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Wow—a lot has changed in the few months since we introduced you to the new Climate Action Fund Leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has made life strange for all of us and presented new challenges for the inspiring organizations that work in their communities to conserve our planet's resources and fight climate change. Despite this, our nonprofit partners are finding unique ways to continue their missions. Take a look:

Amid the pandemic and sweeping racial justice movements, Camino Verde believes diversity is the key to fostering happy, healthy ecosystems. 

It extends that same outlook to its work cultivating and conserving trees by always planting multiple species. For every rosewood tree that is planted, three keystone trees are planted. 

  • “Resilience means you don’t put all your eggs in your own basket. Resilience means you know you’re stronger when you’re aligned with the complete scope of diversity that your ecosystem desires.”

Despite many losses in Instituto Chaikuni’s jungle region and the city of Iquitos, staff members brought a sustainable farm to life. 

A challenged health care system and infrastructure combined with a lack of first responders, medicine, and oxygen led to the loss of many lives. 

Though the lockdown did stop the organization from continuing much of its work, the team was lucky enough to have two staff members that live nearby its permaculture center available to continue tending to the agrofloresta, which is a diverse system of climate-friendly sustainable farming. While everyone stayed inside, nature quietly got to work.

  • “In just a bit over three months, our agrofloresta plot went from barren earth to a lush emerging green, already gifting us with its first product—a local species of beans.”

In the face of travel restrictions and dwindling volunteers, Sadhana Forest Kenya has continued to plant seeds of change.

In the last few months, nonprofit leaders have been hard at work planting small food forest gardens at a number of its community members’ homes. The food forests include a variety of food-bearing trees and crops such as beans, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, and more! Even better is that each garden incorporates important water conservation structures, such as catchment ponds that capture rainfall and excess water.  

  • “The homes chosen for this project are families who have previously received SFK trees and took great care of them. We plan to continue mentoring these garden owners as well as help with watering throughout the dry season to give the food forests the best start possible. If they are successful, we will expand the current gardens and choose additional homes to create new ones.”

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to sharing more stories from our Climate Action Fund leaders with you in the coming months.

With Gratitude,

Dani + the GlobalGiving Team

Stay up-to-date with the work and progress of all this year’s Climate Action Fund leaders by seeing their most recent project reports:

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Global challenges call for global solidarity—and we’d like to thank you for coming together to rise to the challenge of protecting our planet in the face of an uncertain future. 

This April, our community of climate action nonprofits and more than 500 donors like you united to select five community-focused environmental champions to lead our fight against the climate crisis. With your support, this year’s Climate Action Fund cohort is tackling this global challenge through reforestation, education, and sustainable agriculture from Ghana to Peru.  Without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce our second annual Climate Action Fund cohort!

This year’s cohort is creating a greener world by: 

1. Regenerating the Amazon Rainforest with endangered tree species

Camino Verde | Peru

Camino Verde works in Tambopata, Peru—a biodiversity hotspot deep in the Peruvian Amazon that is threatened by migratory agriculture, illegal gold mining, and timber harvesting. Camino Verde’s goal? Conserve the ecological richness of Tambopata by planting 1000 Amazonian trees each year on deforested land and expanding their existing conservation area, which stretches across more than 1000 acres of pristine rainforest. 

Executive Director Robert Van Loon shared, “Since we all face the effects of climate change and habitat loss, it becomes more important to understand how we can collectively work to conserve and regenerate what we are losing.” Learn More

2. Teaching vital agricultural skills and climate resilience

Obrobibini Peace Complex | Ghana

Led by Christian Andres, Obrobibini Peace Complex is simultaneously improving individual livelihoods and building sustainability in Ghana by setting up an eco-friendly vocational training center. This center will elevate the importance of climate resilience and give community members the opportunity to develop vital agricultural skills— increasing food security, financial independence, and overall well being. Learn more

3. Partnering with indigenous farmers to increase food security and fight deforestation

Instituto Chaikuni | Peru

In the words of Sophia Rohklin, a nonprofit leader at Instituto Chaikuni, their innovative approach to conservation “...bridges traditional, indigenous land-management techniques and modern permaculture methods in order to develop sustainable, integrated alternatives to land-use.” This seamless combination gives committed, local farmers in the indigenous and mestizo communities of the Peruvian Amazon the opportunity to both increase food security and curb the impacts of deforestation and climate change. With support from the Climate Action Fund for a second year in a row, Instituto Chaikuni will continue fostering an intercultural learning environment while protecting one of our planet’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Learn more

