In 2009, in the Rift Valley of Central Kenya, Wendo Aszed started Dandelion Africa to work in the communities around where she was born after two very close friends died of AIDS. She wanted to serve the most vulnerable in the community so she began developing programs for women and girls who experienced high levels of poverty, gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and harmful gender practices sanctioned by long held social norms. It wasn’t long before she realized that to address these problems you can’t just work to empower girls and women, you need to work to change the attitudes of...[ Read More ]
The East Africa Leadership Forum (EALF) composed of current and former Pangea grantees held their second annual meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi in mid-July, 2017. It was hosted by Pangea Grant Partner, Francoise Nibizi of SaCoDe. The following is a brief overview of what took place. The group started by reviewing their progress since they first met in June of 2016. It’s apparent from the report prepared by Wendo of Dandelion Africa that all of the participants had learned a lot from each other and have greatly benefitted from their ongoing mutual exchanges. Here are some examples:  TADEC visited SaCode to learn...[ Read More ]
Last month Pangea member Therese Caouette hosted a lively and informative update on Myanmar for 20 Pangea members and friends. Two featured speakers from Myanmar provided firsthand descriptions of the current political and social context in the country. Pwint Htun came to the US in the eighties, studied electrical engineering and telecommunications. She has pioneered and been the architect for Myanmar’s digital financial services industry which has brought a large percentage of the rural poor out of isolation.  Pwint reported that 83% of households at this time have access to cell phones and can transfer money cutting out the middle-man....[ Read More ]
Please join us for a morning with Margaret Ikiara of CIFORD, Kenya EMPOWERING WOMEN &  GIRLS IN RURAL KENYA When: May 20th, 10:30am - noon Where: Ballard NW Senior Center, 5429 32nd Avenue NW, Seattle What:  Program with Light Brunch     Margaret Ikiara is the Founder and Executive Director of CIFORD (Community Initiatives for Rural Development), a Pangea Giving partner since 2012 in a semi-arid region of Kenya. With degrees in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, she has guided CIFORD since 2002 and instituted a broad range of programs to address rural poverty and women's rights. She will be talking with...[ Read More ]
One of the axioms for creating change that has stuck with me over the years is 'light many fires.' That is just what Pangea does when it finds great leaders and dedicated community organizations - we give them the spark to move their work forward. Pangea's small grants which fund what communities think is important have often demonstrated program value which draws in other funders. While some large international NGOs spend very large amounts of money scaling up what they believe are transformative ideas. Some work, and many do not. At Pangea, we believe if we provide a spark to get good ideas...[ Read More ]
This was my third trip with Pangea to Cambodia and I was again humbled by the warmth and hospitality of the Cambodian people. On this trip, there were four other Pangea travelers: Allan Paulson, Mary Williamson, Audrey Shiffman and Mari Loria. It was their first Pangea trip to Cambodia so I felt like the old hand.              ~Catherine Roth To view photos from the Cambodia 2017 Site Visits During this visit we were able to meet with other NGO foundations that have extensive experience and the ability to give large grants. Their insights were educational and helpful. Throughout our visit, we...[ Read More ]
We are pleased to welcome Wesen Kifetew as Pangea’s new half-time Program and Operations Coordinator! She began work on April 10. Wesen was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and came to the US in 1996, living first in Virginia. She graduated with a BA  in International Studies and Complex Emergencies from George Mason University and went on to get a graduate degree in Global Health from Emory University. Wesen moved to Seattle in 2008 and is prepared to call Seattle home though she is still getting used to the weather. Most of Wesen’s experience has been in the field of...[ Read More ]
Continuing its global support of rural, grassroots organizations, Pangea Giving awarded 2017 grants in March totaling $117,400. We are proud to partner with groups in Southeast Asia, Latin America and East Africa to help them address critical issues in their local communities, ranging from education access and economic opportunities, women’s health/sexuality training to sustainable agricultural methods for increased yields and improved nutrition. Close to 10,000 program participants are expected to benefit in areas around the globe. Individual grants range from $4,000 to $10,000. Highlights: A total of 18 Partners. 7 Project grants and 10 Operating grants. New Partner: PA-O Youth Organization,...[ Read More ]
In November of 2016, a  group of five Pangea Giving members traveled for 14 days in Myanmar (formerly, Burma) to meet existing Pangea grant partners and prospective new grant partners. The following is a brief summary of the trip written by Paul Silver, a Pangea member who was part of the site visit team. Click here to view Myanmar site visit photos   Currently, many international charitable organizations are funding aid and development projects in Myanmar. Reportedly, there are more international charitable organizations active in Myanmar than in any other country in the world. Accordingly, Pangea’s Asia Pod  focuses its efforts...[ Read More ]
As a new member, I assumed I would hang back and observe on my first site visit with Pangea Giving. However, it was clear from the planning meeting that I would not spend this trip on the sidelines. As we discussed group roles, visit schedules and meeting goals, I was immediately included and treated as equal to the longtime Pangea members who had been visiting Oaxaca State in Mexico for many years. Not knowing what I was signing up for, I volunteered as “scribe”, got myself a fresh notebook, and packed my bags.  ~Anne Sivley Click here to view Oaxaca site...[ Read More ]