The Ripple Academy Sets Sail

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Dear Earth Allies,

We’ve set sail for the next chapter! This Fall, thirty women from throughout India will gather in Rishikesh, India to kick off the Ripple Academy. Along with our partner, URI, and our global design team, we’ve developed the first in a series of Ripple Academy “Learning Labs” in different regions — 2-month programming that includes a 3-day workshop and an interactive online training. The Lab will support women leaders to strengthen their grassroots environmental initiatives, increasing the impact of their vital solutions.

The Ripple Academy scales the success of WEA’s model — developed over more than a decade of supporting grassroots women environmental leaders — by guiding multiple cohorts of women leaders through year-long WEA trainings that equip them with skills, tools, and resources to scale income-generating environmental projects.

With ongoing mentorship and global visibility, they will transform the impact of their initiatives alongside aligned leaders — exponentially advancing regional environmental solutions and influencing global environmental goals.

Thank you for being with us for the journey.

Onward,

Melinda, Amira, and the WEA Team

 

WEA stands with Run4Salmon

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This summer, WEA was deeply honored to once again stand with Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Corrina Gould of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, in support of the Run4Salmon. These tireless women leaders have led this prayerful journey for the past 3 years, calling us all to action to protect the local salmon runs, our waters, and Indigenous lifeways.

Photo credit: Run4Salmon

Water filters arrive in the Tonganagaon tea community

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We’ve got water filters! A few years ago, most families in the Tonganagaon community in Assam were among the 76 million people in India without access to a safe water supply. Many suffered from waterborne illnesses often leading to loss of work or schooling and expensive doctor bills. Thanks to Numi Organic Tea’s commitment to safe water, Together for H2OPE Project is ensuring that all 6,500 families have access to safe drinking water. This program is training women community leaders to be WASH ambassadors and educators. In this photo, they are presenting families with water filters and training on proper usage and maintenance.

This partnership represents WEA’s work with mission-driven companies, where we work together to optimize philanthropic investments in environmental and social change.

Meet the Interns: Hey there, Tegan!

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We have such an amazing team of young leaders working behind the scenes to support our global programs and home-base operations as part of WEA’s Internship Program this spring!
 
Meet Tegan, the passionate and multi-gifted force who has jumped right in to support our growth with her artistry, professionalism and skill in this exciting time for WEA. We are so lucky to have her on our team this semester before she heads off to grad school (congratulations, Tegan!) to deeper her impact for communities and the earth.
 

Name: Tegan Stuart
Hometown: Portland, OR

If you had a superpower, what would it would be (and why):
I would either want the ability to make plants grow or manipulate natural materials, kind of like an Earthbender from Avatar. I think I could make the world a better place with this gift and maybe keep some of my houseplants alive for more than a few months.

Why did you want to intern with WEA?
I hope to enter a career in the nonprofit sector someday and I want to have experience with an organization whose values I align with. WEA’s mission and the way it is implemented is appealing in terms of capacity building, empowerment, and responsiveness. I admire how socially responsible WEA is and I would like to take these values and experiences into my long term career.

Tell us about a woman who inspires you.
I know it sounds cliche, but my mother inspires me so much. She owns a small business and she works harder than anyone I’ve ever met. She taught me to be compassionate, but also firm when necessary.

Why women and why the environment?
Much of my background has been in interpersonal violence prevention, which disproportionately impacts female identifying individuals. The empowerment and support of women is key to preventing violence and to enriching a community to its brightest potential. I also strongly believe that the world needs many more female leaders and I can’t wait to see how all the amazing women around me change the world.

The environment it also important to me in terms of its direct implications for human health and the reality of environmental violence. Environmental neglect will always unfairly impact marginalized communities and in order to support social justice and health equity, environmental advocacy and consciousness are extremely important.

What does your life outside WEA look like?
I am currently in my last year of undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s College of California. I am studying health science and creative writing so I divide most of my time between laboratories and coffee shops. I am on the executive team for Women in Science and Engineering Club (WiSE) and The Lounge, which is a diversity focused open mic night that takes place monthly in the intercultural center. I am also actively involved in the Student Coalition Against Abuse and Rape. When I’m not in class or organizing club events I love to draw, paint, listen to podcasts, write poetry and fiction, read novels and comics, and finally practice guitar.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area?
Every couple of months I take BART to Embarcadero and I spend a Sunday afternoon in the ferry building. I usually spend a few hours browsing the farmers market and looking for a new read at Book Passage.

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to?
I’ve been reading a fantasy series called Throne of Glass, however I am thinking of taking a break to reread my favorite series: the Raven Cycle. I also have been itching to start Children of Blood and Bone.