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Our Grantees in the News



Hashem Abu Shama in The RHODES TRUST

the-rhodes-trustHashem Abu Shama, November 2016

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“Hashem Abushama will graduate from Earlham College with a degree in Peace & Global Studies. He grew up in Arroub Refugee Camp in Palestine. In 2015, Abushama became the first-ever Youth Representative of Palestine Refugees at the United Nations. Abushama managed to cover the outstanding expenses of his undergraduate education through a fundraising campaign that included an online page, individual sponsorship, a speaking tour, and winning grants. While at Earlham, he served as the President of the Earlham Student Government. While at Oxford, Hashem hopes to pursue an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Hashem hopes to continue his political advocacy for Palestine and to establish a network of community centers in refugee camps across Palestine.”

Read the whole article, Hashem Abu Shama here.

Learn more about Hashem Abushama’s project, Trash the Occupation, Not Our Land, here.

Hashem Abushama in Indiana’s Earlham College News

collegeEarlhamite selected for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in historic launch of Middle East program, November 2016

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“Hashem Abu Sham’a ’17 has been selected as one of just three Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust for its inaugural Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine program. Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. Notable luminaries who have received the Rhodes include former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, philosopher Naomi Wolf, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker; and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Feed The Children.”

Read the whole article, Earlhamite selected for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in historic launch of Middle East program here.

Learn more about Hashem Abushama’s project, Trash the Occupation, Not Our Land, here.

Jenny Lowrey in Chico News & Review

newsreviewLocal heroes 2016, Let’s give thanks to those who help our community, November 2016

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“Every year, Chico News & Review devotes its Thanksgiving issue to Local Heroes, people who go above and beyond as volunteers for the causes that help our community. This year, we shine the spotlight on seven locals donating their time to teach at-risk communities how to grow their own food; counsel the dying and grieving; glean unused produce for the hungry; smooth over barriers to services for people on the street; preserve our historic places; and teach art to children in low-income families. Thank you and cheers to them all, and happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.”

Read the whole article, Local heroes 2016, Let’s give thanks to those who help our community here.

Learn more about Jenny Lowrey ’s project, From the Ground Up Farms, here.

Jeff Kirchner in Now This News

now-thisLitterati, November 2016

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“This app is helping to clean the planet one piece of garbage at a time.”

Watch the whole video about the Litterati app here.

Learn more about Jeff Kirchner’s project, Litterati here.

Nicole Cardoza in Now This News

now-thisYoga Foster, November 2016

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“This program brings yoga to elementary schools and helps the children learn and focus.”

Watch the whole video, Yoga Foster here.

Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s project, Yoga Foster, here.

Michael Harrington featured in The Rogue Valley Messenger

Short films wander to grants pass: Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival, November 2016

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“Sometimes stories don’t need to be told in a 400 page book or on the big screen for two and a half hours. Great stories can be told in a matter of minutes. Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival specializes in telling compelling stories in short films. The touring film festival will anchor in Grants Pass at Barnstormers Theater Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, showing various short films by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Founding Director and Curator Michael Harrington started the festival last year with the idea to bring a film festival to communities without much of a film culture.”

Read the whole article, Short films wander to grants pass: Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival here.

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

Jono Vaughan featured in Henry Art Gallery

Project 42 Performance, November 2016

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“This performance by Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Anna-Lizette Conner is part of Jono Vaughan’s Project 42, an ongoing collaborative project to memorialize transgender lives cut short by murder. In a movement-based processional performance, Conner will honor Brandy Martell whose life was taken by an act of violence in Oakland, CA, on April 29, 2012. A durational performance will follow during which Vaughan engages in a public act of mending.”

Read the article, Project 42 Performance here.

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

Marc Ching on Our Hen House

ourhenhouseEpisode 357: Marc Ching of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Ben Freedland of ZINK, November 2016

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“Mariann welcomes Marc Ching, founder of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, whose mission, when it started out, was to rescue and rehabilitate severely abused animals in the Los Angeles area. Marc has recently expanded this mission to include documenting the cruelty and rescuing dogs from the dog meat trade in Asia, at great personal, financial, and emotional risk. His willingness to bear witness to the suffering of those who cannot speak for themselves is the reason he received one of the 2016 Lisa Shapiro Awards for Unsung Vegan Heroes from our good friends at The Pollination Project. You’ll be profoundly moved by his work to change the world for animals.”

Read the whole article, Episode 357: Marc Ching of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Ben Freedland of ZINK here.

Learn more about Marc Ching’s project,  Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation here.

Marytza Rubio featured in The Orange County Register

Little library could have big impact on Santa Ana kids, November 2016

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“Youngsters gathered on the front lawn of the Illumination Foundation’s Children’s Resource Center on North Ross Street on Friday, eagerly awaiting the unveiling of a tall, rectangular object. As adults pulled off a sheet and revealed a case filled with books, mounted on a wooden stick, the children’s eyes grew wide. “Spider-Man!” four-year-old Ian Cruz said gleefully as he reached up for a book about the superhero. Cruz, who lives across the street, was among the first to take advantage of the newest Little Free Library book exchange – and the 50,000th in the world.”

