Our Grantees in the News



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.


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.