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.
Grantee News Update: “I don’t want to wait until I’m older”: Ananya Singh Keeps “Greening Forward” Moving
Recently appointed the new CEO of Greening Forward—a NY-based youth environmental sustainability training program—Ananya Singh, 16, represents the socially conscious, modern-day teen: accomplished, ambitious, and ready to change the world.
Breakthroughs and transformation can occur independently, but with a united community these transformations are firmly rooted for infinite progression. People need help and guidance throughout the world, and TPP grantees not only provide assistance, but also celebrate these communities through encouragement, empowerment and empathy. Helping others tap into their potential is a heartfelt skill that all TPP grantees possess. This is the super power that creates a continuous cycle of stability, economic advancement and safety. No matter who you are or where you are from we hope [...]
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 address environmental degradation in East Africa through conservation and education. The following grantees’ projects [...]
News Update: Jo-Anne McArthur’s New “We Animals Media” Website Takes a Journalistic Approach to Telling the Stories of Animals
Today, after years of documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents and authoring two books, McArthur continues to ask the tough questions about how we, as humans, relate to animals through her new venture, We Animals Media.
Elizabeth Agnello couldn’t help but get emotional. She had just received an unexpected check for $2,500 from a local who, despite not having an ill child of his own, believed in the mission of her Buffalo, NY-based non-profit, Brave Little Fighters (BLF).
Believing in people is foundational for us at The Pollination Project. We believe everyone is extraordinary and equipped to build a world of greater compassion, goodness and kindness, in their own unique way.
The desire to generate change can not be completed without the boundless trust in others and most importantly, the trust within yourself. TPP grantees hold confidence in their vision and travel through the process of discovery one step at a time. In a world where people point fingers at one another and criticize the actions of change makers and leaders, TPP grantees hold steady in their dreams and remain confident in their ‘why.’ Ideas and beliefs frame the way people live their lives. TPP grantees are planting [...]
Ada Acobta and Linus Ayangwoh Embe both had the goal to clean the ocean of plastic waste. Both of them developed stunningly inventive projects to achieve that goal. Both of them submitted an application for a TPP grant. Both of them live in Cameroon—Ada a mere 26 miles upstream from Linus. Yet, neither of them knew the other existed.
These projects, organizations and intimate communities are radical acts towards redefining old stagnant beliefs, supplying fresh perspectives and spreading uplifting ideas with actionable ways to make a difference.
I want to know what everyone’s favorite movie is,” James West, our Director of Programs, said during lunch on the first day of our recent three-day retreat to Banyan Grove, a Service Space-managed center dedicated to cultivating inner transformation and compassion in Forest Knolls, CA.
TPP works alongside organizations and leaders across the globe. The latest grantees introduced below show that regardless of where we are on the map, world causes trickle or flood into all of our lives. Gender based discrimination that occurs in Malawi is also happening in Nigeria. People passionately fighting for the environment in Montana have so much in common with those doing the same work in Hawaii. Crisis, hope, violence, joy and resilience resides in all communities. Although they manifest differently, our struggles and progress are similar [...]
The greatest lesson I got from this experience is the realization that, while empathy is a beautiful quality, only empathizing with somebody’s pain will drain me, consume me and render me incapable of doing something to help lessen that pain. It’s only when compassion follows that I’m helpful, when I use that empathy as fuel to act.
I knew that for about six days, I would be physically quiet (the most physically quiet I had ever been in my life!). I knew that I would sit down and try to focus on my breath for many minutes every day, and that I would probably experience withdrawal symptoms from mindlessly clicking around on my phone.
Serving others can take the form of money, emotional support, counseling, friendship, and education. The forms and methods are nearly infinite, and the resulting impact increases when people create solutions together. TPP supplies grants, belief, and other non-financial support, but it is the mindset, determination and brilliance of TPP grantees that generates real change. TPP grantees serve others with their hearts and hands, making use of the resources available to them to change the world. But their journey is so often one of partnership and mutual respect. [...]
Creating a sense of belonging in our communities and helping others is a purpose and impact we all aspire to achieve, but it is not until we decide to jump in fully, with unshakable tenacity that lives are transformed. The latest TPP Grantees have found the sweet spot between being bold and righteous. Their journeys involve mistakes, hurdles, and vulnerability. Their dedication requires sharing personal achievements and failures in order to spread hope and relatability. The realizations they have made within themselves creates more space for others [...]
TPP grantees know that every person is a part of the larger whole and it is our individual acts of helping, educating, communicating, welcoming and sharing joy with others that collectively lifts human kind and restores the planet.
Food insecurity, lack of employment, gender inequality and minimal healthcare resources are issues that plague communities all over the world. These projects prove that everyone can learn a skill to rejuvenate the planet and give voice to others who struggle with similar hurdles.
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For young people coming of age around the world the search for new opportunities to support themselves and their families often leads them away from the communities in which they grew up. From rural America to northern Nigeria, communities with few jobs and under-resourced schools struggle to raise connected, hopeful young people who have the skills needed to succeed. Yet around the world seemingly ordinary people are taking action. Determined in their efforts to create thriving, functional, and optimistic communities, they are addressing needs that would likely [...]