Read the whole article, Little library could have big impact on Santa Ana kids, here.

Learn more about Marytza Rubio’s project, Makara Center for the Arts – Public Fiction Project, here.

Natalie Kyriacou in Raspberry Magazine

rasberry-magazine1Raspberry interviews: Natalie Kyriacou of My Green World, November 2016

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“My raison d’etre is to forge new understandings of humanity’s relationship with nature. I believe in a world where compassion, collaboration and education overcome prejudice and cruelty. I feel that my purpose is to create spaces for people to share stories and engage with important issues; where people can learn from one another and collaborate to create a kinder and brighter world for all. My aim is to empower young Australians and global communities to follow their dreams and realise the incredible power that they have to make positive changes in the world.”

Read the whole article, Raspberry interviews: Natalie Kyriacou of My Green World here.

Learn more about Natalie Kyriacou’s project, My Green World, here.

Kate Franzman in Indianapolis’s No Mean City

no-mean-cityFighting for Bees, Kate Franzman’s quest, November 2016

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“When Kate Franzman starts to talk about bees, you can hear the buzz in her voice. It’s easy to imagine her animated hands wildly flinging about as she discusses her hives—of which she has several placed around the city—and the bee-friendly empire she’s helping to build in Indianapolis.”

“They’re just these magical little furry creatures,” Franzman, 31, said. “I like to sit outside and stare at them. I think I’m attracted to them because they’re beautiful, and so misunderstood. They’re fuzzy little fairies who do this amazing service for us, and in return we try to kill them.”

Read the whole article, Fighting for Bees, Kate Franzman’s quest here.

Learn more about Kate Franzman’s project, Bee Public, here.

Tamar Moss and SungAh Kim in The Herald-Times

htoIt’s easy being green: Bathroom project promotes energy efficiency, environmental awareness, October 2016

“The bathroom nearest the cafeteria at Bloomington High School South is getting a makeover, and the two students responsible for the renovation hope it has a big environmental impact. SungAh Kim and Tamar Moss, the brains behind the operation, are calling the effort “Project Green Bathroom.”

Read the whole article, It’s easy being green: Bathroom project promotes energy efficiency, environmental awareness here.

Learn more about Tamar Moss and SungAh Kim here.


Jaha Dukureh featured in Harper’s Baazar

Leading the Battle to End Female “Circumcision”, October 2016

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“I was born in the Gambia and pretty much raised in the Gambia. I had, I would say, a normal childhood. I grew up in a tribe called the Serahuli tribe; we’re known as very religious and very conservative—the most conservative families in the Gambia. My childhood was very normal with my siblings. I was raised by my mom and dad and I moved to the U.S. at the age of 15 to get married after my mom passed away. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is part of our tradition, but I didn’t really know what it meant until I got married at 15 and couldn’t have sex. I was suffering from the most severe form of FGM, Type 3 FGM, where your vagina is sealed. I couldn’t have sex until I was deinfibulated, when that seal is removed in order to have sex.”

Read the whole article, Leading the Battle to End Female “Circumcision” here.

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

Teresa Njoroge in Leaders’ Quest

leaders-questShining lights in the darkest places, October 2016

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“On the fourth day of our Kenya Open Quest, fifteen of us piled into a minibus and set off to Langata Women’s Maximum Prison, to meet Teresa Njoroge. A former inmate herself, Teresa recently joined forces with her new business partner, Joss Carruthers, to launch Clean Start. This incredible NGO helps women who are incarcerated on short-term sentences, due to petty – often poverty-related – crimes. We wanted to find out more about its work at Kenya’s notorious Langata.”

Read the whole article, Shining lights in the darkest places here.

Learn more about Teresa Njoroge‘s project, Clean Start Solutions, here

Karen Snook in The Los AngelesTimes

los-angeles-timesHow a farm at an L.A. continuation school became a refuge for both students and animals, October 2016

“Most school days, 17-year-old Alex Snyder eats lunch with a pot-bellied pig named Peanut. John R. Wooden High School is small. It doesn’t have a football field or a swimming pool or a gym. But it has a farm. And the farm has become a central part of Alex’s life.”

“Alex, who lives in a foster care group home, used to run away for days at a time to visit his girlfriend. He’d ditch school at Grover Cleveland Charter High in Reseda and go to the library instead.  Since transferring to Wooden this year, he’s been at school most mornings.”  “It’s good for me,” […]

Michelle Welsch in Colorado’s DailyCamera NEWS

dailycamera-newsMichelle Welsch of Boulder takes unexpected path in Nepal, October 2016

“One day, Michelle Welsch realized she could make her own life. So she ditched her steady job and comfortable lifestyle in New York City. The Longmont High School and University of Colorado graduate flew to Nepal, to volunteer in a monastery there that she knew little about.”

“I had such a strong conviction. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I had to go,” she says. “I’ve never been so strongly convinced of anything before. I knew I had to follow this pull.”

