Our Grantees in the News 2017-10-05T17:52:00+00:00

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Umra Omar featured in The Guardian, UK

The-Guardian-logoWhen the boat comes in: the Safari Doctors of Kenya – in pictures, October 2017

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“In the remote islands in Lamu, near the Kenyan-Somali border, aid groups have stopped working and infrastructure is crumbling as conflict escalates between the military and al-Shabaab fighters. The medical team from Safari Doctors, often under the watchful eye of founder Umra Omar, travel long distances by boat, and by road and air, to bring free medical care to the islands’ increasingly isolated people

Read the article, When the boat comes in: the Safari Doctors of Kenya – in pictures, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Deja Powell is a Brower Youth Award Winner 2017

Brower Youth AwardsDejah Powell, CHICAGO, IL, October 2017

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“Last year, Dejah Powell founded Get Them to the Green (G2G), an organization that aims to foster love for the environment among Chicago youth, particularly youth of color. Powell’s first project with G2G was to organize a summer camp, through which she engaged 14 young people from across the city on issues like environmental justice, sustainability, and food and agriculture. G2G has since partnered with the non-profit Gardenneers to build a school garden at Powell’s elementary school to provide hands-on, outdoor environmental education opportunities for students, and has organized environmental education workshops throughout the city.

Read the whole article, Dejah Powell, CHICAGO, IL here.

Learn more about Dejah Powell’s project, Get Them to the Green, here.

Steve Barr featured in the Fractured Atlas Blog

Meet the Project: Drawn To Help, September 2017

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“What is Drawn to Help?

Drawn To Help takes the joy and healing power of cartoons to children in hospitals. We’re an all-volunteer organization that brings professional cartoonists to treatment facilities in seven states now, with more expansion on the horizon. We do group activities where we teach the kids how to draw their own cartoons and conduct individualized bedside visits. Each child Drawn To Help serves gets a free packet of nontoxic, latex-free art supplies that they get to keep. That way they can continue to experience the powerful impact of creative activities long after our volunteers have gone home.”

Read the whole article, Meet the Project: Drawn To Help, here.

Learn more about Steve Barr’s project, Cartoon Classes for pediatric patients, here.

Kelsey Crowe featured in Tonic.com

Now’s the Right Time to Learn How to Be More Empathetic, August 2017

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“A sex workers’ stilettos. Flip-flops belonging to a dwarf. The rainboots of a mother whose teenage daughter was the victim of a horrific stabbing. A traveling exhibit called “A Mile in My Shoes” allows you to literally step into each of these pairs of footwear while listening to an audio recording of the owner’s voice. It’s all part of the Empathy Museum, a series of participatory projects that aims to help people see the world through different eyes. And it just might work: Though there’s some evidence our baseline level of empathy is innate or even encoded into our genes, research has shown training and deliberate practice can enhance our capacity for recognizing, acknowledging, and even feeling others’ pain. In fact, a recent meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials—the gold standard of medical studies—supports the effectiveness of formal training programs to increase empathy levels.”

Read the article, Now’s the Right Time to Learn How to Be More Empathetic, here.

Learn more about Kelsey Crowe’s project, Help Each Other Out: Share What Works, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in California Health Report

A Mother Lost Her Son to an Overdose, and Went on a Mission to Flood Orange County with Naloxonen, August 2017

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Every Saturday afternoon, Aimee Dunkle stands behind Santa Ana’s City Hall with a framed picture of her son, Ben, as she hands out brown paper bags filled with kits of the opioid overdose-blocking drug Naloxone—a medication she says will save the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of Orange County residents. As Dunkle worked on a recent Saturday, a woman approached her with tears in her eyes. “I just wanted to say thank you,” she said, explaining that the Naloxone she got three weeks ago saved her son from overdose. “If it wasn’t for that stuff he’d be dead.” Another man shuffled towards her, his head hung low, and asked  not for Naloxone, but for encouragement before he turns himself in to jail the next day. He has seen Dunkle every Saturday for the past year-and-a-half, and through her training, he has used Naloxone to revive ten people after overdose.

Read the whole article, A Mother Lost Her Son to an Overdose, and Went on a Mission to Flood Orange County with Naloxone, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project, The Solace Foundation Of Orange County, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in Patch.com

Solace Foundation Brings Hope For Hopeless In Face Of Opioid Addiction, Overdose, August 2017

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Ben Dunkle was 20 years old when he overdosed on heroin, leaving his family in indescribable pain. Mother Aimee Dunkle found herself without a son, and now spends Saturdays with her Solace Foundation helping the children of others recognize the signs and symptoms of heroin overdose and providing life-saving measures in the form of Naloxone. Ben, is more than a statistic found in the “Opioid Overdose and Death in Orange County” report released Tuesday by the Orange County Health Care Agency. He is Aimee Dunkle’s reason. Reading between the lines of the technical report, one will find Orange County nonprofits such as The Solace Foundation and the Orange County Needle Exchange Program. Both bridge the gap between opioid abuse and overdose, providing empathy for those in need.

