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awards $45,000 in grants in 2006
Thanks to your support, this fall Cottonwood Foundation has awarded
23 grants of $1,000 each to grassroots organizations worldwide that are
working for a sustainable future. This brings the total grants awarded
in 2006 by Cottonwood Foundation to $45,000! Cottonwood Foundation’s
board has worked hard to select projects suggested by Cottonwood Partner
organizations for which your contributions will make a significant difference.
Following is a listing of the 23 $1,000 grants awarded this fall: (Please
note that organizations followed by “USA/[another country]” are
based in the United States, but were funded for a specific project in
- African Blackwood Conservation Project, USA/Tanzania — to
help rebuild the tree nursery at the Moshi Mpingo Plot in Tanzania
which had been destroyed during recent monsoon rains, including purchase
of netting to shade seedlings and purchase of fencing to protect a
new addition to the nursery area from grazing by livestock.
- Blue Veins, Pakistan — to provide a three-month training of
tailoring, embroidery and sewing to 20 women in Shangla District, Pakistan,
who were left with no male wage earner in their family as a result
of the October 8, 2005, earthquake, including providing each trainee
with a sewing machine, necessary accessories and a cash amount of 3000
rupees at the end of the training which will enable them to become
self-sufficient by starting their own small businesses.
- Center for People’s Agricultural Plan for the 21st
Century, Philippines — to
enhance a marketing project for organic farmers, and to improve their
farm-to-market hauling facilities for their raw agricultural products,
including purchase of 25 basket cases, orientation on Philippine Organic
Standards for 30 family-based organic farmers, training on seed saving
for 30 family-based organic farmers, and purchase and reproduction
of traditional and indigenous seeds of vegetables and other food crops.
- Centro de Educación Creativa, Costa Rica — to purchase
materials and equipment to expand the school’s reforestation
program with the goal of planting 1,200 native cloud forest trees this
year and donating 500 seedlings to other organizations in the community,
including transport for organic fair-trade coffee mulch, purchase of
tools and supplies, seedling bags, educational materials, signage,
and materials to build an educational nature trail.
- Cultural Survival, USA/Mongolia — for the Totem Peoples Project
to be used for shipping costs for veterinary supplies and craft tools
from Ulan Baator, Mongolia to Dukha reindeer herder camps in Northern
Mongolia, and returning to Ulan Baator with carved reindeer horn items
for sale in the United States, including jeep or van rental with driver;
horses, riding reindeer and guide fees; and meals for 4 people for
- Dos Pueblos: New York – Tipitapa
Sister City Project, USA/Nicaragua — to
support the creation of a potable water project serving the community
of Los Caleros, Nicaragua, with a population of 86 people in 14 families,
including ditch excavation, installation of a network of PVC pipes,
accessories, and refilling and ditch compaction.
- Ecoclub Nongovernmental Youth Organization,
Ukraine — to demarcate
and protect the nature reserve “Giant Horsetail,” including
design and production of information boards, design and production
of border signs, printing of leaflets, wooden bars for ant hills, cement,
- Friends Service Council, Nepal — to reconstruct a 1.4 km road
which is in very poor condition that is the only connection from the
village of Imadol, Nepal ,(with 300 inhabitants) to the main road,
including purchase of gravel, pipe, brick, sand, and cement, with the
local community also contributing needed funds for this project.
- Harvest of Hope Self-Help Community Centre,
Kenya — to fund
a project in which Coral Junior and Senior High School students and
community members are taught about sustainable agriculture and food
production through hands-on experience, as well as providing vocational
training, a community sensitization workshop for 500 students and 300
community members, setting up vegetable nurseries in 10 villages, transportation
to and from the fields, tools, and tree and vegetable nursery equipment.
- Interaccion para el Desarrollo Sostenible, Bolivia — to support
a reforestation program in the communities of Laripata, Corini and
Tutuacasa, with planting of native and introduced species and fruit
trees, including providing agroforestry seeds, training courses, educational
materials, and transportation.
- Los Cimientos Alliance, USA/Guatemala — to be used to install
a water tank (on a cement foundation, powered by a bicycle pedal-powered
pumping system) at the K’aslem Mandala Environmental Education
Center serving the Maya K’iche community of Los Cimientos in
Guatemala, which will provide drip irrigation in the permaculture garden,
the medicinal plant garden, the reforestation tree seedling nursery
and for fruit trees planted on the land.
