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WHAT’S NEW

Announcing the Impact Hero 2024!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]And thus, Earth Company’s search for the IMPACT HERO 2024 has reached its final stop.This year’s call for the next Impact Hero received a record breaking total of 96 inspiring changemakers, who are doing life-changing work in 26 different countries.With the evolution of our program, we selected 8 changemakers forming the Impact Hero Class of 2024 where they have been participating in our year-long accelerator— the Lead-to-Regenerate acceleration program. This program, which we have continuously evolved and polished, is to help us better understand their work and identify their exact support needs. In addition, it is also a prerequisite to be considered to become the winner.Choosing the winner has never been an easy feat, but after a phenomenal 6-month journey with all the heroes, it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our IMPACT HERO 2024…[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

 IMPACT HERO 2024 : Surya Karki

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Country: NepalOrganization:UWS Nepal
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An educator who built 82 schools in remote regions of Nepal, providing educational opportunities for over 14,000 underprivileged children
 In Nepal, one in four children cannot complete eight years of basic education due to economic reasons. Born and raised in a remote village himself, it took Surya two and a half hours on foot to reach the nearest school. With the encouragement of his single mother who understood the importance of education, he would continue to make that walk and go to school, until he eventually won a national scholarship to study in the capital, Kathmandu, and earned a master's degree to study in China.Upon returning to Nepal and visiting rural areas, he observed that the restrictive access to education had stayed the same and decided to commit to reforming the education landscape in Nepal. Drawing from his past experiences in starting up educational institutions, Surya established UWS Nepal in 2015.To date, UWS Nepal has established 82 elementary and middle schools, providing education to over 14,000 children in rural areas of Nepal. What’s more, by successfully implementing programs such as teacher training, menstrual hygiene workshops for female students, and school meal programs to reduce dropout rates, UWS Nepal boasts a 92% completion rate of basic education in its partner schools. Through collaboration with the government, they aim to expand these programs nationwide to address educational disparities across the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for Selection
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  • In addition to the incredible achievements UWS has achieved, Surya demonstrates a big vision and a long-term perspective, positioning himself to lead the country's education moving forward.
  • In 2024, UWS began initiatives to broaden its educational programs in partnership with the Nepalese government. This demonstrates their commitment to advancing educational reform throughout the country, emphasizing both physical infrastructure and curriculum enhancement, establishing them as key players capable of making national-level changes.
  • There is a clear need for support to cover operational costs of approximately $72,000, which would enable government-affiliated educational programs to reach 7,000 children in 10 schools over the next five years. Earth Company is confident that these national-level educational initiatives will have a significant impact. 
  • Surya boasts a proactive approach to acquiring the necessary knowledge and a willingness to reevaluate his leadership. He has the potential to fully utilize Earth Company's support to realize his vision.
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A Message from Surya
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtUI2rKbmSM" el_width="60" align="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]”Hi, everybody. My name is Surya Karki and I'm the co-founder and director of the Nepal, and the Earth Company’s Impact Hero 2024. I'm excited, very excited, surprised, very happy, and grateful for the opportunity. This is really an opportunity to make a real difference for those who need it the most, the most vulnerable communities of Nepal. I still can't believe it, but here we are finally at the starting point of a new journey. This is a new beginning with Earth Company and I can't wait to get started. Our goal is to provide quality education for over 10,000 Children in Western Nepal. We will empower these communities, give them a voice, and help them find solutions to their biggest challenges. ”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]Together with our new Impact Hero, Surya Karki, Earth Company will be committed to supporting children and their parents in the most marginalized communities in Nepal until December 2026.We also have some exciting news! Surya’s visit to Japan has been confirmed for our 10-year anniversary event, "Earth Company Tokyo Pop Up," scheduled for October 6, 2024. We are thrilled about the opportunity to meet our supporters in Japan. Event details will be announced next month in August. Please save the date and stay tuned![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Discovering the Path to Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

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Have a read below at some of their testimonies!
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The Changemakers’ Transformative Journey at the Heroes Bali Camp 2024

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What changed from last year?

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  • a detailed pre-survey developed based on our expertise from a decade of supporting changemakers, helping both Earth Company and the heroes themselves better understand where they are in their unique changemaking journey;
  • an hour-long needs assessment calls with each hero to mutually understand the areas in need of support and agree on concrete outcomes to achieve during the camp; and
  • covering in online seminars practical topics such as strategic management, marketing, and fundraising prior to the camp so that we can jump into working on actionable strategies during the camp to drive their missions forward.
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Bali Camp: A Hub of Learning and Connection

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DAY1
Orientation and Pechakucha Night
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36323" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The camp kicked off with an introduction led by a cohort member, Deepak Ramola from India. The heroes engaged in a heart-opening session that immediately created a safe space and strong bond right from the start of the camp.At night was the Pechakucha Event hosted by the The Bridge Parents Community at Green School Bali. All eight heroes presented their missions in a dynamic 20x20 format (20 slides, 20 seconds each), which was met with overwhelming positivity. We are glad to see some of the connections made from this event are continuing on! You can watch their talks here. Thank you Green School / The Bridge parent community for caring about the world with our heroes![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36303" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36305" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY2
Mentoring Sessions and Networking Dinner
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36307" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The second day was a bootcamp of personalized mentoring sessions, with each hero paired with mentors from the Earth Company team and its extended network. These sessions were carefully curated based on prior needs assessments. Our heartfelt gratitude to our dear partner, ForGood, who took the time to help our heroes build their websites and brochures![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36309" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The day concluded with a networking dinner where we invited 15 vision-aligned compassionate leaders from different sectors and corners of the world to meet our heroes, fostering meaningful connections potentially leading to future collaborations and support.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY3
Visit to Bumi Sehat
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36311" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]On day 3, the heroes engaged in an in-person seminar on Regeneration and Regenerative Leadership delivered by our founder, Aska Hamakawa. This session challenged traditional notions of development and sustainability, enabling discussions on collectively creating a world that doesn't generate problems in the first place, but developing a world where our lives holistically regenerate the planetary wellbeing for all beings to co-thrive. The session also touched on the interconnection between inner and outer sustainability, emphasizing the need for changemakers to care for themselves to effectively extend the positive impact to their communities and the planet.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36313" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36315" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]They also visited Bumi Sehat, where they met Robin Lim, the Impact Hero 2016, and learned more about her holistic approach and life-saving work where she has helped bring 15,000 babies earthside safely across her 6 clinics in Indonesia and the Philippines as well as some of the worst disaster-stricken areas around the world. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY4
Reflection Day
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36317" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The final day was dedicated to reflection. Heroes shared their insights and experiences from the past four days, highlighting the profound impact of the camp. Our Impact Hero Support Team also reflected on how the heroes’ stories of resilience and dedication renew their determination to overcome the constant frustration of not being able to solicit enough support for the heroes and do more. The mutual exchange of inspiration, motivation, and hope was a testament to the resounding success of this year’s Heroes Bali Camp. Below are some of the things our heroes had to say about the Bali Camp.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36188" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Bobby Chan:"If I had to describe my experience at this camp in one word, it would be 'resurrected.'... In my work seizing chainsaws from illegal loggers, I've lost 13 colleagues. Leading such dangerous efforts made me lose my smile. But I realized I want to be remembered not as a 'tough chainsaw man' but as a kind, gentle and funny person that I am when I leave this world." [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36190" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Ayesha Vera-Yu:"Bali Camp, with its community of heroes, gave me the space to reflect on my journey as a changemaker."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36192" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Sakdiyah Ma’Ruf:"Growing up in a strict Islamic family, I feared the pain and terror of violence and domestic abuse, and I still bear those scars. Bali Camp helped me confront my trauma, and with the love from the heroes and Robin (Lim), I feel that a new journey has begun."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36194" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Surya Karki:"I have joined several acceleration programs for social entrepreneurs, but the support from Earth Company stood out as something unique and far beyond anything I had experienced before."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

A Transformative Experience

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36320" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The camp was more than just a gathering of our heroes in Bali; it was a transformative journey for all involved. By providing customized support, fostering deep connections, and emphasizing both practical skills and personal well-being, Earth Company has set a new standard for nurturing the next generation of changemakers. This camp not only empowered the heroes but also reinforced the importance of collectivism in creating a better world. Every Heroes Bali Camp restores hope in humanity. Hearing all their stories, struggles and pains, it humbles us, reinvigorates us to do more, and reminds us of the meaning of our very being and existence. Let’s come together, everyone. We are the generation to save this world. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Nurturing Future Changemakers: Indonesian and Japanese Youth Collaborating as Global Citizens

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In collaboration with GiFT, the Impact Academy team hosted the 13th batch of an amazing group of students for the Diversity Voyage Spring program.  In the spirit of collaboration and regeneration, Impact Academy recently hosted a transformative 6-day program for 30 participants, comprising 18 Japanese and 12 Indonesian students from higher learning institutions like Toyo University, Udayana University, Ganesha University of Education, and Bali State Polytechnic. Divided into six groups, these budding changemakers embarked on a journey to co-create regenerative futures with local communities, embodying the spirit of global citizens.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36125" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The initial days (Day 1–3) were not just about building teams; they fostered a sense of unity and shared purpose. Through ice-breaking games, nature walks, and engaging activities, participants developed meaningful connections. They delved into the world of sustainability, gaining insights from the life stories of our co-founders Tomo and Aska, and exploring local social enterprises like Indosole and ChopValue that are working to solve some of Bali’s biggest environmental challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36127" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36129" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36131" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The subsequent days (Day 4–6) were dedicated to shaping ideas that would be presented at the program's culmination. Intensive brainstorming sessions, constructive feedback from mentors, and continuous iterations honed not only their concepts but also their communication and presentation skills. The participants demonstrated remarkable growth, showcasing improved eye contact, enhanced presentation skills, and even tangible demonstration of their ideas. As the program reached its peak, participants shared reflections of their transformative experiences. One participant, in particular, expressed a profound personal transformation – evolving from initial shyness to embracing collaboration with newfound confidence.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36133" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Impact Academy's endeavor to nurture future changemakers was evident in the reflections of these young minds. The program not only equipped them with the tools to co-create regenerative futures but also instilled a sense of resilience and global citizenship, as well as inspiring action. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing The Impact Heroes Class of 2024

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Our One-Year Commitment: Nurturing Regenerative Leaders
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]These 9 exceptional individuals will become part of our Impact Heroes Class of 2024, who for the next 12 months will be taking part in our Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Changemaker program. The L2R Program provides each member of the with a unique opportunity to hone their skills and knowledge, to network and get access to resources, and be mentored to become regenerative leaders in their respective work. The program consists of:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
  1. Online Sessions
From January to June, Earth Company will organize a series of online sessions (approximately once a month) where heroes will learn and delve into the concept of regenerative leadership as well as practical knowledge needed to accelerate their impact and organizational development.
  1. Heroes Camp in Bali
An all-expense paid 5-day camp in Bali, gathering all the heroes to meet each other, the Earth Company team, as well as potential collaborators and supporters. Click here to read about last year’s camp.
  1. Mentorship
Based on the support needs of each hero, Earth Company will connect them to a mentor with expertise in business development, marketing, leadership, etc.
  1. Opportunity Building
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Get to Know IMPACT HEROES CLASS OF 2024
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Deepak Ramola
Focus geography India, the USA, Europe Organization Project FUEL Mission  Developing a new paradigm of education that draws from life lessons, making them tangible and applicable in building fulfilling lives for individuals and society at large.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35713" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Deepak Ramola, a wisdom historian and educator, weaves a tapestry of lifelong learning. A Harvard GSE alum, he served as UNESCO MGIEP's Kindness Ambassador. Deepak's journey began at 14, inspired by his mother's wisdom of ""Life is a classroom"",  shaping Project FUEL's unique approach to education. Project FUEL pioneers a transformative educational approach, gathering and archiving ""life lessons"" from real experiences. Channeling this wisdom, they address social issues, while emphasizing well-being. This innovative method imparts essential life skills crucial for crafting not only a livelihood but also a fulfilling life.For 13 years, Deepak's Project FUEL collected life lessons from 195 countries, recognized globally as a top 100 innovator in education and has been adopted globally across five continents. With a focus on well-being education, he imparts life skills to 400,000+ people worldwide, building richer lives and meaningful livelihoods.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Surya Karki
Focus geography Nepal Organization UWS Nepal Mission  Offering high-quality and inclusive educational opportunities to marginalized children residing in remote areas of Nepal to uplift communities’ prosperity.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35715" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Raised by a single mother, Surya overcame economic hurdles, traveling two and a half hours daily just to go to school. Now, Surya Karki is a global education leader, embarked on an extraordinary journey from a poverty-stricken village to co-founding UWS Nepal, impacting over 13,950 children across 76 schools in 5 districts, where currently 12,000 students are enrolled.Recognized with prestigious awards, including the Prince of Wales Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award and Forbes 30U30, Surya co-founded UWS Nepal in 2015, to bring quality education to the most marginalized of communities in Nepal.  Surya envisions education as a catalyst for lifting Nepalese communities from poverty to prosperity, embodying resilience and dedication.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Lian Thangvung
Focus geography India Organization QONECT Mission Providing same-day small loans for medical expenses to underserved low-income individuals and reshaping India’s healthcare landscape through a FinTech business. 
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35721" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Lian Thangvung, a compassionate leader with a decade of medical billing expertise, transforms tragedy into a mission. Fueled by the loss of his father to cancer, Lian pioneers a social impact Start-Up, driven by empathy and a deep understanding of healthcare struggles. Having witnessed the barriers to medical access for low-income Indians, he tackles the issue head-on. Through his initiative, QONECT, Lian provides same-day small loans for medical expenses to those living on less than $4 a day. With a vision to reach 200,000 impoverished individuals by 2030, Lian breaks down financial constraints, ensuring everyone, regardless of economic status, receives timely, quality medical care. His commitment aims to reshape India's healthcare landscape, addressing the disparity in insurance coverage and high medical expenses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Robert A. Chan
Focus geography Philippines Organization Palawan NGO Network (PNNI) Mission Championing tangible actions for sustainable development among local communities to safeguard Palawan’s natural resources against illegal logging and fisheries.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35719" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Atty. Robert “Bobby” Chan, a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University and a qualified environmental lawyer in the Philippines, has devoted his career to protecting Palawan's rich natural resources. With a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo School of Law, he began as a Legal Staff at the Environmental Legal Assistance Center, later leading the Palawan NGO Network Incorporated (PNNI) as its Executive Director since 2009. Known as the "chainsaw man" of Palawan, Bobby safeguards over 700 confiscated chainsaws and equipment, along with several dynamite fishing boats and mining equipment fighting against illegal logging and fisheries. Beyond titles, he's an advocate of deeds, emphasizing tangible actions over mere words. Through PNNI, a network of 39 environmental organizations, Bobby works towards sustainable development, empowering local communities through education and resisting environmental destruction, aiming to balance resource use and protection in Palawan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Ayesha Vera-Yu
Focus geography Philippines Organization ARK Mission Empowering small farmers through a community-wide vegetable exchange program, to solve hunger and create climate-positive economies and self-sustaining futures.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35725" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Ayesha Vera-Yu, CEO and Co-Founder of ARKSolves.org (ARK), is a visionary social impact innovator transforming communities in the developing world. Through Feed Back, a 16-week program developed by ARK, she breaks the chains of systemic binds, empowering small farmers to achieve food security and economic resilience. Families transition from monocropping to cultivating their food, fostering a community-wide vegetable exchange that not only satisfies local needs but also generates surplus for market sales. Ayesha's low-cost solutions create self-sustaining and resilient economy in addressing hunger, and climate challenges.Recognized as a World Economic Forum YGL, Ashoka Fellow, and leader in Facebook and Morgan Stanley's accelerator programs, Ayesha leverages her expertise as a former Director at BNP Paribas. With an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke, she pioneers lasting impact in agricultural transformation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Millicent Barty
Focus geography Solomon islands Organization Kastom Keepers Mission Documenting ancestral traditions and wisdom, and storing them on digital platforms, in order to preserve the cultural roots and foster a bridge to the succeeding generations in fighting against climate change.  
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35727" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story:  Millicent Barty, the visionary founder of Kastom Keepers, blends indigenous wisdom with modern innovation to champion climate resilience in the Solomon Islands. As a versatile designer, social entrepreneur, oral historian, and tech enthusiast, Millicent employs design thinking to bridge generations and safeguard traditional knowledge and practices across Melanesia. Recognized as an Emerson Collective Fellow, Obama Scholar, and Queen’s Young Leaders award-winner, she spearheads cultural preservation to combat climate challenges. Having experienced displacement due to ethnic disputes, Millicent returned to her roots, and uses digital platforms to ensure the legacy of cultural identity, amid climate crises, does not disappear. Kastom Keepers empowers communities facing rising seas, providing a vital link to indigneous wisdom, securing a resilient future for generations to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Sakdiyah Ma'ruf
Focus geography Indonesia Organization Our Voice Comedy for Change Mission Using comedy as a healing force to empower women and youth in challenging societal norms, one voice and one laughter at a time.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35729" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Sakdiyah is known to be the first Muslim female comedian in Indonesia. Raised in a conservative Arab community, she experienced domestic violence as a child. For Sakdiyah, comedy helped her find comfort amidst her trauma. Realizing the trauma-relieving potential of humor, she launched the ""One Voice: Comedy for Change"" campaign to bring emotional rehabilitation through laughter and comedy to as many women as possible who have experienced the same things she did.Through shows like Comedy Jihad and Born A Woman, she challenges societal norms, bringing joy and empowerment. As the founder of Our Voice Comedy for Change Collective, Sakdiyah empowers women and youth to find their voice for freedom and equality. Currently residing in a bamboo house in Batang, Central Java, she's creating a community space for women and children. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Scott Alfaz
Focus geography Indonesia Organization hayVee Mission Inspiring people living with HIV (PLHIV) to overcome stigma and eradicate prejudice towards sexual and mental health.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35731" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Alfaz, living with HIV since 2012, turned his lowest point into a triumph. While overcoming depression, he graduated cum laude and pursued education in the Netherlands. Upon returning, he became a beacon of hope, sharing his journey on social media and actively educating about HIV. His story inspires people living with HIV (PLHIV) to live their best lives, challenging societal stigma. Alfaz founded HayVee, providing a prejudice eradication program for sexual and mental health, reaching over 1,500 youth in Indonesia. Now, his vision expands, aiming to create a platform offering a safe space for those battling sexual and mental health issues. Alfaz, a resilient advocate, transforms his personal journey into a powerful force for change, fighting stigma and discrimination one story at a time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

