News From the Resilience & Recovery Fund

by | Mar 11, 2022 | ShiftHappens

This month, The Pollination Project’s Resilience & Recovery fund will turn two years old. It was born in the early days of the pandemic, conceived out of an understanding of the importance of community-led, grassroots responses to unforeseen emergencies. We believed that our existing network of nearly 5,000 volunteer community leaders could be vital catalysts of activated compassion; that they could mobilize quickly, work without bureaucracy or red tape, and that the power of their existing relationships and love for their communities would amplify even small amounts of financial support. 

Since that time, we have been able to channel our community’s generosity to support 327 Resilience & Recovery projects in 28 countries. These efforts were highly effective, quickly deployed, and made efficient use of seed grants of just $1,000. A review found that each supported project served an average of 1,049 humans or non-human animals and mobilized 150+ hours of additional volunteer service. The Resilience & Recovery fund is unique in that it acts as a complement to large-scale humanitarian aid by harnessing a truly powerful force: the love and care that ordinary individuals have for their neighbors and communities. 

This week, we funded our first projects in response to the crisis in Ukraine. They included a team setting up free vegan community kitchens in abandoned restaurants in Ukraine, and an activist transporting families from Ukraine to his village in Italy, where a welcoming community waits to help support them in the months ahead. Now more than ever, we are honored to uplift these individual actions that so decisively affirm our shared humanity. There is power in community, and in the days ahead we will do all we can to be of service during these challenging times. 

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🌟 HOPE and JOY to an orphanage-lyceum in southern #Ukraine, home to 200 children aged 4 to 17. These children, many of whom have lost their parents or been displaced due to the ongoing conflict, deserve a safe and nurturing environment. 🌟

With the help of a seed grant, UAid Direct is working to renovate the outdated bathroom facilities and transform the arts and music room with new instruments and supplies. These upgrades will help the dedicated staff offer enriching art and music classes, providing a creative outlet for these resilient kids. 🎨

In late 2023, they visited this orphanage and they were truly moved by the love and care that radiates from the staff. They tirelessly organize extracurricular activities, ensuring the children have fun, distractions, and opportunities to learn skills vital for their future. 🧡

The opportunity to make a difference for the children of Ukraine fills our hearts. Together, we can create a brighter, more hopeful future! ✨ 

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🌟 Celebrate Juneteenth with The Pollination Project 🌟

Today, we honor the spirit of freedom and resilience. Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States, a pivotal moment in our shared history. At The Pollination Project, we are committed to empowering change-makers who continue the fight for equality and justice every day.

Let's remember, reflect, and rejoice in the progress we've made and the work that lies ahead. Together, we can create a world where freedom and opportunity flourish for all.

#Juneteenth #freedom #resilience #equality #justice #freedomday #ThePollinationProject #EmpowerChange #EqualityForAll #heartivism
❤️ No mother and child should get sick and die just because they are poor or because they live far from health facilities.
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Under Ms. Sylivia Kyomuhendo’s leadership, the Infants’ Health Foundation has significantly improved maternal and child healthcare in remote Ugandan areas through the project “No mother and child should get sick and die just because they are poor or because they live far from health facilities.” Funded by a 2022 seed grant from The Pollination Project, the initiative provides monthly outreach clinics, motorcycle ambulance services, and community dialogue meetings. These efforts have increased access to antenatal care, vaccinations, and emergency transport, reducing healthcare barriers for low-income families.
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The seed grant has directly impacted approximately 6,000 individuals in Eastern Uganda, enabling the foundation to establish vital healthcare services and secure additional funding and resources. As a result, there has been a notable increase in antenatal check-ups, facility births, and postnatal care, contributing to lower maternal and child mortality rates. Moving forward, the foundation aims to sustain its outreach efforts, enhance team training, and ensure ongoing effectiveness through continuous monitoring and evaluation.

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#childhealth #ugandachildren #healthcare #healthcareheroes #lowincomefamilies #smallgrantbigimpact #heartivism
#gratitude #makingadifference #positivechange #heartivism