Read the whole article, Solace Foundation Brings Hope For Hopeless In Face Of Opioid Addiction, Overdose, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project, The Solace Foundation Of Orange County, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Forbes

This 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Founded SÜPRMARKT To Address The Food Desert in South LA, July 2017

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“As a South LA native and practicing vegan, 26-year-old Olympia Auset had a difficult time finding organic groceries that fit her diet’s requirements. With approximately 1.3 million people living in South LA, there are only 60 grocery stores across the region. These numbers represent a “food desert,” where healthy food is scarce and preventable disease rates are higher, disproportionally impacting the African American community, shares Auset. This is why Auset founded SÜPRMARKT, a pop-up organic grocery store and subscription service, to serve the local community of South LA. 

Read the article, This 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Founded SÜPRMARKT To Address The Food Desert in South LA, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Delaney Cullen featured in All Cute All The Time

Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, July 2017

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“Delaney Cullen’s parents say she had always been an Earth angel. She always chose to be outdoors rather than in the house watching T.V. or playing with toys. She learned many of her basic skills such as counting, shapes, and colors by observing plants and nature all around her. This was very exciting for Delaney’s dad, who had a background in Environmental Education. Delaney was an inquisitive child and at a young age began asking lots of questions about how plants grow and the different characteristics of animals. Delaney was full of curiosity and wonder about the world around her!”

Read the article, Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, here.

Learn more about Delaney Cullen’s project, The Little Garden That Grew, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in The Orange County Register

Orange County to get 6,200 doses of heroin-blocking medication to give to addicts amid opioid epidemic, July 2017

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Orange County will supply more than 6,200 doses of a heroin-blocking medication to a local nonprofit that hands it out to homeless people and addicts, helping them become street-level paramedics in the fight against a scourge of opioid overdoses. The medication, naloxone, is easy to administer and can block the effect of any opioid – including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin – reversing potentially fatal overdoses in seconds when in possession of drug users. Orange County, like the rest of the nation, has seen a spike in opioid overdoses in recent years. There were at least 400 fatal drug overdoses in the county in 2015, the last year for which full records were immediately available, a 63 percent increase from a decade prior. That spike has occurred despite the efforts of the Solace Foundation, a local nonprofit that distributes naloxone weekly to people at the Santa Ana Civic Center. The group says its efforts saved as many as 420 lives last year. ”

Read the whole article, Orange County to get 6,200 doses of heroin-blocking medication to give to addicts amid opioid epidemic, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project here.

Biraj Shrestha featured in Online Khabar, Nepal

Why do we need to save frogs?, July 2017

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“Monsoon brings with it puddles, umbrellas and rain boots. It also welcomes the songs of frogs. Frogs usually do not come up in middle of a conversation when we discuss animal conservation, but these amphibians have some impressive traits that need to be acknowledged. Similarly, once you know the ecological significance of frogs, you will understand that like any other species, frogs are also in dire need of conservation. In my quest to get a more in-depth insight into the lives of frogs, I met one such individual who has dedicated his life to protecting these marvels of nature. Biraj Shrestha is a batrachologist (one who studies amphibians). “

Read the article, Why do we need to save frogs?, here.

Learn more about Biraj Shrestha’s project, Save The Frogs Of Manaslu Conservation Area, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Blavity

blavityThis Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, July 2017

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“Healthy, conscious eating should be a choice, not a privilege.  Entrepreneur Olympia Auset recognized this and took action. In LA, the second most vegan-friendly city in the US according to PETA, fresh, quality produce is still unavailable to many communities in the south-central region. A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that 4 out of 10 low-income adults in LA County are food insecure. Less than 20 percent of adults eat fruits and vegetables daily and more than 50 percent of children eat fast food at least once a week, according to the LA County Department of Public Health. As a response to the underwhelming number of quality grocery stores in the area Auset created an alternative to drive-thrus and local mini-markets with limited options. 

Read the article, This Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Harriet Kamashanyu featured in News Deeply

Video: Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, July 2017

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“THERE ARE THOUGHT to be tens of thousands of sex workers in Uganda, many of whom live and work in the slums. Many young daughters are forced to follow their mothers into the profession in order to help support their families, but one charity is trying to break this cycle by offering scholarships to the daughters of sex workers which keeps them in school.

