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

Our Grantees in the News

 

 

Talia Schmitt featured in wm.edu

Students give eco-lessons at Whaley Elementary, December 2017

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“String, duct tape, newspapers, cereal boxes, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, egg cartons and paper bags aren’t usually anybody’s idea of high fashion. But the idea here was more one of “trashion” and intended to focus on reuse of these recyclable items, or at least awareness of them. “

Read the whole article, Students give eco-lessons at Whaley Elementary, here

Learn more about Talia Schmitt’s project, Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative, here.

Molly Beth Rice featured in Peoria Magazine.com

Women of Influence: Heart, Mind & Soul, December 2017

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” I was recently blessed to get to know four unique, beautiful and brilliant women from our community—amazing individuals who are redefining what it means to shape and influence the community around us. They are thinking and living “outside the box,” breaking out of the traditional mold, and uplifting the communities, businesses and families in our region—and each of them has been a big inspiration to me… Molly Rice was born in Peoria, attending Woodruff High School, Illinois Central College and Bradley University. After working for several years with different social service organizations, then at Bradley, she moved to the small town of Rushville, where she met and married Mike Rice, a single father to three daughters. After learning about a shortage of foster parents, they became licensed in 2013. They had room to house more children, and they both had a drive to help others.”

Read the whole article, Women of Influence: Heart, Mind & Soul, here.

Learn more about Molly Beth Rice’s project, Good Soil for the Peoria North End Urban Garden, here.

Kingsley Iweka featured in World Summit Awards

Africa-OnTheRise, December 2017

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” Africa-OnTheRise.com is committed to highlighting and propagating the positive changing realities of the African continent. This online platform is changing the African conversation by monitoring, analyzing and sharing ONLY qualitative content about Africa’s rising potential, fostering development and economic empowerment through the power of positive information and inspiring hope by humanizing the process of positive change.”

Read the whole article, Africa-OnTheRise, here.

Read more about Kingsley Iweka’s project, Africa-OnTheRise here

Dr. Amie Breeze Harper featured in The New York Times

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, November 2017

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“Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists. “When you say ‘vegan,’ a lot of people tend to only think of PETA, which doesn’t reflect the massive landscape of vegan activism,” said Ms. Ko, 28, a Floridian whose favorite dish at the moment is the spinach pie in “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook.” “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.” So many other people wanted to be included on the list after it appeared, she started a website, Black Vegans Rock. That spawned a Twitter hashtag (#blackvegansrock) and a T-shirt business. In June, she published ”Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters,” a book she wrote with her older sister, Syl Ko.

Read the article, Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, here.

Learn more about Dr. Amie Breeze Harper’s project, Sistah Vegan Project, here.

Aph Ko featured in The New York Times

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, November 2017

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“Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists. “When you say ‘vegan,’ a lot of people tend to only think of PETA, which doesn’t reflect the massive landscape of vegan activism,” said Ms. Ko, 28, a Floridian whose favorite dish at the moment is the spinach pie in “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook.” “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.” So many other people wanted to be included on the list after it appeared, she started a website, Black Vegans Rock. That spawned a Twitter hashtag (#blackvegansrock) and a T-shirt business. In June, she published ”Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters,” a book she wrote with her older sister, Syl Ko.

Read the article, Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, here.

Learn more about Aph Ko’s project, Vegan Anti-Racist Changemaker, here.

Keith Tucker featured in The New York Times

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, November 2017

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“Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists. “When you say ‘vegan,’ a lot of people tend to only think of PETA, which doesn’t reflect the massive landscape of vegan activism,” said Ms. Ko, 28, a Floridian whose favorite dish at the moment is the spinach pie in “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook.” “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.” So many other people wanted to be included on the list after it appeared, she started a website, Black Vegans Rock. That spawned a Twitter hashtag (#blackvegansrock) and a T-shirt business. In June, she published ”Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters,” a book she wrote with her older sister, Syl Ko.

Read the article, Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes, here.

Learn more about Keith Tucker’s project, Oakland Hip Hop Green Dinner, here.

Beth Koigi featured in TechMoran

Kenya’s Majik Water to harvest drinking water from air for off-grid communities, November 2017

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“Founded by Anastasia Kaschenko, Beth Koigi and Clare Sewell, Kenya’s Majik Water has launched a prototype and started its water harvesting process in pilot to help people in off-grid communities in Kenya harvest water from air using simple techniques and equipment. The three-girl team, comprising of Clare, who previously worked as a strategic consultant for 9 years in London and  has for the past two years been living in Malawi where she started her own startup, Anastasia who worked for a company that is leading in dew harvesting as well as product research and development in Canada and Beth, a water entrepreneur in Kenya met in Silicon Valley where they realized they shared the same vision to help solve the water shortage issues around the world.

