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.
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.
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 [...]
What does it mean for a community to be healthy and how can we ensure that more communities meet that standard? For the grantees that we celebrate today, there are many different answers but the common thread running through each of these amazing projects is that for a community to be healthy it must meet the needs of all community members. From work that supports the literal health of community members facing personal challenges, ensuring healthy and nourishing food is available, and giving young people in the [...]
Perhaps solving each of these problems seems insurmountable, beyond the scope of what anyone can achieve by themselves. Yet this week we share with you 14 examples of just what is possible when committed, bold community members recognize that their ideas have the power to change even the biggest issues.
Every day The Pollination Project provides at least one small grant to a community led project around the world. Below are 14 of the latest projects we have been privileged enough to support. Just reading through the names of these project should give you a sense of what they’re all about: ‘empowering’, ‘tutoring’, ‘healing’, ‘dialogue’. These are extraordinary efforts and to us each of these 14 projects represent incredible individuals and communities who have a vision for the future of this planet that they are choosing to [...]
The Pollination Project has funded grantees in over 110 countries working on almost any kind of project you can imagine (that almost is important - there’s always room for your idea as well!). And with that broad scope comes the question - what do they have in common? We think there are many answers to that question. But, for now, here’s a big one: community. The 14 projects below all represent efforts that are by community members, serve communities, and build community. They show us what can [...]
Though we are bound together by our shared humanity, each of us see the world from a unique perspective that is shaped by our experience– we feel joy for different reasons, we live through different challenges, and, in turn, we dream of changing the world in different ways and for different reasons. Though the 14 projects below address different issues in different ways, they each represent dreams of a better world becoming action. And for us they represent inspiration – it is never too late to make [...]
Breaking the Stigma and Discrimination project is working to mitigate discrimination based on sexual orientation, identity, and gender expression within the LGBTI community in the Dominican Republic. They make visible the violations of human rights that often affect this base population, and collaborate with the formation of vulnerable groups. The group carries out training courses in the field of human rights of the educators and target population, serving as multipliers and replicating this information to other people in different vulnerable groups of the LGBT population, with special [...]
The wheel of social justice has many rungs. From animal rights, to fighting poverty, to saving our oceans, the latest round of TPP grantees are proving that with just a little bit of support, one person in one community can change the world.
Dance and movement have been one of the main sources of release for me. As I examine the themes of the collection of grantees I’ve supported, a common throughline is that they all are rooted in expanding opportunities and spaces where bodies, young and old, agile and frail, male and female, can move.
Under-represented youth are many times underserved in school because of the lack of resources their schools and communities have available. The lack of resources not only affect their traditional learning experience, but commonly lead to the nonexistence of supplementary educational experiences such as STEM, art, and etiquette programs.