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Tsechu Dolma in Glacier Hub

Greenhouses bring hope to vulnerable mountain communities in Nepal, September 2016

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“Growing up in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal, I vividly remember how food insecurity impacted our everyday lives. Floods, droughts, and landslides would immediately determine what we ate. We ate high carb with little nutritional value when things got really bad. I dreaded those days. I looked forward to the rare days when we had lots of vegetables. As a result, many in my community grew up malnourished. But things started changing once my mother started growing vegetables using plastic covering in small spaces. A small change, which shifted the trajectory of my four siblings and my life.”

Read the whole article, Greenhouses bring hope to vulnerable mountain communities in Nepal here.

Learn more about Tsechu Dolma’s project, Mountain Resiliency Project, here.

Thell Robinson, on Columbus, Ohio’s nbc4i.com

nbc4iTaking a stand against youth violence in Columbus, August 2016

“COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus youth leader is taking a stand against the city’s violence.”

“You can never have enough programs, organizations or individuals out here doing this type of work,” Thell Robinson III explained, outside of his downtown office.

“Robinson is the founder of A Thug is a Dud, also known as ATIAD, which is a nonprofit organization aimed at keeping at-risk youth on the right path.”

Read the whole article, Taking a stand against youth violence in Columbus here.

Learn more about Thell Robinson here.

Jono Vaughan featured in The Creators Project

99 Objects Embody the “Hirstory,” of Trans Art, August 2016

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“A full year before Time Magazine published it’s June 2014 “Transgender Tipping Point” cover featuring actress Laverne Cox tip-toeing forward in a cyan colored dress, artist Chris Vargas created the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art. MOTHA is an imaginary museum that aims to collect and archive objects and ephemeral representations of a visual history that encompasses the contemporary and little-known narratives of trans people. One museum project that seeks to institutionally document trans histories and micro-histories is the museum’s ever expanding Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects collection, currently on view at the Henry Art Gallery.”

Read the whole article, 99 Objects Embody the “Hirstory,” of Trans Art here.

Learn more about Jono Vaughan’s project, Project 42, here.

Thell Robinson in The Columbus Dispatch

The columbus dispatchFormer gang member throws party to help reduce crime, August 2016

“A gang intervention social worker who once worked with a city-of-Columbus program to reduce gang violence is inviting residents and people involved in criminal activity to a party this Friday.”

“The goal of the party is to get young people off the streets.”

“Thell Robinson, a former gang member who served prison time, has organized the party with the help of the nonprofit he founded, called “A Thug Is A Dud.”

Read the whole article, Former gang member throws party to help reduce crime here.

Learn more about Thell Robinson here.

Purity Wanjohi in WTV Kenya

She Power: Mazingara Safi, August 2016

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“Purity and her colleague were interviewed on their work for a TV show called She Power which was focusing on women and the environment.”

Watch the video, She Power: Mazingara Safi here.

Learn more about Purity Wanjohi’s project, Mazingira Safi Initiative, here.

Karen Snook on Little Things

little-thingsCalifornia Farm Helps Struggling Students By Bonding With Animals, August 2016

“I grew up on a dead end street, and every night, all the kids got together to play tag or catch fireflies. I remember my childhood very fondly, and I can always think back on it and smile.”

“But sometimes, when kids are surrounded by unhealthy activities in their neighborhood, like gang violence or drug use, there can be very little hope for a way out.”

“Karen Snook, now Executive Director at the Kindred Spirits Care Farm, realized that after 20 years in the corporate world, she needed to follow her heart.”

Read the whole article, California Farm Helps Struggling Students By Bonding With Animal here.

Learn more about Karen Snook, here.

Sophia Horwich featured in The Huffington Post

This Would-Be Doctor Switched Paths To Help People In An Entirely Different Way, August 2016

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“Kunle Oladehin was on track to becoming a doctor as a biology student at Harvard. But he switched paths when he realized his love of dance was something he could use to help communities thrive.  Oladehin explained to HuffPost Rise in a new video that he felt pressure from his parents to become a doctor. But the longer he worked in health care, the more he realized his heart wasn’t pulling him toward medicine.  “I started to explore the way to intersect these two things of being really passionate in dance but really, really also deeply caring about the health of people and the health of humanity,” Oladehin said. “So I just thought to myself what if dance is a way that I’m supposed to have an impact in making communities as a whole healthier?””