“She expected to teach English to monks for a few weeks, climb to Mount Everest’s base camp to raise money for an inner-city nonprofit and head back to Boulder, which she considers home, to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.”

Read the whole article, Michelle Welsch of Boulder takes unexpected path in Nepal  here.

Learn more about Michelle Welsch here.


Tod Emko featured in Fox Business

fox bsiness logoThe 5 Coolest Things at New York Comic Con, October 2016

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“Every year close to 200,000 fans descend on New York’s Comic Con to see the latest toys, trinkets and announcements from their favorite superheroes and animated characters. Some fans come eagerly dressed in costume so they can absorb the full experience, while others run around buying up the hottest toys.  FOXBusiness.com spent the day at this year’s Comic Con, where various retailers introduced new products and provided unique experiences for fans. We rounded up a few of the coolest things at this year’s convention.

Read the whole article, The 5 Coolest Things at New York Comic Con here.

Learn more about Tod Emko’s project, A Piggy’s Tale-Spanish, here.

Anita Kranjc in THE GLOBE AND MAIL

the-globe-and-mailPETA head says world watching trial of woman who gave water to pigs, October 2016

“The trial of a Toronto animal-rights activist in Burlington, Ont., has become a global cause célèbre for opponents of the meat industry, with the head of PETA and a famous musician pledging support and dozens of backers crowding into the courtroom on Monday.”

“Anita Krajnc, a member of Toronto Pig Save, is charged with criminal mischief for giving water to pigs in a truck on their way to a slaughterhouse last June. She admits to giving water to the animals, but she contends that it was not illegal.”

Read the whole article, PETA head says world watching trial of woman who gave water to pigs here.

Learn more about Anita Kranjc here.

Anne Pollack featured in YANA (Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance)

Crossing Point Arts: Bringing Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking: Q+A with Anne H. Pollack, Founder and Executive Director, October 2016

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“Imagine a world without any access to creativity. Sounds horrible? Now imagine the worlds you can open up by helping to provide the arts to someone who has survived human trafficking. Sounds amazing? It is. Truly amazing.

Q: What is your mission?

Our mission is to bring the healing power of the arts – in experiential workshops led by Teaching Artists – into the lives of survivors of human trafficking.”

Read the whole article, Crossing Point Arts: Bringing Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking: Q+A with Anne H. Pollack, Founder and Executive Director here.

Learn more about Anne Pollack’s project, Crossing Points Art, here.

Carrie LeBlanc featured in Havasu News

Shrine Circus brings animal rights protesters out to SARA Park, September 2016

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“The Shrine Circus has returned for its 25th year at Havasu 95 Speedway in SARA Park, but according to some activists, everyone is enjoying themselves except for the animals. More than 20 picketers arrived at the circus’s entryway on Wednesday to protest the circus’ treatment of animals.
The event is hosted by Jordan World Circus, of Las Vegas, with a portion of proceeds going toward the Lake Havasu City Shriners Club. A collection of elephants, tigers and other exotic animals are provided to the circus through independent contractors. Protestors allege the use of electronic prods in the training and control of exotic animals within the circus, and seek a boycott of this year’s event.”

Read the whole article, Shrine Circus brings animal rights protesters out to SARA Park here.

Learn more about Carrie LeBlanc’s project, Furthering Awareness of Circus Cruelty, here.

See Beneath featured on Autism Live

“Aiko and Egor” Animation/App for Autism- Gerin Gaskin, September 2016

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“Gerin Gaskin was recently interviewed by Shannon and Nancy on the Autism Live web show to discuss our app and upcoming research projects.”

Watch the whole video, “Aiko and Egor” Animation/App for Autism- Gerin Gaskin here.

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

Maya Penn on SuperSoul.TV

supersoul-tvMaya Penn, September 2016

“From a young age, it’s been Maya Penn’s passion to make a positive impact on the environment, the planet and all of its creatures.”

“Sixteen-year-old Maya is the founder and CEO of Maya’s Ideas, an eco-friendly accessories company started in 2008 when she was 8 years old. When Maya started her business, she says she knew two things: all of her products had to be eco-friendly and she had to put her profits towards making an impact.”

Read the whole article, Maya Penn here.

Learn more about Maya Penn here.

Jeff Kirchner on TEDBlog

ted-blogMeet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents, September 2016

“On September 12, TED welcomed its latest class of the TED Residency program, an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas. Residents spend four months in the TED office with fellow brilliant minds who are creatively taking on projects that are making significant changes in their communities, across many different fields .”

Read the whole article, Meet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents here.

Learn more about Jeff Kirchner here.

Jacob Savage featured on NBC Bay Area

Year-Old San Francisco Non-Profit Hopes To Defuse Confrontations Between Police, Mentally Ill Before They Happen, September 2016

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“Concrn wants the public to call them, instead of 911, when they see a homeless or mentally ill person in crisis.”

Read the article and watch the video, Cause for Concrn here.

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

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.