Changemaker Nomination: Etant Dupain

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Congratulations to Etant Dupainwww.lethaitilive.org

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

“Etant was born in Haiti and started his work with a volunteer school, convincing High school graduates in Haiti to volunteer to teach children and adults in their community, working with a group to build 60 volunteer teachers. He left to pursue his own education in documentary film to continue to tell the stories and make change for his community, and returned when he learned of the earthquake in 2010. He is here in the USA pursuing a college degree that he has dreamed of and has not ever lost sight of his dream to positively impact Haiti. I have seen no greater impact than his. Determined. He has several videos published under his name as well.”

A little more info:

30_LetHaitiLive“Let Haiti Live is a comprehensive program for Haiti working to strengthen the independence and self-determination of the Haitian people in all areas of life.

Let Haiti Live mobilizes Haitians through popular education, alternative media, and food security projects; strengthens the capacity of existing organizations that share our philosophy of empowering Haitian leadership and vision; and supports Haitian-led solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues, with a specific focus on environmental stewardship and rural development.

Director of ‘Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye’ and on the ground in Port-au-Prince, Etant Dupain works tirelessly with a team of investigative journalists who double as community mobilizers, as well as a network of organizations and IDP camp committees, while publishing a monthly regular reports and organizing peaceful demonstrations.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Mission of Hope Haiti

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Congratulations to Mission of Hope Haitiwww.mohhaiti.org

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

“MOH Haiti has fearlessly been working for the past 15 years to make Haiti a better place. Their goal is to have 5500 children enrolled in quality education this fall!  They feed over 54,000 kids a day.  Their goal is to eventually have all their food be from Haiti – supporting local farmers and giving them a reason to work! They also have an orphanage, a medical clinic, a prosthetic lab (helped many people who lost limbs in the earthquake). They truly strive to empower Haitians to make Haiti a better place to live!”

A little more info:

30_MissionOfHope“VISION

As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. We desire to serve the nation of Haiti, and see lives changed.

MISSION
Our Mission is to fulfill our Vision in every endeavor we undertake by successfully executing on our five core Resolutions.

RESOLUTIONS

  • Relational Proclamation: Intentionally modeling Christ’s love through relationships.
  • Evangelistic Saturation: Repeatedly sharing the Gospel message in targeted geographies.
  • Indigenous Mobilization: Strategically developing national leaders to carry the vision to the nation.
  • Holistic Transformation: Continuously pursuing God’s physical, mental, social and spiritual destiny for every man, woman and child.
  • Excellent Implementation: Responsibly utilizing all resources and talents to their fullest potential for God’s glory.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Meals on Wheels, King County

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Congratulations to Meals on Wheels, King Countywww.seniorservices.org/foodassistance/MealsonWheels

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

“The dedicated Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers are not satisfied with delivering nutritious and delicious meals to thousands of homebound seniors each week. They’re also constantly looking for ways to reach underserved members of the community. One idea is to partner with cultural/ethnic community centers in different neighborhoods to prepare and deliver culturally appropriate meals to seniors who are not accustomed to the regular, more traditionally “American” meal options.

Another project is to connect local farmers with surplus harvest to seniors who are not mobile enough to get out to the farmer’s market and might not be able to afford the produce even if they could go.

I volunteered with this organization and was amazed by the dedication of the staff. The drivers, for instance, do not simply drop off the meals but take time to check in on seniors and even visit with them. And the program is accessible to everyone over 60 regardless of their ability to pay.

Another important aspect of the program that’s often overlooked is the peace of mind that they give to loved ones and caregivers of seniors, who can get a bit of a break but know that their parent(s)/loved ones will have food and someone checking in on them every weekday.

The whole organization does such a great job and has so many exciting and innovative projects in the works that they deserve lots of recognition and support.”

A little more info:

29_MealsOnWheels“Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious and delicious frozen meals to thousands of homes throughout King County each week. We make it easy for home-bound persons age 60 or more to eat well and remain independent. Our 33 meal options are packaged to be heated in a microwave or conventional oven—giving you the freedom to make a hot meal in just minutes without the hassle of grocery shopping or worrying about the nutritional value of your food.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Vegan Outreach

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Congratulations to Vegan Outreachwww.veganoutreach.org

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

“They are grassroots, volunteer based, and the money they receive goes to getting more booklets out to people.”