Read the whole article, This Would-Be Doctor Switched Paths To Help People In An Entirely Different Way here.

Learn more about Sophia Horwich’s project, Everybody Dance Now! Chicago, here.

Michael Harrington featured in Festival Reviews

Interview with Festival Director Michael Harrington (Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival), August 2016

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“Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. We strive to engage our audiences in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.”

Read the whole article, Interview with Festival Director Michael Harrington (Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival) here.

Learn more about Michael Harrington’s project, The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival, here.

Melissa Madera featured in The Pool, UK

The pool logoThe podcaster encouraging women everywhere to talk about their abortions, August 2016

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“When Melissa Madera sticks out her hand to shake mine I notice her wristbands straight away. “I had an abortion,” they say – a slogan that is also printed on the tote bag slung across her shoulder.  The 36-year-old New Yorker is determined to normalise talking openly about our experiences of abortion, and over the last two years has recorded the stories of almost 200 women for her website theabortiondiary.com.”

Read the whole article, The podcaster encouraging women everywhere to talk about their abortions here.

Learn more about Melissa Madera’s project, The Abortion Diary here.

Holly Schlaack featured on Fox Channel 19 TV in Cincinnati

Fox 19 News Cincinnati

Searchers, volunteers gather to remember Marcus Fiesel 10 years later, August 2016

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“This month marks 10 years since thousands of people showed up to Julifs park in Anderson Township to search for Marcus Fiesel. On Sunday, many of those same searchers and volunteers came back to the park to remember the then 3-year-old. “The story was just, it really touched my heart and I was out here ten years ago with my kids searching through the park,” said Michelle Beckham-Corbin.”

Read the whole article and watch the video, Searchers, volunteers gather to remember Marcus Fiesel 10 years later here.

Learn more about Holly Schlaack’s project, Invisible Kids Project, here.

Jaha Dukureh featured in The Washington Post

With 500,000 female genital mutilation survivors or at risk in U.S., it’s not just someone else’s problem, August 2016

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“Visualize a long line, more than 500,000 people long. Look closer. They are all female. You’ll see lots of girls, some new born. What you can’t see is the many who have had their genitalia mutilated. Those who haven’t are in danger. This imaginary queue represents real people, the number of women and girls in the United States who were “at risk of or had been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in 2012.” The dispassionate language of a Government Accountability Office report reveals an alarming trend: the number of women and girls in the United States potentially facing or who have already suffered mutilation has grown threefold since 1990. A practice that should be extinct, now concerns many more people than the population of Atlanta.”

Read the whole article, With 500,000 female genital mutilation survivors or at risk in U.S., it’s not just someone else’s problem here.

Learn more about Jaha Dukureh’s project, Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation  here.

letef Vita on HuffPost Black Voices

Grantee letef Vita on HuffPost Black Voices, This former gangster is healing his hood through organic gardening, August 2016

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Samantha Ngcolomba on Red Bull Amaphiko.com

red-bull-amaphikoLady Liberty provides legal access for the poor, August 2016

“Sam Ngcolomba believes all women deserve access to legal assistance, more especially those in South African townships. Through her mobile legal office, Lady Liberty, Sam empowers women by educating them about their basic human rights. Sam is now working towards creating a mobile app that will allow more women to access information easily and affordably. Watch Sam tell us more about her project below.”

Read the whole article, Lady Liberty provides legal access for the poor here.

Learn more about Samantha Ngcolomba here.