European International Business Students Explore the World of Impact Management

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company's Impact Academy program recently hosted 6 students from Stenden University’s business consulting course on a half-day experience talking about impact management.In an engaging 1.5-hour session, the students were introduced to the foundational concepts of impact management, covered reasons why impact measurement is needed, as well as touching on the tools they need to not only measure, but also manage impact. This program aimed to prepare the students on how impact management can be applicable in their future careers as business consultants.One of the key components of the presentation was delving into the ideas of how creating a “Theory of Change” and “Logic Model” serves as the foundation to ensuring sustained impact management. We encouraged the students to create their own logic model, drawing from their experience of directly working with grass-roots organizations in Bali. By doing so, the students can become more aware of what is required to determine impact, ensure proper measurement tools are applied, and how it can be managed to bring the most optimal results (positive change).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35667" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We at Earth Company certainly hope that this program leaves a lasting impression on the students from Stenden University, planting among them a desire to be a force for good by guiding companies to be more impact-driven and responsible.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]

 Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? For more information please send us an email at [email protected] or learn more about our program here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Changemaker’s Quest: Arief Rabik, Impact Hero 2021, in Japan

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company has supported Arief Rabik for almost 3 years now, since being selected as the 2021 Impact Hero of the Year. Originating from Indonesia, Arief is a changemaker who is taking on a massive vision to build 1,000 bamboo villages as a breakthrough solution to some of the world's pressing issues: land degradation, climate change, rural poverty, and gender inequality.From October 11th to 17th, Earth Company’s Impact Hero support team brought Arief to Japan. The main purpose of this trip was to seek potential supporters, collaborators, and funders to support his latest venture: the Bamboo Village Trust. As well as expanding Arief’s network of experts in agroforestry/bamboo/climate/land degradation. What is the Bamboo Village Trust (BVT)? Arief has started a trust fund that will be used to establish bamboo villages across, not only Indonesia, but the entire world. Currently, Arief has partnered with the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to expand the bamboo village vision to 12 countries by 2030, using the funds he collects from the BVT.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_text_separator title="Here’s what Earth Company and Arief achieved during the week-long trip to Japan:" border="no" background_color="#ffffff" title_color="#6a9576"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]Overall, Earth Company’s trip Arief was a success and was very eventful—having gathered and introduced him to many of our Japanese supporters. Below are a few of the highlight we had with [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35462" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]1. Gathering in JapanThemed "Creating a Regenerative Future through Business – Towards a World where People and Nature Prosper from the Forest" The headline of the Japan trip was certainly the live event we held introducing Arief to Earth Company's connections in Japan. A total of 60 people attended to hear Arief's vision on how businesses can create regenerative futures where both people and nature can prosper.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35465" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]2. Lecture at Suntory Japan Visiting Suntory, known for its motto "Living with Water," Arief delivered a lecture on how bamboo agroforestry rejuvenates forests, nurtures water, and discusses the regenerative and economic value of the bamboo villages. The lecture, titled "Regenerative business that prospers people, society, and nature together," engaged 117 participants from across the organization–digitally and in-person. In 2024, Earth Company will provide a corporate training program for around 260 second-year employees of the Suntory Group, in Bali.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35469" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]3. Japan Bamboo TourMost of the days on the trip, Earth Company introduced Arief to several bamboo agroforestry-related professionals and organizations in Japan. Among others, we connected Arief with: Japanese bamboo crafting community, professors from Musashino University specializing in bamboo design, Japan’s ambassador for the Bamboo World Organization, and many more![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35483" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]4. Visiting the International Tropical Timber OrganizationThe visit to ITTO aimed to showcase Arief's Bamboo Village vision, emphasizing bamboo’s potential to substitute the current demand for wood. Discussions also touched upon potential collaborations, given Arief's role as a Senior Advisor to the Environmental Bamboo Foundation, which had previously collaborated with ITTO on bamboo resource research in 2017.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35473" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]5. Media Interview with “Ideas For Good”In an interview with "IDEAS FOR GOOD," an online magazine focusing on social good ideas, Arief highlighted innovative features of the Bamboo Village model and expressed the aspiration to establish a restoration economy that solves land degradation, climate change, and gender inequality, simultaneously.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="35481" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Overall, Arief's initiatives for the Bamboo Village Trust garnered positive responses from corporates, academia, and the public media. Earth Company has made preparations to secure sponsorships for the Bamboo Village Trust ahead of COP27, with more detailed announcements planned for the event. The multiple media interviews were conducted to amplify awareness of Arief's initiatives. The key outcomes of this Japan trip include: establishing connections for funding, expertise, and networking resources.Arief's commitment to the "Bamboo Village" initiative—a model that generates economic value through the cultivation and processing of bamboo while rejuvenating degraded land and empowering marginalized communities—truly embodies the regenerative future envisioned by Earth Company.In Japan, bamboo has often been associated with negative connotations due its invasive nature, however, we're glad to see how Arief’s visit to Japan is able to change minds and show bamboo can be harnessed to save the world!2023 is the final year where we will be supporting Arief. We will be publishing an impact report for Arief by the end of this year—so stay tuned![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="05"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Suntory Group Launches Training Program in Bali for Young Employees in Collaboration with Earth Company

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Starting in May 2024, Earth Company will offer a comprehensive employee training program in Bali designed for all 260 second-year employees of the Suntory Group, a global consumer products company founded in 1899 best known for its whisky. This initiative aligns with the Suntory Group's commitment to its “Giving Back to Society” value, encouraging global engagement and critical thinking among its workforce. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Training Program Overview

 The 260 employees from Japan participating in the training program will be split up into 10 groups, each spending 10 days in Bali.  Over the course of 1.5 weeks, participants  will join immersive experiences to gain firsthand insights into one of the fastest growing economies in the world - as well as the negative externalities caused by growth. Suntory employees will also engage in reflective exercises to better comprehend the broader implications of their roles within a global context. 

Program Contents:

 The training encompasses various hands-on activities aimed at allowing participants to dive into real-world challenges and solutions, including:
  • Staying at Mana Earthly Paradise an award-winning next generation hotel, recognized as the first B Corp certified hotel in Southeast Asia.
  • Experiencing homestays in a village affected by land acquisition for tourism development.
  • Gaining firsthand insights into the lives of those living in slums near Indonesia’s 4th largest landfill, a frontline of the garbage issue mainly caused by tourism.
  • Participating in waste collection activities and visiting examples of upcycling initiatives.
  • Visiting ChopValue, a local business redefining the term ‘waste’ to ‘resource’ by upcycling used chopsticks, thrown out by restaurants, into a diverse range of products.
  • Visiting a birth clinic founded and led by Earth Company’s Impact Hero, Robin Lim, that provides free healthcare services to marginalized and vulnerable people.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35421" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35423" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35425" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35427" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35429" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35431" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]This program aims to equip Suntory Group employees with a comprehensive understanding of socio-environmental challenges, fostering a mindset that aligns with the company's commitment to sustainable and socially responsible business practices.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1697010870730{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}"]
Comment from Junji Miyawaki, Executive Officer, People & Culture Division, Suntory Holdings Ltd.:
 "At Suntory Group, our aim is to become the most trusted, beloved global food and beverage company. To achieve this, we believe it's crucial to foster a global perspective and understand societal challenges. With this in mind,  we have decided to send all second-year employees in Japan on a 10-day training program designed and delivered by Earth Company to deepen their understanding of sustainability from an early stage. Through experiences like waste collection and visits to a birth clinic, as well as interactions with diverse individuals on-site, we aim to instill a deeper understanding of our intention of ‘giving back to society’ and promote awareness of sustainability in our operations."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]The Japanese press release (Oct 6, 2023) can be accessible here:https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000011.000105568.html[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Solving Socio-Eco Issues Through Sustainable Career Paths – PlowDays Japan

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A group of 112 people from PlowDays, a Japan-based human resource organization focused on developing sustainability-focused career paths, came to Bali for a company outing, while bringing their families along. Employees from across the board of the company joined in to learn more about what we are doing at Earth Company and Mana Earthly Paradise. Earth Company’s CEO and co-founder, Aska Hamakawa, stopped by to meet with all the participants and shared her story about what it was like to establish a social enterprise (i.e. Mana) that is attempting to shake up the current norms of the tourism industry. Aska shared with them many of Mana’s regenerative activities, as well as some of the challenges it has faced.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35549" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35551" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35553" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35555" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35557" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35559" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]The paradigm-shifting concept of regeneration stood out the most to the participants. So much so that they are very keen to learn more and apply it within their own company. We certainly hope that their visit ignited a fire within each of the participants to become changemakers, in their own right, and pursue regenerative futures! [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A Company Retreat in Bali Reconnecting with Purpose and Celebrating a 75yr Milestone

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In September 2023, Earth Company had the pleasure of hosting some of the management team of the Tolaram – a Singapore-based holding company with diversified business interests in consumer goods, fintech, infrastructure, and industrials – to learn about sustainability initiatives in Bali and reconnect with the company’s purpose.The team from Tolaram consisted of 14 executives and managers hailing from Singapore, Nigeria, and the US. This 2-day sustainability-oriented retreat in Bali served as one of the many activities that the company organized to celebrate its 75 years of history.  Delving into engaging sessions delivered in collaboration with Earth Company’s partner organizations: Bumi Sehat Clinic, Cinta Bumi Artisans, Five Pillars Experience, and Astungkara Way, the participants had the opportunity to enjoy a retreat that struck the balance of hands-on, physical activities and thought-provoking discussions on social-ecological issues in Bali.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35616" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]One of the concepts that resonated with the participants was the Balinese philosophy of life, Tri Hita Karana that places importance on humanity’s harmony with the divine and nature, as well as harmony amongst people. This concept inspired them to deepen their sense of purpose and reaffirm their motivation to do what they do. Furthermore, the time they spent together strengthened the bonds amongst  themselves, not just as work colleagues but on more personal levels.“We all need such experiences to remind ourselves of why we do what we do and deepen our sense of purpose. I can’t recommend this enough to others who might be looking for a similar experience.” – Divya Patel, Chief Executive Officer at Tolaram Foundation[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]

 Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? For more information please send us an email at [email protected] or learn more about our program here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Nurturing Future Changemakers: Indonesian and Japanese Youth Collaborating as Global Citizens

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In collaboration with GiFT, the Impact Academy team hosted the 12th batch of an amazing group of students for the Diversity Voyage Summer program. Over the course of one week, 24 university students from Indonesia and Japan bonded together while delving into cross-cultural learning, developing as mindful global citizens and future changemakers. The students felt empowered not only learning about sustainable business practices and cultural diversity, but embarking on their self-discovery journeys and creating life-long friendships.During the 7-day program all of the students participated in several hands-on activities that allowed them to learn more about the landscape of social enterprises, which included:

  • Hearing our the life stories of our co-founders, Tomo and Aska
  • Deep dive into Mana’s sustainability features,
  • Cultural immersion and walking tour in Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud,
  • Meditation walk to encourage mindfulness practices.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35567" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35569" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35571" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35573" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35575" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35577" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]For their final task, the students broke out into groups and collaborated to come up with business ideas that inspire new collaboration opportunities between Mana and local opportunities.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35579" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35581" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Each group presented practical, implementable proposals: from ideas like joint-hosting community festivals to upcycling waste into kites, and even establishing a community compost center to encourage waste segregation.We’re proud and grateful for the students for stepping up to the plate during the program. The overall outcome of this year’s program was solid, and we certainly hope to see them thrive as the next generation of changemakers.This program will be held again next year in Feb and Sept. Applications for Indonesian students will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more info.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? Then we encourage you to create your own Impact Academy with Earth Company! For more information or to customize your own program, send us an email at [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How Might We Nurture Corporate Changemakers?