A little more info:

28_VeganOutreach“Ninety-nine percent of the animals killed in the United States each year are slaughtered for human consumption.

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our illustrated booklets (click titles to view PDFs): Why Vegan?, Even If You Like Meat, and Compassionate Choices, along with our follow-up Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.

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Changemaker Nomination: Ocean Conservancy

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Congratulations to Ocean Conservancyoceanconservancy.org

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

“After traveling to Senegal, Africa and seeing the state of the ocean there, combined with living on the San Francisco Bay, saving the oceans and wildlife within them took on an even more urgent cause than I already knew. In Senegal, fishermen have to take their canoe-like boats farther and farther out to sustain a living, into dangerous waters, because ships trail for fish with huge nets. The water is polluted with trash, chemicals and dead animals. Education and programs are key to ending these bad situations in developing nations.”

A little more info:

27_OceanConservancy“Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

FACTS:

144,606,491 = Pounds of trash removed from beaches during the International Coastal Cleanup over 25 years.

2,300,000 = Estimated number of jobs created by America’s ocean and coastal economy.

1972 = The year Ocean Conservancy was Founded.

1 = Number of people it takes to make a difference for our ocean.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Natalie Goddard

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Congratulations to Natalie Goddardwww.sandiegozooglobal.org/ICR

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

“I’m nominating my brilliant daughter Natalie Goddard, who at the age of 13 was reading an article on saving endangered species in the San Diego Zoonooz magazine and had an epiphany. She came up to me wide-eyed and excited and said “I know what I want to do with my life!” The article was about the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park (now San Diego Safari Park). “I want to work there!” she said. When she was 16 she applied and was chosen to be one of a handful of kids to do an internship at the San Diego Zoo where she was able to job shadow many of the Zoo’s employees including those working at Beckman Center, the home of ICR. 7 years later, her resolve has remained unchanged. She is now a Senior at UC Davis in the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Department and she will be working this summer at the Institute for Conservation Research. Her hard work and dedication has landed her a fellowship there where she gets to have her very own research project for the summer. Natalie’s love for animals and concern for the welfare of endangered species combined with her unflagging focus and determination to achieve her goals make her a perfect candidate for this donation. She plans to go to graduate school after she graduates from UC Davis and her dream job is to someday work at the San Deigo Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. I believe that Natalie, a former Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient truly will “make the world a better place.”

Thank you for considering her for a donation to help defray the cost of her education. If she is not an appropriate candidate, please consider sending a donation to the San Diego Zoo in her name.”

A little more info:

26_InstituteWildlifeConservancy“Can you imagine using the latest advances in science and technology to help rescue endangered species from the brink of extinction? We can.

At San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, we are committed to generating, sharing, and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats worldwide.

Biodiversity is the theme that unites our work, and scientific innovation is the way we achieve our success. We are the science of saving species.

We are the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research effort in the world. Our more than 150 dedicated scientists carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats in over 35 countries worldwide.

Our approach is to first identify the most significant problems for conservation and restoration of endangered species, and then to apply the most innovative and creative science possible to solving them.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Alliance for Biking & Walking

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Congratulations to Alliance for Biking & Walkingwww.peoplepoweredmovement.org

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

“The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the only organization in North America that is committed to building a new generation of active transportation leaders. The Alliance strengthens, builds and connects over 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations that are working to improve their local communities and provide transportation options to millions of North Americans every day.”

A little more info:

25_Alliance4BikingWalking“The Alliance for Biking & Walking is North America’s coalition of local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. We create, strengthen and unite advocacy leaders who are transforming their communities into great places to bike and walk.

In 1996, Bill Wilkinson and Charlie Gandy of the Bicycle Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking) invited 20 leaders of bicycle advocacy organizations to the remote Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. There, participants discovered that colleagues around the country were facing both similar challenges in sustaining their advocacy organizations, and a common opportunity—the renewal of federal transportation legislation. Soon, these groups were key players in the bike industry-funded Bikes Belong Coalition. The result: After hard work implementing the bill in communities across America, $285 million in federal transportation moneys was invested in bicycling projects over six years.

By the end of the second retreat in 1997, these grassroots leaders had recognized that the special energy generated by these gatherings merited the establishment of a permanent organization dedicated to linking state and local bike advocacy organizations and leaders. The (Thunderhead) Alliance was born!”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Carroll School

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Congratulations to The Carroll Schoolwww.carrollschool.org

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

“Because they save lives by empowering and teaching children to read, all of whom have language based learning disabilities. This school is like no other and should be celebrated as a model for education as whole.”

