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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
On Saturday, November 19, Wendo Aszed of Dandelion Africa and Francoise Nibizi of SaCoDe two of our East Africa grant partners, joined 60+ Pangea members and guests at the Wellspring Family Services building in Seattle for brunch and a program. They discussed at length what is making their programs successful in rural Kenya and Burundi, made possible with relatively small Pangea Giving grants, and how they are now helping thousands of women and girls.  These two outstanding women exemplify the best in non-profit leaders and are a prime example of how small grants in the hands of excellent partners can be leveraged...[ 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 half dozen or so people who got together 10 years ago to form Pangea were  mostly strangers to each other. What brought us together was a common desire to learn about the issues of people in developing countries and how to use our resources to support change that improve people’s lives. All of us had written checks to large charitable organizations with good programs, but we wanted to actually learn by doing it ourselves in a way that engaged us personally. We would do our own research and education before choosing where we wanted to make grants, and we...[ Read More ]