ALUMNI PROJECT FUND

PROMOTING CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION

Backpacktivists who travel with Operation Groundswell often come home feeling inspired and moved to continue working with the local communities they spent time with overseas. That’s why we decided to start the Alumni Project Fund, a platform for alumni to continue living out the OG principles through community-based projects abroad. Our Project Fund provides kick-starter grants to ignite solutions to some of our world’s most pressing problems, connecting alumni with communities abroad.

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for updates!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Program participants and program leaders alike are given the opportunity to to sponsor a project in collaboration with one of OG’s local partners. 

A committee of OG staff, alumni and partners review proposals every year and allocates funding to projects that exemplify the following values: sustainability, solidarity, and innovation.

If you have questions, there are past project fund recipients who would be happy to answer them. Just reach out to us at: [email protected].

What does it provide?

Every OG participant is stakeholder in the Alumni Project Fund. A small portion of every Community Contribution goes into the fund creating a groundbreaking vehicle that empowers alumni to collaborate with partners on their game-changing projects .

The Alumni Project Fund provides two forms of grants:

  • Small-Scale Projects: Up to $5,000
  • Large-Scale Projects: Up to $10,000

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Sabrina's Story

East Africa

In 2009, the Alumni Project Fund awarded grants to four projects, including a $10,000 grant that went Femme International, a non-profit organization started by Sabrina Rubli, a former OG East Africa Program Leader. Femme International is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls through gender-targeted programs that tackle a variety of health-related issues from menstruation to sexual health and feminine hygiene.

Femme used the grant to support a Feminine Health Management program providing schoolgirls in the Mathare slum in Kenya with the menstrual health education and tools necessary to stay safe, healthy and in school every day of the month.

Sabrina has taken all the experience and learning she got with Femme International and now works to promote health in East Africa with Doctors Without Borders. Femme International also continues to defend and support women and girls in East Africa.

Operation Groundswell is proud to support both partners and Alumni .in their efforts to create positive and lasting change in their communities.

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