Author: Barbara Sirigos

Patricia Gualinga Wins the Olof Palmes Prize

2021 Alnoba Moral Courage In Leadership Award recipient Patricia Gualinga is honored with the 2022 Olof Palme Prize.   The Olof Palme Prize 2022 is awarded to Patricia Gualinga, a leader of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She is recognised for her courageous leadership in campaigning for the rights of indigenous… Read more »

Catching up with students in Kenya – Jacob and Jane

As we continue to follow up with some of the students in Kenya, now that Sandra has been able to visit after an almost 2 year pandemic induced absence, we find that none of them have been idle. Meet Jacob, who finished Form 4 last summer and received his leaving certificate (the equivalent of a… Read more »

New Year – New Beginnings

Traditionally on New Year’s Eve, we make resolutions on how we want to improve or change in the coming year.  Usually this involves changing our diet, getting more exercise etc. But it doesn’t have to be New Year’s Eve to make a resolution.  October of 2013 found Flora Ntaine, then only 11 years old, being… Read more »

Zimbabwe students share their thanks

Despite the turmoil of the last almost 2 years, students from several schools supported by Grand Circle Foundation shared letters of gratitude to our donors, and we even had a couple of students graduate!

2021 Alnoba Environmental Leadership Awards

On October 13th, we presented the 3rd Alnoba Environmental Leadership Awards in Kensington, New Hampshire. As you know, over the past 18 months, much of the world paused. However, for our award recipients their work became more difficult and urgent. In response, they accelerated, they innovated, and they persisted. They dared to lead a weary… Read more »

It ain’t easy being green…

As a thank you to his community for the support he’s received over the last year while unemployed, Daudi a lodge gardener, planted and harvests kale at the Tloma Primary school. “Sukuma wiki” as it is known in Kiswhali is one of the most highly nutritious vegetables, containing Vitamins K, A, E and C along… Read more »

Almost a bride to top student

When Sandra Vaughan first met Flora in 2014, she learned that the then 11 year old who’d just lost her mother, had been “sold” off into marriage by her father.  Although early marriage is illegal in Kenya, sadly it is still an all too common practice in rural areas.  The village chairman, the Maasai Chief… Read more »

Vietnam is facing the fourth typhoon to hit the country in October

As if a pandemic isn’t enough in 2020, natural disasters from fires to flooding have been everywhere as well. Our O.A.T. team in Vietnam sent us an urgent appeal this week to help the Minh Tu Orphanage after another typhoon recently hit Vietnam’s central and coastal regions. “The center of Vietnam is facing it’s fourth… Read more »

Ten months on, a bushfire update – Zoos Victoria

It has been a momentous year. This time has forced us to pause, be at home, and think about our future. We watched as our zoos, once humming with activity, also paused and quietened. We learnt just how much we yearn for nature when we’re unable to be outside, and the importance of connecting with… Read more »