Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog
Jan 28, 2015 | No Comments
A thick blanket of rainforest covers the Micronesian island of Pohnpei. Waterfalls pour over black basalt mountains. Though rivers seem plentiful, waterborne diseases have plagued people in the village of Kepirohi in southern Pohnpei.
The problems started in the 1960s, when a religious trade school diverted its septic system into a local river. This contaminated the local water supply and required clean water to be piped to the lower part of the village. In 2004, the school closed and the water system fell into disrepair. Despite the village’s efforts to restore clean water, waterborne diseases spread like rapid fire.
In June 2014, Global Greengrants supported the Penietik Women’s Organization to build a system to restore the community’s clean water supply. Using a Greengrant, the women cleaned two traditional springs—Liepei Kepirohi and Sako—so they could be used safely. They lay PVC pipe to connect the springs to the village, and built two faucets along the village road to give people easy access to drinking water.
Their work was a resounding success. Just a few months later, the springs now supply clean, fresh drinking water to people in Kepirohi village, and are the main drinking water source for communities in the surrounding area.
Thanks to our advisors in the Pacific Islands for sharing this story of a community project with a far-reaching impact.
Jan 16, 2015 | No Comments
The indigenous Miskito people live amongst lush rainforests along the Caribbean Coast in Honduras. After a 40-year struggle, they won title to their ancestral land in 2013.Read more
Jan 8, 2015 | No Comments
Shell has agreed to pay $84 million for two oil spills in the Niger Delta community of Bodo. A step in the right direction or a paltry sum in comparison with the devastation big oil is wreaking? It’s both.Read more
Dec 2, 2014 | 2 Comments
UPDATE: Last October, Maasai people—including a Greengrant recipient—in Tanzania won an important victory when the government abandoned plans to kick them off their land. Now it looks like the land grab is back on.Read more
Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments
Rudi Putra is standing up to palm oil interests illegally poaching one of the most incredible forests on Earth.Read more
Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments
When we heard that a group of young people in Siberia has already achieved something they never imagined possible thanks to a Greengrant we gave just two months ago, it made us downright giddy. Read their amazing story.Read more
Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments
On a recent trip to Mali, Deputy Director of Programs, Allison Davis, noticed that local TV stations focused on the human tragedy of ebola—not on the fear it is causing. One would think we might do more of the same in the United States—balance our worry with more heartfelt concern for the thousands so dramatically affected. Keep reading >>Read more
Oct 17, 2014 | No Comments
The co-hosts of the Summit on Women and Climate call on the Green Climate Fund to take action and extend support to women-led solutions to climate change in advance of COP 21.Read more
Sep 23, 2014 | No Comments
I am writing this note from New York. I wish you could be here to feel the charge of energy. An estimated 400,000 people flooded the streets on Sunday morning to demand bold action on the climate crisis. Here’s how I believe we should deal with climate change.Read more
Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments
What happens when 100 people from 37 countries gather to talk about women-led solutions to climate change? An unexpected rethinking of what it means to be resilient. Maxine Burkett, Global Greengrants board member and climate change policy and law expert, shares three impressions from the Summit on Women & Climate.Read more