Our Grantees in the News2017-10-05T17:52:00+00:00

Our Grantees in the News

 

 

Marie Claire Kuja featured in BBC.com

An NGO invents organic sanitary napkins in Cameroon, April 2018

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“The KujaEcoPads project uses banana and plantain stems to turn them into 100% biodegradable, affordable and environmentally friendly sanitary napkins.Waste and agricultural residues are used to make these low-cost sanitary napkins for low-income women and girls. “

Read the whole article, An NGO invents organic sanitary napkins in Cameroon, here

Learn more about Marie Claire Kuja’s project, KujaPads Initiative, here.

Sonya Passi’s FreeFrom Wins the Impact & Audience Awards

FreeFrom Wins the Impact & Audience Awards at 10th Annual SVP LA Fast Pitch, April 2018

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“Last month, FreeFrom participated as one of the top 10 finalists in the SVP LAFast Pitch competition. We competed with 19 other organizations to present a 3-minute pitch on our work to an audience of 500 people. FreeFrom took home the Impact Award, as well as raising the most money from the audience. “

Read the whole article and Watch the video, FreeFrom Wins the Impact & Audience Awards at 10th Annual SVP LA Fast Pitch, here

Learn more about Sonya Passi’s project, FreeFrom, here.

Candice Elder featured in KQED

In the Field with The East Oakland Collective, a Grassroots Group Aiding the Homeless, April 2018

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“As a kid, I vividly remember asking myself, how does someone end up homeless? How could you collect change all day and not have enough for a place to stay? How could there be so many empty buildings downtown, with the lights on at night, while there are people sleeping outside? I never brought those questions to the people sleeping at the bus stop, surviving under the freeway or living in temporary shelters on the sidewalk. But I should’ve asked. That’s how to get the real story about how someone becomes homeless, and how we can help them. “

Read the whole article, In the Field with The East Oakland Collective, a Grassroots Group Aiding the Homeless, here

Learn more about Candice Elder’s project, Take Back Our Streets, here.

Whitney Saxon featured on HLN

Lifting Girls and Women Up One Letter at a Time, April 2018

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“I think we can all agree – sometimes, life is just tough. We met a woman who knows that. She’s figured out a way to help others who are struggling. And she’s doing it, one letter at a time. “

Watch the video, Lifting Girls and Women Up One Letter at a Time, here

Learn more about Whitney Saxon’s project, The Letter Project By Project To Love Ourselves, here.

Jahkil Jackson featured in Forbes

Meet The 10-Year-Old Social Entrepreneur Helping The Homeless Across The Nation, March 2018

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“Jahkil Jackson of Chicago, Illinois is one busy young man. He’s a student, a tap dancer, a basketball player, an actor, a model, and he’s a social entrepreneur who is on a mission to help the homeless in Chicago and throughout the world. At his young age of 10, he’s already given out over 6,000 Blessing Bags to those in need. Blessing Bags are filled with basic items that homeless need to improve their lives. “

Read the whole article, Meet The 10-Year-Old Social Entrepreneur Helping The Homeless Across The Nation, here

Learn more about Jahkil Jackson’s project, Project I Am, here.

Noah Hastay featured on WCJB

GHF hosts free fitness class for individuals with special needs, March 2018

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“The Fit for All class is free for athletes with special needs. Each athlete is paired with a volunteer to help them through their exercises.  “

Read the whole article and Watch the video, GHF hosts free fitness class for individuals with special needs, here

Learn more about Noah Hastay’s project, FIT For ALL, here.

Lila Mankad featured in Chron

Middle schoolers aim to make Houston plastic bag free, March 2018

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“Caoilin Krathaus and Lila Mankad, 12-year-old friends and classmates at Hogg Middle School, are sixth-graders on a campaign to save the world. They enjoy typical hobbies such as reading, being outdoors, and camping, but they also have a common goal to make Houston more sustainable and waste free by starting a plastic bag ordinance. “

Read the whole article, Middle schoolers aim to make Houston plastic bag free, here

Learn more about Lila Mankad’s project, Bayou City Bags, here.