4. Creating forests of food-producing trees to promote self-sufficiency

Sadhana Forest | Kenya

Sadhana Forest elevates sustainable solutions to deforestation, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss under the leadership of Aviram and Yorit Rozin. Their project in Samburu, Kenya is creating forests of indigenous, food-producing trees that will provide long-term food security for the entire community while simultaneously mitigating climate change. Despite the many challenges their organization faces, Aviram is confident in its mission: “The goal is so big, any obstacle is like a speck of dust.” Learn more 

5. Combating biodiversity loss by planting trees

Iracambi | Brazil

One of the quickest and most efficient methods of reducing carbon in our atmosphere is planting trees-and Iracambi has taken this fact to heart! Led by Alielle Canedo, this volunteer-based organization has planted nearly 120,000 trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest since 1990. With each tree planted, Iracambi stores carbon, stabilizes soil, controls flooding and landslides, and provides habitat for regional wildlife. Learn More

We can’t thank you enough for continuing to support climate action during these challenging times. Thanks to your generosity, these five dedicated organizations will receive support for an entire year as they work to protect Planet Earth. Stay tuned for more information about their work in our next report! 

Stay safe and take care, 

Nicole + the GlobalGiving Team

Iracambi
Iracambi
Obrobibini Peace Complex
Obrobibini Peace Complex
Chaikuni Institute
Chaikuni Institute
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Corals for Conservation
Corals for Conservation

The next decade will be a crucial time for climate action, and hundreds of GlobalGivers are already rising to the challenge. Thanks to generous donors like you, we’re able to provide crucial funding for the five grassroots conservation champions selected to lead our inaugural Climate Action Fund. Here are a few of the latest updates on their planet-saving projects:

Austin Bowden-Kerby, our favorite coral gardner and the leader of  Corals for Conservation, just completed a visit to Samoa. Over the course of the trip, more than 100 people learned how to plant and care for heat-resistant corals. Local fishers, national fishery employees, and United Nations representatives all came together to plant seven coral nurseries in no-fishing conservation areas. These coral gardens are better suited to withstand the threat posed by rising ocean temperatures than many of the world’s reefs, which have already bleached by 51%.

Be sure to read this article in our Learn Library for more information on how Corals for Conservation is preserving these marine wonders.  Learn more.

 In partnership with Earth Day Network, Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P kicked off 2020 with a national workshop on climate action at their headquarters in Jalpan de Serra, Mexico. The event brought together educators, activists, and the media to address the future impacts of climate change in the region and worldwide. 

Laura Perez-Arce, Director of Communications, shared the organization’s commitment to encouraging environmental stewardship in the next generation of leaders. “Each year we continue to work with the students, parents, teachers and local authorities to educate for a shared future,” she said. Learn more

Long-awaited rains have helped the tireless efforts of Sadhana Forest volunteers bear fruit (literally) as trees in Samburu, Kenya thrive. Enthusiasm among community members has also continued to grow, adding stability to the project in the new year. 

Many local schools have formed environmental clubs to plant and care for trees on their own. “It’s heartwarming and so encouraging how eager the children are to engage and learn about the trees and how to care for them. When they see us in the area they come running from their homes to get involved,”  Project Development Officer Mary McCarthy told us. Learn More

Warm Heart Worldwide’s “Stop the Smoke” campaign is truly taking off! In Mae Chaem, Thailand, 141 trained farmers are on track to create 50 tons of pollution-busting biochar. 

This environmentally friendly fertilizer is also attracting attention at Warm Heart’s new site in Malawi, where the number of program participants more than doubled in only three months. 

 To hear more about their progress, check out this article in our Learn Library by Warm Heart Worldwide’s founder, Michael Schafer. Learn more.

In the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, Instituto Chaikuni is reintegrating indigenous knowledge into mainstream agriculture. So far, 10 farmers have completed the organization’s training program and successfully implemented these sustainable farming methods, increasing productivity and preserving the local  rainforest around them. 

