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

Our Grantees in the News

 

 

Chiara Eisner featured in the Dorchester Report

Dot innovator wins grant to aid her non-profit work, July 2017

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” Dorchester’s Chiara Eisner, co-founder and director of OncArt, has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Pollination Project, which gives $1000 a day every day to individual change-makers and activists worldwide. Eisner’s OncArt, Inc. connects clinicians with artists to create illustrated health education materials worldwide—“Art for Health Literacy, Everywhere.” Chiara Eisner and Julia Shivers have created a web app at Oncart.org that implements OncArt’s concept.”

Read the whole article, Dot innovator wins grant to aid her non-profit work, here.

Learn more about Chiara Eisner’s project, Oncart, here.

Jonell Logan featured in CharlotteCenterCity.org

Tryon Street News Racks Display Local Art, July 2017

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“Along Tryon Street, a selection of work from artist Antoine Williams’ recent Mint Museum Uptown exhibit, “Kidnapped Pagans”, can be seen on news racks and in private buildings in Uptown Charlotte. This public/private art installation was organized by Jonell Logan, founder of the 300 Art Project, to bring art outside the walls of the museum and onto the streets. This exhibit, intended to serve as a model for community ownership and engagement in the arts was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Knight Foundation, the Pollination Project, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte Urban Design, City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners. “We are excited to partner with Williams and his curator in bringing a piece of his thought provoking artwork out onto Tryon Street for the public to see” said Maria Floren, Charlotte Center City Partners planning and development associate”

Read the whole article, Tryon Street News Racks Display Local Art, here.

Learn more about Jonell Logan’s project, Kidnapped Pagans: A Public Exhibition, here.

Olympia Auset featured in LA Weekly

A South L.A. Native Experienced the Food Desert — Now She’s Trying to Fix It, July 2017

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“On a recent, sweltering Sunday in Leimert Park, community members mill about the neighborhood’s park plaza for the weekly drum circle and swap meet, as the sound of live music intermingles with that of old classics being pumped from a speaker system. Across the street from the action, underneath a large portable tent, stands 26-year-old Olympia Auset and her one-woman farmers market, Süprmarkt. Celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, Süprmarkt is part produce delivery service, part pop-up organic grocer. 

Read the article, A South L.A. Native Experienced the Food Desert — Now She’s Trying to Fix It, here.

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

Delaney Cullen featured in All Cute All The Time

Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, July 2017

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“Delaney Cullen’s parents say she had always been an Earth angel. She always chose to be outdoors rather than in the house watching T.V. or playing with toys. She learned many of her basic skills such as counting, shapes, and colors by observing plants and nature all around her. This was very exciting for Delaney’s dad, who had a background in Environmental Education. Delaney was an inquisitive child and at a young age began asking lots of questions about how plants grow and the different characteristics of animals. Delaney was full of curiosity and wonder about the world around her!”

Read the article, Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, here.

Learn more about Delaney Cullen’s project, The Little Garden That Grew, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in The Orange County Register

Orange County to get 6,200 doses of heroin-blocking medication to give to addicts amid opioid epidemic, July 2017

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Orange County will supply more than 6,200 doses of a heroin-blocking medication to a local nonprofit that hands it out to homeless people and addicts, helping them become street-level paramedics in the fight against a scourge of opioid overdoses. The medication, naloxone, is easy to administer and can block the effect of any opioid – including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin – reversing potentially fatal overdoses in seconds when in possession of drug users. Orange County, like the rest of the nation, has seen a spike in opioid overdoses in recent years. There were at least 400 fatal drug overdoses in the county in 2015, the last year for which full records were immediately available, a 63 percent increase from a decade prior. That spike has occurred despite the efforts of the Solace Foundation, a local nonprofit that distributes naloxone weekly to people at the Santa Ana Civic Center. The group says its efforts saved as many as 420 lives last year. ”

Read the whole article, Orange County to get 6,200 doses of heroin-blocking medication to give to addicts amid opioid epidemic, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project here.

Milton Oboka featured in Nyika Silika blog

Greening the Mind one Child at a Time, July 2017

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“I admire young people who strive to change the world one step at a time. Youth, who want to see a better future using the opportunities and resources around them. Youth who focus on environmental issues is my number one favourite. Because we cannot solve the entire world’s problems at one go, having individuals, especially the youth who purpose to safeguard the environment; we remain hopeful that the world will be better for generations to come. Today’s post is a success story. The stories less shared or acknowledged. Stories that every individual should know about and support.”

Read the article, Greening the Mind one Child at a Time, here.

Learn more about Milton Oboka’s project, Greening The Mind, here.

