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.
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.
“It’s time to stop limiting women’s potential”: Selassie Tay takes on training women to be independent in Ghana
For Selassie, the sight of Grace’s dilapidated house and weary expression was not unfamiliar—as the son of a single mother and brother to two sisters, Selassie knew the heartbreak of this situation well. From his experience with his mother, he also sensed that, despite the bleakness of Grace’s situation, that she wanted—and was capable of—more.
TPP grantees always connect youth to the programs, projects and visions they hold for a better world. In order for change to last, we must provide alternative perspectives and resources to youth who will grow up believing in themselves, their communities and their dreams. TPP grantees are filled with courage that allows them to see a version of themselves that they won’t give up on. When youth witness leaders in their community share inspiration, fight for change and focus on the sun rather than the clouds, it [...]
“Sharing Common Problems”: Uplifting Women Through Economic Empowerment and Education in East Africa
A part of the East Africa Leadership Program Series This year, TPP entered a new stage of its East Africa programming. Focusing specifically on grantmaking to burgeoning community leaders in Kenya and Uganda who have the potential to make real, lasting change, TPP and its East African Leadership team—all TPP grantees themselves—mentor and support these early-stage changemakers to help ensure their success. Here are four grantees of the program who are working to uplift and empower women in East Africa. Though women represent more than 50% of [...]
A part of the East Africa Leadership Program Series This year, TPP entered a new stage of its East Africa programming. Focusing specifically on grantmaking to burgeoning community leaders in Kenya and Uganda who have the potential to make real, lasting change, TPP and its East African Leadership team—all TPP grantees themselves—mentor and support these early-stage changemakers to help ensure their success. Here are four grantees of the program who are working in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. With just over 4 million residents occupying less than [...]
“Ensuring That No Woman Is Computer Illiterate”: The Story of Kenyan Women Accomplishing More Than They Ever Thought Possible
A part of the East Africa Leadership Program Series This year, TPP entered a new stage of its East Africa programming. Focusing specifically on grantmaking to burgeoning community leaders in Kenya and Uganda who have the potential to make real, lasting change, TPP and its East African Leadership team—all TPP grantees themselves—mentor and support these early-stage changemakers to help ensure their success. It’s not easy to learn a new skill. It almost always causes feelings of trepidation, inadequacy, and frustration. When, however, after [...]