By Nora Lester Murad
By Rita Thapa
The story is borrowed from Sagar Prasain’s facebook and is located in Kathmandu.
This is a follow up of a post on www.p-sj.org by FRIDA stating reasons why their grants are unique. Reading FRIDA’s post, we at the Dalit Foundation were inspired to think about why our grants, which lie at the centre of our work for the Dalit Movement in India, are unique. Here are six reasons we came up with.
- BUILDING DALIT LEADERSHIP: We believe that the best solutions to Dalit problems lie within the community. We are therefore committed to building and supporting exemplary Dalit leadership, with a special focus on Dalit women. As a first step toward this commitment, our proposal submission process is very flexible and without any rigid format. Proposals are accepted in any language and the applicants decide and identify their own solutions in the proposal.
On March 22, 2014, at the age of 69, we lost our friend and colleague, and an unrelenting crusader for social justice and human rights, Sithie Tiruchelvam.
We wanted to share with you a moving tribute to Sithie from the website of the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (which Sithie founded in memory of her husband, Neelan Tiruchelvam). The tribute is a compilation of testimonies and stories of Sithie, shared by her friends and colleagues from around the world. They all speak of the magnanimity of her spirit and love for those around her.
Click here to watch the film.
By Avila Kilmurray
By Celia McKeon, Assistant Trust Secretary, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
We all know that it’s not money that builds peace, but people. The complicated process of moving from violent conflict to what might conceivably become sustainable peace only happens if people take risks to enable that transition. It is the actions of people at all levels of society that make the difference, often over many years, and with many set-backs and false dawns along the way.
What does this mean for the role of philanthropy in contested societies? This was the topic I was asked to speak on at a workshop at the recent European Foundations Centre conference in Sarajevo. There are many possible approaches, but as the grants officer for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s (JRCT) programme in Northern Ireland, I focused on identifying lessons from the Trust’s experience of funding there for the last four decades.