Spotlight on GAAP coordinator: Mohini Sharma

by | Jun 27, 2023 | ShiftHappens

At The Pollination Project (TPP), there is a remarkable group of individuals who embody the spirit of service and are committed to making a positive difference in the world. These dedicated changemakers are made up of grantees, volunteers, advisors, and others who join TPP with a deep desire to serve their communities and causes close to their heart. One such inspiring individual is Mohini Sharma, a vegan activist from Delhi, India, who has been actively raising awareness since 2016 about the suffering of animals.

Mohini’s journey with TPP began as a volunteer in 2021, and her contributions have since expanded to her serving in an advisor, evaluator, and coordinator role, where she plays a crucial part in reviewing applications, evaluating reports, and supporting grassroots farmed animal activists in Asia.

“I believe the work I do with TPP is the extension of my work as an activist as I discuss activism ideas with potential grantees, support them with all their queries and doubts, evaluate reports that make me learn new things, and assess new applications that fill my heart with hope and gratitude for all the great projects that people are working on.”

Mohini’s work at TPP has coincided with a growth in the animal rights movement in India. Over the past decade, the number of vegans and activists in the country has grown exponentially, reflecting a significant shift in consumer behavior and awareness. Additionally, large companies are now venturing into the plant-based market, highlighting the changing landscape and increased demand for ethical alternatives. Activists are working hard on awareness programs and legal enforcement projects to bring about a shift in people’s lifestyles and ensure the proper implementation of laws safeguarding farmed animals.

As part of her roles at TPP, she has connected with like-minded individuals worldwide. Attending festivals and summits, like most recently Veg Festival Indonesia, she saw firsthand the growing vegan movement across so many countries including China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia. Engaging with activists from different backgrounds and cultures offered invaluable insights into the diverse and impactful work being done in these regions. Mohini also attended the Plant-Based Summit in Delhi where she connected with new vegan companies and numerous NGOs working for farmed animals. 

“In-person conferences are of utmost importance as such events give a platform to like-minded people to come together and discuss their work and ideas that could play a pivotal role in expanding the movement.”

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🌟 Empowering Through Play! 🌟

Nature Trust (Tamilnadu, India) launched the project, "Enhance the Skills of Children with Disabilities through Play," supported by one of our seed grants 🎉✨ Timed with World Autism Awareness Day 2024, this initiative resonates with the theme of "Empowering the Autistic Voices."

In particular, the grant allowed Nature Trust to provide specially curated play materials to 20 remarkable children with diverse disabilities. These tools were thoughtfully selected to ignite their development and unlock their potential. 🧩🎨

At the distribution event held on March 31st, the atmosphere was filled with joy as children and parents expressed gratitude for the newfound importance of play in their lives. 💖👦👧 The presence of local leaders underscored the significance of inclusive initiatives like this one.

Beyond distribution, Nature Trust volunteers engaged with the children, creating lasting connections and memories. 🤝 

Through the power of play, Nature Trust is fostering a more inclusive world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. 🌈 

Let's continue spreading joy and empowerment through play! 

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It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideas—they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

🔸 Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
🔸 Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
🔸 Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
🔸 Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
🔸 Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
🔸 Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
🔸 Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
🔸 Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
🔸 Samuel Litunya (Kenya)

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The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

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