Founded on December 14, 1962, Welthungerhilfe has now been contributing to a world without hunger and poverty for sixty years. Over the years, we have become a team of 3,000 employees in 35 countries, who work full of commitment and courage, with passion and professionalism for the common goal. Some of them introduce themselves here.
Far-reaching impact: Employees in the projects
Our project managers are responsible for implementing the projects in the various countries. They coordinate the measures and are in direct contact with the country offices and project participants.
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Project manager, Kenya: "I am project manager for the vocational training program for young people (Skill Up!) and the support of schools. It is such a pleasure for me to witness a child or young person confidently crossing the bridge from poverty towards independence. Describing these successes on paper rarely conveys the emotions or the far-reaching impact the project has on our participants. But believe me – it is immense! Thanks to you as donors, these disadvantaged children and young people see the world through a different lens when just one euro is invested to decrease their plight."
Project Manager, Sudan: "Currently, I am leading a dedicated and committed team in North Darfur, where we support internally displaced people and vulnerable rural populations with food and cash. We also work on the prevention and treatment of malnutrition and promote home gardens, which include vertical gardens, for example. We focus on empowering vulnerable families to sustainably produce their own nutritious food. I am motivated and honored to be working with a respected organization like Welthungerhilfe and have been doing so for 13 years. I strongly believe that with simple innovative solutions, we are on the right path to 'One Planet – Zero Hunger'."
Country Director, Haiti: "I joined Welthungerhilfe in 2018, taking over the very challenging position of Country Director in Haiti. I have the responsibility to develop and manage an impact-oriented country program with the ambitious goal of helping Haitian households to achieve their right to a dignified life free from hunger and poverty. In a nutshell, this captures exactly what I am passionate about: human rights and social justice – and this beautiful yet torn Caribbean island with its vibrant people, ancient spirituality and colorful art."
Experienced local staff are important to ensure that everything runs smoothly in the project areas. They know the conditions, culture and circumstances on site best.
Logistician, Burkina Faso: "I have been working for Welthungerhilfe since 2021 and have found very nice and committed colleagues here. Together, we tackle all the big challenges. As a logistician, I coordinate the procurement of all goods, i.e. purchasing, transport, storage and inventory, to meet the needs of the projects on site and in our office. I feel very honored to be contributing to a better resilience and strength of the most vulnerable populations. I see the fact that I am a woman working in a profession that has long been reserved for men as a positive change towards greater equality."
Driver, Tajikistan: "I have been working here in the Welthungerhilfe team since 1996 and am responsible for ensuring that colleagues and professional visitors reach the project sites safely. More than 93 percent of our country is made up of steep, rugged mountain landscapes, and most of the projects are remotely located at high altitudes. Any driver here needs a lot of special experience, otherwise it is really dangerous. I find my work very enriching as I meet many interesting people and learn a lot through the conversations with them. That’s what I really appreciate about my job."
Foundations for our work: security and transparency
Since Welthungerhilfe also works in countries where the security situation is difficult, we attach great importance to ensuring the safety of our employees in the best possible way. Josef Frei has been responsible for this for nine years.
Security Officer, Germany: "I have been working for Welthungerhilfe for nine years now. My job is to ensure that the security system in each of our project countries works reliably at all times. To assess the situation there, we evaluate the risks twice a year. The result is a scale on which countries are classified from ‘safe’ to ‘highly dangerous.’ Based on this scale, I develop processes and procedures that enable our employees to work even in high-risk areas – continuing to provide vital support to the population. For us, security is a team effort! All levels are involved in order to respond properly to potential hazards."
Our colleagues appreciate many different aspects of working for Welthungerhilfe. Balasubramaniam Ramasubba and Ulla Förster are particularly proud of the organization's transparency.
Finance expert, Bangladesh: "I have been working for Welthungerhilfe for 15 years and in various countries. I am currently responsible for finances and logistics in a camp for Rohingya families who were forced to flee from their home country. For me, Welthungerhilfe is above all an organization that is transparent and meets its accountability obligations. It supports its employees so that they can develop skills and build capacity on the ground. Welthungerhilfe is like a university where everyone can learn about innovative ideas and other cultures. I am proud to work for this organization."
Auditor, Germany: "I have been working for the internal audit team of Welthungerhilfe for 16 years and am proud to be part of an organization that improves people’s living conditions with its projects and activities. During my audit trips, I get to meet Welthungerhilfe colleagues and partner organizations who implement the local projects, often under difficult circumstances. With the critical eye of an auditor, I monitor compliance with standards and norms and that way help to ensure that the donations entrusted to us reach the people with the best possible results."