Over the next year and a half, Instituto Chaikuni plans to triple the amount of land farmed in this manner, allowing local farmers, plants, and animals to flourish. Learn more.

We can’t thank you enough for supporting the GlobalGiving Climate Action Fund. Thanks to your decision to donate, grassroots climate activists are receiving the funds they need to build a brighter future for the entire planet. Stay tuned for news on our 2020 Climate Action Campaign, where you can help select the new cohort of high-impact conservation champions to spearhead our mission to protect the Earth!

 Many thanks, 

Nicole + the GlobalGiving Team

Chaikuni Institute
Chaikuni Institute
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Warm Heart Worldwide
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Sadhana Forest Kenya
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Thanks to the support of more than 200 GlobalGivers like you, the five leaders of our inaugural Climate Action Fund cohort are turning the business-as-usual approach to global climate change upside down. Your generosity has not only increased the success of their existing conservation efforts but also sparked the creation of new sustainability initiatives. From training a new generation of coral gardeners in French Polynesia to introducing eco-friendly agricultural practices in Malawi, here’s the latest news from the Climate Action Fund. 

Instituto Chaikuni is playing a vital role in the fight against the devastating forest fires in the Peruvian Amazon. By reintroducing traditional knowledge, their project eliminates destructive slash-and-burn agricultural practices. This spring, the organization held its first course in permaculture design, inspiring many community members to transition to indigenous farming methods which preserve the ecological diversity of the rainforest. When properly maintained, these restored areas provide enough food, medicine, and timber to ensure economic security for local communities while simultaneously offering a refuge to the many incredible animal species which call the Amazon home. 

So far, Instituto Chaikuni has helped participating communities cultivate 8 hectares of productive, ecologically stable agroforestry plots. Learn more.

Sadhana Forest has made tremendous progress towards their goal of ensuring food security for more than 12,500 community members in Samburu, Kenya. Their success is in large part due to increasing levels of local interest.  

“We are seeing the community taking initiative to gather knowledge to independently plant trees at their homes and schoolyards. They are empowering themselves and encouraging each other and they know that we are here at Sadhana Forest to support them with advice, seedlings, and a helpful hand,”  Project Development Officer Mary McCarthy shared

As more people join Sadhana Forest’s efforts, they plan to focus on planting food-producing trees near schools to provide nutritious school lunches. Learn More

Warm Heart Worldwide’s “Stop the Smoke” campaign is reducing air pollution and helping farmers across Thailand generate income using biochar, an environmentally friendly alternative to harmful fertilizers and destructive slash-and-burn agriculture.

The impact of this project can be felt in stories like this one, which Warm Heart founder Michael Shafer shared with the GlobalGiving team in an article on our Learn Library

“Loong Ai was considered too old to help with the corn harvest. At the end of December, when Warm Heart set up its first biochar demonstration, he came to watch. While the others picked corn, Loong Ai quietly made biochar from dawn to dark. By the time the harvest was finished and the rest of the villagers came to make biochar, Loong Ai had made so much money that he bought himself a pair of big water buffalo that he named 'Oon' and 'Jai'—Thai for 'Warm' and 'Heart.'"

The overwhelming success of “Stop the Smoke” in Thailand has now sparked a sister project in Malawi, where 1,000 farmers have already learned how to make and use biochar. Learn more.

Corals for Conservation has launched a new initiative in Moorea, French Polynesia, where organization leader Austin Bowden-Kerby is training a new generation of coral conservationists. In an upcoming workshop series, interns from Fiji, Tahiti, and several other nearby islands will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of coral ecology and conservation. Through education, these young environmental activists will be positioned to save the lives of thousands of rare corals and pursue careers as coral gardners at resorts throughout the islands. By incorporating coral conservation into the fabric of local economies, Corals for Conservation ensures the preservation of these fragile ecosystems for years to come. Learn more.

Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P, an alliance of organizations working towards sustainable development in Mexico, is investing in the future of our planet by training the next generation of environmental activists. Sierra Gorda offers courses in holistic land management, biodiversity conservation, and eco-friendly community development, building a culture of sustainability and increasing local resilience in the face of global climate change. Learn more

Thank you for supporting the GlobalGiving Climate Action Fund. Because of you, local climate champions will be able to tackle this global challenge from the ground up. We look forward to sharing more stories of how your generosity is supporting crucial conservation efforts in the coming months! 

