Projects Funded in 2018

ANIMAL RIGHTS & ADVOCACY

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Exposing Fur Farming

We have planted our first seeds of compassion! Open Cages Ukraine is an animal rights and advocacy group based out of Kiev and we are actively supporting their efforts to bring public awareness to fur farming and factory farming. They will be creating a media campaign supported by billboards, producing various informative leaflets which will be distributed by their network of volunteers, submitting articles to national and local newspapers and magazines highlighting the realities and horrors of fur and meat production and finally creating a database of fur free retailers and designers. Their initiatives will help uncover these secretive industries and help educate and empower citizens to make more compassionate choices.

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A New Human-Animal Relationship

How about teaching children compassion for all sentient beings?

That is what our newest grantee Mensch Tier Bildung is doing in Germany. This innovative organization carries out emancipatory educational work on the social human-animal relationship. They offer workshops for young children and teenagers at schools and educational institutions across the country to awaken compassion and stimulate critical thinking by encouraging participants to confront the prevailing relationship between humans and animals. The aim of the organization is to provide children the tools and the knowledge to develop a critical awareness of social issues, and ultimately become informed and responsible citizens and thus better stewards of the earth!

 
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"Alice in OurLand"

How about empowering the younger generation through theatre?

Using a truly innovative, artistic and unique approach to teach children about the realities of animal agriculture is precisely what our newest grantee, Humane Theatre, is aiming to do throughout Hong-Kong. This theatre troupe educates school children about the negative impacts of an animal-based diet on human health, the environment and the animals, through original scripts and engaging adaptations of classics such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Animal Farm”. They produce and stage their “touring theater in education” (T.I.E) performances around schools and community-based organisations to encourage children to question their belief systems about how animals are treated on this planet. Performing arts and animal advocacy - a winning combination!

 
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A Sanctuary in the Heart of Toronto

We are proud to announce our funding collaboration with the Riverdale Farm Sanctuary Project, a grassroots initiative set up to encourage the transformation of Riverdale Farm into an urban farm sanctuary, serving as a compassionate and sustainable model for the future of our communities. Riverdale Farm is currently a publicly-funded working farm and animal zoo in downtown Toronto which offers daily activities promoting animal farming. The vision of this project is to convert the farm into a sanctuary that assists in animal rescue, refuge, and advocacy, practices and promotes vegan ethics as well as sustainable urban plant-based agriculture. What a wonderful way to spread compassion and justice in the heart of the city!

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The Benefits of Being Vegan

Our new grantee, Sneha’s Care in Nepal, provides full day workshops on the “Benefits of Being Vegan” in public and private schools across Kathmandu in coordination with the social studies and science teachers. The workshop educates and informs children about the emotional lives of animals, the morality and ethics of eating animals, the general concepts of vegetarianism and veganism and about the health benefits of a plant-based diet. They assist the schools in setting up a vegan club for the students, with the goal of ensuring cafeterias provide children with plant-based meals in their lunch programs. Club members have the opportunity to visit the organization’s animal shelter where they can volunteer and learn how to cook vegan dishes!

 
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Freedom for Hermit Crabs

We are proud to be funding the first nationwide initiative advocating for wild hermit crab freedom launched by a grassroots organization called Plight of the Hermies. This initiative is centered around a corporate campaign focusing on Sunsations (one of the largest retailers of beach products on the East Coast) to remove hermit crabs from sale in its stores. These wonderful complex little creatures can live over 30 years in the wild, but barely survive a few months captive in their tiny cages. Our funds will be used for print materials, billboard advertising, beach sand art, protest organization, and petition deliveries. The objective of the campaign is for Sunsations to commit to ending the sale of hermit crabs as trinkets, with the anticipated effect of bringing other retailers to commit to the same and thereby saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals!

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The Next Generation of Jewish Activists

The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute is a Jewish animal welfare organization which organizes an annual retreat for selected Jewish college and university students. We are helping fund this retreat which is a unique opportunity to train these students who care deeply and passionately about animal welfare. Participants will be trained as advocates, learn to lead campaigns and be taught to organize college-wide learning initiatives. Their outreach work will promote greater awareness of healthier eating habits and mindfulness, highlight the advantages of a plant-based diet, and promote a greater understanding of the environmental footprint of our daily dietary choices. The objective of the retreat is to motivate the next generation to speak out against cruelty and become effective activists in the field!

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The Street Dogs of Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria did not just have a terrible and devastating impact on humans; the street dogs of Puerto Rico were severely affected as well by the deadly storm. We have teamed up with Compassion Kind Foundation to provide financial support to help build indoor kennels (to replace existing smaller metal cages) as well as an outdoor fenced run for the street dogs of Las Piedras, so that they can enjoy more space and comfort during their time at the shelter. Once all the necessary health checks have been completed, they are flown to the United States to be adopted. For the older dogs and those who cannot fly due to injuries, illness or breed, the new and larger kennels allow them to be accommodated in greater comfort for the long term. Everyone needs a second chance!