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company recently had the honor to be part of TBN ASIA’s annual conference held in Bali, centralized on the theme of building  collaborations for a sustainable future.Our engagement in this year’s TBN Asia conference was broken down into three different components.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Sustainable Solutions Exhibition

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35539" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Firstly, Earth Company had the opportunity to be present at the conference’s exhibition together with many vendors that are striving to accelerate social and environmental sustainability. With an audience base that came from diverse backgrounds and industries, we are grateful to have made so many meaningful connections that will hopefully lead to fruitful collaborations in the future![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Discussing The Future of Green Economy

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35541" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Tomo Hamakawa, Earth Company’s co-founder and Chief Exploration Officer, moderated one of the plenary sessions focused on “The Future of Green Economy”. This session delved deep into the aspect of sustainability and how industries can achieve meaningful change to realize regenerative futures. Bottom-line, all speakers urged the need for collaboration, the need for a holistic approach to advance the agenda for a ‘green economy’, while addressing issues of greenwashing.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Impactful Excursions

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35586" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]For the second year running, a total of 42 delegates – that consisted of entrepreneurs, impact investors, corporate professionals, and development folks –  visited Mana Earthly Paradise for a tour of the property and learned about the eco-technologies and circular practices that are being implemented.We are grateful and glad to have partnered again with TBN Asia. We hope to have more opportunities in the future to nurture even more corporate changemakers.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? Then we encourage you to create your own Impact Academy with Earth Company! For more information or to customize your own program, send us an email at [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS CHANGEMAKERS

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The world is facing numerous environmental and humanitarian challenges that threaten the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. From climate change to poverty, inequality to wildlife extinction, the list just seems endless. As things stand, the world simply cannot develop without further sacrificing the marginalized and our natural environment.  However, amidst these pressing issues, there is a ray of hope: changemakers. These one-of-a-kind changemakers have the power to shape a better future. They are not only working to solve the world’s most pressing issues, but are achieving paradigm shifts and carving out new, inclusive pathways that truly leave nobody behind and build regenerative futures, beyond sustainability and circularity. Earth Company calls such changemakers – Impact Heroes. Names like Malala Yousafzai, Gretha Thunberg, and Dr. Jane Goodall may come to mind when thinking about Impact Heroes. There are plenty of such exceptional changemakers in the world who are all extraordinarily inspiring, and whose work is essential in shaping a regenerative world. The world needs more changemakers – and they need our support.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35244" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

Earth Company team visiting our 2022 Impact Hero of the Year, Samir Lakhani’s, soap factory in Cambodia.

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Why Impact Heroes?
 Impact Heroes are changemakers that understand sustainability and circularity is no longer enough in order for the world, its people and its environment to thriveTheir bottomless passion and resolute determination to make transformative changes in the world, is what will drive the world towards a future that goes beyond mere sustainability, and embraces regeneration.Not only are they role models for the next generations, but they also have the innate ability to inspire and touch people from all walks of life. These changemakers are visionary leaders, paradigm shifters and trailblazers paving a path towards a more inclusive and regenerative future for all.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35246" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

2016 Impact Hero of the Year, Robin Lim influencing lives of babies, their mothers, and the midwives.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]As Barack Obama once quoted, “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”If there are changemakers out there who are not only solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, but are creating a regenerative world that holistically enhances planetary wellbeing, then Earth Company is there to support them. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="70px"][vc_column_text]
What Makes An Impact Hero?
 Impact Heroes are changemakers with the following exceptional qualities that are:
  • Authentic: Integrity and genuineness in the motivation of his/her life work
  • Irreplaceable: One-of-a-kind qualities and unique role that cannot be substituted for
  • Future-oriented: Aims to realize alternative futures characterized by inclusivity and regeneration
  • Passionate: Blazing passion, energy, and conviction that fuels his/her work
  • Inspirational: Extraordinary ability to inspire the world through his/her life work
  • Leaders: Strong potential to lead his/her community or even country to a brighter future
  • Grounded: A role model with deep trust and respect from the community
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2015 Impact Hero of the Year, Bella Galhos speaking to an international crowd at TedX Dili.

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How Might Impact Heroes Create Regenerative Futures?
 The importance of changemakers in moving beyond sustainability lies in their ability to inspire and empower others to take action. They are the ones who are leading by example and showing that change is possible. Their stories and successes inspire others to take up the mantle and contribute towards this paradigm-shift.Simultaneously, Impact Heroes recognize that addressing complex global challenges requires collective effort. By building networks and fostering partnerships; utilizing their platform to educate and engage the public urging the need for action; and embracing policymakers to address the root causes; Impact Heroes are the catalysts for regeneration.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35250" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

Climate envoy for Marshall Islands and 2017 Impact Hero of the Year, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner attending COP 25 in Madrid.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Most importantly, it is their work that truly lives up to the UN’s pledge to ”leave no one behind”. Many of their works are innovative, inclusive, and not to mention regenerative, with the potential to truly make transformative changes.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="70px"][vc_column_text]
Supporting Changemakers
 Earth Company supports one-of-a-kind changemakers by providing a life-changing opportunity that will maximize their potential. Ranging from business development, fundraising, leadership coaching, management consulting, and marketing support, we are committed to provide the heroes with anything and everything that will scale their work, grow as leaders, and shape the futures of the communities they serve.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35252" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

2019 Impact Hero of the Year, Wai Wai Nu with the Earth Company team discussing the scope of support.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Starting from this year, Earth Company will be selecting a cohort of up to ten changemakers that have the potential to transform the future of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific to join our year-long Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Acceleration Program. Whereby, during the program, one hero will emerge as the “Impact Hero of the Year” and will receive an additional set of customized support.We have long aspired to support as many changemakers as possible in scaling their regenerative solutions, and we are confident that this will bring positive results for everyone involved!   
Earth Company is currently opening applications for the Impact Heroes Class of 2024. Sign up today to seize the opportunity of a lifetime to grow as regenerative leaders!
To learn more and register, click here.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35123" img_size="large" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" qode_css_animation="" link="http://bit.ly/impacthero-2024"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing the Impact Hero 2023!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company’s call for IMPACT HERO 2023 received the highest number of applicants totalling 76 one-of-a-kind changemakers. Starting this year, we evolved the selection process to select a cohort of 7-10 finalists first to participate in a 6-month leadership program to better understand their work and identify their support needs before selecting the Impact Hero winner. The six-month program is a prerequisite to be considered to become the winner, and after careful consideration and numerous discussions among the selection team, we have finally selected our IMPACT HERO 2023 winner and runner-up![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

 IMPACT HERO 2023 : Oyungerel Tsedevdamba

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Country: Mongolia Organization: Local Solutions
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Breaking the taboo of toilets and improving sanitation and health throughout Mongolia
 Oyungerel, commonly referred to as Oyuna, grew up in a small rural town in Mongolia which was heavily influenced by Communism during the Soviet Union times. Oyuna studied planned economics at a university in Moscow, however, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, she became an activist to advocate for democracy in Mongolia. From 2012 to 2016, Oyuna served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism as one of the first female members of the parliament.Oyuna’s mission is to change toilets to change lives. More than 60% of toilets in Mongolia are open-pit latrine toilets, which are highly unsanitary and even dangerous. However, in a country where even talking about ‘toilets’ is considered a taboo, there has been almost no progress in improving them. To address this calamity, in 2017, Oyuna launched the “Let’s Change Out Toilets” campaign to break that taboo and improve the wellbeing of her people by promoting, providing, and educating the public on safe and sanitary toilets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for Selection
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]・Many United Nations agencies and international organizations have attempted to address this critical issue; however, none of these organizations have been successful in effectively improving the situation. As a local woman who has a large community of followers (on social media, she has the second largest number of followers in the country, most of which consists of young Mongolian women and girls!), Oyuna is one of the rare candidates (if not the only candidate) to be able to address this critical issue - one none of foreign organizations were able to accomplish.    ・The Mongolian national government is dominated by elderly male politicians, and there is a substantial need and aspirations for women empowerment in the country. Oyuna is a role model female leader in her country and has the potential to significantly uplift the women empowerment movement with a deep long-term impact. ・Oyuna consistently displays humility towards everyone regardless of age and possesses immense potential for leadership development due to her strong desire to learn and grow.・Oyuna’s primary needs for support include: fundraising, network building, and organization building to aim for expansion – which plays to Earth Company’s strengths. ・Earth Company's support has the potential to bring about substantial change and a significant impact at the national level for Oyuna’s work.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Message from Oyuna
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/BhH3_qbbTVI" el_width="60" align="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]“Hello from Mongolia. I'm 500km northwest from Ulaanbaatar, in a small sanatorium area where children with autism come and get treatment here.  So I'm happy that my team and I are here changing their toilets.  While I was doing this public toilet change and public education work in the countryside, I received a phone call from Earth Company, and I just can't believe what I just heard. They  selected me as the Impact Hero 2023 and I'm so excited about it, and I'm so excited for my team, and I'm so excited for all the people who are benefiting from the change that our team is offering for them.  It gives me just an inspiration to do more to change more people's lives.And I would like to congratulate everybody who participated in my cohort because all the Impact Heroes of our cohort was so wonderful. “[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]

IMPACT HERO 2023 Runner-Up: Zeinorin Angkang

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Country: India Organization: Hill Wild
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Improving food security and farmers' income through regenerative agriculture, protecting indigenous species and empowering indigenous communities
 Zeinorin is from the Tangkhul Naga tribe, an indigenous tribe in northeastern India that has been in armed conflict since World War II. Experiencing hunger and poverty as a child, she left her homeland in search of education and employment opportunities. She returned to her hometown at the age of 25 and founded Hill Wild after witnessing local farmers suffering from land degradation, poverty, and the effects of climate change.Hill Wild works with minority tribes and indigenous communities to innovate their harvested crops into consumer-packaged superfoods. By using the community’s traditional farming methods – which have long been considered regenerative agriculture –  Zeinorin’s organization is restoring and promoting this method, in order to achieve prosperous development across the region, reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of the local farmers.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for Selection
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]・Her approach towards "regenerative agriculture" is highly aligned with Earth Company’s vision of a regenerative future.・Zeinorin is highly motivated to learn and has tremendous potential to grow as a leader.・As an organization, we have the opportunity to provide support to address challenges faced in northeastern India, a region that has struggled with the world's longest armed conflict and continues to be affected by ongoing strife.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="ALL HEROES FROM CLASS OF 2023" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/blog/impact_hero2023_finalists/"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[Impact Heroes Update] A Remarkable 5-Day Journey in Bali, Full of Love and Hope for the Future!

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1. What is "Heroes Camp"?

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Heroes Bali Camp is a part of our Lead-to-Regenerate Changemaker Program, a six-month leadership training initiative for these exceptional changemakers. The eight finalists have been tirelessly working towards their missions and have already completed three online workshops, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become regenerative leaders.Staying at our eco-villa in Ubud, Bali, Mana Earthly Paradise, the setting allowed our heroes to immerse themselves in the captivating Balinese culture, engage with fellow changemakers in the social sector, and partake in invaluable mentoring sessions with some industry experts. The primary objective was to expand the community of heroes and garner support for their life-changing work.Let's take a closer look at the incredible activities that unfolded each day.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

2. Highlight of Heroes Camp

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A welcome dinner that quickly became a lively affair.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34686" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Our eight finalists flew in from five countries: the United States, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Mongolia.Despite some initial travel hiccups, they all made it to the welcome dinner on time, and the nerves quickly turned into excitement as they finally met face-to-face. Once they started sharing stories and updates about their projects, the atmosphere transformed into one of camaraderie and enthusiasm. It was a stellar start to the Bali Camp![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY1
Orientation & Life Story Sharing
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34689" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We kicked off the morning with a serene meditation session, accompanied by the soothing sounds of nature. After that, we delved into a unique exercise called "River of Life," led by fellow Impact Hero finalist Galuh Wandita, in which they described their lives by drawing a river and shared with each other about who they are and what impact they have had on their lives. It was an intimate and powerful experience that brought our heroes closer together, igniting a sense of unity and inspiration.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Meet Up With Robin Lim, Impact Hero 2016, at Bumi Sehat Clinic
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34692" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Next on the agenda was a visit to the Bumi Sehat Clinic Midwifery Center, where our heroes had the chance of interacting with our Impact Hero 2016, Robin Lim. There, Ibu Robin shared their awe-inspiring activities and emphasized how love serves as the bedrock of their work. Our heroes were deeply moved and found themselves reevaluating their own journeys and projects. It was a profound moment of reflection and growth.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Conversation with Tjok Gede, Prince of Ubud
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34694" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Adding some local flavor, we invited Tjok Gede, member of the Ubud royal family, to share his insights on Balinese traditions, values, and the evolving landscape of Bali. Our heroes gained invaluable perspectives on community development and future possibilities ? such an eye-opening conversation![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY2
Intensive Mentoring Sessions
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34696" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]By the second day, our heroes had completely broken the ice and formed a strong bond. They expressed how they felt like one big family, which was heartwarming to hear. The highlight of the day was the 1-on-1 mentoring sessions with six experts from various fields. Each hero received advice tailored to their specific needs, such as developing fundraising plans and marketing materials. It was a game-changer for them, as they gained new perspectives, learned practical skills and found new ways to tackle challenges. Their reflections afterwards showed just how meaningful this experience was for them.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY3
Visit to Green School Bali
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34698" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We took our heroes to Green School Bali, where they learned about the school's mission of creating an education revolution. Chris Thompson, advisor and friend of Earth Company as well as former director at the school, gave them an insightful tour. The unique educational model, along with the bamboo facilities, had everyone intrigued. It was a day filled with inspiration and discovery![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes' Night: Promoting the Activities of Each Party to Expand the Support Network!
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34700" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34702" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We welcomed about 40 guests to Mana's restaurant for Heroes Night, which started in an intimate setting. Heroes gave 5-minute presentations on their stories and initiatives. Many questions were raised from the audience, and the event became so exciting that the scheduled time was not enough!One of the guests who participated in the event said, "I am a businessman from Canada, where I am originally from, I was shocked that I did not know that human rights violations were taking place at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea by a company from Canada, my home country. I want to think together about what I can do to help."I felt that these heroes, who are at the forefront of social issues and devoting their lives to solving them, are the hope for the future. These were some of the comments we received. After the presentations, there was time at each table for the heroes and guests to talk about the possibilities for support and collaboration, and many encounters were made that will lead to future support, including donations and introductions of people and organizations.And then came the big event, Heroes' Night! This evening was all about expanding the support network for our heroes. We welcomed about 40 guests to Mana's restaurant for Heroes Night, which started in an intimate setting.Each finalist delivered a 5-minute presentation about their stories and initiatives, which left the audience with countless questions and excitement. Connections were made, conversations sparked, and support poured in. It was an electric atmosphere that went way beyond our expectations. We're still buzzing from the energy of that night! Here are some of the comments we got:"I am a businessman from Canada, where I am originally from, I was shocked that I did not know that human rights violations were taking place at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea by a company from Canada, my home country. I want to think together about what I can do to help."“I felt that these heroes, who are at the forefront of social issues and devoting their lives to solving them, are the hope for the future.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY4
Regenerative Agriculture Experience & Balinese Purification Experience
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34704" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34706" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After three intense days, we wanted our heroes to take a breather and relax a bit. They had the choice of experiencing regenerative agriculture or taking part in a Balinese purification.For the farming experience, they learned about regenerative farming efforts at Astungkara Way, an organization led by Tim Fijal, one of the mentors. They even cooked a delicious local Balinese meal together using vegetables freshly harvested from the garden.For the Balinese purification, a Balinese healer performed a ritual using readings and holy water following the Balinese Hindu tradition. The heroes felt their souls cleansed and rejuvenated. What an amazing way to wrap up their journey![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Final Day
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34708" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]“I had never really rested, thinking only about solving problems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was a very valuable opportunity for me to rest my spirit and face myself anew.”“I made friends and family that I can truly trust, not competitors. I felt connected to everyone and was empowered to know that I am no longer alone.”At the final review session, our heroes shared their insights and learnings from the camp. They expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect face-to-face, as it reminded them of the joy and importance of human interaction. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome, both for our heroes and for Earth Company. The camp exceeded our expectations, and we're grateful to have been part of this incredible journey![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

