As we shared in our September 2020 update, the onset of the health pandemic meant hitting pause on any in-person workshops. As we regrouped, we decided to use funds we would have spent to support other women-focused individuals and organizations who were still operating in this challenging economy.
Only 14 days into January, 2021 includes reasons to celebrate and reasons to mourn. Collectively, we have cause for hope and cause for grave concern. We hope this quarterly update brings more hope, more encouragement, and more inspiration. Supporting these projects has been a real joy to our team - and you made that possible.
Please take a moment to learn more about these women changemakers and what they are doing to make their corner of the world a better place:
Watch a portion of our conversation with one of our first microgrant recipients, Another Kind of Girl Collective. AKGC is a media arts collective for and by young women living in displaced, migrant, or transitory communities around the world to connect and co-create multimedia artworks. AKGC, like phbf, knows the power of workshops to learn, train, collaborate, and mentor. Working with grassroots leaders and local organizations in communities around the world, AKGC hosts introductory documentary video, audio, photography and writing workshop series specific to the needs, values and culture of each community. Learn more: https://anotherkindofgirl.com/about
We knew we wanted to support Mecca Russel when we saw this video, so wanted you to see it, too. The video was part of her application for our $1,325 microgrant, which Mecca received on October 31, 2020 - the 20th anniversary of the UN Resolution 1325, for Women, Peace, and Security. Hear some of Mecca's work: https://neffy.bandcamp.com/track/godspeed-live-audio
We were delighted to select Dykes With Drills as our November 2020 microgrant recipient. Dykes With Drills is out to empower womxn with the tools to build. By hosting skill building workshops, retreats, volunteer events and meet-ups, they cultivate opportunities for individuals to connect with each other and to use tools. Hear more from Julie Peri, founder and director and learn about their work: https://www.dykeswithdrills.com
Black Girls Dive Foundation, co-founded by Dr. Nevada Winrow, is among the most holisitic programs we've ever seen. From science to self-esteem, geodiversity to lighting a photo shoot far below the ocean's surface, they cover it all! I had a delightful conversation with Dr. Winrow about their work. Listen to a snippet and learn more about their program: https://www.blackgirlsdivefoundation.org
For a short while longer, we will continue accepting applications for our $1,325 microgrants. If you know an individual or organization who may qualify, please forward this message: https://bit.ly/phbfGRANT