Theory of Change #4: Inspiring Action

by | Jul 14, 2020 | ShiftHappens

When I think of the most important thing we do at The Pollination Project, I realize that above all else we are storytellers.

Story is powerful. In many ways, story is the architecture of our lives.

As humans, we are programmed to understand the world through stories. The narratives we hear โ€“ about history, culture, politics, and social change โ€“ mold individual perceptions that become our reality.

Increasingly, the dominant stories in the public sphere paint a reality that feels intractably negative. Pandemic, climate change, income inequality, racial injustice, violenceโ€ฆthese issues can feel overwhelming and hopeless. Many people may feel that they alone do not have the power, time, or resources to bring positive change.

The stories of our changemakers from across the globe are a core part of our theory of change. They inspire action and act as an antidote to apathy; they create a new narrative of what is possible when we realize that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The work itself that our changemakers undertake is undoubtedly meaningful; yet the inspiration that ripples out when their stories are told is potentially limitless.

I encourage you to immerse yourself in our stories. Each week, we tell a new one that you can read on our website; and every day, we share photos and highlights through our social media channels. May they inspire you, and may you recognize in them your own power, agency, and responsibility for doing what you can, where you can, with what you have.

This is the fourth in a series of blogs highlighting The Pollination Projectโ€™s Theory of Change. Click here to read the introduction, here to read the first post on uplifting individual action, and here to read the post about building capacity & collaboration. The most recent post on inner transformation can be found here.

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It's Volunteer Month! ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ 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 ideasโ€”they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

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

๐Ÿ”ธ Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
๐Ÿ”ธ Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
๐Ÿ”ธ Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
๐Ÿ”ธ Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
๐Ÿ”ธ Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
๐Ÿ”ธ Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
๐Ÿ”ธ Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
๐Ÿ”ธ Samuel Litunya (Kenya)

@ericanorrey 
@mayanja_mariam 
@g.bernbaum 

#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
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. 

@isec_cameroon 
#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation
It's Volunteer's Month!!! ๐ŸŒŸ Celebrating our family of Grant Advisors ๐ŸŒŸ

With 80 grant advisors, all experts in their respective fields and many of them former grantees, The Pollination Project is powered by a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their service is not only precious but also essential, as they bring unique insights and understanding to the application process, ensuring that resources are allocated where they can have the greatest impact. 

๐ŸŽ‰ Today we celebrate our incredible grant advisors in the HEALTH & WHOLENESS focus area! 

๐Ÿ”ธ Ben Kilama (Uganda) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Kosa Jimmy (Uganda) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Marina Haque (USA) 
๐Ÿ”ธ John Ebong (Nigeria) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Nzayisenga Emmanuel (Canada)
๐Ÿ”ธ Rodger Mwanza (Zambia) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Emmanuel Dushimimana (Rwanda) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Nelly Hellen Onditi (Kenya) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Daniel Ayodele Femi (Nigeria) 
๐Ÿ”ธ Christopher Nwafor (South Africa)

Our heartfelt gratitude to these dedicated individuals for their invaluable contributions ๐Ÿ™

@jim.kosa.5 @manud05 @duemmanuel @nelly.hellen1 @daniel_ayodele_femi 

#health #wholeness #grantmaking #grantadvisor #volunteermonth #volunteers #grants #heartivism #volunteersweek #nigeria #southafrica #uganda #rwanda #zambia #canada