Dejah Powell featured in Hyde Park Herald

Hide park herald logoChicago Native to host environment-related camp on University of Chicago campus, August 2016

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“Chicago-native and Cornell University Junior Dejah Powell has been passionate about the environment for years. She has been involved in several environmental research opportunities and met former president Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative which focuses on issues of the environment, education and global poverty. This month, from Aug. 15 – 19, she will be working with young Chicago students to teach them the passion and knowledge she has gained about the environment: in partnership with the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program, an initiative that prepares Chicago Public Schools students for university, she is running a summer camp to teach Chicago students ages 9-13 about environmental issues and research. So far there are 18 campers; Powell is hoping that 20-25 will have signed up by the start of the program.

Read the whole article, Chicago Native to host environment-related camp on University of Chicago campus here.

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

See Beneath featured in Best Apps for Kids

Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism, July 2016

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“Parents, teachers, and others who work with kids with autism have a new resource designed to help autistic kids learn and practice key developmental skills. The app centers around a video series starring two fish – Aiko & Egor. In each episode, the characters interact with one another. After watching the video, kids can then practice engaging in similar conversations and activities. While kids start on the app, they finish away from the app, building skills in real life.”

Read the whole article, Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism here.

Learn more about See Beneath’s project, Animation for Autism: Aiko & Egor, here.

Tsechu Dolma on YouthActionNet

youthactionnet2016 Laureate Global Fellows, July 2016

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“Meet the 2016 Laureate Global Fellows—20 changemakers under 30 years of age who are developing creative, locally-driven solutions to some of the world’s most vexing challenges.”

“In 2015 alone, initiatives founded by these young leaders impacted more than 290,000 lives in 18 countries. Through the support of Laureate International Universities, this year’s fellows will kick off their fellowship journeys through a week-long transformational leadership retreat, followed by a year of coaching, advocacy, and networking opportunities.”

Read the whole article, 2016 Laureate Global Fellows here.

Learn more about Tsechu Dolma’s project, Mountain Resiiency Project, Nepal, here.

Kristin Braddock featured on ABC 3 Wear TV

‘Pay It Forward’ gift will help break cycle of prostitution, July 2016

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“This week, we partner with Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and pay it forward to a Pensacola woman who is changing lives in India. It is tradition for many women in a village outside of New Delhi to enter the world of prostitution in order to provide for their families, Candice Whitely is offering them a different path. Her home is filled with scarves and headwraps from India. You can see the bright colors and intricate details on each item.”

Read the whole article and watch the video, ‘Pay It Forward’ gift will help break cycle of prostitution here.

Learn more about Kristin Braddock’s project,  Sewing New Futures here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in Valley News

Overdose Drug’s Price Skyrockets, July 2016

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“Los Angeles — Aimee Dunkle began helping to distribute the drug naloxone — the life-saving antidote to prescription painkiller overdoses — after her son died. Ben Dunkle, 20, was with three people when he overdosed in 2012, she said. She believes he would be alive today if they had naloxone.“They panicked,” Dunkle said, “and dumped him in a parking lot.” Naloxone works by blocking the effect that painkillers and heroin have in the brain and reversing the slowed breathing and unconsciousness that come with an overdose.

The Solace Foundation in Orange County, the group that Dunkle co-founded, says the drug has been used since February to reverse 128 overdoses that otherwise probably would have been fatal.”

Read the whole article, Overdose Drug’s Price Skyrockets here.

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

Eileen Jerrett featured in Manawatu Standard, New Zealand

Political film Blueberry Soup set to screen in Palmerston North, July 2016

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“Blueberry soup is not just a refreshing Scandinavian dessert, but a highly rated documentary based on Iceland’s political landscape, which will screen in Palmerston North this week. Directed by American filmmaker Eileen Jerrett​, the film shows how the population of Iceland reinvented democracy in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Massey University New Zealand politics lecturer at Massey University Dr Toby Boraman said the title was adopted because in Scandinavia the anti-oxidant-laden puree is said to cleanse and purify the system.  That’s become a metaphor to describe a ground-breaking constitutional experiment in Iceland that saw citizens crowd-sourcing to rewrite the country’s constitution. The constitutional draft was placed online, while politicians and bankers were excluded from the drafting process.”

Read the whole article, Political film Blueberry Soup set to screen in Palmerston North here.