Biraj Shrestha featured in Online Khabar, Nepal

Why do we need to save frogs?, July 2017

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“Monsoon brings with it puddles, umbrellas and rain boots. It also welcomes the songs of frogs. Frogs usually do not come up in middle of a conversation when we discuss animal conservation, but these amphibians have some impressive traits that need to be acknowledged. Similarly, once you know the ecological significance of frogs, you will understand that like any other species, frogs are also in dire need of conservation. In my quest to get a more in-depth insight into the lives of frogs, I met one such individual who has dedicated his life to protecting these marvels of nature. Biraj Shrestha is a batrachologist (one who studies amphibians). “

Read the article, Why do we need to save frogs?, here.

Learn more about Biraj Shrestha’s project, Save The Frogs Of Manaslu Conservation Area, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Blavity

blavityThis Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, July 2017

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“Healthy, conscious eating should be a choice, not a privilege.  Entrepreneur Olympia Auset recognized this and took action. In LA, the second most vegan-friendly city in the US according to PETA, fresh, quality produce is still unavailable to many communities in the south-central region. A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that 4 out of 10 low-income adults in LA County are food insecure. Less than 20 percent of adults eat fruits and vegetables daily and more than 50 percent of children eat fast food at least once a week, according to the LA County Department of Public Health. As a response to the underwhelming number of quality grocery stores in the area Auset created an alternative to drive-thrus and local mini-markets with limited options. 

Read the article, This Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, here.

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

Harriet Kamashanyu featured in News Deeply

Video: Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, July 2017

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“THERE ARE THOUGHT to be tens of thousands of sex workers in Uganda, many of whom live and work in the slums. Many young daughters are forced to follow their mothers into the profession in order to help support their families, but one charity is trying to break this cycle by offering scholarships to the daughters of sex workers which keeps them in school.

Read the article and watch the video, Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, here.

Learn more about Harriet Kamashanyu’s project, Rhythm of Life, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in News2read

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in Sepe GR, Greece

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Karen Fiorito featured in EatDrinkBetter.com

Eat Drink Better . comFight Drought with Diet – What’s the Water Footprint of your Food?, July 2017

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“This billboard about how to fight drought with diet appeared in my neighborhood and brightened my day! If you care about the planet, it’s time to take a hard look at what’s on your plate. This billboard – which I saw on my bike commute in San Francisco – is a public art project and social media campaign by Los Angeles-based artists Karen Fiorito and Alex Arinsberg, focused on raising people’s awareness about how much water it takes to produce meat and dairy as opposed to a plant-based diet – with the hope that they would ‘shock’ some residents into thinking differently about their diets. The billboards were seen around LA in late 2015, and arrived in San Francisco in late 2016 (I’m a bit late writing this post!). The idea that meat is so directly related to drought is not news to me or others in the vegan food scene, but it’s still (I would suggest) a rather new and/or challenging concept for others to accept. “

Read the article, Fight Drought with Diet – What’s the Water Footprint of your Food?, here.

Learn more about Karen Fiorito’s project, Got Drought?, here.

Jessica Candela featured in ChicoER.com

Youth council inspiring homeless teens, young adults, July 2017

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“While it might not have been her roof, at least there was always one over her head. Hailey Sherman, 22, said she knew she had it bad when she was growing up — her mother and she moved from place to place, often crashing at friends’ houses or renting a home or apartment for one month at a time before getting kicked out. It wasn’t until recently she realized she was technically homeless for much of her young life.

Read the article, Youth council inspiring homeless teens, young adults, here.

Learn more about Jessica Candela’s project, Butte County Youth Advisory Council, here.

Centreville Elementary School featured in National Wildlife Federation

Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, June 2017

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“Eco-Schools USA engages school communities from coast to coast and from cities to rural communities in creating and implementing healthy solutions for sustainable education. In recognition of the incredible efforts for wildlife protection, sustainability, and environmental education across the nation, National Wildlife Federation is recognizing America’s Top 10 Eco-Schools… Centreville Elementary has earned not one but two Green Flags, showing dedication to multiple facets of sustainable environmental education. Since its work with Eco-Schools USA has commenced, the school has reduced its energy use by 20 percent and has expanded its outdoor learning classrooms that are now home to a wide variety of life: praying mantises, ladybugs, bees, spiders and butterflies, goldfinches and bluebirds.

Read the whole article, Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, here.

Learn more about Centreville Elementary School’s project, Farmer’s Market, here.

