to claim the necessary services and services for their village.


The Hunger Project encourages the formation of federations, because the women can achieve more together. Through cooperation, women learn to form alliances and thus exert pressure on the government. This makes the female leaders strong enough to change politics. The women also learn to use media successfully and they set up campaigns to mobilize other women to stand for election.
This allows the women to let the system, which is already there, work for itself. That is the smartest possible intervention, with the most chance of impact.

The Hunger Project works in 12 low-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We do this exclusively with local employees and with thousands of local volunteers. Our approach is so smartly arranged that our work gets the highest possible score for chance of impact according to the Geef Wijzer and Nationale Goede Doelen Test. We consistently score the highest possible achievable points.

The Hunger Project has an ANBI status, is a CBF Approved Good Purpose, is at the forefront of the Transparency Award and has received the Triple A rating for transparency and communication about results in recent years.

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