Read the article and watch the video, Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, here.

Learn more about Harriet Kamashanyu’s project, Rhythm of Life, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in News2read

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in Sepe GR, Greece

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Karen Fiorito featured in EatDrinkBetter.com

Eat Drink Better . comFight Drought with Diet – What’s the Water Footprint of your Food?, July 2017

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“This billboard about how to fight drought with diet appeared in my neighborhood and brightened my day! If you care about the planet, it’s time to take a hard look at what’s on your plate. This billboard – which I saw on my bike commute in San Francisco – is a public art project and social media campaign by Los Angeles-based artists Karen Fiorito and Alex Arinsberg, focused on raising people’s awareness about how much water it takes to produce meat and dairy as opposed to a plant-based diet – with the hope that they would ‘shock’ some residents into thinking differently about their diets. The billboards were seen around LA in late 2015, and arrived in San Francisco in late 2016 (I’m a bit late writing this post!). The idea that meat is so directly related to drought is not news to me or others in the vegan food scene, but it’s still (I would suggest) a rather new and/or challenging concept for others to accept. “

Read the article, Fight Drought with Diet – What’s the Water Footprint of your Food?, here.

Learn more about Karen Fiorito’s project, Got Drought?, here.

Jessica Candela featured in ChicoER.com

Youth council inspiring homeless teens, young adults, July 2017

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“While it might not have been her roof, at least there was always one over her head. Hailey Sherman, 22, said she knew she had it bad when she was growing up — her mother and she moved from place to place, often crashing at friends’ houses or renting a home or apartment for one month at a time before getting kicked out. It wasn’t until recently she realized she was technically homeless for much of her young life.

Read the article, Youth council inspiring homeless teens, young adults, here.

Learn more about Jessica Candela’s project, Butte County Youth Advisory Council, here.

Centreville Elementary School featured in National Wildlife Federation

Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, June 2017

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“Eco-Schools USA engages school communities from coast to coast and from cities to rural communities in creating and implementing healthy solutions for sustainable education. In recognition of the incredible efforts for wildlife protection, sustainability, and environmental education across the nation, National Wildlife Federation is recognizing America’s Top 10 Eco-Schools… Centreville Elementary has earned not one but two Green Flags, showing dedication to multiple facets of sustainable environmental education. Since its work with Eco-Schools USA has commenced, the school has reduced its energy use by 20 percent and has expanded its outdoor learning classrooms that are now home to a wide variety of life: praying mantises, ladybugs, bees, spiders and butterflies, goldfinches and bluebirds.

Read the whole article, Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, here.

Learn more about Centreville Elementary School’s project, Farmer’s Market, here.

Sebouh Bazikian featured in Los Angeles Times

Foster youth gifted bicycles thanks to brothers’ charitable efforts, June 2017

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A nonprofit run by two brothers has delivered more than 250 bicycles to orphans across the globe and on Wednesday brought their efforts home with the donation of bikes, helmets and locks to 17 local foster youth. Bikes 4 Orphans, created by brothers Shawnt and Sebouh Bazikian while attending St. Francis High School in 2012, was founded on the wish to raise enough money to purchase and deliver new bicycles to orphans in six different countries, including Kenya and Armenia. When a supporting member associated with the All Saint’s Church Foster Care Project in Pasadena suggested the brothers direct their work toward American foster youth — who often struggle with basic transportation daily — Shawnt Bazikian said he had to act. “

Read the article, Foster youth gifted bicycles thanks to brothers’ charitable efforts, here.

Learn more about Sebouh Bazikian’s project, Bikes 4 Orphans, here.

Karen Snook featured in LA Weekly

Kindred Spirits Care Farm, June 2017
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“Care farms are very popular in Europe. Traditionally, care farms are farms that welcome people to come and heal by participating […]

Adam Rubin featured in Forbes

How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, June 2017

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“Type “how to find your passion” into Google and you’ll get 29.9 million results in .9 seconds. I’d argue “find your passion” is one of the most talked about yet most misunderstood terms out there. It’s constantly thrown around as a buzz phrase and it’s on the cover of countless self-help books, yet the search for passion never seems to end. Pursuing your passion terrifies most people. It’s the proverbial fork in the road between following a dream or being “realistic.” However, science tells us that having a passion can increase our overall satisfaction with life, making us happier and less stressful people. So why is passion so elusive? I asked one cofounder who seems to have the passion predicament sorted. He travels the world empowering disadvantaged youth with the tools to reach their full potential.”

Read the whole article, How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, here.

Learn more about Adam Rubin’s project, RENEW, here.