Seeds: Our Blog
Welcome to our blog! We use it to tell our grantees’ stories and to share more about what we are learning here at The Pollination Project.
A Voice for the Voiceless: Sameeksha Bhattarai Advocates for Compassion Toward All Animals in Kathmandu, Nepal
Sameeksha Bhattarai, founder of Project Compassionate Nepal, says that veganism—and her quest to help others in her community of Kathmandu choose a plant-based lifestyle--has been one of the biggest battles of her life. Despite the hardship, however, she refuses to shy away from the effort.
Aadya Joshi remembers being disappointed that she could never find the birds of which her grandparents spoke--not for lack of trying, but because the birds simply didn’t live there anymore...
A significant element for creating global change is building safe havens for people to gather. Whether it is a physical space or a digital platform, building an environment for communities to grow, learn and reclaim their well-being is essential for long term success and independence. TPP grantees are passionate about ensuring their communities are heard and have a welcoming platform to voice their needs, share their stories and cultivate meaningful relationships with those around them. Learn how TPP grantees face global issues and transform society through intimate [...]
Slowing to the Pace of Nature: Reflections from the November 2019 Animal Advocates Meditation Retreat
As I and other animal rights activists broke silence to share our personal experiences throughout the retreat, it was revealed just how many of us had or were currently suffering from anxiety, depression, insomnia, or incessant stress from working on such big issues with so few resources.
TPP grantees portray a version of all of us that we can’t give up on. They are able to vision hold for individuals and communities who have dreams, small or grand that move the needle forward. When life is uncertain, anything is possible. It takes courage, love and consistency to be able to see the sun through the clouds. This group of grantees see the possibilities and illuminate communities towards environmental conservation, youth leadership and healthy living. Their day to day efforts will lead to a loud [...]
Being a changemaker goes beyond the successful execution of a community based project. TPP grantees are visionaries because they can authentically spread their positive perception to others. In order to reimagine the future and leave strong legacies, TPP grantees do not accept societal norms or circumstances that limit someone's potential. From uplifting generations of women and shining light on taboos that no longer serve us, this group of grantees encourage us all. Sandra Ajaja – Digital Skills For Her By Fempower Initiative Africa [...]
Strengthening our connection to Earth has the ability to ignite our inner leadership, spirituality, and foster community. All around the world, TPP grantees utilize the richness of what nature has bestowed on us to transform food systems, build economic stability and save native plants from extinction. Creating solutions to uplevel the lives of others involves outside resources, but we can not forget the gifts that already exist around us. TPP grantees execute true sustainability by creating and restoring what is already provided and building systems from there. [...]
Building Resilience: Multi-Grant Award Recipient Susan Silber Believes in the Power of Community-Originated Solutions
Susan Silber is a force of nature—an apt comparison as she has been working as an environmental educator for the past 30 years. Stunned by the harsh reality of the climate change crisis as presented through Al Gore’s 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, Silber was forever changed...
When someone has as much passion as Cameron Deal, you can’t help but get swept away by their emotions.
Do you remember the first time you were inspired as a child? Did you have people in your life to advocate for your health, education and overall wellbeing? As children, our self confidence and life perspective is highly impressionable. TPP grantees understand the need and value to equip youth with the tools and emotional support they need to explore the world through curious eyes, high self esteem and community driven goals. These youth driven projects prove there is no limit to how we can engage our younger [...]
Whether you’re a TPP grantee or hope to be one in the future, it’s always helpful to get a little perspective from those that have “been there and done that.”
How do you identify your individual greatness? Although this can be discovered on one’s own, at TPP, we believe inner transformation is best discovered through communal experience with others. Recognizing the beauty and power in someone else mirrors the power that lies within us. This powerful cycle is a boundless act that never stops going. Read how the grantee projects below spread and encourage positive perception and group transformation. UFH – Alice Mini-Habitable Planet Workshop UFH – Alice Mini-Habitable Planet Workshop, located in [...]
This month, The Pollination Project (TPP) celebrates its wonderful partnership with Tipping Point Foundation (TPF)!
The way TPP grantees engage with our planet is astounding and ever evolving. From organic farming, gardening, rain water harvesting and clean water initiatives, there are infinite ways to heal and develop a community. Although each project below is passionately created in a different region, all grantees are collectively striving to strengthen their community, and share knowledge and practices that preserve the planet. Katia, Aline, Karina – Projeto TransformAção CSEUR (TransformAction CSEUR) TransformAction CSEUR is project developed by Aonde Environmental Institute and its [...]
“Change from Within”: 5 Questions for Paul Kronenberg, Co-Founder of kanthari in Kerala, South of India
Paul Kronenberg is the co-founder and co-director of kanthari, an immersive training program that equips participants who have overcome adversity with the techniques, methods, and ideas needed to start up and run effective, relevant social projects all over the world.
Shoshana Akabas Welcomes Refugees in New York through Her Family-Match Program, New Neighbors Clothing Partnership
I want to make sure New York remains a haven for refugees,” says Akabas. “So many people in New York want to help their new neighbors but don't know how. My initiative forges connections between New Yorkers that might not have otherwise met...
There are moments in life when our problems feel bigger than our wins. TPP grantees understand that the answer is not hoping the situation disappears, but to hold less faith in the problem and more appreciation in the communities that make life worth living for. This week’s TPP grantees empower their communities with knowledge and group experiences to transform their circumstances into new realities. Rameshwar Fundipalle & Amol Umbarje – Transforming The Cottage School Into Digital School Rameshwar Fundipalle’s project “Transforming the Cottage [...]
This sentiment of seeing what others overlook—or choose to ignore—is important to Angilello. Last year, Angilello lost his husband, Jim Rivett. In a eulogy written for Rivett by a dear friend...
TPP grantees generate change by utilizing the resources, knowledge and cultural traditions that already exist in communities around the world. They see the beauty in the land and talent within people that can be used to propel communities to new heights. Through wildlife conservation, sacred arts, and educating locals with the excellence that exists in their culture, the TPP grantee projects in this week’s blog empower individuals from within. Thank you for following their journey! Hana Ma, Yoshie Lewis, Gogee Self – No [...]
TPP grantees continuously demonstrate that life struggles can transform into ongoing progression when we utilize the healing powers of our planet, provide people with sustainable hygienic resources, and bring communities back to nature. From community gardens to environmentally focused educational platforms, TPP grantees equip groups and individuals with the knowledge and tools to gain economic stability, restore creative thinking, and to connect with the planet every step of the way. Vicony’s Global Success World – Construction Of A Pit Latrine In Village Primary [...]