3. Next Step

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34710" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]So, what's next? Well, the Heroes Bali Camp has come to a successful conclusion, but there's more to come. We have two online workshops and the Regenerative Futures Summit in June. And guess what?We'll be selecting the IMPACT HERO 2023 right after that. It's an exciting and nail-biting event! All of our finalists are brilliant, charming, and passionate about their mission. Who will be the next IMPACT HERO? Stay tuned to find out![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing the Impact Hero 2023 Finalists

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Meet this year’s Impact Hero Cohort
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Have a read about our finalists – where they are making a difference, their life stories, and regenerative solutions – below!These 9 individuals have become part of our Impact Heroes Cohort - Class of 2023, who for the next 6 months be taking part in our Lead-to-Regenerate Changemaker program.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="34655" img_size="large" alignment="center" onclick="img_link_large" img_link_target="_blank" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Expanding Our Support Contents!
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Support Contents

1.  Lead-to-Regenerate(L2R) Changemakers Program
 

1.1 Online Sessions

These online sessions provide opportunities to learn the concept of “regeneration” as well as the skills and knowledge required to envision and realize the regenerative futures for the communities they serve.

1.2 Heroes Camp in Bali

A 4-day camp in Bali gathering all finalists to meet each other, the Earth Company team, as well as potential collaborators and supporters.

1.3 Regenerative Futures Summit 

Each finalist will present their vision of regenerative futures based on key takeaways from the online sessions. The summit invites impact investors, philanthropists, and other potential collaborators to hear and engage with each finalists' vision.

 
2. Mentorship
Based on the needs identified during the L2R Program, we will connect the finalists with mentors from our network, who have expertise in the areas such as business development, impact investment, marketing, corporate law, leadership, etc.  
3. Opportunity Building
Based on the needs shared by each finalist, Earth Company will try to introduce as many opportunities as possible whenever occasion arises within our network. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Important Notice
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]Starting this year, the process for selecting the Impact Hero winner has been modified and improved. Instead of selecting a winner at this point in time, we will choose the one  among the finalists who successfully complete  the six-month Lead-to-Regenerate Changemakers program. We will announce the Impact Hero winner at the end of June 2023.The Earth Company team is confident that this change will bring positive outcomes for all those involved and has communicated the modified approach to each finalist. We look forward to announcing our new Impact Hero in late June!* The support package to the winner will not change; we will support the Impact Hero over a three year period in a dedicated, comprehensive way.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]
Get to Know Our Impact Hero 2023 Finalists
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Benny Santoso
Focus geography Indonesia Organization Ini Tempe
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34462" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Promoting tempe, a delicious plant-based superfood, from Indonesia to the worldProfile: Tempe is one of Indonesia's staple foods made of fermented soybean and is a rich source of protein. However, the vast majority of soybeans used to make tempe is imported from China and genetically modified, which results in a lower nutritional value. At the same time, farmers in Indonesia, including soybean farmers, have low incomes, roughly averaging only US$ 120/month.Benny has been working on developing tempe using domestically grown, non-genetically modified soybeans – which he has been studying since university. After graduating, Benny founded iniTempe, a social enterprise working with farmers in Bali and Java to cultivate soybeans and create nutritious Tempe products. Through iniTempe, he focuses on improving farmers' income, in hopes of having tempe enjoyed around the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Cressida Kuala
Focus geography Papua New Guinea, Porgera Organization Porgera Red Wara Women’s Association
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34464" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To amplify the voices of indigenous women who have been displaced by the Porgera mine and experienced sexual violence at the hands of employees of the mine.Profile: Cressida grew up in Porgera, a world-class gold mining area located in the center of Papua New Guinea. In this land monopolized by Canadian and Chinese mining companies, assaults and violence against local residents, especially women, by the mining companies are rampant, and numerous human rights violations have been reported. Her brother was also a victim of violence and murdered by a mining company employee. Cressida herself has been sexually assaulted multiple times. In response to these horrific experiences, Cressida established the Porgera Red Women's Association in 2014 to protect the lives, heritage, and culture of the indigenous people, especially women who have become victims of sexual violence. She is a community leader of 5,000 women victims, and her organization works to raise awareness of the situation in the region to the world, advocate for change with governments and mining companies, and improve the lives of victims through education and job training. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Galuh Wandita
Focus geography Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Myanmar Organization Asia Justice & Rights (AJAR)
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34466" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To strengthen local actors fighting against impunity, building cultures based on accountability, justice, equality, willingness to learn from past violations.          Profile: Galuh has worked on gender, peace, and conflict issues since the 1990s. Together with individuals from Timor Leste, she co-founded the country's first NGO to support women victims of rape in Dili, in 1996. Since then, she has specialized in human rights issues, working at the international human rights NGO Oxfam and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.In 2012, she returned to Indonesia and co-founded Asia Justice and Rights, and has continuously managed support programs in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Myanmar, providing rehabilitation training for victims of human rights. Galuh continues to pursue change for peace and justice across the region and beyond.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Lastiana Yuliandari Utami
Focus geography Indonesia Organization ALIET GREEN
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34468" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To work with local farmers, especially women, to give them a chance to improve their incomes and climate resilience through value chain integrationProfile: After graduating from college, Lastiana started her career working in various international NGOs. Falling in love with the agro-forestry industry, and learning about the issues of poverty among farmers and women at the age of 23, she founded ALIET GREEN – a social enterprise aiming to empower women through agricultural business.ALIET GREEN provides training in organic farming to smallholder farmers, buys their crops at above-market prices, and sells them to markets in the US and EU. ALIET GREEN partners with 1539 smallholder farmers, of which 96% are women and 1% are people with disabilities, with an aim of promoting gender equality and inclusivity in society through agriculture. Additionally, they are working to restore 500 hectares of land that had been degraded by erosion and landslides, through regenerative agriculture methods.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba
Focus geography Mongolia Organization Let’s Change Our Toilets
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34470" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Breaking taboos about toilets and providing safe and secure toilets in Mongolia  Profile:  Oyungerel grew up in a small rural town in Mongolia, which was strongly influenced by Soviet Union and communism. She studied economics at a university in Moscow, but following the collapse of the Soviet Union, she became an activist to expand democracy in Mongolia. She was a member of parliament from 2012 until16, serving under the Minister of Culture and Tourism.In rural Mongolia, most toilets are located outside, unsanitary and dangerous places where children can fall into. In 2017, she launched the "Let's Change Our Toilets" campaign to break a taboo on toilets in Mongolia and spread safe and secure toilets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Pashtana Durrani 
Focus geography Afghanistan Organization LEARN
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34472" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: LEARN Afghanistan is a non-profit dedicated to innovation in education, health, community resource building with a focus on women, girls and child rights advocacy.Profile: Pashtana Durrani is an Afghan feminist, activist, and educator. At the age of 21, she became the head of her family following her father’s passing. By then she had already founded LEARN Afghanistan, the country’s first-ever digital school network.  Forced into exile by the Taliban takeover in 2021 she is currently a visiting fellow at Wellesley Centers for Women while continuing to provide education for hundreds of girls in Afghanistan despite the current ban on them attending school.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Vinzealhar Nen
Focus geography Papua New Guinea, Port MoresbyOrganization Sustainable Ocean Alliance Papua New Guinea
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34476" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) activates young people, develops and implements innovative solutions, and mobilizes an ocean workforce to restore the health of the ocean in our lifetime.       Profile: After witnessing communities forcefully displaced due to rising sea levels on TV, Vinzealhar (Vinzy) decided to become an environmental activist - at the age of nine - with the sole purpose of helping those affected by such a disaster. For the past 17 years, she has continued to raise awareness and educate as many young people as possible to understand the significance, and act on, the issue of climate change.Vinzy founded the Papua New Guinea chapter of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, which brings opportunities for young people in Papua New Guinea – known for low school attendance and literacy – to learn about climate change; forest and biodiversity conservation; and ocean wealth through traditional learning methods such as art, music, and sports.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Zeinorin Angkang
Focus geography  India, Manipur Organization Hill Wild
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34478" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To ensure food security, engage with farmers to generate better income with focus on regenerative sustainable agriculture, and protect indigenous seeds.Profile:  Zeinorin is from the Tangkhul Naga tribe, an indigenous tribe in northeastern India that has been in armed conflict since World War II. Experiencing hunger and poverty as a child, she left her homeland in search of education and employment opportunities. She would return to her hometown at the age of 25 and founded Hill Wild after witnessing local farmers suffering from land degradation, poverty, and the effects of climate change.Hill Wild works with minority tribes and indigenous communities to innovate their harvested crops into consumer-packaged superfoods. By using the community's traditional farming methods – which have long been considered regenerative agriculture –  Zeinorin's organization is restoring and promoting this method, in order to achieve prosperous development across the region, reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of the local farmers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing Impact Hero 2022 and the Finalists

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 IMPACT HERO 2022 : Samir Lakhani

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Focus geography: Cambodia, Nepal, etc. Organization: Eco-Soap Bank
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Samir’s Profile: Samir Lakhani is the Founder and Executive Director of Eco-Soap Bank, a nonprofit organization that employs women to recycle leftover soap from factories which is redistributed to save lives. He is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity in developing countries. In recognition of his work, Samir has received a number of awards including the CNN Heroes Award, Forbes 30 under 30 award, Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Award, amongst others. He also recently gave a TEDx talk. He is a business development professional with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Pittsburgh.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for selecting Samir Lakhani as Impact Hero 2022
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]・Eco-Soap Bank's business model embodies a regenerative mechanism - the more they scale their work, the more waste is reduced, the more employment generated for women, the greater access to soap and health education for the most vulnerable populations.・Eco-Soap Bank's model delivers a simple solution that can be expanded widely to other geographies to solve one of the most pressing global issues – poor sanitation and health.・The selection committee believes Samir is a dedicated and diligent changemaker who keeps striving to bring bigger and better impact to the beneficiaries by continuously assessing and improving performance.・Earth Company’s support can help Samir and his team create a bigger impact in a cost-effective manner.・Eco-Soap Bank’s work can be expanded through Earth Company’s networks in collaboration with international agencies and businesses.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Message from Samir
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Impact Hero 2022 Finalists

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Gary Bencheghib
Focus geography: Indonesia Organization: Sungai Watch
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32905" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Sungai Watch is on a mission to protect and restore Indonesia’s rivers by developing and designing simple technologies to stop the flow of plastic pollution from entering the ocean.Gary’s Profile: Gary is an environmental activist and filmmaker. He co-founded Make A Change World in 2009 with his siblings, a media outlet that uncovers uplifting and inspirational stories. With his younger brother Sam, he has launched a series of expeditions to travel down some of the world's most polluted rivers on upcycled plastic bottle rafts, including the Mississippi River and the Citarum River. Gary now dedicates 100% of his time towards growing Sungai Watch, a non-profit with the mission of protecting waterways starting in Indonesia. Since October 2020, the organization has successfully installed 108 barriers to stop plastic pollution from going into the ocean, removing over 350,000 kgs of plastics from Bali's waterways. In 2022, Sungai Watch is expanding to tackle the most polluted rivers of Indonesia by placing 1,000 barriers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
 Hong Hoang
Focus geography: Vietnam Organization: CHANGE
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32907" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Mobilizing youth leaders to promote environmental conservation through communication, education, and community organizing.Hong’s Profile: For almost 20 years, Hong has worked on raising public awareness and engaging communities to tackle climate change, pollution, and the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam. With 350.org, a global climate change organization, she helped to build the youth-led climate movements in Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand. In early 2013, Hong founded CHANGE, an NGO that utilizes new media and creative communication to mobilize, organize, and build the capacity of local youth groups to take action to solve the country’s most urgent environmental issues. In collaboration with CHANGE, young people and other stakeholders, including local celebrities and business-people, work to mitigate climate change, support affected communities, prevent air and plastic pollution, protect endangered wild animals, and promote renewable energy and sustainable living.Hong was inspired to take on environmental work after she joined a UNESCO expedition team of 35 youth from 25 countries to travel to Antarctica in 1997. She was the first Vietnamese citizen ever to set foot on the continent and became a Special Junior Envoy of UNESCO, and received a Certificate of Merits from the Vietnamese Prime Minister. Hong received her bachelor’s degree in foreign trade economics from Hanoi’s Foreign Trade University and her bachelor’s degree in English from Hanoi University of Foreign Studies. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Eugenio 'Ego' Lemos
Focus geography: Timor-leste Organization: PERMATIL
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32903" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Empowering community members to improve their lives in healthy and sustainable ways based on the ethics and principles of permaculture.Ego’s Profile: Musician, singer songwriter and environmental troubadour Ego Lemos is a remarkable man, with a remarkable voice in more ways than one. While he currently represents Permatil as the Executive Director, in the past he served as the National Adviser on Curriculum Development for Basic Education on Arts & Culture and Permaculture School Gardens for the Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste. He is also a lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture and Public Arts & Culture at the University of Timor-Leste.He co-authored ‘Permaculture Gardens for Kids’ produced by Permatil, along with several guidebooks and training manuals on permaculture. He received several awards for his environmental work including:

USAID's Tourism for All Award ‘Climate Champion’ in 2021 The Earth Hall of Fame by the Earth Forum Kyoto, Japan, in 2019 Human Rights Award ‘Sergio Viera de Mello’ President Palace of Nicolao Lobato, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in 2018.