Sebouh Bazikian featured in Los Angeles Times

Foster youth gifted bicycles thanks to brothers’ charitable efforts, June 2017

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A nonprofit run by two brothers has delivered more than 250 bicycles to orphans across the globe and on Wednesday brought their efforts home with the donation of bikes, helmets and locks to 17 local foster youth. Bikes 4 Orphans, created by brothers Shawnt and Sebouh Bazikian while attending St. Francis High School in 2012, was founded on the wish to raise enough money to purchase and deliver new bicycles to orphans in six different countries, including Kenya and Armenia. When a supporting member associated with the All Saint’s Church Foster Care Project in Pasadena suggested the brothers direct their work toward American foster youth — who often struggle with basic transportation daily — Shawnt Bazikian said he had to act. “

Read the article, Foster youth gifted bicycles thanks to brothers’ charitable efforts, here.

Learn more about Sebouh Bazikian’s project, Bikes 4 Orphans, here.

Karen Snook featured in LA Weekly

Kindred Spirits Care Farm, June 2017
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“Care farms are very popular in Europe. Traditionally, care farms are farms that welcome people to come and heal by participating […]

Adam Rubin featured in Forbes

How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, June 2017

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“Type “how to find your passion” into Google and you’ll get 29.9 million results in .9 seconds. I’d argue “find your passion” is one of the most talked about yet most misunderstood terms out there. It’s constantly thrown around as a buzz phrase and it’s on the cover of countless self-help books, yet the search for passion never seems to end. Pursuing your passion terrifies most people. It’s the proverbial fork in the road between following a dream or being “realistic.” However, science tells us that having a passion can increase our overall satisfaction with life, making us happier and less stressful people. So why is passion so elusive? I asked one cofounder who seems to have the passion predicament sorted. He travels the world empowering disadvantaged youth with the tools to reach their full potential.”

Read the whole article, How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, here.

Learn more about Adam Rubin’s project, RENEW, here.

Molly Beth Rice featured in Journal Star

Journal StarCommunity garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria, June 2017

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” Recently, Molly Rice’s backyard has become the site of a lot of dirt dumping, watermelon planting and tie-dying parties. She and her family are starting a community garden at 1116 and 1118 NE Glendale Ave., and they’ve invited the whole neighborhood to help. Rice said the inspiration to start a garden came after the house next door became the site of two drive-by shootings and arson in June 2016. “They got in a gang fight with the wrong gang for this neighborhood,” Rice said of the house’s previous owner. “I got all the kids up and had them sleep on the floor (the night of the shootings).” After that, Rice’s daughter wanted to make a “peace garden” to bring some happiness back to the North Valley. The Rice family decided to acquire the lot that was the site of the shootings and the arson, as well as two more lots, and has since planted a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.”

Read the whole article, Community garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria, here.

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

Priscilla Umutashya Ruzibuka featured in The Afrikan Legacy

Meet… PRISCILLA RUZIBUKA, June 2017

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“Priscilla  Ruzibuka is the 26 year old Rwandan Information Systems Engineer behind the children’s clothing brand Ki-pepeo. This young entrepreneur decided to leave her job in the private sector to start her own business. With the Ki-pepo brand,  she is transforming and empowering women in Rwanda by giving them a place to grow, earn and support their families while making kids look fabulous.

Read the article, Meet… PRISCILLA RUZIBUKA, here.

Learn more about Priscilla Umutashya Ruzibuka’s project, Ki-pepeo kids clothing, here.

Steve Barr featured in Philanthropy Journal News

Philanthropy_Journal_logoUsing Art and Humor to Heal, June 2017

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” Pediatric patients often feel overwhelmed by the strict daily regimens they go through as they battle challenging medical conditions. This can result in these children feeling they have no control over their circumstances and very little joy in their day to day life. Drawn to Help, a national nonprofit based out of Columbus, North Carolina, was created to give these children a feeling of more control and help them find a creative escape from their daily battles, allowing them to laugh and heal along the way. A few years ago, cartoonist Steve Barr was devastated when a close friend’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia. Throughout her son’s treatment, the friend saw the impact art programs had on children in treatment facilities. She suggested that Barr develop similar programs, sharing his love of cartooning with children in hospitals. Steve began Drawn to Help after a few visits to local hospitals. Through word-of-mouth, the cartoon drawing classes spread rapidly. Within the first two years, the program reached multiple hospitals and camps for children fighting challenging diseases. The organization’s volunteers now include such comic and comic book artists as: Al Bigley (DC/Marvel), Tom Bancroft (Disney), Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy,” “The Muppets,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Greg Cravens (Creator of “The Buckets” comic strip).”

Read the whole article, Using Art and Humor to Heal, here.

Learn more about Steve Barr’s project, Cartoon Classes for pediatric patients, here.