- Maka Foundation, USA (Land Fund) — to assist
in the purchase of a 160 acre tract of land within the Lower Brule
Sioux Reservation that once was Indian-owned but passed to non-Indian
ownership, with future use of the land intended to exclude cattle grazing
and for the land to be managed with the goal of increasing native prairie
wildlife, possibly including light bison grazing.
- MAMACILA Apo Ginopakan Higaonon Tribal Council,
Inc., Philippines (Land Fund) — to help repurchase about 10 hectares of land that
had been sold to non-indigenous peoples, with a portion of the land
being used for a proposed relocation site for an indigenous community
settlement and the rest of the land being developed for agroforestry
- Mangrove Action Project, USA/Brazil — to be used to support
ecosystem recuperation by Movimento Cultural Arte Manha, in Caravelas,
in the State of Bahia, Brazil, with funding for boat transportation
to collection and planting areas, building materials for tree nurseries,
wheel barrow for general use, shade cloths for nurseries, materials
for wood-carving workshop, radio publicity, digital camera, and snacks/meals
in the field.
- Nabichakha Women Group, Kenya — to be used by this grassroots
women’s organization to establish a nutrition garden alongside
a new poultry-rearing project, with funding to be used for purchase
of seeds, poultry, and building materials for a poultry structure.
- Nepal Social Service Fund, USA/Nepal — to help pay for rent, utilities,
fuel and food for a “Safe House” in Kathmandu that serves
as a homeless shelter for women and children, a home-away-from-home
for surgical patients from rural areas who are in the city for medical
care, an assistance provider for orphaned street children, and a community
education center for health education and literacy.
- Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project, USA/Nicaragua — to provide
scholarships in Nagarote for students whose families cannot afford
to send their children to public school (which is not free in Nicaragua),
with funds being used to support 20 students at $50/each which will
cover tuition, books, school supplies, uniforms and shoes for the students
for one year.
Porters’ Progress, USA/Nepal — to support ongoing education
and empowerment programs for porters in Nepal, including hosting the
following activities for porters: monthly empowerment meetings, daily
basic English language classes, expanded environmental education classes,
and training in making “eco products” from plastic wrappers
and other waste.
Porters participating in education and
empowerment programs conducted by Porters’ Progress in
- Sanchuan Development Association, China — to support the Minhe
Mangghuer Culture Preservation Project, including 100 hours of video
recording of the endangered Mangghuer culture, making 150 CDs, and
continued work on Mangghuer culture study in the future, with the goal
of slowing down the rapid loss of Minhe Mangghuer language, increasing
pride in being Minhe Mangghuer, and storing recorded materials that
are available to local people.
- Trees for the Future, USA/Philippines — to support the School
Gardens for Honduras Project, with funds to be used to produce 200
large packets containing a variety of tree, fruit and vegetable seeds,
with each packet being planted near a different school on a land area
of 1.8 acres of degraded and abandoned community land, therefore providing
basic nutrition for school children as well as protecting against erosion
and restoring the land.
- Umoja Wa Kienjero Self Help Group, Kenya (Land and General Funds) — to
acquire legal title to critically important land at Njurui Springs,
which is the sole source of domestic, livestock and agricultural water
for this indigenous community of 45 households, with funds used also
for fencing to protect the spring, tree planting and conservation protection
of this land.
- White Earth Land Recovery Project, USA (Land Fund) — to help pay
the remaining debt on a 50 acre land parcel that includes forest, wetland
and lakeshore and which is used as a gathering spot for spiritual and
cultural ceremonies on Minnesota’s White Earth Indian Reservation.
- Wild Flora and Fauna Fund / FWFF, Bulgaria — to purchase ten
donkeys to be established as a small breeding flock and a free-ranging
population in Kotel Mountain, Bulgaria, that will be used for maintenance
of the mountain pastures in the Yurushki Shali Protected area, as well
as to bring baggage and provisions for shepherds.
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or portion of the estate) to be used for its general purposes.
is Cottonwood Foundation?
Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization, run entirely
by volunteers and with no paid staff, that provides small grants
to grassroots organizations worldwide that are working for a sustainable
future. Since it was started in 1992, it has awarded 405 grants totaling
more than $372,000. Eleven members currently serve on Cottonwood
board of directors.
Cottonwood awards grants to partner organizations that combine
all of the following: protecting the environment, promoting cultural
diversity, empowering people to meet their basic needs, and relying on
volunteers. Support of such groups makes it possible to really make a
difference in creating a better world.