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Pushing for Institutional Change

Our most recent Grantee, Compassionate Action for Animals, has established a new program called Wholesome Minnesota whose aim is to reduce the consumption of animal products and to increase the demand for plant-based food through volunteer engagement and activism. The organization trains volunteers to contact institutions they have a personal connection with, such as a school cafeteria, nursing home cafeteria, place of worship, or restaurant, and to secure the institution’s commitment to increase offerings of or support for plant-based meals. The goal is to reduce the amount of animal products which are currently being served while simultaneously expanding the availability of plant-based dishes, and to raise awareness about the overall benefits of plant-based eating to both institutional leaders and the general public. Time to initiate some healthy reforms!

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Speaking up for the Voiceless

ANONYMOUS FOR THE VOICELESS IS A GLOBAL ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION WHICH SPECIALIZES IN STREET ACTIVISM, WITH OVER 9,650 DEMONSTRATIONS HELD TO DATE IN 850 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD. OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT WILL HELP THE NEW CHAPTER BASED IN LANGLEY (BRITISH COLUMBIA) to START ITS OUTREACH ACTIVITIES IN THE MOST IMPACTFUL WAY. THROUGH THE USE OF UNDERCOVER FOOTAGE, THE ORGANIZATION EXPOSES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHAT IS INTENTIONALLY HIDDEN FROM THEM WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMAL EXPLOITATION. THEIR ACTIVISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CREATE THOUGHT-PROVOKING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, PLANTING SEEDS THAT CAN LEAD TO A MORE COMPASSIONATE LIFESTYLE BY FOLLOWING A PLANT-BASED DIET. THE REALITIES AND HORRORS OF MEAT PRODUCTION BECOME HARDER TO IGNORE ONCE THE VEIL OF SECRECY IS LIFTED.

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VegFest Calgary

VegFest Calgary is an annual day-long festival where participants are invited to learn more about veganism and animal liberation. We are pleased to be partnering with this amazing group of volunteers for the event in 2019 which attracts local food vendors, non-profits and other exhibitors. The festival is primarily about uniting the local community through a shared interest in environmental stewardship (the event has the lowest environmental footprint in the city) and an ethic of compassion to both humans and nonhumans. The event features a variety of performers as well as speakers who inform the audience about animal issues but also highlight the important links between all forms of oppression. VegFest Calgary also works to provide fresh produce to low-income families and to the most marginalized individuals within the local community.

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Putting a Stop to Animal Dissection

We are very excited to announce that we are supporting Animals in Science POLICY INstitute in their effort to end animal dissection in high schools across British Columbia. This organization is working tirelessly to replace the use of animals in secondary education through the implementation of non-animal alternatives, and to shift the culture of science teaching towards one that encourages respect for animals. They provide advocacy toolkits for students, information workshops, guest classes and lesson plans for teachers, and have created a comprehensive database of alternatives to dissection in addition to working on a new prototype of virtual reality dissection. Their overall objective is to make the use of nonhuman animals in research, testing and teaching obsolete. Or simply: Better Science, Without Animals.

Spreading Compassion

IN A WORLD WHERE ANIMALS ARE TOO OFTEN NEGLECTED OR SUBJECTED TO WANTON CRUELTY, THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS WHO FIGHT TIRELESSLY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL ANIMALS. OUR NEWEST GRANTEE, THE LIBERIA ANIMAL WELFARE AND CONSERVATION SOCIETY, WORKS EVERY DAY TO PREVENT SUCH CRUELTY AND TO PROMOTE KINDNESS, RESPECT, CARING, AND COMPASSION FOR ALL ANIMALS THROUGH FUNCTIONAL AND INTERACTIVE HUMANE EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN. THEIR GOAL IS TO REACH AND INSPIRE 2,000 CHILDREN IN 10 DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN NORTHERN LIBERIA WITH THEIR PROGRAMS AND HELP ESTABLISH ANIMAL WELFARE CLUBS IN EACH OF THE SCHOOLS. THEIR BELIEF IS THAT EQUIPPING CHILDREN WITH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PLIGHT AND WELFARE OF ANIMALS IS THE BEST INSURANCE AGAINST CRUELTY AND LEADS TO RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS WHO WILL BECOME STRONG ADVOCATES FOR ANIMALS AND COMPASSIONATE AMBASSADORS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY & ENERGY

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Plant-Based Landscapes

WHAT WOULD THE WORLD LOOK LIKE IF WE ALL ATE A PLANT-BASED DIET?