Learn more about Eileen Jerrett’s project, Blueberry Soup, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in Los Angeles Times

As need grows for painkiller overdose treatment, companies raise prices, July 2016

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“Aimee Dunkle began helping to distribute the drug naloxone — the life-saving antidote to prescription painkiller overdoses — after her son died.
Ben Dunkle, 20, was with three people when he overdosed in 2012, she said. She believes he would be alive today if they had naloxone.”

Read the whole article, As need grows for painkiller overdose treatment, companies raise prices here.

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

Corinne Hindes on J Weekly.com

jweekly_logoDiller Teen turns lost ski gear into clothing for homeless, July 2016

“When Corinne Hindes was 11, she saw a man in her hometown of Walnut Creek wearing nothing but a T-shirt and a pair of ripped jeans on the coldest day of the year. She had started to notice the homeless people in her area that year, but seeing this man enduring the cold without warm clothes stuck with her.”

“She was also pretty sure she knew how to help.”

Read the whole article, Diller Teen turns lost ski gear into clothing for homeless here.

Learn more about Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom here.

Padmanaban Gopalan in India’s Hindustan Times

hindusan timesNo Food Waste: When leftovers reach the hungry through a mobile app, July 2016

“As Guna Sekaran and Ashwin Narayan unload the food packets, a small crowd gathers, mostly of children under 12. They seem shy, almost retreating. But as the packets are handed out, a bit of jostling begins and their eyes light up at the sight of what’s inside — four chapatis and a generous portion of mixed vegetable. Wordlessly, they sit on the floor and tuck in.”

“I haven’t eaten anything since morning,” 11-year-old Neha Kaneria says in between mouthfuls as she also feeds her little brother. Their mother, a domestic help, doesn’t have the time to cook for them most days, she lets in.

“It’s the same for most of the children here at this temple basement in Noida Sector 55, where they attend an informal school. Sekaran, 28, and Narayan, 27, are volunteers with No Food Waste, a social start-up working to address urban hunger.”

Read the whole article, No Food Waste: When leftovers reach the hungry through a mobile app here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan here.

Corinne Hindes in the National Jewish newspaper Forward

ForwardThis Teen Who Helps Clothe the Homeless Will Warm Your Heart, July 2016

“When I was 11 years old, I came upon a homeless man near my house, dressed in just a t-shirt and jeans, on what was by far, the coldest day of the year. I couldn’t believe that he didn’t even have a coat to keep him warm, and I knew I had to find a way to help him. My best friend Katrine and I were ski racers, and one weekend during practice we went to the lost and found to look for a hat I had misplaced. We were shocked to see huge piles of unclaimed coats, hats, gloves, and scarves, and I immediately thought of that homeless man near my house with no coat at all. We asked the ski resort if we could take those unclaimed items to our local homeless shelter, and that day in 2011, Warm Winters was born.”

Read the whole article, This Teen Who Helps Clothe the Homeless Will Warm Your Heart here.

Learn more about Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom here.

Mark Devries in Wonderful Engineering

wonderful eThis Drone Just Exposed One Of America’s Biggest Environmental Secrets in Wonderful Engineering, July 2016

“Smithfield Foods is in big trouble following a drone exposing how vile the environmental practices are at one of the pig farms located in North Carolina. Filmmaker Mark Devries is the person who flew the drone over the hidden farm to find out what is going on behind the thick forest that surrounds and covers the farm. The drone was able to film a huge cess pool about the size of four football field beside the warehouse that is packed with thousands of pigs.”

Read the whole article, This Drone Just Exposed One Of America’s Biggest Environmental Secrets.

Learn more about, Mark Devries here.

