2014 Changemaker Nomination: ArcheDream for HUMANKIND

Congratulations to ArcheDream for HUMANKINDadhk.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Patricia has to say about this fearless organization:

“ArcheDream for HUMANKIND works to spread the importance of communication & understanding through their performances and workshops. The Artistic Director, Alan Bell, is a native of South Africa who is the vision and voice of ArcheDream for HUMANKIND. His mission was to create a theater that would be accepted and shared by audiences of all races. Using the medium of black light to hide skin color, he combined African & European art forms that inspired the design of the masks and costumes. ArcheDream for HUMANKIND was formed, a black light mask & dance theater company.

Today, ArcheDream for HUMANKIND performs internationally & nationally, teaching workshops to audience of all ages.”

A little more info:

02_ArcheDream“ArcheDream for HUMANKIND is an internationally touring blacklight mask and dance theatre company that communicates universal ideas and emotions to promote understanding and compassion. Merging ancient ritual and magical storytelling with modern technology, ADHK unites, uplifts and enchants audiences through riveting performances and workshops.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Wild Gift

Congratulations to Wild Giftwildgift.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Carrie has to say about this fearless organization:

“We are a nonprofit organization that uses wilderness to empower better world entrepreneurs. These leaders are making big impacts around the globe using creative business models of success. From starting wholistic education models in Nepal to growing rooftop greenhouses on top of Whole Foods, our entrepreneurs are finding ways to make make a difference, one project at a time.”

A little more info:

01_WildGift“We achieve our mission by supporting our Fellows with:

  • A deep wilderness experience (unplug) designed to inspire personal vision and perspective
  • Experienced mentors to assist project development and execution
  • Seed funding for better world projects
  • An annual forum to strategize for continuing success of better world projects
  • An active network of collaborative social entrepreneurs

Our Core Values

  1. Wilderness: Deep wilderness provides the inspiration for Fellows to unplug and envision a better world.
  2. Urgency: Humanity is on an unstable path and rapid change is essential to achieve a healthy world and continuity of our species.
  3. Leadership: A dynamic network of social entrepreneurs will ultimately create solutions for today’s global challenges.
  4. Innovation: Creative ideas are essential for positive change.
  5. Accountability: Measureable results magnify the Wild Gift impact.”

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Changemaker Nomination: ECHO

It’s our final 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to ECHO: echonet.org

Here’s what Heide has to say about this fearless organization:

“Echo’s purpose is to help those who are teaching farmers around the world know how to be more effective in sustainably producing enough to feed their families and their communities. These solutions promote sustainable farming techniques, nutritional plants, and appropriate technologies for the region of the world where hunger exists.”

A little more info:

50_ECHO“For the 870 million people who are hungry today, the world is a challenging place, both in the cities and in the countryside. The urban poor face high prices and low incomes, making nutritious food unattainable. Rural families are often malnourished because of a lack of diverse nutrients in their diets, if they have enough to eat at all. In both cases, children suffer the most.

ECHO is an information hub for development practitioners around the world. We gather solutions from around the world that are solving hunger problems and disseminate them to our active network. These solutions promote sustainable farming techniques, nutritional plants, and appropriate technologies. They are well tested and proven to be successful over and over again.

Our purpose is to help those who are teaching farmers around the world know how to be more effective in producing enough to meet the needs of their families and their communities. They in turn teach others and the ECHO effect continues!

In 32 years of assisting development workers around the world, ECHO has become the “go-to” organization for challenges faced by individuals and organizations.

Since all of our funds come from caring individuals like you, we work very hard to keep our expenses low. Thanks to our efficient management and model, Charity Navigator gave us a Four Star rating.

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Changemaker Nomination: Rainbird Foundation

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Rainbird Foundationwww.rainbirdfoundation.org

Here’s what Charlotte has to say about this fearless organization:

“They’re a truly fearless group. Their goal is to end child abuse—not prevent it, but put an end to it all together. They provide financial support to help take children out of dangerous situations, take action to support projects and legislation that protect children, and do everything they can to highlight how dire the danger is that many children face on a daily basis. The organization accomplishes a huge amount on a shoestring budget. Currently they’re working on building a new website to make it easier for their change makers to connect and get to work. I know a donation would help enormously with this effort, so I’m nominating them. Thank you!

A little more info:

49_RainbirdFoundation“Vision: Rainbird is committed to the end of child abuse for all children everywhere.

Mission: Our mission is to build a global movement for the end of child abuse, mobilize people around the world, and develop partnerships to unify people and organizations for the end of child abuse.