THIS IS A QUESTION OUR NEWEST GRANTEE IS WORKING TO PROVIDE AN ANSWER TO. MEET DR. MATTHEW HAYEK FROM THE HARVARD ANIMAL LAW & POLICY PROGRAM, WHO IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHER RESEARCHERS AROUND THE WORLD, IS DEVELOPING A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL MODEL WHICH IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONSERVATION THAT WILL BE MADE POSSIBLE BY GLOBAL TRANSITIONS TOWARDS PLANT-BASED DIETS. OUR GRANT WILL HELP MAP AND ANIMATE THE TRANSFORMATION OF ANIMAL-TO-PLANT-BASED DIETS UPON THE GLOBAL LANDSCAPE. THESE MAPS AND ANIMATIONS WILL SHOW A LITERAL GREENING OF THE EARTH AND WILL IDENTIFY AREAS WITH HIGH POTENTIAL FOR FOREST CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION. THESE RESULTS WILL HELP POLITICIANS AND DECISION-MAKERS SEE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ANIMAL PROTECTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION. THE HOPE IS THAT THIS WILL LEAD TO DIETARY BEHAVIORAL CHANGES AND TO MEANINGFUL CONSERVATION POLICIES.

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Youth Rangers

MEET DARWIN ANIMAL DOCTORS, OUR NEW GRANTEE! THEY ARE BUSY ON THE GROUND IN VILLAGES IN SUMATRA, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND PUERTO RICO, ENACTING HUMANE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AT ALL LEVELS FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12, TEACHING EMPATHY FOR ANIMALS AND FOR ALL MARGINALIZED PEOPLE, AND PROMOTING CONSERVATION IN THE FORM OF YOUTH RANGERS (A TYPE OF SCOUT PROGRAM FOR ANIMAL LOVERS). THIS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM GUIDES YOUTH TO BECOME YOUNG ADVOCATES FOR ANIMAL CARE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN BASIC AND CRITICAL ANIMAL CARE SKILLS, REINFORCING THE VALUES OF CONSERVATION AND COMPASSION, AND ARE GIVEN FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE IN ANIMAL CARE, MEDICAL ISSUES RELATED TO INADEQUATE CARE AND HOW COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH RELATES TO THE HEALTH OF THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND THEM. WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO FOSTER A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND TO EMPOWER COMPASSIONATE LEADERS OF TOMORROW!

 

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND EDUCATION

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Peace Building

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FIRST GRANTEE IN AFRICA! GO GIRL AFRICA IN UGANDA HAS DEVELOPED A UNIQUE PROGRAM TO “STRENGTHEN YOUNG PEOPLE’S CAPACITY IN PEACE BUILDING”. THE GOAL IS TO EXPLORE THE MEANING OF KEY CONCEPTS SUCH AS PEACE, CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE FEELINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE CONCEPTS. “PEACE DIALOGUES” WILL ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO EXPLORE THE VARIOUS FACETS OF PEACE THROUGH CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS. THESE DIALOGUES ARE ALSO A SPACE FOR CREATING INFORMAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION, CRITICAL THINKING AND PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS AND WILL PROVIDE A NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO STIMULATE LONG-TERM DIALOGUES FOR BETTER GOODWILL AND FRIENDSHIPS. THEY WILL BE LED BY VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE WHO ARE YOUTH LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS TRAINED IN PROMOTING PEACE BUILDING AND WHO ASPIRE TO BECOME CHANGE AGENTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES!

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Shaping a Better Future

Destiny Shapers, our new Grantee, runs a school primarily for the orphans and vulnerable children in the slums of Korogocho in Nairobi. Their objective is to ensure that children who don’t have access to an education have a chance to attend school and be given a proper educational foundation. A third of the children have lost one of their biological parents, leading to a very high drop-out rate as the children leave school to take care of other siblings and to work to boost the income of their single parent. The school’s educational program focuses on the holistic development of the children and exposes the students to life outside the slums at a very early age, through outdoor activities, holiday camps and interactions with children from different social and economic backgrounds. Destiny Shapers aims to reduce illiteracy by 20% and to reduce the drop-out rate by 10% by the year 2020!

 

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

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Change menus. Save lives.

WE HAVE OUR FIRST HEALTH & WELL-BEING GRANT RECIPIENT! MEET BALANCED, AN ORGANIZATION STARTED IN 2017 BY AUDREY SANCHEZ WITH A SIMPLE AGENDA: CHANGE MENUS, SAVE LIVES. WE ARE PLEASED TO BE SUPPORTING THEIR WORK TO CREATE A GUIDE, TOOLKIT, AND RESOURCES FOR INSTITUTIONAL FOOD SERVICE DIRECTORS AND TEAMS TO USE WHEN REFORMING THEIR MENUS. THE MENU REFORM TOOLKIT WILL HELP FOOD SERVICE TEAMS REPLACE MEAT, EGG, AND DAIRY PRODUCTS ON THEIR MENUS WITH PLANT-BASED ALTERNATIVES. BETTER HEALTH FOR HUMANS AND BETTER LIVES FOR THE ANIMALS! WHO DOESN’T THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA?

