Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

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    Aftermath of Cyclone Pam: report from Vanuatu

    Mar 31, 2015 | No Comments

    Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu three weeks ago…and destroyed entire villages on the island of Erromango. About 10,000 people live on Erromango, the third largest island in Vanuatu. Because it is so sparsely populated, it is not high on the radar… Read more

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      My women and climate “aha” moment

      Mar 23, 2015 | One Comment

      By Trish Tierney, a member of the Global Giving Network steering committee A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a link to a Fast Company article titled “The Unique Challenges of Being a Middle-Aged Woman Entrepreneur.” It took me… Read more

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        We can’t hold back the sea: a woman’s story of climate survival

        Mar 17, 2015 | No Comments

        Ursula Rakova's island is disappearing into the sea. How will her community survive in the face of climate change? This is their story. Read more

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          Restoring fresh water and people’s health in Micronesia

          Jan 28, 2015 | No Comments

          Photo: Stefan Krasowski / CC BY 2.0 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… Read more

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            A victory for Miskito stewards of the forest

            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

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              Shell oil to pay $84M for pollution in the Niger Delta

              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

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                Maasai land grab is back on as Tanzania’s government renegs

                Dec 2, 2014 | No 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

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                  Saving the Leuser Ecosystem for orangutans, elephants, and people

                  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

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                    Indigenous young people bring hope to their Siberian town

                    Oct 29, 2014 | One Comment

                    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

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                      How U.S. media is bungling the ebola crisis

                      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