Cottonwood Foundation is proud that more than 90 percent of its expenditures
go directly for grants. Less than 10 percent of all expenses are used
to cover administration (such as postage, printing, supplies and postal
box rental). The Foundation relies on donations of space, graphic design,
computers, telephone, and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor to operate!
Board of Directors
Laura Bray, Treasurer
Karissa Huntington, Chair
Craig R. Miller, Vice Chair
Paul Moss, Executive Director
Erik Nelson, Secretary
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their own words
Below are some
representative excerpts of communications recently received from
Cottonwood Foundation grant recipients. See how your contributions
to Cottonwood Foundation are making a difference!
the process of working with community groups in the field of sustainable
use and management of natural resource, Bee-keeping was a project of
Eco-garden that targeting five community groups of farmers. The whole
work was a success and Eco-garden thanks Cottonwood foundation for having
made this possible.
The funds from Cottonwood foundation was used to purchase
twenty five hives for the following five groups, Bisitati farmers, Karaus
Self Help, Tamukeka Bee keeping group, Ainesti farmers group, Kesogon
Maendeleo group and Aruba Self Help group. The main topics covered during
the trainings sessions included the following: 1. Apiary Management;
2. Bee colony structure; 3. Feeding and supporting bees during dry season;
4. Safety measures from hostile bees; 5. Honey harvesting and wax extraction;
of bees as crop pollinator.
African bees are hostile and can be very aggressive
to animals as well as people. Therefore safety measures were taken into
consideration to reduce risks of Bees attacks. Apiaries were located
away from animals, children reach and homes, the sites were carefully
fenced for maximum protection. All the five groups received two pairs
of honey harvesting suits and apparatus, which provided safety during
hive inspection as well as harvesting.
This project will act as a model
for other community members to take a challenge to replicate it on their
on in a spiral manner. Indeed it is very impressive how small amount
of money can create a big change or difference.”
Project, USA/Central America
New Forests Project is pleased to inform the Cottonwood Foundation
of the progress it has made as a result of the $1,000 grant received
in April of 2006. Since June 1, 2006, the New Forests Project has provided
10 water chlorinators to the Honduran and Salvadorian Association of
Community Water Boards (AHJASA and ASSA), and 3 trial chlorinators
to grassroots groups in Nicaragua and Guatemala. As of April of 2006
our partner in Honduras, AHJASA, had received eight NORWECO 500 chlorinators
and four NORWECO 2000 chlorinators, ready for installation. According
to the last report received from AHJASA on August 29, 2006, AHJASA
was prepared to install these chlorinators in the communities of Las
Mangas, El Escano, Buena Vista Garao, Ireneo, El Coco, Col Panama,
Danli and El Progreso. The smallest of these communities (Colonia Panama)
has 570 residents while the largest (Ireneo) has 1,450. In total, these
installations will improve the drinking water of more than 5,000 rural
Any left over funds received from the Cottonwood Foundation have gone
towards the training of community water boards in Honduras and El Salvador.
The training of community operators or plumbers is usually provided
by the Circuit Rider and trains board members in crucial aspects of
maintaining a water system such as monitoring and evaluation, administration
and technical skills.We thank you for your tremendous support of our
expanding project in Central America and will be happy to supply any
additional information at your request!”
Cottonwood Foundation grant is allowing the Maka Foundation to assist
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in reconsolidating their landbase on this rural
reservation in central South Dakota. Illegal federal actions of the
past century and a half have greatly reduced the amount of Tribal land
available to Native American Tribal
members even within the reservation itself. Through the efforts of
Foundation, with support of partners such as the Cottonwood Foundation,
the Tribal landbase is being repurchased from willing sellers on the
reservation. Once purchased the land is restored to the benefit of
both the environment and the people of the reservation.
For instance, this year’s Cottonwood
Foundation grant assists in the purchase of a land tract that will
further the Tribe’s ongoing reintroduction
of the swift fox and black-footed ferrets. The return of these animals
is very exciting. It has a great ecological and cultural impact, as well
as providing economic benefit by creating biological technician positions
to monitor the program. Attached is a photo of Tribal member and Maka
Foundation Board member Shaun Grassel, along with a local Tribal youth,
releasing a black-footed ferret.”
Laurie Gustafson, Editor
Paul Moss, Executive Director