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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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.