Purity Wanjohi in Daily Nation

daily-nationMazingira Safi: Making Nairobi clean again, July 2016

“I have an undergraduate degree in microbiology and biotechnology. I was set for a career in the health care or pharmaceutical industry. Then just before graduation, I took up a part-time job as a waitress at a restaurant. While here, I got to meet an interesting breed of people. People who seemed utterly content with their lives and happy with their jobs. I knew that the path my degree was taking me towards would not make me happy, so I quit the waitressing job and took some time to do some soul-searching. It opened my eyes to just how dirty Nairobi was, so I immediately registered my foundation and went back to school for a master’s in environmental planning and management to get the skills I needed…”

Read the whole article, Mazingira Safi: Making Nairobi clean again here.

Learn more about Purity Wanjohi here.

Precious Stroud featured in NBPC

NBPC Artists-in-Residence at NALIP Summit, Flaherty Seminar, July 2016

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“Congrats to NBPC’s talented artists-in-residence, Precious Stroud and Melissa Haizlip, for their recent participation in two prominent workshops for content creators! This weekend, Precious — creator of the Black Female Project — took part as an NBPC scholar at the annual Media Summit of the National Association for Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). The summit celebrates Latino creatives and challenges its participants to redefine the future of storytelling.”

Read the whole article, NBPC Artists-in-Residence at NALIP Summit, Flaherty Seminar here.

Learn more about Precious Stroud’s project, BlackFemaleProject , here.

Tsechu Dolma in Wild Gift, empowering better world entrepreneurs

world-gift2016 Wild Gift Fellowship, July 2016

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“My bold, entrepreneurial spirit has brought me back to the country I left behind, Nepal. Finding gaps in the existing infrastructures, I make deep­investment in small­scale, doable solutions to development challenges. Such as a greenhouse, which is not a revolutionary idea by itself, but combined with a school curriculum, business model and local investment, it becomes an incubator for social innovation, financial inclusion and capacity development. I am bold in optimizing the existing resources to serve the needs of a community through Mountain Resiliency Project.”

Read the whole article, 2016 Wild Gift Fellowship here.

Learn more about Tsechu Dolma’s project, Building Climate Change Resilience in Nepal’s Himalayas, Nepal, here.

Jacob Savage featured in SF Homeless Project

Cause for Concrn, June 2016

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“Jacob Savage can’t meet me in his office, which is temporarily housed in the Indochinese Housing Development Corporation, because the space is being used as a kids’ summer camp. Instead, he asks if we can meet nearby at the San Francisco City Impact Thrift Store, a small space in the heart of the Tenderloin. When he shows up, he is carrying a trumpet in one hand. There is also a slide whistle — the kind given out at kid birthday parties — sticking out of his back pocket. “Hey man, I’ve met you before,” one of the store’s employees says to him. “On the street. You were playing that thing,” he says, pointing to the trumpet.”

Read the whole article, Cause for Concrn here.

Learn more about Jacob Savage’s project, Concrn here.

Melanie Cross featured on the Voice of Evolution Radio

voice revolution radioThe Other Side Global Drama Exchange: Creating Connection Through Story, June 2016

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” The Other Side creates a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling amongst girls, supporting their common experience, inspiring leadership, and developing community. In this most recent drama exchange on Voice of Evolution Radio, Pinkie, a young woman at Pardada-Pardadi Educational Society  in Anupsharhr, Uttar Pradesh, India and another young women, attending college in NYC, in United States share their stories of being female in two very different, and often similar cultures. 

Read the whole article and listen to the interview, The Other Side Global Drama Exchange: Creating Connection Through Story here.

Learn more about Melanie Cross’s project, The Other Side Educational Theatre, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in The Orange County Register

O.C. nonprofit: After 117 lives saved, we’re running out of drug that blocks heroin overdoses, June 2016

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“On Saturday, an Orange County nonprofit will run out of a heroin-blocking medication that it distributes weekly, eliminating the county’s only free supply of a drug the group says has revived at least 117 people from overdoses over the past four months. Since late February, the Solace Foundation, working with the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, has distributed 610 kits of naloxone at the Santa Ana Civic Center. The drug has provided heroin users with an easy-to-administer medication that blocks the effects of opiates, reversing potentially fatal overdoses in seconds.”

Read the whole article, O.C. nonprofit: After 117 lives saved, we’re running out of drug that blocks heroin overdoses here.

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