Social Sustainability

by | Mar 25, 2020 | Seeds: Our Blog

TPP grantees are attached to the fundamentals that will grow their communities and nourish the qualities that need to emerge within every individual. They implement social sustainability by honoring the planet, expanding access to technical resources, promoting authentic expression and preserving peoples livelihoods. Every project below helps remove suppressed emotion and sheds light on what there is to gain and the infinite paths to explore.

Marisa Rafal – The New Hampshire Toy Library Network

Adapted play material for children with disabilities can be two to four times the cost of the original item, while 80% of plastic toys end up in our oceans, landfills, and incinerators. Meanwhile, many New Hampshire college students are looking both to give back to their communities and to get professional networking experience, while the state itself is trying hard to keep young professionals in the area after graduation. With all of this in mind, the NH Toy Library Network aims to support children’s equitable access to toys and games, decrease waste and conserve natural resources, lessen siloing between college and community, reduce stigma, and foster fun! They accomplish this by allowing college students to run a network of toy libraries across the state – all for local children and families, regardless of income or ability level.

These toy libraries offer toy loans at no cost to the individual, the same way other libraries offer books. NH Toy Library Network wants everyone to be able to play with and learn from one another. They hope that for college students, the opportunity to run a business in the Granite State will connect them to the NH community, and regardless of where they choose to be post-grad, they can gain professional confidence and workplace skill sets right with the NH Toy Library Network.
The Pollination Project grant will help expand the toy collection, with a particular emphasis on kits to support children’s academic growth and understanding of diversity.

Devin Klugh (Film Natchez & Director) – Improving Rural Development Through Film Economy

Film Natchez, aims to promote the film industry in Natchez, Mississippi through education, job training, and diverse community outreach. Their goal is to increase economic vitality in the region through the arts. This begins with building a local crew-base with a mandate in under-represented communities, updating the city’s infrastructure, and providing career training in both film and television production, marketing and development as well as building inroads to additional commercial growth through housing, catering, transportation and other connecting industries.
As members of the Natchez community, they want to take advantage of the positives that exist within their community, bridge existing gaps, keep young, talented people in Mississippi, and make their community even better!

The film economy can bring an influx of jobs, pour money into existing local businesses, and help improve infrastructure into the city. With this grant, they will be able to create outreach programs and materials, start training locals to fill jobs in the film economy, and build creative communities.

Jamii Action Centre – Graphic Skills For Youth Economic Empowerment Project

Graphic Skills for Youth Economic Empowerment is invested in empowering society through technology. This project works towards solving the issue of unemployment amongst youth, women, and people living with disabilities in Kwale County – and the entire coast region of Kenya.
With the increase in digital marketing, freelance and online working, this project researched the community and found out that the youths of Kwale lack basic skills for the job market. As a solution this project imparts knowledge around graphic skills so that youth can use them to enhance their day to day.

Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Foundation – Trauma Focused Yoga Workshop

The Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Foundation’s mission generates funds and disburses financial support and other resources to programs and projects for juvenile home youth. The foundation works to enrich the lives of residents and their families by offering educational support to young people and staff. Some of the programs offered through our fundraising efforts include a garden program, junior chef group, music therapy, and art classes.

Kofoworola Oyeleye – Ecopencils To Rebuild Lives

KoweGreen is an eco-pencil production company recycling paper into high-quality pencils. They are a socially conscious organization ensuring their processes impact the environment and the community positively.
Since the “Boko Haram” terrorist attacks began spreading in Nigeria in 2010 over 1.7million people have had to flee their homes and now live in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps. The conditions of these camps are mainly poor due to the volume of people and limited resources. Women in these camps are particularly vulnerable, as they are sometimes subject to abuse for survival.

KoweGreen is giving these women a chance to earn a decent living and work towards rebuilding their lives outside the camps, while also contributing to the protection of the environment. These Women join us in promoting sustainable paper waste management, ensuring a circular economy, and contributing to the reduction in deforestation caused by wood-based pencils globally.
KoweGreen’s creation was inspired by the desire to give the displaced women a constant source of livelihood, and their dignity back. This seed grant from The Pollination Project will help get a conducive location to run the location from, and fully commence activities.

Judah David – Stop And Learn Cafe

Thousands of children are taught computers as a subject in many schools across Nigeria, however many have never seen or touched a computer in their life. This has left them incapacitated and underproductive as compared to their counterparts living in the city. Over 85% of jobs in the country today require basic computer skills and knowledge for employment eligibility. It is unfortunate that most state schools, which make up more than 80% of schools in the country, either lack adequate basic equipment and infrastructure needed to teach, and hence offer just the theoretical aspect of it, leaving practice to chance.
Stop and Learn Cafe will provide children in underserved communities with accessibility to quality ICT training. This will enhance their learning, as they will not only have a theoretical knowledge but also have the ability to touch, feel and put into practice what they are able to compete with their counterparts.

MacDonald Mughogho – Total Community Transformers: Handwashing Facilities Schools

Total Community Transformers, provides their School Feeding Program to every rural, hard to reach school so they can increase every pupils educational achievement by providing each child with at least one healthy, nutritious meal a day. By providing these meals, the programme has increased school enrollment, improved learners attendance, improved performance of those who attend classes, and improved promotion rates.
Throughout this process, they discovered that hygiene is an important component for the success of the feeding program. This need – to provide hand washing facilities and soap – will help to reduce waterborne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and cholera, hence the Total Community Transformers: Handwashing Facilities Schools initiative.

Written by Milena