With gratitude, 

Nicole Gieselman + the GlobalGiving Team

Sadhana Forest
Sadhana Forest
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Warm Heart Worldwide
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With your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Climate Action Fund, you’re investing in a brighter future for the entire planet by supporting local leaders seeking climate justice. This year, we’re thrilled to introduce the first-ever cohort of nonprofits to be supported by the Climate Action Fund. 

We’re kicking off a new approach to fighting climate change by working closely with 6 incredible organizations located across the globe. Handpicked by donors and nonprofit partners in the GlobalGiving community, these grassroots activists demonstrate the importance of community-led action in the face of global challenges. 

Say hello to the 2019 Climate Action Fund winners!


Sadhana Forest Kenya: Bringing forests back to the Samburu tribe

Sadhana Forest Kenya is led by husband-wife duo Yorit and Aviram Rozin. The organization works to sustainably bring back water, forests, and wildlife to degraded lands. The Climate Action Fund will support the Samburu tribe in Kenya in creating forests of indigenous, food-producing trees that will provide long-term food security while simultaneously curbing climate change. Learn More

Warm Heart Worldwide: Generating economic incentives for farmers to abandon open-field burning in Thailand

Greenhouse gases from agricultural burning is a major contributor to climate change. With support from the Climate Action Fund, a group of villages in northern Thailand will be able to reduce their impact on global warming and improve farmers’ incomes, the soil, and community health through Warm Heart Worldwide’s “Stop the Smoke!” campaign. What excites Evelind Schecter, the project’s leader, is that “this project is globally replicable. It expands the village co-op model producing biochar products, improves health outcomes, reduces global warming.” Learn more.

Corals for Conservation: Planting second-generation, climate-adapted corals in Fiji  

The rainforests of the sea, coral reefs play a vital role in ocean health. Unfortunately, approximately 75% of coral reefs worldwide are threatened by a combination of local and global stressors. In and around Fiji, more than 90% of the corals have bleached and died. Luckily, Corals for Conservation’s Austin Bowden-Kerby reports that his team has “developed coral gardening techniques that are both effective and low cost.” With support from the Climate Action Fund, the communities Austin works with will restore patches of healthy corals by planting second-generation, climate-adapted corals of diverse species. Villages in Fiji, Vanuatu, Christmas Island, Kiribati, and Tuvalu will benefit. Learn more.

Instituto Chaikuni: Cultivating regenerative food forests in the Peruvian Amazon

The Chaikuni Institute works to revitalize ancestral practices in rural Amazonian areas, combining permaculture design and traditional knowledge to train local farmers in the indigenous and mestizo communities of the Peruvian Amazon. Executive Director and political ecologist Stefan Kistler says, “The philosophy of Akinananti—working together and unity through thoughtful actions in community—is the motivating inspiration behind this program.” With support from the Climate Action Fund, Instituto Chaikuni will bring communities together to engage in an intercultural learning environment while revitalizing ancient practices. Learn more.

Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P: Supporting environmental youth leaders to spearhead local adoption of climate solutions in Mexico 

Sierra Gorda is an alliance of organizations working towards conservation, restoration, and sustainable development. Group leader Pati Ruiz Corzo shares that “When youth lead initiatives such as ecosystem restoration and reforestation, they increase community environmental awareness and local resilience to climate change.” The Climate Action Fund will support Sierra Gorda in providing young environmental leaders with training, education, and a community of fellow activists through EcoClubs. “The hope is that, as youth become leaders in their communities, they will guide the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve towards sustainable development, holistic land management, and biodiversity conservation.” Learn more.

Thank you for supporting the GlobalGiving Climate Action Fund. Because of you, local climate champions will receive the support they need to take on this global challenge. We’re looking forward to sharing stories of the progress made with your support in the coming months. 

With gratitude, 

Nicole Gieselman + the GlobalGiving Team

Life in My Days
Life in My Days
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Warm Heart Worldwide
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Instituto Chaikuni
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