Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our team at The Pollination Project is happy to share the extraordinary people and projects that our community of daily givers is honored to support this week.
Ebola Prevention in Liberia.
Kindness to Animals in South America.
A Future for Girls in Kenya. Prostitution, HIV/AIDS infection and the inability to make informed decisions are just some of the challenges faced by girls in Kenya who are orphaned. To help these girls, Judith Makungu and Peterson Obusuru created the Out of School Orphan Girls Project (OSOGiP), which teaches marketable skills such as catering, hair dressing, cake baking, tailoring, and small business management. "My inspiration is the solutions for their future are in our hands, and our positive struggle changes the world for the better," Judith said.
Food Security in San Francisco.
Fighting Malnutrition and Deforestation in Guatemala. Rita Doppenberg and her family have been living in El Progreso, Jutiapa, Guatemala for five years, building relationships and working on their mission to support indigenous Mayans. Malnourishment plagues the region, and many villages' only income is from selling firewood. The Doppenbergs hope to change that with their DIG Nursery Project which provides options for reforestation, as well as sustainable organic farming practices to reduce hunger among Mayans in the region. Rita explains, "We have worked with villages and have in place a 'Village Empowerment Plan' to give people a hand up instead of a hand out. We have found that the people want to help themselves and all we need to provide is the tools to empower them to do it."
Green Jobs in Washington, DC. With more than a decade of experience in employment development, Cynthia Hobson has started a program in Washington, D.C. meant to give at-risk youth the skills to compete in the blooming green economy. Her new project, The Dream Center Green Job Training Project, provides young unemployed and underemployed men and women with everything from instruction in job etiquette to pre-apprenticeship opportunities. "This project will meet the need for skilled workers in the environmental sector where there is a high demand in construction, environmental sustainability and green buildings," she said.
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