Grants Funded in 2017

We provide micro grants for social change projects worldwide. These are the projects we funded in 2017.

Dickson Oketch – Hold a Girl’s Hand Initiative

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Can village girls weather the myriad challenges of unwanted pregnancy, lack of menstrual hygiene products & school supplies and rise to be successful? Dickson's Hold a Girl’s Hand Initiative is a school-based project which endeavors to holistically meet the needs of high school girls by providing guidance and counseling and [...]

Aikande Robert Nkya – Msichana Amka Timiza Ndoto Zako (Rise Up Girl and Make Up Your Dreams)



Many girls do not have safe and sustainable methods of menstrual management due to lack of money and stigmatization, which often resorts to using unsafe and alternative methods. Rise Up Girl and Wake Up Your Dreams, initiated by Ms. Aikande Robert Nkya, aims at providing trainings and education about menstruation [...]

Leonardo Párraga – Re-Sistance-Cycle



Vulnerable communities in Bogotá, Colombia are usually invisible and unheard by the State. Kept in the dark, they experience violations of their rights and dignity. Using the arts as an element of social cohesion, the community is brought together, providing La Cecilia neighborhood with visibility through colors and a voice [...]

Karen McCarthy – YES Youth Work Team Program



YES, Youth Empowerment Services, was started by Kauz and Karen McCarthy as a program to assist youth in developing the skills needed to be successful in life after graduation. YES, located in Anaconda, Montana, addresses life skills, social skills and work skills in creative and fun formats. The YES Youth [...]

Melanie Jacobs – Rooster Redemption Barn Build



Rooster Redemption is a microsanctuary located in Center City, Minnesota, founded by Melanie and Mark Jacobs. Their mission is to create awareness about how intelligent and valuable roosters are, as individuals deserving love and respect. Roosters are viewed as one of the most "disposable" animals because they do not lay [...]

Onek Paul – Global Empowerment For Poverty Alleviation



South Sudan is an area ravaged by civil strife with massive displacement of the population into camps both inside and outside into neighboring Uganda. The food ratio received from the World Food Program is not adequate to sustain them for a long time. Thus, the displaced persons have resorted to [...]

Sebastian Fakas – Centro de Recuperación Nutricional, Guatemala Solar Energy System



The Projects with Under-Served Communities (PUC) program at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) allows students to apply their education towards the physical implementation of a project in a underserved community. For the past year our group has worked to implement a solar energy system to be installed [...]

Merlon Rgland – Project Sunrise



Project Sunrise aims to develop and offer day treatment services integrated within childcare and preschool settings to stimulate and nurture children before they go to kindergarten. The project uses the most innovative learning tools, curricula, playground equipment and indoor and outdoor learning environments to create learning spaces with educational development [...]

James Nathaniel – Bicycle Project



James Nathaniel, James Kirima, and Beatrice Elias are visionary leaders working on the Bicycle Project in Moshi-Kilimanjaro. Their mission is to increase assess to education for orphans and other vulnerable students who walk 5 to 7 kilometers to school. In these situations, bicycles will be used in order to reach [...]

Brandon L Crawford – Youth Power Hour


Youth Power Hour is an innovative, mobile program, created by Health & Life Coach Brandon Crawford, that specializes in improving the health and fitness of kids ages 7-13. He accomplishes his mission through fun, structured, after school/weekend fitness programs, and a kid friendly nutritional curriculum in collaboration with local schools [...]

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