Our Grantees in the News
Maria Omare featured in the Bright Magazine
“Maria Omare greets me warmly when we meet at Kibera Drive, one of the few major roads in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya that is home to an estimated 250,000 residents. “Welcome to Wakanda,” she jokes, referring to the fictional land in the film “Black Panther.””
Read the whole article, Meet The Woman Who’s Transforming How Kenya Sees Disability here.
Learn more about Maria Omare’s project, The Action Foundation, here.
Cheeraz Gormon featured in Time
Why TIME Devoted an Issue to Guns in America, October 2018
“In his 2015 book, the artist JR asks, “Can Art Change the World?” Artists see beyond walls, across divides, around corners. Through their eyes, we understand the world in new, clearer ways—which is why TIME since its founding has worked with great artists to create our covers, from Andy Warhol to Andrew Wyeth, Robert Rauschenberg to Ai Weiwei, Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Shepard Fairey. Fifty years ago, Roy Lichtenstein marked a series of heart-breaking assassinations with a TIME cover, “The Gun in America,” which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery”
Read the whole article, Why TIME Devoted an Issue to Guns in America here.
Learn more about Cheeraz Gormon’s project, Sibling Support Network, here.
Padmanaban Gopalan featured in The Times of India, India
“It might have been just a few years since he launched his initiative- No Food Waste- but Coimbatore-based social entrepreneur Padmanabhan Gopalan is already going places. The youngster was recently invited as one of the speakers at the prestigious Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium which was held from October 17 to 19 as part of the World Food Prize annual series of events in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Padmanabhan was recognized for his NGO, No Food Waste, which donates excess food to the hungry and needy and prevents food from ending up in trash.”
Read the whole article, International laurels for Coimbatore social entrepreneur here.
Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.
Jose German featured in The Montclaire Local
Town Square: A demonstration garden is the new kid in town at Crane Park, October 2018
“Montclair has a reputation of as green town with the privilege of having great parks and wonderful open spaces. Montclair also has a group of well-known gardens that are part of the town culture and history, such as Presby Memorial Iris Garden, Van Vleck Garden, and the Avis Campbell Gardens, to name a few”
Read the whole article, Town Square: A demonstration garden is the new kid in town at Crane Park here.
Learn more about Jose German’s project, Crane Park Demonstration Garden, here.
Elizabeth Alberts featured on Soundcloud.com
“This first episode of EarthVoice will take you to Cape Town, South Africa, where a team of animal lovers sacrifice their time, money and even their personal safety to care for dogs and cats in the city’s poorest communities. We’ll hear from Rosie Kunneke, cofounder of Tin Can Town, a local animal welfare group, as well as several volunteer.”
Read the whole article, EarthVoice Episode 1: Saving the Dogs of Blikkiesdorp here.
Learn more about Elizabeth Alberts’s project, EarthVoice Podcast, here.
Sophia Hanson featured in CBS Sports
“Before Jalen Mills sat euphorically on confetti-coated turf, a “Super Bowl LII” logo stitched to his jersey and Philadelphia’s first Lombardi Trophy in the vicinity, he was just another name in a football league full of them. Before he started for the Eagles as a personal favorite of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, he was just another seventh-round draft pick, the 21st-to-last player taken out of 253 in 2016.”
Read the whole article, Jalen Mills takes on bullying, has confidence in defense despite Eagles’ 2-2 start here.
Learn more about Sophia Hanson’s project, National Youth Foundation, here.
Clare Hanrahan featured in Mountain Xpress
“Keeping with this year’s theme for International Day of Peace, “The Right to Peace,” the Peace Day committee has chosen Palestine-born Yousef Natsha and American-born wife Rachel Joy as Peacemakers of the Year. They will be recognized at the Asheville celebration on Friday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. at the Elder and Sage Community Gardens on Page Avenue.”
Read the whole article, International Day of Peace Sept. 21 at Elder and Sage Community Garden here.
Learn more about Clare Hanrahan’s project, Elder & Sage Community Gardens, here.
Camille Licate featured on The Dodo
“When this woman met a little chick who was found on the streets of NYC, she didn’t expect to fall in love. But Bree quickly showed his mom that they were meant to be family”
Watch the video, Woman Falls In Love With Chicken Rescued From NYC Streets here.
Learn more about Camille Licate’s project, Bree & Me Project, here.
Jillian Jordan featured in Dallas News
“The feed bomb garden trend has exploded on the North Texas landscape lately. Also called seed balls, seed bombs are seeds encapsulated in compost and clay, which forms a protective barrier, minimizing damage by best insects, birds or soil-borne diseases .”