Read the article, Kenya’s Majik Water to harvest drinking water from air for off-grid communities, here.

Learn more about Beth Koigi’s project, Technologia Mashinani, here.

Sara Trail featured in Modern Patchwork

Quilting As Commentary-A look at The Exhibit “Quilta And Human Rights”, November 2017

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“TEXTILES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CONNECTED TO ACTIVISM, from suffragists sewing protest banners to Hmong refugees in Southeast Asia embroidering images of war onto story cloths. The intersection of quilt making and human rights is explored in a traveling exhibit currently at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University.”

Read the article, Quilting As Commentary-A look at The Exhibit “Quilta And Human Rights”, here.

Learn more about Sara Trail’s project, Social Justice Sewing Academy, here.

Joseph Osuigwe featured in The Nigerian Voice, Nigeria

U. S Embassy Nigeria Supports Joseph Osuigwe to Train Corps Members as Anti-Human Trafficking Advocates, November 2017

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” Anti-human trafficking advocacy training is organized to equip young people as advocates, and empower them to carryout community projects to combat human trafficking. It is a Pass-It-On project by The Executive Director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, Joseph Osuigwewho was recently supported by the United State Embassy Nigeria to attend the International Human Trafficking Conference which held at the University of Toledo, Ohio State, United States of America.”

Read the whole article, U. S Embassy Nigeria Supports Joseph Osuigwe to Train Corps Members as Anti-Human Trafficking Advocates, here.

Read more about Joseph Osuigwe’s project, Project End FGM here

Mona Yadav featured in Sulabh Swachh Bharat, India

THE COURAGE TO QUESTION, November 2017

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““Bhaiya, why do you think a boy asking for a sanitary pad is frowned upon?”, asked Nisha in an unperturbed fashion. There was no mincing of words. For a moment, I was taken aback. I was meeting Nisha for the first time. She is a 14 year old, and lives in JJ Colony of Dwarka, Sector-3. She is currently studying in Grade 9 of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Dwarka, Sector 3. For her age, Nisha has surely understood the baseless taboo created around the sanitary pads. “After all, it is a part of female biology”, she adds.
Nisha, along with 25 other girls, is attending the month long workshop by Sahas, an organisation creating a space for conversations around gender issues. All the girls are in the age group of 12-14 years and are comfortably sitting in a circle, which also comprises of Mona, Purvi and Vineet. Mona and Puvi have co-founded Sahas last year. Vineet is a professional with NABARD and is volunteering with Sahas for last 6 months. Today, the girls are discussing the social construct of gender, existing gender roles in society, and their inconspicuous impact on our psyche. “

Read the article, THE COURAGE TO QUESTION, here.

Learn more about Mona Yadav And Purvi Yadav’s project, Sahas, here.

Mickey Rowe featured in The New York Times

The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to an Actor With Autism, November 2017

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“Early Thursday morning at the cafe across the street from Syracuse Stage, an actor named Mickey Rowe ducked in from the drizzly chill just as a barista unlocked the door. Starring as Christopher Boone in Simon Stephens’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” he had a matinee to perform in a couple of hours, and an interview to give first. On Broadway, where the play was a Tony Award-winning hit, it ran eight times a week, with two actors alternating the demanding role of Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism who sets out to solve a mystery. In Syracuse, Mr. Rowe — thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play the role — does all nine shows a week.”

Read the article, The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to an Actor With Autism, here.

Learn more about Mickey Rowe’s project, Art on the Waterfront, here.

Nuela Ononiwu featured in The Cultural Curator

NASTY WOMAN: Nuela Adanna Ononiwu (Founder, InspireIT), November 2017

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“Nuela Adanna Ononiwu is getting down to business – and her ‘business’ is to see more girls & women participating in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  With her initiative, InspireIT, Nuela is thinking globally, as she works steadfastly to ensure that young women see their futures in STEM as a viable career path. InspireIT comes by its name honestly, offering programming, resources and mentorship opportunities that are sure to change the face of STEM for future generations of women.

Read the article, NASTY WOMAN: Nuela Adanna Ononiwu (Founder, InspireIT), here.

Learn more about Nuela Ononiwu’s project, STEM Club, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Tidal Magazine

Girl Crush: Olympia Auset, November 2017

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“For many people, buying a tomato is a special event. While you may be among those who casually swing by Whole Foods or your local farmer’s market when you get a hankering for some veggies, 23.5 million Americans have little to no access to fresh produce. Olympia Auset was one of those Americans. A long-time vegan, the 26-year-old healthy eating advocate discovered that maintaining a plant-based diet in her Inglewood neighborhood was, “a mission,” as she puts it. “I spent hours on the bus each time I needed groceries because fast food and liquor stores were the only options around me,” she says.