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Maisha Lubaba
Focus geography: Bangladesh Organization: Protibha
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32909" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Economically empowering women through developing crafting skills and commercializing their handmade products globally.Maisha’s Profile: Maisha Lubaba has paved the way for more than 300 rural artisans by ensuring their economic empowerment through the social enterprise named Protibha (which means ‘talent’ in Bengali). Her keen sense of social responsibility led her to work in the development sector. As a woman born and brought up in Bangladesh, the crafting talent of rural Bengali women has always amazed Maisha. But it was also heart wrenching at the same time, how these talents never get to be nurtured and supported enough. This feeling provoked her to be part of an enterprise that connects rural talents with urban markets.This enterprise takes a holistic approach by advocating the human rights among the community people, then developing zero skilled rural women to high skilled artisans through quality product development. Their creation is later commercialized globally to ensure their financial security and also the preservation of the heritage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Noryawati Mulyono
Focus geography: Indonesia Organization: Biopac
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32911" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Solving global plastic waste and social problems in coastal communities by manufacturing seaweed-based biodegradable packaging.Nory’s Profile: Nory was born in Pekalongan in a chemical trading family. She first learnt about chemicals, including alginate flour from seaweed, when she was 8 years old. She got her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Chemistry (Bandung Institute of Technology) and Food Science (IPB University), respectively. She had worked in quality control and R&D in a food color company before she moved to Atma Jaya Catholic University as lecturer in 2009. She is thankful that some institutions have recognized and supported her bioplastic innovation: L’Oreal (2010), Toray Foundation (2011), Diplomat Success Challenge (2012), Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2017), Indonesia Ministry for Higher Education (2013-2019), and Indonesia Ministry for Law & Human Rights (2016).She realizes that she was equipped with all the experiences from her childhood, education, and career and achievement to fulfill her mission to alleviate poverty in seaweed farmers by using their seaweed to solve global plastic waste pollution sustainably.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Aparna Bhatnagar Saxena
Focus geography: Indonesia Organization: TORAJAMELO
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32901" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Collaborating with women led weaving communities and offering market access sustainably via 3Cs  Commerce, Community collaboration, and Consultancy - for alleviation of systemic poverty.Aparna’s Profile: Aparna Bhatnagar Saxena identifies herself as an unapologetic feminist, a vegan, an environmentalist, and a student for life. An Indiannow based in Jakarta, she has lived and worked in 4 countries in Asia. In addition to leading TORAJAMELO by ensuring that social, environmental, and cultural sustainability of indigenous communities in Indonesia is preserved and promoted, she is ASEAN lead for She Loves Data that enables women to enter the world of data and pursue careers in the same. She is a core member of Going Green in Jakarta, a community of enthusiasts who aim to make living sustainable and green in Indonesia.She also promotes and walks her values as the co-founder of Vriksh Impact Partners, a boutique investment and advisory firm in India that is focussed on supporting and growing early-stage plant-based businesses in India.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Kicked off support for the Impact Hero 2021 Cohort

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1. Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Empowerment Program

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32231" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Lead-to-Regenerate Empowerment Program is a 6-month hybrid program which aims to equip pioneering changemakers with meaningful knowledge and inspiration to reflect on their current work and leadership, stretch their imagination beyond immediate needs, and revisit their purposes and roles in their lives. The economic growth model of the past centuries has exploited the environment, divided communities, and exacerbated inequality.  The world now faces an urgent need for an alternative model that is more regenerative, inclusive, and balanced in order to holistically improve the wellbeing of people and all beings on this planet. The following three concepts will be important in driving this "shift" among changemakers who are tackling a variety of social and environmental issues.
  1. Regenerative
  2. Well-being
  3. Long-term Thinking
In a series of monthly online programs from May to September, our advisors, outside experts, and former Impact Heroes will be invited as speakers to provide lectures on the session themes and hold discussions to deepen understanding and insights into the three concepts. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32235" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]

Photo: The cohort discussing “new leadership in new paradigm” in June  

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2. Access to the Knowledge Hub and Expert Webinars

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3. Optional Mentorship Program

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4. Impact Hero Community

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Call for Applications - Impact Hero 2022

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Last but certainly not least, we will start the call for applications for Impact Hero 2022 on August 8th.   If you are interested in applying, please see the details and apply  from here.  We are excited to receive passionate applications from many of you!  [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="center" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][button size="large" target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Call for Applications" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/impact-heroes/2022-applications/"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Impact Heroes at the Ashoka Changemaker Forum

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company and its Impact Heroes recently enjoyed a rare opportunity to collaborate at an exciting event co-organized by Ashoka and Singapore Management University’s Lien Centre for Social Innovation. The team hosted an experience workshop titled "Impact Heroes in Action: Integrating All Four Skills towards Social Innovation" with four of our Impact Heroes, Bella Galhos, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Wai Wai Nu, and Arief Rabik, at the CHANGEMAKER Forum, which attracted over 300 students, parents, and educators in total. The Impact Heroes not only shared their life stories and current challenges but also discussed the four critical qualities for changemakers: Conscious Empathy, Collective Teamwork, New Leadership, and Practicing Changemaking. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Life-story interview with IMPACT HEROES

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32160" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The event began with life stories by Impact Heroes focused on why they do what they do, what motivates them to do what they do, and how to create change at the national and global levels.In the interview, Bella Galhos, Impact Hero 2015, stated “Leaders should speak on behalf of people without voices” and emphasized the importance of facing challenges head on.  Following Bella, Kathy, Wai Wai, and Arief each shared their riveting life stories.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Dialogue session with participants

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After the life-story interviews, the participants were split into small groups for Q&A and dialogue with Impact Heroes in more intimate settings. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32162" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Below is a short write-up of the key points shared in each breakout session: 
Bella Galhos’ group:
Having grown up as a girl soldier and defected to Canada, Bella is doing what no one else can. After serving as an advisor to the President, she has gone on to run her environmental school and shelter for LGBT children, providing grassroots support. Many participants were inspired by Bella's one-of-a-kind elements of her work.  Without turning a blind eye to the poverty and education problems that Timor Leste is facing, they felt Bella's energy and kindness to listen to the unheard voices of the people involved and help them to make changes. 
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s group:
Kathy is an exceptional change-maker, balancing her grassroots work supporting local youth through her NGO, Jo-Jikum, and her high-level work planning the country's climate change strategy.  A participant from Singapore asked how a country like Singapore, which has been pursuing economic development, can transition to a green economy.  She told us that the first step is to make it a national policy to introduce renewable energy in areas with high carbon footprints, such as electricity and shipping. It is also necessary to deepen knowledge about the world;  a country like the Marshall Islands, which produces only 0.0001% of the world's carbon emissions, will be devastated by climate change. Kathy also spoke about using poetry and art to address the issue of climate change, saying "poetry can help cultivate empathy."  
Wai Wai Nu’s group :
Concerning the coup in Myanmar, Wai Wai and her team have reported on the damage and activities on the ground both domestically and internationally as well as conducted advocacy activities for international organizations.  Wai Wai, who aims to realize an inclusive democracy that includes all minorities, regardless of gender or ethnicity, emphasized the importance of having hope.  “No matter how difficult and painful the situation is, we, as changemakers, must not lose hope. We are the hope for the future.”  Wai Wai responded to a question about skills needed among young people by offering her advice:, "listen effectively, proactively, and respond accordingly".[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32164" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We hope to continue to actively collaborate with Ashoka, SMU and other organizations that foster social entrepreneurship and changemaking to address the region’s most pressing challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing Impact Hero 2021 and the Runner-up!

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 IMPACT HERO 2021 : Arief Rabik

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Country: Indonesia Organization: Environmental Bamboo Foundation
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About Arief Rabik:
Arief is the President Director of Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF) and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project. He is a second-generation bamboo specialist, entrepreneur and scientist who is as capable and comfortable getting his hands dirty helping local producers on the ground as he is working with corporate leaders in the boardroom and politicians in national capitals to bargain for scalable policy and financial support to turn his vision into reality.  EBF was originally founded in 1993 by his legendary interior designer mother, Linda Garland, who saw bamboo’s many positive qualities – flexibility, environmental friendliness, rapid and relatively easy propagation – as a solution to many problems in the world such as land degradation and climate change, and found her true calling in establishing bamboo as a viable replacement building material internationally.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="31296" img_size="300×300" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]
About Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF):
The Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF) is a non-profit organization with 30 years of experience working in the field of bamboo with a breakthrough strategy to solve two of the world’s most pressing issues - climate change and land degradation. Simultaneously, its solution creates economic opportunities for rural areas and promoting gender & social inclusion by creating large markets for bamboo to be used in building material, clothing, furniture, and more. EBF aims to restore degraded lands around the world with bamboo agroforestry by first establishing 1,000 Bamboo Villages in Indonesia and then scaling the model to 9 other tropical countries within Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa.The goal is to set up 1,000 bamboo villages in Indonesia by 2029 and scale it to 9 other countries to build 10,000 bamboo villages in total by 2036. This will absorb 3% of the current global annual CO2 emissions and restore 20 million ha (1%) of the degraded lands throughout the world. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1545792029520{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #e5f2e4 !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for selecting Arief Rabik as Impact Hero 2021
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]Above all, the selection committee was deeply moved and inspired by his grand bamboo village vision that could make tangible contributions to climate change and multiple other outcome areas. His vision and work serve as a source of hope and inspiration for all in this age when we are constantly reminded of the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis and environmental degradation.Towards this hopeful future, he and his team at EBF have already demonstrated success in Flores, empowering women and youth, improving the livelihoods of villages, restoring massive areas of degraded land, and sequestering carbon through impressive bamboo forests. With a number of villages in the team’s portfolio, the 1,000 bamboo village initiative seems to be on the cusp of scale up and substantial impact.The selection committee also found his personality to be authentic and his passion unshakeable. He is amazingly adaptive and versatile: he loves being in the field with the villagers in eastern Indonesia and, literally on the next day, he would be in Jakarta rubbing elbows with corporate executives and key policy makers. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
IMPACT HERO 2021 Message from Arief
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A video message from Arief, shortly after informing him of the decision

 
"I'm speechless, I don't know what to say, but thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to work together to empower the farmers of Indonesia and around the world to restore their degraded lands and build this beautiful village-based industrial systems, this amazing forests that will supply us fibers, fuels and food of the future. So here is to our success!"
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RUNNER-UP : Randi Julian Miranda

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Country: Indonesia Organization: Handep
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About Randi and his work:
Randi is a prominent young Dayak figure in the field of sustainability, social entrepreneurship and indigenous rights advocacy. He is the Founder & CEO of Handep, a social enterprise that empowers Indigenous Dayak women and smallholder farmers through sustainable livelihoods and regaining their basic rights to lands and forests. Randi is also an avid environmentalist and community development practitioner, with extensive experience in project management, conservation, sustainable business, research and communication. He obtained his Master’s degree in Environmental Study (specialising in Sustainable Development) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2018.After years of equipping himself with the knowledge and skill sets he needed, Randi decided to dedicate his life to support his community in Borneo Island whose life spaces are under threat. Through Handep, Randi strives to improve the local economy, especially for forest-dependent communities and preserve the rainforests, not only for the biodiversity and conservation value, but for the future of humanity. His current works focus on providing sustainable alternative livelihoods using local resources and regaining the rights of Indigenous Dayaks to their customary forests which are continuously converted for the overdevelopment of extractive industry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Meet Other Impact Hero 2021 Finalists" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/blog/impact-hero-2021-finalists/"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

IMPACT HERO 2021 – THE FINALISTS!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company’s call for Impact Hero 2021 received applications from 65 changemakers from all across the Asia Pacific. The selection committee was surprised and inspired by the exceptional quality of the applications on the whole that demonstrates the evolution of the regional ecosystem.  From the initial batch, the committee members had the opportunity to speak directly with more than a dozen of candidates. While this process is undoubtedly time- and energy-consuming, it is a deeply rewarding and energizing experience for the Earth Company team to realize that so many individuals literally dedicate their lives to tackle enormous, complex challenges facing humanity and the earth. We will be announcing the winner in December, but for now, you can read a little about them – each with riveting stories, innovative solutions, and tremendous impact potential – below!(Listed in alphabetical order)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="75px"][vc_column_text]

