First Peoples Worldwide has funded community-based Indigenous projects in 62 countries around the world. Click on the links to learn more about a few of our grantees and the work they are doing in their communities.
List of grantees 2014
ORGANIZATION: A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity (AWISH)
COUNTRY: Sierra Leone
GRANTS: US$32,600 (four grants of US$7,500, US$17,200, US$2,900 and US$5,000)
PROJECT: Over the past four years, AWISH has built agricultural capacity in a war-torn region of Sierra Leone through modernizing farming methods and empowering local community organizations. The project, which has expanded from one to 12 communities and impacted over 2,500 people, is a true example of inclusive, cooperative, community-led development.
ORGANIZATION: Ogiek Peoples Development Program
GRANTS: $32,925 (three grants of $9,925, $16,000 and $7,000)
PROJECT: OPDP has been working on preventing eviction of the Ogiek people from their lands, conservation of the Mau Forest in the Great Rift Valley, organizing Ogiek communities to participate in the drafting of the new Kenyan Constitution, and conducting workshops that facilitate good relations with government and continue forward momentum for Ogiek and other Indigenous Peoples in Kenya.
ORGANIZATION: Literacy Action and Development Agency
GRANTS: $19,248 (two grants of $5,000 and $14,248)
PROJECT: LADA worked with and for the Banyabutumbi, constructing water tanks in fourteen villages, and training community members to maintain the water resource.
ORGANIZATION: Bundu Tuhan Native Residential Committee
PROJECT: Community Day and pilgrimage to Mt. Kinabalu, a sacred place to the Dusun people. The first celebration in 2010 was highlighted as a groundbreaking example of cooperation among the Indigenous Peoples, parks authority and other government agencies, press, and tourists from all over the world. The Keepers of the Earth Fund helped continue this powerful momentum of cooperation by covering costs associated with the second pilgrimage to the mountain in 2011.