A Blade Of Grass Is The Journeywork Of The Stars

by | Feb 11, 2021 | ShiftHappens

“A blade of grass is the journeywork of the stars.” -Walt Whitman

What does the term “grassroots” bring up for you?

For many it hearkens to street protests and the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. Perhaps for others it connotes efforts a lack professionalization, centralization, or polish.

Yet what “grassroots” really means is the most fundamental or essential level of a thing. In other words, the origins or essence from which something meaningful blooms; for example, curiosity as the grassroots essence of learning, or love as the grassroots origin of brotherhood. It is a kind of spiritual alchemy by which ordinary, often overlooked things are transformed into something more than the sum of their parts.

Funny enough, the “grass” in “grassroots” is a study in this idea. Among the plant kingdom, with its colorful flowers, towering trees, and incredible diversity, the humble grasses hardly seem notable. Yet it is the Poacea (sometimes called Gramineae) family that comprises over half of all dietary energy consumed in the world, mostly through grasses like wheat, rice, oats, barley, and corn.

Grasses are the most economically important plant family and account for almost one-quarter of the earth’s vegetation. Grasses are found on every continent, including Antarctica, and do important things like nourish wildlife and prevent erosion. While most plants grow from the tip of the growing shoot, grasses adapted to grow from the bottom-up; this is why they can be trampled, grazed, or burned and still thrive. The seat of their growth and regenerative power is often at or just below the ground itself, barely visible to the human eye.

At The Pollination Project, all of our support happens at the grassroots level. We believe that just as grasses are abundant, underappreciated, and adaptively resilient, so too is the hidden potential for good that exists in the heart of every single “ordinary” person. We believe that the fundamental origin of a kinder, compassionate world is the budding of that promise in the lives and communities of individuals who have a vision that might be just below the surface, waiting to emerge.

Each of us may seemingly be just a blade of grass: ordinary and ubiquitous. Yet in uplifting individual action, in its very ordinariness and ubiquity, lives an unknown and perhaps unlimited potential.

The most fundamental and basic level of a compassionate world – its grassroots origin or essence- is the uplifting of grassroots changemakers themselves.


It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideas—they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

🔸 Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
🔸 Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
🔸 Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
🔸 Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
🔸 Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
🔸 Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
🔸 Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
🔸 Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
🔸 Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation
It's Volunteer's Month!!! 🌟 Celebrating our family of Grant Advisors 🌟

With 80 grant advisors, all experts in their respective fields and many of them former grantees, The Pollination Project is powered by a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their service is not only precious but also essential, as they bring unique insights and understanding to the application process, ensuring that resources are allocated where they can have the greatest impact. 

🎉 Today we celebrate our incredible grant advisors in the HEALTH & WHOLENESS focus area! 

🔸 Ben Kilama (Uganda) 
🔸 Kosa Jimmy (Uganda) 
🔸 Marina Haque (USA) 
🔸 John Ebong (Nigeria) 
🔸 Nzayisenga Emmanuel (Canada)
🔸 Rodger Mwanza (Zambia) 
🔸 Emmanuel Dushimimana (Rwanda) 
🔸 Nelly Hellen Onditi (Kenya) 
🔸 Daniel Ayodele Femi (Nigeria) 
🔸 Christopher Nwafor (South Africa)

Our heartfelt gratitude to these dedicated individuals for their invaluable contributions 🙏

@jim.kosa.5 @manud05 @duemmanuel @nelly.hellen1 @daniel_ayodele_femi 

#health #wholeness #grantmaking #grantadvisor #volunteermonth #volunteers #grants #heartivism #volunteersweek #nigeria #southafrica #uganda #rwanda #zambia #canada