1. Somsak Boonkam
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31043" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: ThailandOrganization: Local AlikeMission: Promoting sustainable community-based tourism business for rural villages in Thailand to support them become economically self-sufficient and improve their livelihood. About Pai and his work:Somsak “Pai” Boonkam is an Ashoka Fellow and the founder and CEO of Local Alike, a social enterprise building an online platform to connect travelers and locals through meaningful and authentic experiences. As a social enterprise, Local Alike uses community-based tourism as a form of development tool to solve local issues, preserve local culture, and generate additional income to local communities. Prior to founding Local Alike, Pai worked at the Mae Fah Luang Foundation Under Royal Patronage. He was tasked with business development at Northern Thai communities under the Doi Tung Development Project.Pai was born and raised in rural Thailand where he developed a deep appreciation for the ingenuity of indigenous culture and the role of sustainable development. He graduated with an MBA in Sustainability Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California. Pai has worked in a variety of cross-cultural settings. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous people to the mass market in order to develop sustainable products that have a positive impact on the society.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
2. Sagufta Salma Janif
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31041" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: FijiOrganization: The Fusion HubMission: Eradicating the global waste crisis through their zero-waste lifestyle brand and economically empowering women. About Sagufta and her work:Sagufta is an award winning social impact entrepreneur who is trying to solve the global waste crisis and at the same time economically empower women and youth living in disadvantaged economic situations. Sagufta is a zero-waste lifestyle enthusiast and advocate. She is also 2020’s Commonwealth Youth Award Winner for the Pacific Region.  She also won the aspiring entrepreneur of the year 2019 at the Women in Business Awards and has been named as one of the 30 faces of Fiji’s future - a mai life 30 under 30 honoree. She is also the Vice-Chairperson for the Young Entrepreneurs Council and has been an inspirational young leader as she motivates and encourages the youth of Fiji and the Pacific Islands to become change makers and solution providers. She empowers them to become job creators rather than job seekers. She not only motivates young entrepreneurs but other young people who are working towards achieving the sustainable development goals. She empowers women and young girls to go beyond the “stereotypical” jobs and provides training and capacity building opportunities so they can realize their true potential. Sagufta has become an icon for young people as an entrepreneur and a trailblazing change-maker.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
3. Kristin Kagetsu
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31033" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: IndiaOrganization: Saathi Eco Innovations India Pvt LtdMissionCreating and marketing hygiene products that are good for the body, community and environment. About Kristin and her work:Kristin is one of the co-founders and CEO of Saathi, a social enterprise dedicated to providing a sustainable and accessible solution for feminine hygiene. Saathi has been recognized globally by Time Magazine, Fast Company, UN Environment Program, and others, for its social impact, innovation and sustainability. Kristin is passionate about sustainable manufacturing, alternative materials, and women in STEM. She believes in a circular future where companies are also socially responsible. As an undergrad, she worked on multiple projects with MIT Design Lab in Brazil, Nicaragua, and India. Her first product was a set of natural dye crayons from locally sourced materials for an NGO in Uttarakhand where she realized she wanted to continue to work in India to make a positive impact.Prior to moving to India, she volunteered with the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, to structure and expand the national collegiate team and develop SASE leadership in the Northeast. After winning the HBS NVC, she moved to India to start Saathi with her co-founder Tarun. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is an MIT DLab ScaleUps Fellow, Asia Society Young Leader, Cartier Women’s Initiative Finalist, and recognized by the Indian Department of MSME. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
4. Randi Julian Miranda
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31096" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: IndonesiaOrganization: HandepMission: Creating a sustainable village economy that aligns with local cultures and traditions.About Randi and his work:Randi is a prominent young Dayak figure in the field of sustainability, social entrepreneurship and indigenous rights advocacy. He is the Founder & CEO of Handep, a social enterprise that empowers Indigenous Dayak women and smallholder farmers through sustainable livelihoods and regaining their basic rights to lands and forests. Randi is also an avid environmentalist and community development practitioner, with extensive experience in project management, conservation, sustainable business, research and communication. He obtained his Master’s degree in Environmental Study (specialising in Sustainable Development) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2018. After years of equipping himself with the knowledge and skill sets he needed, Randi decided to dedicate his life to support his community in Borneo Island whose life spaces are under threat. Through Handep, Randi strives to improve the local economy, especially for forest-dependent communities and preserve the rainforests, not only for the biodiversity and conservation value, but for the future of humanity. His current works focus on providing sustainable alternative livelihoods using local resources and regaining the rights of Indigenous Dayaks to their customary forests which are continuously converted for the overdevelopment of extractive industry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
5. Muhammad Noor
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31035" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: Malaysia, BangladeshOrganization: Rohingya ProjectMission: Developing and implementing a grassroots initiative for financial inclusion of stateless people through a digital social and financial inclusion platform.About Noor and his work:A Rohingya himself, Noor is the Founder and Managing Director of the Rohingya Project, a Blockchain-based organization to bring financial and social inclusion to stateless people. Noor is also founder and director for several institutions and organizations such as the world first Rohingya TV broadcast station called Rohingya Vision watch by millions from all over the world. He is the Founder and Chairman of Rohingya Football Club a national team to play CONIFA World Cup. Noor digitized the Rohingya Alphabet and developed the first Computer Typeface and one of the main contributors on Rohingya Unicode which was accepted and released in 2018. Noor is also the author of “Born to Struggle: The Child of Rohingya Refugees and His Inspiring Journey” which was published in March 2019, based on his personal life experience. He holds an Honors Degree in Computing from Greenwich University, UK. He has more than 15 years of experience as a business owner, journalist, TV anchor, corporate negotiator and project manager. He is also actively involved in software development, cryptography, security and data privacy. Noor trains and motivates people from all walks of life such as self-development, management and information technology. His ambitions are to implement technology to serve humanity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
6. Aravinth Panch
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31029" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: Sri LankaOrganization: DreamSpace AcademyMissionTackling authentic local socio-economic and environmental challenges by empowering the underprivileged communities and protecting the environmental ecosystem in Sri Lanka, using project & challenge based learning.About Ara and his work:Aravinth is a devoted social entrepreneur empowering underprivileged communities in war-affected regions of Sri Lanka by creating an intellectual livelihood to solve local socio-economic and environmental challenges.He was born in a beautiful coastal town called Batticaloa at a difficult time when his family lost several members - innocent civilians slaughtered as collateral damages in the civil war.At the age of 14, he escaped the country in fear of becoming a child soldier, for ten years exiled as a refugee and returned to his motherland when the war ended almost after three decades.In the meantime, he gained extraordinary interdisciplinary experiences in science, engineering, sustainability and art while solving very complex problems, and co-founded several successful organisations in Asia & Europe.His craving to uphold those who went through the same life experiences propelled him to co-found DreamSpace Academy - a community innovation centre to empower underprivileged youth with challenge-based learning.He co-created a personalised empowerment model consisting of 5 stages spanning 18 months. It starts with the identification of motivated youngsters from vulnerable societies, training them with multidisciplinary workshops in topics from storytelling to biotechnology, and ultimately leading them to become social entrepreneurs solving local challenges.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
7. Arief Rabik
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31058" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: IndonesiaOrganization: Environmental Bamboo FoundationMission: Building an international restoration economy through village-level bamboo agroforestry.  About Arief and his work:Arief Rabik is the President Director of Indonesia Environmental Bamboo Foundation and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project, which aims to create economic viability for the use of Bamboo Agroforestry to sequester CO2 and restore degraded tropical forest lands in dozens of countries. Arief is an expert in Bamboo Cultivation, Value added processing and Brokering public and private support and investment in village-level bamboo production.Bamboo has exceptional climate benefits and in Indonesia alone the creation of nationwide "Bamboo Villages" would result in more than 100 millions tons of CO2 emission reduction annually. This provides governments seeking a pathway to meet their emissions targets with an efficient model that has significant co-benefits, including economic development for rural communities and improved soil and forest health. Arief's breakthrough strategy is to restore degraded lands around the world with bamboo agroforestry while creating large markets for bamboo to be used in building material (which would also help displace carbon-intensive concrete), clothing, furniture, and more.Arief is a second-generation bamboo specialist who is as capable and comfortable getting his hands dirty helping local producers on the ground as he is working with corporate leaders in the boardroom and politicians in national capitals to bargain for scalable policy and financial support to turn his vision into reality. Arief has already piloted his model and the first group of villages in Indonesia are already producing bamboo with purchasing agreements in place to sell value-added products to large global brands.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
8. Rhea Mazumdar Singhal
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31039" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: India, and other countriesOrganization: ECOWAREMissionConverting common agricultural waste into 100% biodegradable, compostable and natural food packaging solutions which are a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics tableware.About Rhea and her work:Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Rhea was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women by the President of India. Rhea is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2018) and an Asia 21 Young Leader (2019). Rhea is an invited member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) National Committee on Women Empowerment and CII India CEO Forum on Air Pollution, she is also the Chairperson for the Indian Women Network for North India.Rhea has attended the University of Bristol, Oxford and Harvard University. Rhea is a vocal spokesperson for sustainability and climate change and urges the private sector to shoulder more responsibility. Rhea is a purpose driven entrepreneur taking her impact to greater heights  Rhea founded Ecoware with the sole aim of solving India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packaging industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic. Ecoware is made from the waste of agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt, thus contributing to debilitating air pollution. The efforts of Rhea and the business model of Ecoware have now been validated by the global movement against single-use plastic and regulations to better consumer behavior.Rhea has been featured in major national and international publications and has appeared as a speaker at events such as Dreamforce (annual product event of Salesforce), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation,  the Good Day (sustainability summit of Engie) and Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship (by National Commission for Women in India).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
9. Patima Tungpuchayakul
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31037" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: Thailand and its neighboring countriesOrganization: Labour Protection Network (LPN)Mission: Working together with migrant communities mainly in the fishing industry and seafood processing industry to fight human trafficking and to eliminate slavery. About Patima and her workWith her co-founder Mr. Sompong Srakaew, Patima established the Labour Protection Network (LPN) in 2004 to promote the labour’s quality of life and fight against child labour, human trafficking and all forms of exploitation. Her interest in human rights began in 1996 after graduation from Mahasarakham University, when she realized that the owners of factories near her hometown were abusing migrant workers, especially women and children. In more than two decades as an activist, Patima with support from the team has helped to create awareness of chronic rights breaches and worked with reformers to build understanding and improve the lives of migrant workers and the laws governing their employment. LPN has assisted over 5,000 Thai and migrant workers to date. Respecting her courage and determination, Patima led LPN’s efforts to rescue nearly 2,000 captive and stranded fishermen from isolated Indonesian islands in 2014. Her rescue work was the subject of a 2019 award-winning documentary film Ghost Fleet, and earned her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Patima remains a dedicated innovator focused on the reform work that still needs to be done on both land and sea.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
10. Nguyen Thi Van
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31066" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: VietnamOrganization: Will to Live Capacity Building Center for People with Disabilities (WLC)MissionSupporting and assisting people with disabilities to integrate completely into society through employment and social initiatives.About Van and her work:Van is co-founder of the nonprofit organisation, “Nghi Luc Song” which means “The will to live”; as well as Chairwoman of the successful digital real estate company, Imagtor.Van was born in the poor rural area of Nghe An in north-central Vietnam, bordering Laos. Along with her brother Nguyen Cong Hung, who sadly passed away in 2012, she has shattered expectations of what was once deemed ‘possible’ from a disabled person in Vietnam.Van and Hung created the organisation The Will to Live in 2003 with the aim of creating opportunities for an equitable working environment. The organisation provides free IT, English language and vocational training to disadvantaged students in Vietnam. More than 1000 people with disabilities have benefited from this crucial educational and career support.Van’s private company, Imagtor, employs 82 employees, more than 50% of who have disabilities, working on digital real estate photography. The Board of shareholders has committed to provide 40% of profits from Imagtor to support people with disabilities in Vietnam, as well as contributing to other social causes in the country.In 2015, Van created the first ever fashion catwalk show for women with disabilities in Vietnam. “I am beautiful. You too!” aims to promote a perception of beauty stemming from diversity and difference. In 2019, Forbes Vietnam honoured Van as one of the 50 most influential Vietnamese women.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="75px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Heroes Talk|A series of online events featuring our Impact Heroes

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Heroes Talk #1,30th July

Bella's Journey with Earth Company to Transform the Future of Timor-Leste

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29872" img_size="1024×576" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Having lived through the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste, Bella Galhos survived human trafficking, brutal massacre, and sexual and physical abuse while fighting for her country’s liberation until she defected in Canada.After Timor-Leste's independence in 2002, Bella returned and later became an Advisor to the President.  She plans to run for the country’s 2023 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first female head of state in Timor and LGBT president in Asia!Earth Company fundraised a total of 135,200 USD for Bella and contributed to building the Leublora Green School, a school specializing in environmental education to train the next generation leaders.
Date/Time: 30th July, 2020, 15:00-16:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk #1 
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Impact Hero 2015 Bella Galhos
Timor-Leste, Environmental Education/LGBTDecades of conflict have left half of the population of Timor-Leste in extreme poverty. Bella founded Leublora Green School to transform Timor-Leste’s underprivileged children into green leaders who will lead this young oil-dependent country to a sustainable future. Today, the Leublora Green Village has now grown to become a model for eco-tourism. She plans to run for the country’s 2023 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first LGBT president in Asia. She stands as a beacon of change for a wide variety of social issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]If you miss the event, you can watch this from here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes Talk #2,12th August

Wai Wai's Approach to Peace Building as a Human Rights Activist

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29901" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After spending seven years as a political prisoner in Myanmar, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups as a global leader.So far, Earth Company has fundraised 51,500 USD for Wai Wai and the Women Peace Network and contributed to bringing educational opportunities to ethnic minorities in Yangon.
Date/Time: 12th August 2020, 10:00-11:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk #2 
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Impact Hero 2019 Wai Wai Nu
Myanmar, Peace-buildingAfter spending seven years as a political prisoner, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country. Her organization, Women Peace Network, runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. Her mission is to build peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy. Wai Wai is a WEF Young Global Leader and has been recognized by the BBC and TIME Magazine for her important work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]If you miss the event, you can watch this from here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes Talk #3, 19th August

A Midwife’s Life-work to Save the World, One Baby at a Time

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29921" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Robin Lim qualified as a midwife in the United States and Indonesia and founded the Bumi Sehat Foundation International in Bali, Indonesia. To date, she has birthed over 9,000 babies all over the world.Earth Company fundraised a total of 351,300 USD for Robin and Bumi Sehat Foundation to build new clinics in Bali, Papua, Palawan, Lombok and contributed to secure operational funding of these clinics.
Date/Time: 19th August 2020, 10:00-11:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk #3 
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Impact Hero 2016 Robin Lim
Indonesia, HealthcareRobin is a Filipino–American midwife, mother, grandmother, and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit organization that provides free maternity care for pregnant women, mothers and their babies, plus healthcare for all those in need. To date, she has birthed over 9,000 babies and is known by locals and international fans alike as “Ibu Robin” (Mother Robin). Bumi Sehat (which translates to “healthy mother earth”) operates clinics in Bali, Aceh, Papua and the Philippines.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes Talk #4, 29th August

A Marshallese Poet’s Journey in the Climate Crisis Era

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29923" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner is a poet of Marshallese ancestry, born in the Marshall Islands and raised in Hawaii. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014.  Kathy is a changemaker who has been tackling climate change through both high-level activities, such as representing her country at COP25, and the grassroots work of running an NGO that empowers the youth of the Marshall Islands.Earth Company fundraised a total of 144,100 USD for Kathy and Jo-Jikum to build a youth center in Majuro to help Marshall Islands youth become future change-makers and tackle the climate crisis.
Date/Time: 29th August 2020, 10:00-11:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk ♯4 
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Impact Hero 2017 Kathy Jetnil Kijiner
Marshall Islands, Climate ChangeWhilst fighting to get the voices of climate change victims heard on the world stage, Kathy set up Jo-Jikum to empower Marshallese youth – at the front line of climate change – to tell their stories, take action in their own communities and ensure that even if they are forced to leave their ancestral land in future, their national identity and culture is preserved and passed onto future generations. Kathy dedicates herself to empowering future generations of Pacific Islanders to not only survive but also thrive.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
25th August

A Fireside Chat on “Leadership Qualities for Social Change”

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We are delighted to announce that we will have a bonus session inviting Mr. Mason Tan from Garden Impact Investments and Transformational Business Network Asia (TBN Asia) to talk about leadership qualities for social change with Earth Company's co-founders, Aska and Tomo Hamakawa.
 
As a pioneer in impact investment and social innovation in the region, Mason has worked extensively with a wide spectrum of social entrepreneurs. Tapping into his experiences and wisdom, we are excited to discuss the key qualities of social change, including how they may be different from qualities required in the traditional private sector or nonprofit sector, how we might develop such qualities, etc.
 
