A Powerful Voice Leading the Fight Against Diabetes

by | Nov 5, 2021 | Heartivist Of The Week

Bridget Saffold, a registered nurse and Superhero in the fight against diabetes, is working hard to care for diabetic patients both close to home in Iowa and across the country. With her first grant from The Pollination Project, Bridget hosted the Cedar Valley Focus on Diabetes which has become the largest healthcare education event in her region.

As hospitals and clinics restricted access to routine screenings during the Covid-19 pandemic, Bridget once again stepped up and created a program that helped the lives of many people, the Focus on Diabetes Covid-19 Assist Initiative. With support from The Pollination Project’s Resilience and Recovery fund, Bridget and her team were able to serve the diabetic community in a challenging time.

“The gap that we fill in patient care is as essential as the support that the Pollination Project gives to individuals and other grassroots organizers like me,” says Bridget.

The Pollination Project is proud to have been a cornerstone in the amazing work Bridget shares with us in this inspiring and heart-warming video.

Bridget Saffold
Bridget Saffold


Academic professionals Carla Forte Maiolino Molento and Rodrigo Morais-da-Silva founded Cell Ag Brazil at the end of 2023 with support received from The Pollination Project. The objective of the newly created association is to reflect, contribute, and promote the development of cellular agriculture in Brazil through proactive promotion and unifying actions among different audiences interested in the development, production, and commercialization of food through cell cultivation processes. 
With a seed grant, they founded the organization and designed a logo that represents their mission. They are now inviting people and organizations to participate in the association so that it gains greater relevance. 
Their members will be distributed across three chambers: 1) academia, 2) private sector, and 3) third sector and civil society. With this, they aim for diverse representation and to create a positive movement to act in different areas to promote and accelerate alternative proteins in Brazil and Latin America.
Billions of animals involved in food production in Brazil will be impacted in the medium to long term from this work. Data from IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) indicates that approximately 6.1 billion chickens, 56.5 million pigs, and 30 million cattle were slaughtered in Brazil in 2022. 
With this association, Carla and Rodrigo may help reduce the number of non-human individuals involved in food production as they help to speed up the replacement process with alternative proteins.
In this World Day of Social Justice we celebrate the transformative impact of The Pollination Project and our dedication to seeding the essential change our world needs. Since its inception, The Pollination Project has been at the forefront of empowering grassroots initiatives, providing the crucial support needed for small-scale projects to blossom into powerful agents of social change.

Our unique model of micro-granting has enabled a diverse array of projects across the globe, touching upon various facets of social justice including environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and human rights. From providing clean water solutions in remote villages to empowering women through education and entrepreneurship, we always believed in the power of individual action to create a collective impact.

Each project funded is a testament to our faith in the inherent goodness and potential of every person to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society. These initiatives not only address immediate community needs but also foster a culture of empathy, equity, and inclusiveness - essential pillars for achieving true social justice.

On this World Day of Social Justice, let's draw inspiration from the myriad projects The Pollination Project has nurtured. Their work reminds us that each small seed of kindness and action can indeed grow into a mighty force for good, paving the way for a more just and compassionate world.