In Africa, the focus of The Hunger Project’s work is the Epicenter. This is a cluster of 10 to 15 villages within a 10km radius, having a combined population of approximately 10,000 people, who come together to meet basic needs. The Epicenter Strategy is a bottom-up, gender-focused approach that empowers these villagers to meet all their basic needs on a sustainable basis, with the centerpiece of the strategy being an L-shaped epicenter building that houses the community’s programs for health, education, food security and economic development. The epicenter is operated and managed by the community members, who elect an overall epicenter committee and form subcommittees to manage each program.
The Hunger Project’s ambitious program in eastern Ghana seeks to create epicenters within walking distance of every villager. THP takes a patient, well-defined approach to the development of epicenters (a five-year process), leveraging its unique expertise at grassroots engagement to ensure a sustainable outcome.