A little more info:

24_CarrollSchool“Carroll School empowers children with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, to become academically skilled students who are strong self-advocates and confident lifelong learners prepared to enter other academic settings.

To fulfill its mission, Carroll School:

  • Utilizes both proven instructional methods and innovative approaches founded in emerging scientific research;
  • Meets individual student needs in small, supportive classroom environments;
  • Teaches students skills that enable them to become responsible active learners who understand that their success is a direct result of their effective effort;
  • Contributes to the understanding of language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, by offering professional development for Carroll School faculty and educators worldwide, and collaborating with other professionals in the field;
  • Conducts innovative research projects, and actively creates and distributes new instructional approaches;
  • Serves a culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse population, and believes that multiple points of view enrich the school’s community;
  • Celebrates the unique gifts and perspectives of individuals with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Robin Lim / Yayasan Bumi Sehat

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Congratulations to Robin Lim / Yayasan Bumi: www.bumisehatbali.org

Here’s what Jaime has to say about this fearless individual and organization:

“Robin Lim and the work of Yayasan Bumi Sehat has a tremendous impact on their local community’s health care needs as well and happy birthing for the next generation. She saw a need and went about meeting it.”

A little more info:

23_bumisehatbali“Our mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. Toward this goal, we provide general health services, emergency care, prenatal, postpartum, birth services and breastfeeding support, in addition to education and environmental programs. Yayasan Bumi Sehat is devoted to working in partnership with people to improve quality of life and to improve peace.

In 1994, our founder, Ibu Robin Lim, began providing health services for pregnant women and children under five for free in the area of Ubud, Bali based out of her home in Nyuh Kuning village. Over the next decade as demand grew and knowledge of her services became widespread, others joined together with Ibu Robin to support the initiative of providing care for women and children of need.

On May 29 2003, the Jakarta Post reported that maternal mortality at birth in Indonesia at 373 per 100,000 births, the highest among countries in the ASEAN. Ibu Robin and her team, along with business and community leaders, believed it was time to formalize their activities to create an institution to provide social services and health education to improve the quality of health for mothers and children through prenatal clinics and labor services and environmental programs for cleaner communities.

In January 2005, our institution was established by license through the Notary, and in 2006 became legally incorporated under the name ‘Yayasan Bumi Sehat Nyuh Kuning Village’ through Decree Law with the Human Rights Minister and registered in the Gianyar Regency of Social Affairs and the Social Department of the Province of Bali. Yayasan Bumi Sehat‘s main office and headquarters is located in the Nyuh Kuning Village near Ubud in the Gianyar District of Bali, Indonesia.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Congratulations to Coalition of Immokalee Workersciw-online.org

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

“The Coalition of Immokalee Workers – a grassroots farmworker organization located in South Florida (www.ciw-online.org) – is the epitome of a changemaker movement. Together with consumers across the country, these farmworkers have encouraged and invited (and sometimes had to convince…) America’s major food corporations (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and more) to join Florida’s Fair Food Program, a revolutionary program guaranteeing fair pay and humane working conditions to Florida’s 30,000+ tomato pickers.

This program is the first of its kind in the U.S. — a domestic fair-trade-like program where farmworkers, consumers and large food buyers are working together to end decades of exploitation in the fields, including sexual harassment, wage theft, thirty years of stagnant wages, no benefits whatsoever, and federally-prosecuted cases of modern-day slavery.

The CIW, as the organization is known, is an organization after Fearless chocolate’s own heart. The farmworker staff and members exemplify courage, commitment, perseverance, determination, hope and resilience. In the past decade, they have faced the most powerful corporations on the planet and have used their fearless energy to create one of the most successful social responsibility programs on the planet.

Check them out and support them! You won’t go wrong.”

A little more info:

22_CIWlogobug“Consciousness + Commitment = Change

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing, and sustainable food. The CIW is also a leader in the growing movement to end human trafficking due to its groundbreaking work to combat modern-day slavery and other labor abuses common in agriculture. The CIW works in three broad and overlapping spheres: The Campaign for Fair Food… The Fair Food Program… Anti-Slavery Campaign…”

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