Angela Still featured in The Post and Courier

Why a Columbia-area woman is teaching yoga to South Carolina’s prison inmates, March 2018

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“Angela Still is on a mission to change the lives of South Carolina’s inmates. The Columbia-area resident founded Karuna Prison Yoga in February 2017 after working with the nonprofit Prison Yoga Project for three years. Through her organization, Still brings trauma-sensitive yoga classes to male and female inmates. “It’s been exhilarating,” she said. “Service yoga is pretty much nonexistent in South Carolina. I’ve gotten more support than I thought I’d get.”Yoga helps inmates while behind bars and after they are released because it teaches them to deal with stress and live in the moment, Still said. “

Read the whole article, Why a Columbia-area woman is teaching yoga to South Carolina’s prison inmates, here

Learn more about Angela Still’s project, Freedom Within, here.

Kausalya Raman featured in UC Davis, Department of Design

Design Student Receives Strauss Foundation Scholarship, March 2018

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“Kausalya Raman, a second-year Design and Economics double major at UC Davis, has received a scholarship from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation for her project, English Kadhavu, which helps students in India to become more proficient in English and better prepare them for university.  “

Read the whole article, Design Student Receives Strauss Foundation Scholarship, here

Learn more about Kausalya Raman’s project, English Kadhavu, Bridging The Language Divide In India, here.

Samantha Ngcolomba featured in Medium.com

Wonder Women of #legaltech — Women who inspire us, March 2018

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“Many have markedly declared 2018 as the Year of Women. However, at HiiL, we believe that every year is the women’s year. Exceptional women everywhere have been fighting systematic discrimination and gender parity using innovation to bring access to justice to fellow women and their larger communities. In celebration of International Women’s Day, HiiL would like to bring your attention to women who are working to improve legal systems worldwide to bring justice closer to those who need it most.”

Read the article, Wonder Women of #legaltech — Women who inspire us, here.

Learn more about Samantha Ngcolomba’s project, Lady Liberty, here.

Sophia Hanson featured on ABC 6

Celebrating girl power at Philadelphia City Hall, March 2018

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“It was a day of celebration of girl power at Philadelphia City Hall in Center City. The National Youth Foundation hosted a girls rally to recognize six women who are outstanding in their fields. “

Read the whole article and Watch the video, Celebrating girl power at Philadelphia City Hall, here

Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Sophia Hanson featured on Fox29.com

Local girls to take part in first ever “Girls Rally” Saturday, March 2018

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Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi featured in DW, Germany

Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele: Mobilizing citizens through gardening, January 2018

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“Meet the man driving an innovative community gardening initiative in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele wants the next generation to enjoy nutritious food — and have a healthy respect for nature. “

Watch the video, Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele: Mobilizing citizens through gardening, here

Learn more about Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi’s project, ProtectOzone, here.

Norly Germain featured in GoLocalProv.com

RI-Based Hope & Change for Haiti’s Germain Addresses Trump Remarks, Need for Action, January 2018

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“Dr. Norly Germain with the nonprofit Hope and Change for Haiti spoke to President Donald Trump’s recently reported remarks about Haiti and other countries — and why further action is needed beyond responding to the political discourse, and the focus needs to be on helping Haitians impacted by both natural disaster — and manmade problems. “

Read the whole article, RI-Based Hope & Change for Haiti’s Germain Addresses Trump Remarks, Need for Action, here

Learn more about Norly Germain’s project, A Cistern Of 15000-Gallon Of Water In The Community Of Jeannette, here.

Dorcas Apoore featured in Can News Africa, South Africa

Worst tragedies inspire best Ghana empowerment scheme, January 2018

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“13 siblings to sickness and hunger rates among the worst horrors any youngster can ever go through. That, exacerbated by the hardships of growing up in a poverty-stricken, polygamous family going to bed on an empty stomach or sleeping without a roof over their head, literary, is horrifying enough to torment any youngster for the rest of their life. “

Read the whole article, Worst tragedies inspire best Ghana empowerment scheme, here

Learn more about Dorcas Apoore’s project, Women’s Basket Weaving, here.