Read the article, Girl Crush: Olympia Auset, here.

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

Joseph Osuigwe featured in Global Notice Hub

Joseph Osuigwe represented Nigeria at International Human Trafficking Conference, United States of America, November 2017

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” Human Trafficking remains the greatest threatening human rights issue in Nigeria. The government has used different approaches to combat human trafficking but it seemed that more young people are getting trapped to by traffickers. Human trafficking has continued to thrive in shadow and silence of so many in Nigeria.”

Read the whole article, Joseph Osuigwe represented Nigeria at International Human Trafficking Conference, United States of America, here.

Read more about Joseph Osuigwe’s project, Project End FGM here

Khalid el-Hakim featured in Black Enterprise

BE MODERN MAN: MEET ‘MR. BLACK HISTORY 101’ KHALID EL-HAKIM, October 2017

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“What is your “Extraordinary Impact?

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to hip hop culture. I have spent the past 26 years traveling the country collecting each piece. We have traveled to 29 states and over 300 institutions reaching tens of thousands of people, making it the most requested traveling exhibit of its kind in America. The feedback that I’ve received from around the country and the world has been amazing.  I only look forward to it growing and preparing the next generation of curators to take over the work.”

Read the whole article, BE MODERN MAN: MEET ‘MR. BLACK HISTORY 101’ KHALID EL-HAKIM, here

Learn more about Khalid el-Hakim’s project, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum, here.

Tina Tieu featured in Women You Should Know

16-Year-Old Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Make Film Chronicling Lives Of Teens Living With Mental Illness, October 2017

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“Tina Tieu is a 16-year-old who is passionate about social justice. Her experience living with her own diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder has made her a vocal advocate of the mental health community. In a step to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, Tina is making the documentary film ‘Keep in Mind’, which chronicles the lives of 5 adolescents of color living with mental illness. To do this Tina has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed to complete the film. “

Read the whole article, 16-Year-Old Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Make Film Chronicling Lives Of Teens Living With Mental Illness, here

Learn more about Tina Tieu’s project, Keep In Mind, here.

Joseph Osuigwe featured in PMNews Nigeria

NGO Partners U.S. Embassy To Train 45 NYSC Members, October 2017

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” A Non-Governmental Organisation, Devatop Centre for Africa Development, has collaborated with U.S. Embassy in Nigeria to train 45 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on the role of young people in combating human trafficking. The founder of the organisation, Mr Joseph Osuigwe, said on Thursday in Abuja during training on “Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Training for Corps Members that the 45 corps members were selected from the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory and Kogi.”

Read the whole article, NGO Partners U.S. Embassy To Train 45 NYSC Members, here.

Read more about Joseph Osuigwe’s project, Project End FGM here

Sara Trail featured in Quilting Arts Magazine

Craftivism, Taking a Stand with Needle and Thread, October  2017

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“At the turn of the century, before 9/11 happened and the world seemed a more predictable place, Betsy Greer had a notion to use her knitting talents to help worthy causes, donating the things she made to people in need. Within a couple of years, she and her knitting circle had dubbed the term for her quiet method of activism “Craftivism.” “

Read the article, Craftivism, Taking a Stand with Needle and Thread, here.

Learn more about Sara Trail’s project, Social Justice Sewing Academy, here.

Arvind Kannan featured in Vegplanet Magazine, India

Tamil Youth Attracts 1.4 Million Views To His Vegan Educational Videos, October 2017

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“As animal lovers, we all have felt like it would be nice if there were more videos on animal agriculture and animal cruelty available in our regional language so that we can share them around on social media to the local crowd. Well, Arvind Kannan – an animal rights activist from Tamil Nadu who went vegan in 2014 after accidentally stumbling upon Gary Yourofsky’s ‘The Greatest Speech You Will Ever Hear‘ on YouTube felt the same way and decided to be that person creating videos about animal cruelty in his regional language, Tamil. Arvind and his girlfriend Arshvani run the page ‘Arvind Animal Activist‘ on Facebook to educate people and also showcase the world the activism done by him. “

Read the whole article, Tamil Youth Attracts 1.4 Million Views To His Vegan Educational Videos, here

Learn more about Arvind Kannan’s project, Tamil Vegan Infotainment, here.

Arvind Kannan featured in DT NEXT, India

Going vegan for animal rights, October 2017

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“Arvind Kannan, an animal rights activist and vegan from Tamil Nadu, has been creating videos on animal cruelty and vegan lifestyle in Tamil. Along with his partner Arshvani, he also runs the Facebook page Arvind Animal Activist, which has over a million views. “

Read the whole article, Going vegan for animal rights, here

Learn more about Arvind Kannan’s project, Tamil Vegan Infotainment, here.