We had numerous applications, and these five projects were chosen as the seed grant winners (these are project brief summaries provided by the applicants):
Kristina Hulvershorn, Indianapolis, Indiana
Project: Be the Change Workshop
The Be The Change Workshop is an interactive space that will empower visitors (both youth and adults) to carefully examine everyday choices and to examine the impacts of those choices on other humans, on animals, and on the environment.
Visitors will walk away with the knowledge and ability to use their own daily choices to act with compassion, reduce their environmental footprint, live more joyfully, and act in accordance with their most deeply held beliefs.
Too often, we overlook the everyday ways we can improve the world around us. We often do not act in accordance with our beliefs because much of the dialog about real change implies that these changes must happen starting from the top, or at a level beyond the individual’s scope. Humane education reinvigorates the individual to acknowledge the ‘power of one’ and offers positive, exciting alternatives to consumption, alienation, and oppression.
The Be the Change workshop will be located within the Peace Learning Center inside Eagle Creek State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will be open to individuals and groups. We will feature innovative, engaging learning opportunities that allow participants to think, touch, see, and discover new ways of looking at the world around them!
Becky Morgan, Boise, Idaho
Project: Who Am I and How Do I Connect?
Who Am I and How Do I Connect?, is a six-fold workshop series for adolescents, designed to provide support, direction, and guidance as young people navigate a complex world desperate for their energy and solutions.
The workshop series will begin with activities focused on self: Who are you and what matters to you? Students will then engage in activities within the realm of humane education (animals, consumerism, the media, the environment, food, our culture, etc.) to expose them to new content and help them connect with this content in a meaningful way. The last two sessions will return to self as one connects to the world: Where do I go from here and how do I maintain myself?
Children need time and space to discover bits and pieces of who they are and embrace those qualities as they navigate the world. The current life of an adolescent is often full of immediate gratification, distractions, superficialities, and a lack of connection to the impacts of our decisions. In addition, many youth are learning about some of the imbalances that exist in the world and have little support to make changes in their lives or deal with the emotions that arise. And, many are not learning at all about the impacts of their decisions and the systems in place that dictate much of how things happen. Young people long to connect, as evidenced by the social media explosion, and we will explore how it is that we as people learn to connect to ourselves and to others both using and refusing technology. I believe that strong, secure, and educated youth will grow up believing in themselves and in the fact that they can create changes in their own lives that will indeed make a difference.
|Rosana Ng (middle), with project co-leaders |
Dave Naele and Jasmine Nunns from
Animals Asia Foundation.
Project: Bringing Humane Education Teacher Training to Hong Kong
The road of bringing humane education to Hong Kong has just begun. This project supports a new collaboration between IHE and Animals Asia Foundation (AAF). They have recently launched a Humane Education Coalition website, are sponsoring humane educators from Hong Kong to enroll in IHE’s Teaching for a Positive Future online course, and will be offering teacher training workshops for teachers who want to learn more about humane education.
This grant will allow them to translate IHE’s marketing materials into Chinese and have them printed locally so that they can be used during teacher training workshops and at tabling events.
|The wounds are unattended till the death of the animal. |
Deworming is unheard off. Communities lack education
Project: Integrated Humane Education
Humane education is the solution to animal cruelty; integrated humane education is a strategy to address these problems in a small village of Narok, Kenya, where donkeys are a source of livelihood. Donkey Kindness Clubs will be started in schools to instill care and love for life for our next generation, and thus improve the welfare of all animals; donkey welfare is the starting point. Respect for all lives is the expected bigger picture.
Based on our baseline survey, donkey users in the proposed project area are unfriendly and cruel to the animals. They use the animals for long hours without food or water and cane them profusely whenever they refuse to carry on with their heavy duties. Preventive and curative health care is unknown to the owners.
Offering humane education to the communities will be a sustainable mitigation against continued cruelty. A complementing donkey clinic will serve to promote practical solutions towards cruelty and creation of compassion towards all life.
As such the grant will bring to the fore better donkey welfare and identification of community intervention activities to promote sustainable development to communities.
David Sidwell, Ph.D., River Heights, Utah
Project: Solutionaries Congress
This project would create the first-ever pilot Solutionaries Congress to be held in Utah, driven by “most good, least harm” practices and other ideals as perpetuated by the Institute for Humane Education.
Utah teachers of grades 8 - 12 will be invited to participate by gathering student "Solutionary Teams" who will compete by presenting ideas for solving the world's problems at the Congress, which will be held on (or near) April 19, 2013, at Maeser Preparatory Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The ideas presented will address local, regional and/or global issues such as education, the environment, animal protection, culture and change issues, or human rights. This is a pilot program for an intended national program to be expanded as early as the Spring of 2014.
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