Cynthia Frame-Endres featured in Buffalo Spree Magazine

Going Green / Powering battery recycling in Erie County, January 2018

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“Every year, Americans purchase nearly three billion dry cell batteries, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency—and the vast majority of these end up in landfill. About one in five dry cell batteries purchased are rechargeable, meaning they can be reused until they reach the end of their lifespan, and then recycled through drop-off at stores like Best Buy, Lowe’s, or Home Depot. But for the four-fifths that are single-use alkaline batteries, there is no simple, cost-effective way to recycle—and that’s what the Coalition of Positively Charged People is hoping to change in Western New York. “

Read the whole article, Going Green / Powering battery recycling in Erie County, here

Learn more about Cynthia Frame-Endres’s project, Household Battery Recycling, here.

Norly Germain featured in Cranston Herald

‘We shall overcome’ is response to President’s slam on Haitian, January 2018

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“Haitian community leaders, politicians and dignitaries from across the state gathered at Dorcas International’s North Campus on Elmwood Avenue Sunday to rebuke the ugliness and inappropriate nature of the words and sentiments shared by President Donald J. Trump last week in regards to immigrants from Haiti and Africa, and his preference for immigrants from nations such as Norway. Organized by Dr. Norly Germain of Hope and Change for Haiti, Bernard Georges of New Bridges for Haitian Success (NB4HS), Dr. Kappi Bois from Haitian-American Partnership for Positive Actions and Councilman Nirva Rebecca Lafortune, the event filled the room with people of many ethnic backgrounds and religions as they listened to one speaker after the next denounce the president’s words and beliefs as racist and un-American. “

Read the whole article, ‘We shall overcome’ is response to President’s slam on Haitian, here

Learn more about Norly Germain’s project, A Cistern Of 15000-Gallon Of Water In The Community Of Jeannette, here.

Sophia Hanson featured in A Plus

Book-Writing Competition Inspires Kids To Write About Local Female Heroes, January 2018

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“Women’s issues are not just a woman’s issue —  they’re a human issue. And while there may not be one solution to solving gender inequality, we can start by ensuring our children are educated on the importance of feminism, respect, and equality. In an effort to teach kids that women can be powerful and influential, a small nonprofit is holding a book writing competition for kids to write about their favorite local heroines. “

Read the whole article, Book-Writing Competition Inspires Kids To Write About Local Female Heroes, here

Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation – Amazing Women’s Edition, here.

Jeff Kirschner featured in Business Insider

An app that tries to make picking up trash fun just got a $225,000 cash injection from the US government,  January 2018

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“Jeff Kirschner has a discarded tub of cat litter to thank for his business. A few years ago, he was hiking with his kids when they spotted it dumped in a creek. “Daddy, that doesn’t go there,” his then-four-year-old daughter complained. “I know it sounds cliché, but for me that was the eye-opening moment,” he said. Today, he runs Litterati, an app that “gamifies” picking up litter, letting users take photos of what they’ve collected and track their environmental efforts.”

Read the whole article, An app that tries to make picking up trash fun just got a $225,000 cash injection from the US government here.

Learn more about Jeff Kirschner’s project, Litterati, here.

Yvonne Akoth featured in IREX.org

Supporting peacebuilding and conflict management in Kenya, December 2017

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“Before participating in the Community Solutions Program (CSP), Yvonne Akoth was teaching peacebuilding and conflict management strategies in Kenya with few resources. After participating in the program, she gained the leadership skills, confidence, and support networks to take her peacebuilding work to the next level. During her childhood, Akoth and her family experienced a traumatic series of events that would spark her passion for peacebuilding and conflict management. Her parents, who come from two different ethnic tribes in Kenya, found themselves in the middle of an ethnic political conflict.

Read the article, Supporting peacebuilding and conflict management in Kenya, here.

Learn more about Yvonne Akoth’s project, Impart Change, here.