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One week to go!

It’s hard to believe that next Friday, I will be flying to Uganda with the Hunger Project.

It has been a transformational year for me, and this work has certainly been a large part of that process.  Now a Queensland Board Member for The Hunger Project, I am honoured to be representing this great cause.

Throughout our fundraising we have worked hard to deliver on our leadership promise, however I have to say the return on this investment of time and money has been tenfold for me personally. So what have been my lessons to date on the Business Chicks and Hunger Project Leadership Immersion program? Here are just a few:

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Murli Meena

As part of our journey with The Hunger Project Australia and Business Chicks, Amelia and I were fortunate last week to hear Murli Meena talk about life in Rajasthan as a ‘Sarpanch’ or Village President in her marginalised Scheduled Tribe community.

Murli was inspiring. She had grown up the youngest of her four siblings, living off the grass on the side of the road and berries where they could get them.  Her mother was widowed at an early age.  Not only had Murli never been on a plane before, she had never left her village. As she spoke on the 51st floor of 111 Eagle Street you couldn’t help but think what this experience must be like for her? I caught her gazing out the window at the lights often and was dying to know what must be going through her mind.

Whilst physically weak from the longer term effects of malnutrition, her inner strength was apparent to everyone in the room.  Murli is one of more than 120,000 ‘unleashed women’ in India trained by The Hunger Project whose impact stretches to 10,000,000 people.  This is how The Hunger Project achieve self-reliance and true cultural change.

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