#Changemaker of the Week

Every week, TPP will feature one of our incredible #Changemakers–individuals who are making a big difference in their communities and the world. Read on to learn about their work to create a kinder, more compassionate world for all.

Gratitude Goes Big: Laura Lavigne

Earlier this year, Laura Lavigne awoke from a vivid dream about contagious red hearts. In the dream, anyone who received a red heart was filled with a deep sense of peace. The hearts were spreading quickly throughout the world. This vision of something that “went viral” happened before Laura had heard much about COVID-19.

2020-09-28T07:42:15-07:00September 25th, 2020|

A “to-do” list, not a wish list: Fontoh Desmond Abinwi

Fontoh Desmond founded an organization called Crusaders for Environmental Protection and Ozone Watch, which received early support from The Pollination Project for environmental education initiatives in the school systems and communities of Cameroon. “I believe in having a to-do list, not a wish list,” Fontoh says. “Starting small, and focusing on service matters. Connections with others who share my passion have been just as important as money.” 

2020-09-25T11:02:25-07:00September 18th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Compassion Made Visible: Animal House

Jessica Gonzalez Castro is a reader. Her work has all been driving towards one bigger dream: making speciesism visible.  “Animal suffering happens out of human sight.” says Jessica, “So our responses should be as visible as possible. We give people books they can hold, a community of friends they can hug, and food they can eat.”

2020-09-11T09:23:38-07:00September 11th, 2020|

Racheal Inegbedion: Building A More Inclusive Nigeria

After witnessing abuse of a person with disabilities, Racheal Inegbedion began working to build a more inclusive, compassionate Nigeria. “The need is so great, and sometimes people ask me if I want to give up,” says Racheal. “Of course not! I am resilient. I think about a world of inclusion and I focus on this goal. I am led by empathy. I don’t think about the barriers. Just this beautiful goal and vision for what the world could be.”

2020-09-04T09:16:55-07:00September 4th, 2020|

Malak Yacout: Beirut’s “The Volunteer Circle”

A year ago Malak and a friend had begun building The Volunteer Circle, a skill-sharing platform to connect Lebanese volunteers to the causes that needed their talents. Believing that purpose married to experience is empowering, her desire was to give people paths to make an impact in ways that were most meaningful for them. And now, every day since the blast, they have deployed teams of volunteers to areas where they are most needed.

2020-08-28T06:54:10-07:00August 28th, 2020|

“Embrace Her:” Microfinance in Zambia

For Chimwemwe Chitambala, a chance encounter as a student at the University of Zambia led to “Embrace Her,” a microfinance project that offers loans, financial literacy education, and business support to fruit and vegetable traders in her community.

2020-08-18T10:53:58-07:00August 18th, 2020|

“Ruthless Kindness” Offers Compassion to Human & Non-Human Animals

Ruthless Kindness, Sarah and Kate’s new organization, hopes to be available 24/7 for domestic violence victims who need help with their pets. Knowing the power of the human animal bond, they believe that victims of domestic violence and their children shouldn't have to leave a pet behind or delay leaving a dangerous situation because they can't bring their pet.

2020-08-10T06:14:51-07:00August 10th, 2020|

Darel Scott Sees an “Earth in Color”

From Darel Scott's desire to make both nature and the environmental movement more inclusive, Earth in Color was born. Earth in Color started as an art festival on a farm to celebrate people of color and their cultural connections to the natural world. That day under the spring sun—filled with art, food, music, and connection—highlighted the importance of people of color being able to see themselves through this lens of health and sustainability.

2020-07-24T14:55:32-07:00July 24th, 2020|

Miracle Adesina: COVID-19 Public Health Information for Indigenous People

Like many of us, Miracle Adesina watched the COVID-19 pandemic spread through the lens of social media. As a healthcare professional, what he saw coming through his social feeds gave him great cause for concern. Part of the problem, Miracle felt, was that critical health messages were not available in many of the 70+ indigenous languages throughout Africa. The Pollination Project supported Miracle’s translation project with a seed grant.

2020-07-17T12:46:55-07:00July 17th, 2020|
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