Date/Time: 25h August 2020, 20:00-21:00, UTC+8
Event Page: A Fireside Chat 
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Mason Tan
Founder/CEO of Garden Impact Investments Chairman of Transformational Business Network Asia (TBN Asia)
Mason Tan is the founder/CEO of Garden Impact Investments Pte Ltd., that focuses on poverty alleviation through investing in enterprises connecting marginalized communities to value chains and the wider market, enabling an exchange of fair compensation for quality goods and services.
He also serves as the Chairman of Transformational Business Network Asia (“TBN Asia”), a non-profit association headquartered in Singapore that promotes fighting poverty through business enterprises solutions in Southeast Asia.
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IMPACT HEROES DAY~Earth Company 5th anniversary

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ABOUT
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IMPACT HEROES
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PROGRAMS
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SPONSORS
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company will be hosting an event to celebrate its 5th anniversary on October 6th, 2019. All five of our Impact Heroes will be coming to Japan to share their life stories and life work with the Japanese audience. In addition to their individual presentations, we are organizing panel sessions with Japan-based social entrepreneurs and researchers. We hope you join us for this unique opportunity to engage with our Impact Heroes![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1564313173509{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #f3f3f3 !important;}" el_id="about"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1564312731084{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

ABOUT

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IMPACT HEROES DAY

EARTH COMPANY 5th ANNIVERSARY EVENT
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DINNER PARTY WITH THE IMPACT HEROES

Limited to our monthly donors (Hero Supporters)!
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In the evening, we are excited to hold a dinner party for our donors with our Impact Heroes. The party will feature food prepared by Chef Yasuhiro Higa, who developed the life-nourishing menu for Mana Kitchen which is part of Earth Company's eco-hotel Mana Earthly Paradise in Ubud, Bali. We hope you enjoy the chance to interact with our Impact Heroes and Earth Company team! Date: Sunday October 6th, 2019Time: 18:30-20:30Place: BASE Q Tokyo Hibiya Midtown 6F 1-1-2 Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo (Click for map)Entrance fee: Free admission (RSVP required)
Anyone can join the dinner party by signing up to become a Hero Supporter (monthly donor) today. This is a rare chance to speak in-depth with our Impact Heroes in an intimate setting. Please consider becoming a Hero Supporter by clicking the link below.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Become a Hero Supporter" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/ja/monthlysupport/"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1566202557023{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #f3f3f3 !important;}" el_id="IMPACT HEROES"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1566202667716{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

IMPACT HEROES

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407444108{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]The following Impact Heroes will be speaking on October 6th.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407526329{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2015 Bella Galhos

East Timor, Environmental Education/LGBT

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Decades of conflict have left half of the population of Timor-Leste in extreme poverty. Bella founded Leublora Green School to transform Timor-Leste’s underprivileged children into green leaders who will lead this young oil-dependent country to a sustainable future. The Leublora Green Village has now grown to become a model for eco-tourism. She plans to run for the country's 2022 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first LGBT president in Asia. She stands as a beacon of change for a wide variety of social issues.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407562657{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2016 Robin Lim

Indonesia, Healthcare

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Robin is a Filipino–American midwife, mother, grandmother, and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit organization that provides free maternity care for pregnant women, mothers and their babies, plus healthcare for all those in need. To date, she has birthed over 9,000 babies and is known by locals and international fans alike as “Ibu Robin” (Mother Robin). Bumi Sehat (which translates to “healthy mother earth”) operates clinics in Bali, Aceh, Papua and the Philippines, as well as temporary clinics in disaster areas around the world such as Haiti and Nepal.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407606721{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2017 Kathy Jetnil Kijiner

Marshall Islands, Climate Change

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Whilst fighting to get the voices of climate change victims heard on the world stage, Kathy set up Jo-Jikum to empower Marshallese youth - at the front line of climate change - to tell their stories, take action in their own communities and ensure that even if they are forced to leave their ancestral land in future, their national identity and culture is preserved and passed onto future generations. Kathy dedicates herself to empowering future generations of Pacific Islanders to not only survive but also thrive.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407654264{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2018 Johnpierre Montilia

Philippines, Youth Empowerment

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Johnpierre was a street child in the Philippines, forced into a dangerous world of drug-related crime and even child prostitution. However, he was fortunate enough to escape this dark world and has dedicated his life to using his own pain and experiences to help street children like him to do the same. Set up in 1998, Johnpierre’s organization has spread across the country to 16 locations, and has so far helped approx 8,000 young people in its fight to give street children a brighter future.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407697074{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2019 WaiWai Nu

Myanmar, Peace-building

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]After spending seven years as a political prisoner, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country. Her organization, Women Peace Network, runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. Her mission is to build peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy. Wai Wai is a WEF Young Global Leader and has been recognized by the BBC and TIME Magazine for her important work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image="27621" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1565013278538{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;}" el_id="message"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1565013324181{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

MESSAGE

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What a journey this has been!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567408865838{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]The past five years feel like 10 years or even more. When we founded Earth Company in 2014, Tomo was only able to contribute in the evenings and weekends, while Aska had her hands full raising a monster 1-year old (who calmed down over the years thankfully). All we had was our passion, vision, and conviction, and we poured everything to support our first Impact Hero, Bella Galhos from Timor-Leste. Five years on, we are blessed with an amazing team of 17 professionals spread across three countries - all committed and united beyond borders and languages. To date, we have received over US$1million in donation for our Impact Heroes and Earth Company. We want to convey our deepest gratitude to all those who believed in us and our work along the way. We really can't thank you enough... Key achievements we - our supporters and the Earth Company team - have accomplished together:
+ Raising US$700,000 for our Impact Heroes' work
+ Building 8 new facilities in 4 countries
+ Positively contributing to the lives of 460,000 people through our Impact Heroes
 The 5 year anniversary event on October 6th means for us - the Earth Company team and all five Impact Heroes - an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all our achievements and challenges in the past half a decade. We hope to see as many of you as possible and express our appreciation for your support!!  with our deepest gratitude, Aska & Tomo Hamakawa[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Join the event" link="https://impactheroesday.peatix.com/view"][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1564317137273{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #f3f3f3 !important;}" el_id="programs"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1564316981069{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

PROGRAMS

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13:00-13:20
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078340045{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407868930{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]Welcome RemarksOur co-founders, Aska and Tomo Hamakawa, will open the event with a few words of welcome and gratitude.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27674" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897363005{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
13:20-15:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078340045{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407916013{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]HEROES TALK "My Life, My Impact"Our five Impact Heroes will share their life stories and why they devote their lives to their respective causes.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27642" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897384991{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
15:20-16:05
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078324031{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567513420651{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]Breakout Session 1"The Rohingya Refugee Crisis": Wai Wai Nu (Myanmar)"Gentle Birth": Robin Lim (Indonesia)"Child Poverty": Johnpierre Montilia (Philippines)*These topics are subject to change. Details to be finalized soon![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27848" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897403262{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
16:15-17:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078309143{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567513432380{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"] Breakout Session 2"Climate Change": Kathy Jetnil Kijiner (Marshall Islands)"LGBTI": Bella Galhos (East Timor)*These topics are subject to change. Details to be finalized soon![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27850" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897414656{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
17:20-18:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078294134{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text] Convesation with Asuka and Tomohiro Hamakawa Group PhotoEarth Company's co-founders Aska and Tomo will reflect on the past five years and share plans for the next five. A group photo taken at the end.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27646" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1565237120484{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
18:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078207393{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]ClosingThank you for coming, and we hope for your continued support![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1565184286510{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
18:30-20:30
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078133968{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Dinner party with our Impact Heroes limited to Hero SupportersWe will be hosting a buffet-style dinner party for our Impact Heroes and Hero Supporters. The party will feature food prepared by Chef Yasuhiro Higa, who developed the life-nourishing menu for Mana Kitchen which is part of Earth Company's eco-hotel Mana Earthly Paradise in Ubud, Bali. *This is an event limited to Hero Supporters, who are invited for free (RSVP required) *For those interested in becoming a Hero Supporter, please click on the Japanese instructions here.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="26950" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Join the event" link="https://impactheroesday.peatix.com/view"][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1564314852910{margin-top: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="45px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1565240626748{margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

HOSTED BY

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SPONSORS

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NETWORK PARTNER

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Earth Company Runs Mentorship Sessions For Indian Impact Hero Finalist

As part of its efforts to provide greater support to exceptional Asia-Pacific leaders who have been shortlisted as Impact Hero finalists, Earth Company ran a two day mentorship session for 2018 Finalist Ramnath (Ram) Chandrasekhar in Ubud, Bali on 25-26 April 2019. Ram is a celebrated Indian conservation educator & filmmaker who is committed to preserving and protecting India’s natural heritage by pursuing projects that inspire and empower India’s youth to become environmental stewards. In addition, he and his partner Rachita have created the Earth Ambassadors program under the organization Trust for Environmental Education (TREE). Earth Ambassadors are Indian youth who receive training and support to work with their local communities on issues related to conservation and environmental responsibility.   Bolstered by the success of their efforts so far, Ram and Rachita were looking to scale up and expand their work with a series of ambitious programs. These included a 3000 kilometer nature and conservation awareness raising Walk Project, building a nature center, creating an Earth Mentors program for Earth Ambassador alumni and expanding their school-based photo-storytelling and filmmaking workshops. In order to get a bit of guidance on their next steps, Ram and his partner Rachita travelled from Chennai, India to Bali, Indonesia to meet with the Earth Company team. Over the course of several days, the Earth Company team worked with Ram and Rachita to better understand their work and their plans for the road ahead. Reflecting on the workshop Ram notes that:“The Bali meeting came at just the right time for us. We were feeling a bit down because our Walk Project was being delayed because of some health issues. The discussions with Earth Company helped us transcend our sadness over this and realize how much we still could do right now to set ourselves up for success. In addition, our meetings helped Rachita and I prioritize our work.  We have put many of our expansion ideas on the backburner and will now focus our energy and time in the next 2-3 years on solidifying the Earth Ambassadors Programme, developing the Nature Center and on organization developmental steps like improving our administrative and compliance procedures, creating a website, developing a fundraising strategy and forming a Board of Directors. Thank you so much again. We left Bali with smiles on our faces.” Earth Company is pleased to offer this same opportunity for all Impact Hero Finalists. While we do not yet have the financial capacity to cover travel and accommodation expenses, if you are able to travel to Ubud, Bali, we will make the time to work with you on key priorities, areas of concern or need. We are also considering offering online mentorship opportunities for Impact Hero Finalists.  If you would like to find out more about Ram and Rachita’s work, please contact Ram: [email protected].  

Announcing our Impact Hero 2019!

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IMPACT HERO 2019

 Wai Wai Nu

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Full Name: Wai Wai Nu (age 32) Country: Myanmar Organization/Position: Founder and Director of Women Peace Network
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]Building peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25521" img_size="large" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Age just 18, Wai Wai was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Her crime? Her father was a Member of Parliament for the political opposition in Myanmar. During the 7 years she ultimately spent imprisoned, Wai Wai met many women that were victims of poverty, coercion, or both. This motivated her to start her own organization, once freed.Wai Wai now works on uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country through her organization. Women Peace Network runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. A typical class consists of 14-20 students, mostly in their twenties. Classes range in duration; some run for a weekend, ten days, or even for a full month.Women Peace Network has been able to produce young leaders who dedicate their time to social activities and building trust and peace among their communities, thus building solidarity among the minority segments in Myanmar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1547362741952{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #e5f2e4 !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Why did Earth Company choose Wai Wai as our Impact Hero 2019?
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]For many, a past like Wai Wai’s would be tough to overcome. And yet, she has managed to not only survive, but to leverage her past experience - including 7 years spent in prison for her father's political stance - and transform it into her motivation and driving force to create change. There are few Rohingya activists who have gained respect from the wider Burmese population like she has, and this puts her in a unique position to influence change.Wai Wai has recognised the potential she has to create this change and is an intelligent, conscious leader with a rare ability to transcend ethnic barriers. She is also rare in her strategy to combine both a bottom-up, grassroots approach through her NGO in Myanmar, whilst also embracing top-down initiatives by engaging at a government level, including numerous appearances at UN and other international conferences.Though in great demand as a speaker on the international stage, she has received little support so far to stabilise and expand the grassroots initiatives of her NGO, and is looking for management coaching to help her do so. We believe Earth Company can provide her with the support she needs to grow both as a leader and changemaker, and maximise the potential of her organization.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]

RUNNER-UP : Ego Lemos

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 JURY'S AWARD : Sasiranga De Silva

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Full Name: Sasiranga De Silva (age 32) Country: Sri Lanka Organization/Position: Director/ Chief Engineer at ThermalR Industries Pvt Ltd, Collaboration with University of Moratuwa[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="25523" img_size="large" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Sasiranga's StoryBorn and raised in a tropical country, over the years Sasiranga noticed rapid variations in temperature with unusually warm seasons in Sri Lanka, with authorities noting that the rice cultivating seasons have shifted and diseases caused by air pollution have increased. These observations motivated Sasiranga to study climate change and do his part as an engineer to ensure a healthier and sustainable future is left for generations to come.
When working at General Motors, Sasiranga came up with the idea of electrifying tuk-tuks, three-wheelers found in many Asian countries. Sasiranga now manufactures electrical conversion kits to transform gasoline-powered vehicles into electrically powered tuk-tuks. He estimates that converting tuk-tuks to run on electricity will reduce each unit’s CO2 emissions by 65%. Estimations also demonstrate that tuk-tuk drivers would save $1200 annually by switching to electric tuk-tuks, thus improving their lives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]

 YOUNG HERO AWARD : Garvita Gulhati

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Full Name: Garvita Gulhati (Age 19) Country: India Organization/Position: Founder of Why Waste?
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 INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AWARD : Lisa Karene

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Full Name: Mona Lisa Karene (age 56) Country: Samoa Organization/Position: Co-founder/ Executive Director of Marketing and Production Development of Nora’s Plantation Foods Limited
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Impact Hero 2019 – The Finalists!

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Earth Company’s call for Impact Hero 2019 received applications from 56 changemakers from all across the Asia Pacific. From the 56 applicants, five were selected as finalists. We will be announcing the winner early next year, but for now, you can read a little about our finalists - each with inspiring stories, innovative ideas and great potential - below.

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Who applied?
We received applications from changemakers active across 15 different countries in the Asia Pacific, with the greatest concentration in India and Indonesia, and 20% of applicants taking a global approach. This year, the ratio between men and women applicants was more or less balanced (59-41). Most applicants are in their 30s, comprising 39% of the entire batch, while 23% are in their 40s and 20% in their 50s. We were excited to receive passionate applications from both ends of the spectrum too: 7 young changemakers in their 20s or younger and 3 in their 60s!
Tackling SDGs
While all 17 SDGs are represented through applicants’ work, the majority focus on alleviating poverty, improving education, and nurturing good health and well-being. There is also a strong focus on decent work and economic growth, as well as sustainable cities and communities.The majority of candidates run their organizations on an annual budget of more than 100,000 USD.At the bottom of this page is an INFOGRAPHIC that provides some insight into our applicants. But first, here is a little more on our five finalists, their life stories, and how they are devoting their lives to fighting social issues in their respective geographies (listed in alphabetical order).Our Impact Hero 2019 will be chosen from these five finalists and announced in January 2019. Watch this space!

