Our Grantees in the News
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.
Delaney Cullen featured in GoUpState.com
“Delaney Cullen was 5 years old when she came up with her first community project, the “Little Garden that Grew,” where she and her family planted gardens outside of community spaces. At 6 years old, she became the Pollination Project’s youngest grant recipient, making her one of the youngest grant recipients in the world, and now the 7-year-old philanthropist shows no signs of stopping”
Read the whole article, 7 year-old philanthropist brings new growth to Lake Lure library here.
Learn more about Delaney Cullen’s project, The Little Garden that Grew, here
Aria Sa’id featured in The San Francisco Examiner
““The Trump administration has been very vocal about stripping away rights and laws that affirm trans people — and it’s very odd, because 10 years ago, no one even mentioned the word ‘transgender’ at all,” Aria Sa’id says. “So now that the word is banned at the CDC, and people are actually uttering the word, it feels like progress. Even if they are stripping away rights legislatively, socially there’s much more progress.” That’s the upside-down, George Carlin-esque state of public health in America, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention banned words like “diversity,” “fetus” and “science-based” last year. But Sa’id, founder and director of the Kween Culture Initiative, knows from experience that progress is not linear.”
Read the whole article, Aria Sa’id a force for change among trans women of color here.
Learn more about Aria Sa’id’s project, Kween Culture Initiative, 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.
Ajayi Oluwole Olakunle featured in The Sunshine Herald
“A not-for-profit organization, The Educate Africa Project, TEAP in collaboration with the Ondo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, recently launched a Mathematics Fun Club for government-owned primary schools in the State. Speaking at the launch, the project coordinator and founder of TEAP, Mr Kunle Ajayi, disclosed that the club is aimed at helping pupils in primary schools overcome their phobia for Mathematics, as well as boost their confidence in the subject under a relaxed atmosphere and learning with fun.”
Read the whole article, Group launches mathematics fun club in Ondo govt-owned primary schools here.
Learn more about Ajayi Oluwole Olakunle’s project, The Educate Africa Project (TEAP), 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.
Jahkil Jackson featured in Forbes
Meet The 10-Year-Old Social Entrepreneur Helping The Homeless Across The Nation, March 2018
“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
“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.
Joe Bock featured in Second Act Stories
“Joe Bock retired in 2008 after a long and successful career as an electrical engineer. But he always remembered his time back in grade school as a kid sitting on the sidelines and never getting into an athletic game. “I wanted to be athletic more than anything else.” And when he retired he was determined to help “kids like me.” “
Read the whole article, Getting Benchwarmers in the Game: Retired Engineer Keeps a Promise, here
Learn more about Joe Bock’s project, Benchwarmers Basketball, here.
Lila Mankad featured in Chron
“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.
Jill Andersen featured in The New York Times
“Lalo Aguilar was born in the Mexican border city of Juárez 29 years ago, carries a Mexican passport and lives in Mexico City. Yet he speaks of Mexico as a kind of foreign country, a place to which he was banished. “Exile,” he calls it. In 2012, after living nearly his entire life as an undocumented immigrant in Utah, he was deported to Mexico after an altercation with some police officers over an immigration-enforcement bill he was protesting. “
Read the whole article, Young Migrants’ Return to Mexico Is More ‘Exile’ Than Homecoming, here
Learn more about Jill Andersen’s project, Otros Dreams En Acción Community Space In Mexico City, here.
Jonna Mckone featured in The Sanctuary
“Why is it important to reflect on your experiences in life? A group of students from Rutgers University have been addressing this question in a multidisciplinary scrapbook project being lead by a documentary artist and journalist named Jonna McKone. McKone traveled with these New Jersey college students to The Sanctuary for Independent Media to meet up and study zine-making with digital folk artist Brenda Ann Kenneally, Guggenheim fellow and creator of the Troy People’s History Museum.”
Read the whole article, Rutgers University Students on Storytelling here.
Learn more about Jonna Mckone’s project, Visions Of Family, here.
Erin Barnette featured in WCCB Charlotte
“Wilson was at the Girls Scouts Hornets Nest Council in Charlotte to learn more about the great work these young ladies are doing as part of their Gold Award Projects . Just a few of the projects that the girls are taking on include a 5k race, puppy yoga and healthcare for women. For these projects the girls can earn the Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned as a Girl Scout.”
Read the whole article, Wilson’s World: With Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council Working on Gold Award Projects here.
Learn more about Erin Barnette’s project, Autism Babysitters Club, here.
Kristina Lefever featured on Jefferson Public Radio
“Butterflies and bees are skilled in finding their way from plant to plant. People need a little help. So that’s why the Rogue Buzzway Project came into being… now people who want to track the progress of pollinators can find pollinator hangouts. “
Read the whole article and listen, Rogue Valley Students Help Make Maps To Follow Pollinators here.
Learn more about Kristina Lefever’s project, Rogue Buzzway Project, here.
Michelle Carrera featured in Main Street Vegan
“In my last blog post “A Vegan in the Middle of a Natural Disaster”, I shared everything I did to survive the days after Hurricane Maria hit my island, Puerto Rico. I wrote that veganism was the way to go in terms of how we can help the planet heal. This follow-up is about veganism in local areas, and helping communities. One of the great things I got to do after the hurricane was go to the streets and feed others. A year before the hurricane, I had the chance to meet the founder of Chilis on Wheels, a non-profit organization that feeds vegan food to people in need of a warm meal. “
Read the whole article, Vegans, Communities and the Hurricane Aftermath, here
Learn more about Michelle Carrera’s project, Chilis On Wheels Puerto Rico Relief, here.