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    Hope, a fitting name for an extraordinary woman

    Aug 10, 2015

    By Kristall Laursen, Global Giving Network Manager Growing up poor in the Philippines, Hope Hervilla took a job on a banana plantation when she was a young girl. She made a mere $2 a day. It was backbreaking labor, but… Read more

    Aftermath of Cyclone Pam: report from Vanuatu

    Mar 31, 2015

    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

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

    Mar 17, 2015

    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

    Restoring fresh water and people’s health in Micronesia

    Jan 28, 2015

    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

    Congratulations, Global Greengrants grantees!

    Apr 28, 2014

    The 2014 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners have just been announced. Five out of five of the winners from outside the United States are current or former Global Greengrants grantees. Read about their work and be inspired... Read more

    Update: From Protecting Marine Turtles to Creating Healthier Communities

    Feb 14, 2012

    This local organization's work extends beyond the benefits of environmental protection; they are empowering indigenous populations to create healthier communities. Read more

    Protecting Marine Turtles in Papua New Guinea

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Leatherback Turtle is listed as endangered, but one Global Greengrants Fund grantee has found a way to curb its declining numbers. Read more

    In the Pacific: Picking up the Pieces after Devastating Tsunami

    Aug 25, 2011

    Global Greengrants grantee Aleipata Marine Protected Area Society is working with local communities in cleanup efforts after the Samoa tsunami of 2009. Read more

    Remembering a Remarkable Environmentalist

    Jul 28, 2011

    Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid, Global Greengrants Fund advisor, was a prominent environmental leader in the Cook Islands, where she was widely respected, admired and loved. Although she passed away last month, her legacy and memory will live on. Read more

    Indigenous Funding: “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”

    Apr 5, 2011

    In the 1990s tourism development destroyed Serangan Island's coral reef. Local indigenous people committed themselves to reviving the reef, and they've since planted more than 35,000 corals. The recent Asia/Pacific Summit aimed to support more stories like Serangan's, because 'from little things, big things grow.' Read more