Rebuilding Lives

by | Mar 30, 2023 | ShiftHappens

Sarah Yener, the English Department Chair at a high school in Antalya, Turkey, created a project that is having a profound effect on the lives of those who lost everything when earthquakes struck the Turkey/Syria region in February 2023. Prior to applying to The Pollination Project’s  Resilience and Relief Fund, Sarah had been using her own money to purchase things like 200 pairs of underwear for the women and children arriving in her town. Now, along with teachers and students from her school, she  is working to help people that need help rebuilding their lives.

One family of five that arrived in their pajamas at the Crisis Centre lost everything when their apartment building collapsed in Adiyaman. One of the most beautiful things that Sarah and her team discovered when they began to assist this family is that people love to help when given the chance.

We were shocked at how contagious charity can be. Firstly, we were able to find an apartment with the help of a realtor who refused to charge a commission. Our teachers then raised enough money for the first 6 months of rent,” said Sarah. “The previous renter decided to sell all their furniture to us for a steep discount and one school parent paid that entire bill. Our school purchased all the books that the children needed to return to school. We found the father a job doing maintenance at a local hotel and the mother is working at a supermarket.  This is proof that pollination works and thrives.”

In the end, they took the mother to the store to buy all the odds and ends that make a house a home including slippers, pots, pans, cutlery, towels, sheets and linens, and a desk for the teenage son who is studying for his university exams.

Recently, they came into contact with a group of teachers in Hatay and Antakya who were helping survivors living in tent cities. They learned that teachers had sent a report stating that they had an urgent need for hygiene kits. With the help of the Pollination Project and donations from teachers, they were able to supply and deliver 500 hygiene packs. Their original goal was 250 so we were beyond pleased when this goal was surpassed. The hygiene packs included: underwear, menstrual pads, shampoo, cream, cologne, razors, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

As Sarah and her fellow teachers work to reach those in need of assistance, they are not only helping those who lost everything, they are opening the door for others in the community to share. This work is an illustration of what is possible when the human spirit engages in acts of kindness; this is how we create a more compassionate world. 



It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideas—they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

🔸 Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
🔸 Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
🔸 Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
🔸 Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
🔸 Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
🔸 Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
🔸 Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
🔸 Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
🔸 Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation
It's Volunteer's Month!!! 🌟 Celebrating our family of Grant Advisors 🌟

With 80 grant advisors, all experts in their respective fields and many of them former grantees, The Pollination Project is powered by a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their service is not only precious but also essential, as they bring unique insights and understanding to the application process, ensuring that resources are allocated where they can have the greatest impact. 

🎉 Today we celebrate our incredible grant advisors in the HEALTH & WHOLENESS focus area! 

🔸 Ben Kilama (Uganda) 
🔸 Kosa Jimmy (Uganda) 
🔸 Marina Haque (USA) 
🔸 John Ebong (Nigeria) 
🔸 Nzayisenga Emmanuel (Canada)
🔸 Rodger Mwanza (Zambia) 
🔸 Emmanuel Dushimimana (Rwanda) 
🔸 Nelly Hellen Onditi (Kenya) 
🔸 Daniel Ayodele Femi (Nigeria) 
🔸 Christopher Nwafor (South Africa)

Our heartfelt gratitude to these dedicated individuals for their invaluable contributions 🙏

@jim.kosa.5 @manud05 @duemmanuel @nelly.hellen1 @daniel_ayodele_femi 

#health #wholeness #grantmaking #grantadvisor #volunteermonth #volunteers #grants #heartivism #volunteersweek #nigeria #southafrica #uganda #rwanda #zambia #canada