Read the whole article, Learn how to make “feed bombs”, which can bring more wildflowers to North Texas here.
Learn more about Jillian Jordan’s project, Great Seed Bomb, Inc, here.
Denise Burry featured in ClickOrlando.com
“Forward Paths Foundation Executive Director Denise Burry is this week’s Getting Results Award winner. Burry and the Forward Paths Foundation have been helping Lake County’s homeless unaccompanied youth and those aging out of foster care transition to adulthood and independence. “We’re a life coach, mentor, teacher, surrogate parent,” Burry said. “Every youth is different. Their abilities are wide-ranging.” Working out of a small office in Leesburg, Burry and a group of volunteers help children with everything from food and clothing to getting an ID card and registering for classes. The organization even helps house close to 20 young adults.”
Read the whole article, Nonprofit helps Lake County foster kids reach their full potential here.
Learn more about Denise Burry’s project, Forward Paths Foundation, Inc, here.
Saba Khalid featured in The Express Tribune, Pakistan
“KARACHI: Raaji, a chatbot that engages conversations in the fields of health, hygiene as well as abuse and sexual harassment, has won the ‘She Loves Tech Pakistan 2018’ competition, qualifying to go to China for the bootstrapping process and compete with start-ups from other countries.”
Read the whole article, Raaji wins ‘She Loves Tech Pakistan 2018’ here.
Learn more about Saba Khalid’s project, Animated Short Film Raaji, here.
Chaunda Scott featured in MPR News
Publication gives new life to history of black community in the Twin Cities, August 2018
“It’s a secret history that, for some, wasn’t so secret. Well-worn copies of Walter Scott’s books dating back to 1956 were shelved in personal libraries and laid on coffee tables all over Minneapolis. “Dad always said what he wanted to do was put together a pictoral resume of the Black community, so that the world really could see the accomplishments, the goals, kind of the other side of day to day life,” said Anthony Scott, son of publisher Walter Scott.”
Read the whole article, Publication gives new life to history of black community in the Twin Cities here.
Learn more about Chaunda Scott’s project, Minnesota’s Black Community Project, here.
The Amal Alliance featured in CBC
“Rotary Club members from around the world are showcasing hundreds of humanitarian projects as a Rotary International Convention gets underway in Toronto. The projects, which include everything from polio immunization drives in India and Africa to informal education programs for young refugees in Greece to water distribution efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are being exhibited in booths in a hall dubbed the “House of Friendship” at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.“
Read the whole article, Rotary club members showcase aid projects as international convention gets underway in Toronto here.
Learn more about Dr. Rose Cardarelli and Ms. Danielle De La Fuente’s project, The Amal Alliance, Inc, here.
Charles Nana Kwarteng featured in Global Green Growth Institute
““Rwanda, a developing country in East Africa with overly dense population has agricultural economy. About 82 percent cultivable land needs irrigation. During dry season and due to climate change, demand for secondary irrigation is increasing. Irrigation by electric power, diesel pump and solar pumps are some of the existing alternatives. However, due to the high cost of buying, running, and maintaining these systems smallholder farmers are unable to use them, constantly keeping them in their cycle of poverty”, said Joseline Ihirwe”
Read the whole article, Rwanda’s Youth Participation in environmental protection here.
Learn more about Charles Nana Kwarteng’s project, Volta Irrigation, here.
Kashalot featured in BNT, Bulgaria
“Четири спирки на градския транспорт във Варна са превърнати в творчески пространства. Там жителите на града могат да четат разкази на млади автори, докато чакат автобуса си. Инициативата е на сдружение “Кашалот”. “
Read the whole article, Спирки за разкази във Варна, here
Learn more about Teodora Stoyanova’s project, Kashalot – Living Reads, here.
Kashalot featured in Varna24.bg, Bulgaria
“Първите четири разказа от проекта “Спирка за разкази” на сдружение “Кашалот” вече могат да бъдат прочетени във Варна. В продължение на един месец от 21-и май до 17-и юни четири централни спирки на градския транспорт във Варна ще бъдат преобразени в места за творчество и въображение. Избраните спирки са “Козирката”, “Общината” (спирка “Музея”), “Червения площад” (спирка “Площад Съединение”) и “Чаталджа”. Всяка седмица там ще бъдат “публикувани” авторски произведения, специално написани за проекта на тема “Още 5 минути“. “
Read the whole article, Първите четири спирки от “Спирка за разкази“ вече са факт във Варна, here
Learn more about Teodora Stoyanova’s project, Kashalot – Living Reads, here.
Marie Claire Kuja featured in BBC.com
“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
“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
“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
“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.