Seeds: Our Blog2019-12-09T11:06:04-08:00

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.

Boundless Opportunity

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. [...]

Individual Ideas Influence Widespread Aspirations

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 [...]

Back to Basics

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 [...]

Collective Rising

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 [...]

Funding Dreams and Empowering the Impoverished in Kenya’s Capital City

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 [...]

Finding Connection in Kikuji: How One Woman Helped Struggling Women Become Business Owners

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. Aisha and her daughter Last year, Aisha from Kikuji, a semi-remote village in Uganda, was struggling to support her family of [...]

Building “Humanity and Brotherhood”: Strengthening Economic Empowerment 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 expand education, job training, and peace in East Africa. With more than 7 million [...]

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