Educating and empowering women and girls is one of the most effective approaches to global development. But what programs work and why? How can successes be replicated on a larger scale for more impact? Two highly effective East African Pangea grant partners will join us on November 19 to share their fresh insights and inspirations for supporting women and girls to develop their full potential in Kenya and Burundi. Come hear what these dynamic leaders have learned about creating successful programs  and the tremendous impact their work is having in the communities they serve and beyond. Event Venue: Wellspring Family...[ Read More ]
Do you share Pangea's conviction that lasting change happens from the ground up? Do you believe that successful community development relies on strong local leadership engaging the voices and energy of those most in need? Do you have a desire to directly support and learn from people who aspire to escape poverty and oppressive social and cultural barriers, especially women and children, in emerging community organizations in Africa, Latin America or SE Asia? If your  answer is YES to at least one of the above questions, we think you should strongly  consider joining  Pangea Giving as a Member or Friend between...[ Read More ]
 Departure dates are fast approaching for both the Asia Pod and the Latin America Pods 2016 site visit teams.  The Latin America site visit team is planning their week-long Oaxaca visit, (in southern Mexico) departing October 16. The six person group includes Betsy Hale, Patti Kilpatrick, Susan Sola, (all three fluent Spanish speakers), Teri Akin, Janet Pearson and her daughter Anne Sivley. They will be visiting partners Flor y Canto, and GESMujer. Patti, who is the GESMujer liaison, says she is particularly excited that the Pangea visit will coincide with the first graduating class of young women who have gone through GESMujer's Joven ("Youth")...[ Read More ]
The Fight against Climate Change and Land Rights in Latin America Please join Pangea Giving, Global Fund For Women, and Channel Foundation to hear Bettina Cruz, from Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative discuss the fight against climate change and land rights in Mexico. When: Tuesday, October 4, 6-8pm Where: Pangea Member Gary Tabasinske's home (in Seattle's Belltown District) This timely conversation will discuss the central role women's organizations throughout Latin America play in the struggle for justice and basic human rights.  Indigenous activists courageously fight for their rights to preserve the environment while protecting their livelihood and entitlements. As the...[ Read More ]
Raphael Okumu, Executive Director of Tears Kenya, a long-time strategic Pangea East Africa partner prepared this inspiring summary of the East African Leadership Forum that took place in Kenya in June 2016. The 3-day retreat was sponsored by Pangea Giving with support from Segal Family Foundation. Pangea Giving believes in a long term partnership with grass roots development partners as foundation for lasting and sustainable community transformation. With over 8 years partnership relationship, Pangea is supporting eight grass-root organizations working in East Africa on women's empowerment, education and health; agricultural and food security, environmental conservation and youth development. Amazingly, the leaders have similar...[ Read More ]
This April 3-5, Pangea was happy to host Dedo Baranshamaje of the Segal Family Foundation. The SFF is a private foundation, funded by American Barry Segal to work in Sub Saharan Africa since 2004. Pangea first learned of the SFF after Africa pod member Darrell Johnson’s 2013 volunteer experience in Burundi, and Pangea is currently funding two organizations in Burundi on their recommendation: SaCoDe and UCBUM. Burundi has been a troubled region in particular since their presidential elections last summer, causing operational and communication issues with our partners in that country. Dedo’s visit gave us insights into funding in fragile...[ Read More ]
Through the generous support of our Members and Circle of Friends, Pangea has awarded $128,500 to our community partners in SE Asia, East Africa and Latin America. Grants range from $4,000 to $10,000. Responding to locally-identified needs, our grants support organizations that are addressing critical needs in their communities such as girls’ access to education, agricultural degradation and herbicide awareness, family planning and reproductive health education. Highlights of this year’s awards: A total of 18 partners - including 15 project grants and 3 general operating grants New partner in Guatemala – AC Esperanza, a secondary school servicing Chimaltenango youth ages...[ Read More ]
The story of Pangea’s partnership with ECCSD (Employing Community Capacity for Sustainable Development) profiles the kind of impact that we hope to achieve with our funding. The story begins with the formation of the SE Asia Pod in 2007-2008. At that time, despite the group’s interest in Myanmar/Burma, the political environment prevented either traveling or funding there. Therefore, the pod decided to assist Burmese migrant workers along the Thai-Burmese border. It was a time when many Burmese were escaping the military regime in Burma and crossing the border into Thailand to find work and a better life for their families. For...[ Read More ]
Three Pangea members visited our grant partners in Guatemala in November 2015. Following is an account written by Audrey Shiffman, who went on the trip. After an amazing eight days I returned home from Guatemala—exhausted both physically and emotionally—and began to wonder how to convey the depth and richness of our experience and the lasting power it holds for me. The trip was extraordinary. There were memories I will cherish and never forget. And, as I’ve written before: You can’t return from a Pangea site visit without personal change. One theme that pervaded our trip was a connection and affinity...[ Read More ]
In October and November of 2015, a team of six Pangea members traveled to East Africa to visit with our grant partners, both present and past. Here are some of their impressions and learnings from the field. KENYA Warm smiles, gracious gestures, and incredible gratitude was palpable on our adventures in Kenya as we visited our partner organizations and the communities they serve - among the most marginalized people in East Africa. It was 10 days of action-packed, exhilarating experiences opening my eyes wider to what rural life in Kenya is like. Much of our time was spent in the...[ Read More ]