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Butterfly Academy: Art for All

Butterfly Academy: Art for All

“I want to say thank you for opening my eyes to new things and now, thanks to you, I love writing, drawing, and most of all, I love art. I love all the projects you bring every Wednesday, even though I face some challenges. Love, Kynnedi” (6th grade)One might suppose...

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Spotlight on the Arts

Spotlight on the Arts

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”  - John Lubbock, author When I joined TPP in January of 2020, I...

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Focus On Health & Wholeness

Focus On Health & Wholeness

At The Pollination Project, we think about the word “health” holistically, encompassing physical health, mental health, and inner transformative practice, as well as considering critical elements within the social determinants of what makes someone “healthy.”  Over...

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Focus on Human Rights & Dignity

Focus on Human Rights & Dignity

This week, we continue looking in-depth at stories and projects within each of our focus areas. Through our Human Rights & Dignity panel, over the last ten years the community has supported 486 grassroots projects in 84 countries. These projects vary widely, but...

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Focus on Education

Focus on Education

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”– SocratesOver the last ten years, The Pollination Project community has funded 1,193 education-focused projects in 97 countries. This remains the area in which we regularly receive the most...

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Spotlight on Women and Girls

Spotlight on Women and Girls

Over the last ten years, The Pollination Project has funded 2,208 woman-led projects, and 848 projects expressly focused on empowerment of women and girls. This work is diverse, unfolding across 77 countries, yet many commonalities emerge in reviewing the stories...

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Robin Singh – Peepal Farm

Robin Singh – Peepal Farm

Growing up, Robin Singh was an animal lover, but as he remembers “in India, when we say you’re an animal lover, we mean just dogs.” Defying this sort of thinking, he became a vegetarian in 1997 and years later, after learning more about animal agriculture, he went...

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To Be Rather Than To Seem

To Be Rather Than To Seem

My home state of North Carolina’s motto is “esse quam videri,” which translates from the Latin as “to be rather than to seem.”  This was on my mind recently in a team conversation about how The Pollination Project, as a global community of changemakers, should respond...

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A Compassionate Warrior’s Heart

A Compassionate Warrior’s Heart

In the wake of the decision to overturn Roe V. Wade in the United States last week, I found myself reflecting upon The Future of American Buddhism conference I attended earlier in the month. Buddhism, much like the ethos of The Pollination Project, is steeped in...

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