Hanna Roth worked in business management for 30 years. She is a writer, editor, and the founder of Rainbird. Hanna comes from severe child abuse. Many people knew about the abuse but no one did anything to save her or her brother and sisters. Rainbird’s purpose is to teach, empower, and activate individuals, groups, and organizations to successfully demand the eradication of any act of abuse happening to a child. With leaders in 5 countries currently, Hanna is building our community organizing platform. Her mission is to create a global movement for the end of child abuse and give the public — our greatest untapped resource — a powerful, organized, effective way to demand and achieve changes to save our children’s lives.

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Changemaker Nomination: Jessie Sawyers

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Jessie Sawyerswww.jessiesawyers.com

Here’s what Laurie has to say about this fearless individual:

“I have known Jessie for many years and she is an amazing person; focused on building community, sharing her art, and is now creating a book series in the self help/motivational genre. Jessie has experienced physical challenges throughout her life and has pushed through so many obstacles. She brings inspiration, hope, and much love to the lives she touches.

Here is how Jessie describes her writing endeavor:

‘In my 27 years of life, I’ve had over 20 reconstructive surgeries to correct birth defects. I live every single day of my life in full awareness of my differences — of the things I cannot change about myself, even if I wanted to. But you know what? I LOVE myself — exactly as I am, even though I must constantly practice acceptance. Every day, I wake up, choose to be okay, choose Love, and then I carry on with my ceaseless mission to create art, music, and writings that will uplift others and bring people together. Withinspiration is one of these offerings. It is also my first foray into book publishing.’ ”

A little more info:

48_JessieSawyers“Jessie Sawyers began tap dancing at the age of 11 under the guidance of Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters in Seattle, as well as at festivals with the late tap greats Cholly Atkins, Harold Cromer, Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, LaVaughn Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, Prince Spencer.

She has been working in the entertainment industry for 14 years, the first seven of which were filled with commercials and appearances as the Seattle seafood chain Ivar’s tap dancing clam mascot. Jessie has had the pleasure of working with Savion Glover, Mark Mendonca, Travis Knights, Seattle-based band The Teaching, and as an assistant to Dianne Walker. She has been on faculty at the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival, where she was also commissioned to direct and create choreography for a concert during the 2012 Festival.

Jessie received an education in business at the University of Washington, with which she has produced 5 full-length shows and numerous jams, manages her own graphic and web design, and heads the Seattle Tap Collective, The VIMM Project, DIG Dance Instigators Group, and LuvBcuz. This year, Jessie is based in Austin, TX, performing with Tapestry Dance Company for their 25th Anniversary.

Currently, Jessie is making plans to produce a VIMM music concert in Seattle in 2014 that will correspond with the launch of her first publication – book one of an illustrated series in the genres of motivation and self-growth.

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Changemaker Nomination: Save the Rhino

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Save the Rhinowww.savetherhino.org

Here’s what Maxine has to say about this fearless organization:

“They raise awareness and are involved with stopping the poaching of rhinos.”

A little more info:

47_SaveTheRhinoMission statement: Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. We recognise that the future of wildlife is inextricably linked to the communities that share its habitat. By funding field projects and through education, our goal is to deliver material, long-lasting and widespread benefits to rhinos and other endangered species, ecosystems and to the people living in these areas.

Aims:

  • To increase the number of rhinos in genetically viable populations in the wild
  • To enhance the integrity of ecosystems
  • To ensure that local communities benefit from conservation activities

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Changemaker Nomination: Summer Search

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Summer Searchwww.summersearch.org

Here’s what Chris has to say about this fearless organization:

“Summer Search is an amazingly effective organization at helping low-income high school aged students who easily get lost in the shuffle become outstanding leaders in their communities.  They send them on life changing summer experiences during their last two years of high school and then mentor them year round offering them a support network to help them excel in life.  These are young people who are rarely afforded opportunities, but are nominated by partners within the school systems for the program based on their resilience, altruism, and determination.  These students have gone on to become successful leaders, with their positive influence permeating every aspect of their communities… socially, environmentally, etc…  Summer Search invests heavily in the future of our world: the next generation… and does so successfully!”

A little more info:

46_SummerSearch“Summer Search is a national youth development non-profit. We work with low-income high school students to transform what they believe is possible for themselves. We help students in seven cities across the country develop the skills and character traits they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.

Since 1990, we’ve partnered with high schools to identify students short on opportunity and long on resilience, altruism, determination—character traits that hold the seeds for success in school and in life. We make a long-term investment in these students (at least five years, from high school through college).

Our character-based program is a unique combination of relationships and opportunities that helps them build the skills they need to thrive. We partner each student with a professional mentor and build a circle of relationships around them. Then, we offer them experiential opportunities that crack open their view of the world and ultimately reveal what they’re capable of.

Summer Search alumni, often the first in their families to earn a college degree, are beacons of change who give back to their families and communities.”

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