Pehleng Community receives 10,000th grant from Global Greengrants Fund

pehlengSix months ago the Soumas of Pehleng village in Kitti Municipality, Mr. Wilber David, knew that his village needed some help to do a clean-up project, but he wasn’t sure where to look for assistance. He stopped by the Micronesian Productions office at the old MicSem building and sought some help to write a grant for the youth of Pehleng. Micronesian Productions was able to direct him to the Global Greengrants Fund that is administered by the Pacific Advisory Council and locally by Mr. Willy Kostka. The community received a $5,000 grant to do a community wide clean-up of their land and rivers, equipment to build community solid waste collection stations, and money to build a dry litter pilot project in hopes to attract more interest from the community to adopt dry litter piggeries and prevent pollution of the rivers that run through their village. It is a small project, but it has gained global attention since it became the 10,000th grant that the Global Greengrants Fund has made since it launched. Below is the email that went out worldwide from Nnimmo Bassey, the Chair of the Global Greengrants Board of Directors to announce this:

“Two decades since Global Greengrants Fund hand-delivered our first grant to an indigenous group in the mountains of Burma, we have just funded our 10,000th grassroots project. The Kousapw Poahloang group in Pohnpei State, Micronesia, works to protect five rivers from pollution threatening the health of fish and more than 1,000 people in the village. With $5,000, the group will establish trash stations so families can easily dispose of household garbage. Then, it will help them move their pig pens inland to keep their rivers free of animal waste.
This grant, like the thousands that came before it, supports local people to shape the environment they want and deserve.
I cannot think of another organization that so effectively notices local change-agents and then does something incredible—invests in them.
I imagine each community action for the planet as a life-giving drop of rain. As more drops fall, turning into showers and downpours, they gain force and can change the landscape, leading to powerful rivers and oceans that cannot be stopped.
This is how our work grows and brings about big change. And it all starts with a small act on behalf of the planet.
Thank you for joining me to celebrate this impressive milestone.”
The Global Greengrants Fund is the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action around the world. We believe local people know best how to address the environmental issues impacting their own lives, so we support communities to protect, restore, and transform their environments for a sustainable future.