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.
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 [...]
Desire Johnson-Forte Brings the Spirit of Travel to Young Black Men in Oakland through #Passport2Freedom
For Desire Johnson-Forte, travel is the ultimate expression of self-liberation. Especially since, growing up in Oakland, CA, travel of any kind seemed like an unrealistic luxury.
Education can be taught and received through infinite mediums. TPP grantees unite and educate their communities through art, curated trainings and basic necessities that allow others to fully follow their goals. Whether it is through literature, documentaries or thoughtful programming, TPP grantees provide an array of economic and educational solutions that include everyone. No one is left out in the journey towards a richer mindset, a sustainable future and a network of people to depend on. We hope you explore and enjoy this week’s grantee projects. [...]
“This Project Is for Us All”: How The Pride Candles Project Is Changing the Lives of Sex Workers and LGBTQ Youth in Uganda
Five years ago, Fatumah found out she was HIV positive. She also found out she was again pregnant. Though she had little hope of ever having the opportunity to see her child grow, she continued to attend her prenatal check-ins at the hospital. She also continued her sex work, as she had no other means of supporting herself or her growing family.
“It brought chills to my body and tears to my eyes to know that this program worked for them then and worked for them now,” said Goncalves.
Having a solid community is one of the most vital assets to our livelihood and forward progression. Being surrounded by people who affirm our strengths, potential and advocate for our human rights can change the outcome of our life experiences. As a child, receiving uplifting messaging, access to education, a clean environment and a route to financial freedom, is critical. TPP grantees are not only building projects and organizations to shift the world, but are also fostering a sense of unity in communities to grow forward together. [...]
For Kansiime Honest, her life-changing moment was when the Ugandan government passed a policy for universal education.
Jennie Kay isn’t the type of person to give herself props. Here at The Pollination Project, however, we know she deserves them--big time.
The Smithsonian and the Statue: How Sophia Hanson’s “Amazing Women’s Edition Contest” Catapulted Five Young Authors to Success
When Sophia Hanson co-founded the Pennsylvania-based National Youth Foundation, which hosts the only national book contest for kids writing and illustrating books, she could have never imagined...
“My Strength Comes from the Women”: Jenny Nuccio Changes the Lives of Women in Kenya through the Imani Collective
For my women to go from being illiterate to drawing a straight line to creating a finished tote--I remembered their faces. They were so proud of themselves for finishing something...My strength comes from the women...
All of our individual life experiences bring special insight and perspectives for how we see the world, and how we add towards collective expansion. The solutions and ideas that TPP grantees bring to their communities are endless and their unique experiences allow for boundless ingenuity. There is not a one-size-fits-all resolution to the dilemmas occurring around the globe. Fortunately, TPP grantees see first-hand what is missing in their communities and how to fill those voids while establishing new frameworks for long-lasting triumphs. Read about the latest grantee [...]
“Sport has the power to transform lives”: David Mulo changes the lives of Kenya’s youth through sports and leadership training
“They were my role models, I wanted to become like them, they were the gateway to my life path of sport for social impact. Sport kept me from becoming involved with drugs, alcohol and crime, it gave me a vision towards a better future…” These words from David Mulo about the people in his life who shared with him at a young age the importance of sports reveal the fragility of life as an impoverished child in Kenya. “The difficulties faced by youth in developing countries are [...]
One age-old idea that Acuna challenges is that the teaching of kindness must be serious and sacred, and therefore cannot be taught through the use of games. What Acuna has found, though, is that this is absolutely not the case.
As a result of his difficult childhood experience, Eric Chiaga had to help take care of his home and siblings and put himself through school. This inspired in him a deep calling to help others in his community escape his family’s fate.
Getting to “Yes”: Top 5 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Receiving Funding from The Pollination Project
Here are Tara Matthews' Top 5 tips to increase your chances of receiving funding—and getting to that all-important “yes”
Finding solutions that impact the world, local communities, and us as individuals can initially seem crushingly overwhelming. However, TPP grantees prove that change begins with simply going back to the basics. They use the Earth’s natural resources to allow people to feed, nurture, and invest in their livelihood. They take teachable skills and turn them into full-fledged businesses to combat financial distress. Most importantly, TPP grantees listen, engage, and stand side-by-side with their community to understand hardships and needs towards a better life. The first step towards [...]
“Seeds Are the Foundation of Life”: Five Questions with Soledad Saburido Álvarez, founder of Somos Semilla Seed Library in Mexico
The first time we received the TPP grant in 2015, we carried out programming based as a Mobile Seed Library, and we were able to reach rural communities ... especially among groups of women who are running small community gardens. This was our most important jump to be recognized by our community, and we started to believe in our dream.