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The First Vegan Library in Chile

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH FUNDACION VEGETARIANOS HOY IN SANTIAGO, CHILE. OUR GRANT WILL HELP CREATE THE FIRST AND ONLY VEGAN LIBRARY IN LATIN AMERICA, A PLACE WHERE ACTIVISTS, MEMBERS AND PARTNERS CAN ACCESS VEGAN-THEMED BOOKS IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES SUCH AS NUTRITION, HEALTH, ACTIVISM, ANIMAL RIGHTS, PSYCHOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THIS WILL HELP ESTABLISH THE LARGEST DATABASE ABOUT VEGANISM AND PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE IN THE COUNTRY. ONE OF THE MAIN OBJECTIVES IS TO BE ABLE TO BRING THESE REFERENCE MATERIALS CLOSER TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS WHO SEEK TO ADOPT A VEGAN AND PLANT-BASED LIFE, AND ALSO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF ACADEMIA WHO NEED ACCESS TO MATERIALS IN THE AREAS OF ANIMAL LAW AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE START WITH KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION!

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A Plant-Based Education

OUR NEWEST GRANTEE, KING CHARTER SCHOOLS BASED IN FLORIDA, IS APPLYING TO BE THE FIRST 100% PUBLIC AND 100% PLANT-BASED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE WORLD. THIS TUITION-FREE SCHOOL WILL ALSO BE A TRILINGUAL IMMERSION SCHOOL, TEACHING CLASSES IN SPANISH, MANDARIN AND ENGLISH. IN ADDITION, IT WILL SERVE AS A COMMUNITY RESOURCE FOR ADULTS INTERESTED IN ADDITIONAL EDUCATION IN HEALTHY NUTRITION THROUGH COOKING DEMOS, MOVIE SCREENINGS AND GUEST LECTURES. CHILDREN SPEND MOST OF THEIR WAKING HOURS IN SCHOOL AND THIS NEW LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WILL PROVIDE THEM NOT ONLY WITH AN EXCITING CURRICULUM, BUT ALSO PROPER NUTRITION AND INFORMATION ON HOW TO LIVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE. HEALTHY BODIES AND HEATHY MINDS EQUALS HEALTHY STUDENTS!

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Agro-Resistance in Palestine

“Baladi – Rooted Resistance” is a series of stories about agro-resistance in Palestine created by an international team of photojournalists and a vegan writer and chef. With the help of our funding, the team will start producing the next series of stories, highlighting Palestinians resisting the occupation of their territories with seeds, wild foraged plants and homegrown vegetables, as well as Palestinians who believe food politics and food sovereignty intersect with the struggle for self-determination and freedom. The Arab word ‘Baladi’ is translated as ‘local’ and comes from ‘balad’ (‘the country’) and represents the connection with the land where the food was grown. The resistance is rooted because, for Palestinians, simply being there rooted to their own land, is already an act of resistance. The aim is to create a multi-media web project, combining photos, text and videos showcasing stories of hope, determination and resistance, and to produce a variety of content to draw attention to and gather support for agro-resistance projects in Palestine.

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Give a Child a Smile

OUR NEWEST GRANTEE, ORAL HEALTH CARE UGANDA, AIMS TO ADDRESS ORAL HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE MAKINDYE DIVISION OF THE CITY OF KAMPALA BY, 1 - BRINGING AWARENESS TO SCHOOLCHILDREN, TEACHERS AND GUARDIANS OF THE BENEFITS OF A PREVENTIVE APPROACH TO ORAL HEALTH AND, 2 – PROVIDING DENTAL TREATMENT TO THOSE ALREADY IN NEED BY ESTABLISHING SCHOOL BASED DENTAL SERVICES. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH DONE ON ORAL HEALTH CARE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS LOCATED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CAPITAL CITY HAVE SHOWN THAT 67% OF THE CHILDREN HAD DENTAL ISSUES REQUIRING TREATMENT. UNFORTUNATELY, BARRIERS TO ORAL HEALTH CARE ARE NUMEROUS AND RANGE FROM LACK OF EDUCATION AND AVAILABILITY, TO AFFORDABILITY AND ACCEPTABILITY. OUR GRANT WILL HELP PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TREATMENT TO OVER 14,500 SCHOOLCHILDREN WITH THE GOAL TO BRING BRIGHT SMILES TO ALL THE CHILDREN!