Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger Join Forces to Form a Unified Global Organization
New organization to combine power of digital technology to end poverty with robust networks of women’s self-help groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America
WASHINGTON October 25, 2016 -- Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger, two global leaders in the fight to end poverty, announced today that they are joining forces to form a single unified global organization.
Under the banner of Grameen Foundation the combined organization will be able to reach more people across the spectrum of poverty, while deepening the focus on the very poor, especially women, its leaders say.
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Freedom from Hunger India Trust, a registered Indian Public Charitable Trust is established in 2012 to bring innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. It is governed by five trustees with highly relevant professional backgrounds.
Freedom from Hunger India Trust plays a pivotal role in designing and disseminating community based integrated services and behaviour-change communication interventions across the country.
Our clear objective is to achieve nutrition and food security, reduce poverty and improve the economic and social status of poor and marginalised women and their families, through increased integration of micro finance with other essential services such as health information nutrition and livelihood opportunities.
FFHIT provides training and technical assistance to NGOs and MFIs spread across more than eight states in India on health integration programmes. Jointly, these programs are estimated to have reached over one million women and adolescent girls in the poorest rural and peri-urban communities.
We partner with a range of local financial service providers and non-governmental organizations and seek ways to leverage our integrated services and behaviour change communication interventions in health and governance sectors which has a direct bearing on livelihood and gender equity. We support partners in conducting evidence based evaluations, making informed policy outcomes and impact as well as to replicate and scale up.
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“A woman’s decision-making power, and overall autonomy, influence whether she and her children can live a food-secure life. The interventions should be planned in a such a way that they are not just ‘inclusive” but also “transformative”
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Rajasthan Nutrition Project
The ‘Rajasthan Nutrition Project’ (RNP) was an integrated intervention to address malnutrition in two tribal blocks of Rajasthan, India. The intervention was supported by Freedom from Hunger India Trust along with two field partners – namely Vaagdhara and Pradan – in the districts of Banswara and Sirohi respectively. The 30 months long Project entitled “Empowering Poor, Marginalized Women in Banswara and Sirohi, Rajasthan for Improved Gender-Equitable Household Nutrition”, aimed at improved nutrition of poor households with a special focus on rural tribal women, adolescent girls and children. This project covered three blocks in two districts, reaching out to 68 panchayats and 316 villages through multi-sectoral, integrated approach, linking nutrition, health, agriculture and financial services, to bring about sustainable nutrition and food security in households.
Microfinance And Health Protection (MAHP)
The Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative was launched by Freedom from Hunger in 2006 as a 4.5-year pilot project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help five MFIs in five countries develop and offer a range of health-protection services to improve the health and financial stability of their clients while also contributing to the sustainability of the institutions themselves.
Freedom From hunger india trust
Freedom from Hunger India Trust envisions to achieve food security, reduce poverty and improve nutrition for poor women and their families in India. The Trust aims to improve the economic and social status of 3.3 million poor and marginalized women through increased integration of microfinance with other development services, specifically health and livelihoods.