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  Full Name: Ego Lemos Country: Timor-Leste Age: 46 Field of work: Food Sovereignty Organization/Position: Founder of Permaculture Timor-Leste (PERMATIL) MissionTo realise a sustainable economy, strong society, ecology and culture to guarantee the sustainable use of our natural resources.Ego's Story:Seeing environmental degradation and over dependence on food import, Ego was inspired to transform Timor-Leste’s agriculture and leverage its rich natural resources. Ego led a campaign from 1996 to 1999 to promote organic agriculture in Timor-Leste. A year after his campaign, he started a permaculture organization called PERMATIL that works to teach permaculture gardening and reviving traditional knowledge and systems in community and youth groups, ultimately leading to self-sustainability, food sovereignty, rehabilitation efforts, and the conservation and protection of natural resources. The organization successfully convinced the government to include permaculture and agroecology in primary school curriculums, thus establishing permaculture gardens in schools nationwide. Since then, 149 school gardens have been grown and over 20 natural springs have been rehabilitated. Ego’s biggest challenge however, is the ability to provide sufficient funds for all schools, as the government is unable to do so.In addition to building his organization, Ego worked as a lecturer at the Timor-Leste National University, an advisor for the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste on curriculum development and permaculture school gardens, and co-authored the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook, an influential publication on the subject matter. Full Name: Garvita Gulhati Country: India Age: 19 Field of work: Water Scarcity Organization/Position: Founder of Why Waste? MissionTo change people’s mindset towards natural resources, specifically water. Optimise usage, prevent wastage.Garvita's Story:Garvita has been an environmentalist since she was 13 years old. She has led initiatives in schools and colleges across India to inspire and equip youth to become changemakers. The most prominent of her initiatives being Why Waste? That engages primarily with restaurants to optimise their water usage systems. Their goal is to change the mindsets and habits of people towards natural resources. Garvita hopes to make restaurants more empathetic, leading them to de-trivialize water waste. Why Waste? has successfully reached over 500 restaurants across India, Oman, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Through her work with Changemakers Society and Ashoka’s LeadYoung program, Garvita was able to engage with over 40,000 youth internationally. Full Name: Mona Lisa Karene Country: Samoa Age: 56 Field of work: Agriculture, lack of access to market Organization/Position: Co-founder/ Executive Director of Marketing and Production Development of Nora’s Plantation Foods Limited Mission: To operate a sustainable income-generating export business to benefit the economy and people of rural Samoa.Lisa's Story:Lisa left Samoa at the age of 12 to study overseas. Recognizing that many Samoans do not have the same opportunity she was presented as a kid, she wanted to help the underprivileged in her community. Remote Samoan villages rely mainly on farming but can’t reach markets to sell what they grow, leading them to a vicious cycle of poverty, hopelessness, and despair. To help these villages, Lisa brought the market to the farmers, driven to give locals their self-worth back. “Inner confidence builds better, sustainable futures.” Lisa’s organization's impact model gives farmers access to the market by buying their crops and offering employment through its value-add manufacturing process for export products. Full Name: Sasiranga De Silva Country: Sri Lanka Age: 32 Field of work: Environment Organization/Position: Director/ Chief Engineer at ThermalR Industries Pvt Ltd, Collaboration with University of Moratuwa MissionTo realise a sustainable future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Asia's transportation sector.Sasiranga's Story:Born and raised in a tropical country, over the years Sasiranga noticed rapid variations in temperature with unusually warm seasons in Sri Lanka. The authorities have noted that the rice cultivating seasons have shifted and diseases caused by air pollution have increased, particularly inland, where emissions concentrate. These observations drove Sasiranga to study climate change in depth whilst studying at university, and motivated him to do his part as an engineer to ensure a healthier and sustainable future is left for generations to come.It was during his work with General Motors that Sasiranga was doing research on electric batteries. That’s when he came up with the idea of electrifying tuk-tuks, three-wheelers found in many Asian countries. Sasiranga now manufactures electrical conversion kits to transform gasoline-powered vehicles into electrically powered tuk-tuks. He estimates that converting tuk-tuks to run on electricity will reduce each unit’s CO2 emissions by 65%. This is a huge number especially considering there are one million tuk-tuks in operation in Sri Lanka alone! Estimations also demonstrate that tuk-tuk drivers would save $1200 annually by switching to electric tuk-tuks, thus improving their lives. Full Name: Wai Wai Nu Country: Myanmar Age: 32 Field of work: Education, Women Empowerment, Human Rights Advocacy Organization/Position: Founder and Director of Women Peace Network Mission: Building peace, justice and social equality through empower, education and advocacy.Wai Wai's Story:Being sentenced to jail for opposing one of the world’s most brutal military regimes in Myanmar, Wai Wai met many women in prison that were victims of poverty, coercion, or both. This motivated Wai Wai to start her own organization, once freed. Wai Wai works on uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country through her organization. Women Peace Network runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. A typical class consists of 14-20 students, mostly in their twenties. Classes range in duration; some run for a weekend, ten days, or even for a full month. Women Peace Network has been able to produce young leaders who dedicate their time to social activities and building trust and peace among their communities, thus building solidarity among the minority segments in Myanmar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="infographic"][vc_column][vc_separator type="transparent" up="25px"][vc_single_image image="25532" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" qode_css_animation="" link="https://rebrand.ly/ec-impact-hero-2019-applicants-infographic-en"][vc_column_text]※ Please click on image for a higher resolution PDF file (272 KB).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][button target="_self" hover_type="default" text="Read more about Impact Heroes" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/impact-heroes/" margin="25px 25px 25px 25px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A call for help, from one island to another

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Where better to build an 'innovative city' than on the frontline of climate change?

 This was one of the key messages Earth Company’s Impact Hero, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, had for her audience at the recent Innovative City Forum in Tokyo.The Marshall Islands is a chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean. At just 2 meters above sea level, they have little protecting them from the ever rising tides. Homes and cemeteries on its low-lying islands are already being destroyed by king tides at a rate previously unheard of. [caption id="attachment_18990" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A cemetery in the Marshall Islands is washed away by rising seas.[/caption]A Marshallese poet and climate change activist, Kathy has been fighting for the rights of the small island nations on the frontline of climate change. She has used her voice and talent as an artist to draw international attention, and founded a nonprofit organisation, Jo-Jikum, with a mission to train other Marshallese youths to tell their stories to the world.Earth Company has been supporting Kathy's work - particularly in establishing and running Jo-Jikum - as our Impact Hero 2017.Invited to the annual Innovative City Forum to give a keynote speech by Mori Art Museum Curator Fumio Nanjo, Kathy shared the huge challenge her country, the Marshall Islands, faces as a result of climate change; from already serious flooding and droughts, to an uncertain future. But this wasn’t just a chance to educate.Kathy was there with a very specific call for action for the room full of innovative minds, creators, architects, designers, scientists and technologists from Japan - a country with great expertise and resource. 

0.5°C is the difference between life and death

 Representatives from low-lying island nations, like Kathy, and organisations such as 350.org have long campaigned to keep climate change to within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.Why 1.5°C?
"For a while, climate advocates were pushing for 2 degrees, but at 2 degrees our country would be under water. 0.5 degrees might not seem like much of a difference, but for our islands it’s the difference between life and death.”
  

"None of us expected it to be this bad, so soon"

 However, although a recent report by the IPCC suggests that 1.5°C might still possible if the international community takes unprecedented action, for some of the lowest lying nations, it may still be too great an increase in temperature.On stage in Tokyo, Kathy shared a conversation she had had this summer with Hawaii-based climate scientist, Chip Fletcher.“He shared projections of what different areas of our islands would look like with one foot of sea-level rise, two feet, three feet, and so on. When he showed our airport underwater after only one foot of sea level rise, I heard a mostly Marshallese audience collectively gasp out loud."
A temperature rise trajectory of 1.5°C by 2100 is estimated to raise sea levels by approximately 1.7ft (0.52m) [source], well above levels that will render key infrastructure unusable for the Marshalls.
  The IPCC report also lays out just how big a challenge it will be to limit global warming to just 1.5°C by 2100, and the simulations go on to predict the effect of even greater temperature and sea level rise.
In the worst case, we could be looking at a median sea-level rise of 5.9ft (1.8m).
 

Confronting a harsh reality

 What does this mean for countries like the Marshall Islands? "He [Chip] then moved forward with his assessment that the Marshall Islands can no longer only fight globally for mitigation, for the world to remain at 1.5 degrees Celsius. Instead, we must begin planning for adaptation – specifically building new islands. If we wanted to remain in our islands, he said, then we needed to seriously consider elevation."
 
It is too late to focus only on fighting to keep temperature rise to within 1.5°C. If the Marshallese are to protect their ancestral homes and the land that is so core to their history and culture, they need to look for new solutions.
 

"I am still grieving, and angry, over this path we are being forced to take"

 But Kathy’s anger and resentment towards this reality is clear. The Marshalls faces a huge challenge, not least because, "as a society impacted by colonialism and nuclearization, we are also a struggling nation lacking infrastructure and the technological expertise to create the solutions we need to survive.”
The Marshalls contributes only 0.00001 percent of the global total of emissions.
And yet, "we are now being forced to consider possibilities we would never have considered before, with money we don’t have."
 This anger led to a powerful collaboration between Kathy and a Greenlandic poet, Aka Niviâna. The poem and accompanying video they created with 350.org draws upon the unexpected link between their parallel realities of melting glaciers and rising sea levels (click the image below to watch the video).[caption id="attachment_25354" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (clicking on the image above will open the 350.org video page)[/caption] 

Moving from grief to action

 But Kathy also knows that grief will only get you so far. She closed her keynote speech with an invitation and call for action.One of the possibilities the Marshall Islands is exploring is reclaiming land - an area that Japan has a long history and deep expertise in. Yet with a GDP of just $199million USD, it seems unlikely the Marshall Islands will be able to follow in the footsteps of the Maldives, at least without substantial support. 
"Those artificial islands created by Maldives and Saudi Arabia are billion dollar projects for a handful of islands – we are a nation of 29 coral atolls and 1,156 individual islands and islets that stretches across 800,000 square kilometers, 500,000 square miles, of Pacific Ocean."
 

The Opportunity

 With this challenge, however, comes the opportunity for today’s innovators, scientists, architects, businesses, city planners and designers to come together and design a city. A city that can withstand the rising sea levels that the Marshalls face.
So Kathy has extended an invite to those working to build more resilient and innovative cities to visit the Marshalls. This is their chance to seize the opportunity to develop solutions in a country that is already facing the effects of climate change.
 It is a time of great uncertainty for her country, and the threat of displacement gets more serious with every day of inaction. And yet I get the sense that she, and others, still carry hope that our human determination in the face of challenge will prevail.“And in the face of climate changes, which inevitably impact us all, I end by asking, from one island to another, that rather than standing back and watching our sea level rise, that we all instead rise to meet the challenge of climate change, together. Thank you, komoltata, im arigato.”  

[Report by Mariko McTier with quotes from Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner]

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Impact Hero 2019 applications are open!!

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We are excited to announce that we have opened applications for our Impact Hero 2019!

Last year we received 24 applications from all over the Asia Pacific region, and we hope that this year - with your help - we can reach an even greater number of change-makers.

IMPACT HERO 2019 APPLICATIONS

 Earth Company selects one exceptional change-maker a year (whom we call an Impact Hero) from the Asia Pacific region and delivers customized support over three years.Our Impact HeroesJust like their predecessors - Bella GalhosRobin LimKathy Jetñil-Kijiner and John-Pierre Montilla - our next Impact Hero is expected to not only serve as an agent of hope for their own communities, but also inspire those who come to understand their life work.We are looking for those individuals who currently don’t have sufficient access to opportunities and resources, but could significantly deepen and expand their impact if provided with the right mix of support from Earth Company.

OUR IMPACT HEROES ARE:

 Future-oriented: Ambitious drive to achieve a paradigm shift in the environment and society; Passionate: Blazing passion, energy, and conviction; Inspirational: Special ability to inspire people around the world; Leadership: Natural magnetism to attract and mobilize supporters; Grounded: Deep trust and respect from the community

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

 
To be eligible, a nominee must be:
  • actively involved in tackling major social and/or environmental challenges in the developing countries of the Asia Pacific*;
  • serving on the leadership team of a social-purpose organization;
  • committed to the cause long-term;
  • able to communicate with the Earth Company team in English (or Japanese) regularly by email and phone;
  • aligned with the vision and values of Earth Company;
Earth Company is agnostic about number of years in operationorganizational maturitysectoral focusnationalityagegender and academic credentials. For-profit companies and nonprofit organizations – and everything in between – are eligible.*For details of eligible countries download our guidelines (PDF).

WHAT SUPPORT DOES EARTH COMPANY PROVIDE?

 Our support package is tailor-made to suit each Impact Heroes needs and includes:① tailor-made fundraising (~US$100k) ② marketing support ③ nonprofit management coachingFind out more about each of these here, and to see the difference this support can make, take a look at the impact of 3 years' support for our first Impact Hero, Bella Galhos →

SOUNDS AMAZING! WHAT NEXT?

 Details of the application process and a link to the application form can be found by clicking FIND OUT MORE! below, or by downloading these guidelines.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="center" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][button target="_self" hover_type="default" text="FIND OUT MORE!"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Whether you are a potential candidate yourself, or are connected to the exceptional change-makers we seek, you can help us make sure we support those who need it most. Please share, and we look forward to receiving some great applications!

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Impact Hero 2015 Bella Galhos: 3 Years of dedicated support comes to a close

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Contents
 
  1. Why did we decide to support Bella?
  2. What did we do for Bella?
  3. What has Bella been able to achieve? [Infographic]
  4. Short Film 
  5. Ana's Story
  6. Partners
[/ordered_list][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="01"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]March 2018 marked the end of our three-year dedicated support period for our very first Impact Hero, Bella Galhos.When we explain our support model to people for the first time - selecting just one, exceptional change-maker each year to become an Earth Company Impact Hero and giving them tailored, deep support - we are often met with surprise.We strongly believe that by standing alongside our Impact Heroes, working closely with them to truly understand their needs and empowering them to achieve their potential, we are accelerating change far more effectively than we could otherwise.So why do we take this approach, and what is its impact?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="19412" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1525848972440{border-top-width: 50px !important;border-bottom-width: 50px !important;}"]
Empowering those who have the greatest potential for change
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="23672" img_size="large" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Let’s take our very first Impact Hero, Bella Galhos.A true survivor and warrior, Bella had a dream; a dream to transform her war-torn country of Timor-Leste into a prosperous and sustainable country.However, in 2014, this dream, and an empty plot of land in the mountains of Maubisse, Timor-Leste, was all Bella had. Potential government funding had been withdrawn, and she was unable to find anyone who would support a woman-led, grassroots project in Timor-Leste.She is the reason, in fact, that we founded Earth Company - to support inspiring, future-oriented and passionate leaders who have the potential to transform, but are unable to access the resources they need to fulfil that potential.

Click here to read more about Bella →

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Accelerating the Impact of our Impact Heroes: what does it take?
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Earth Company’s support for Bella commenced at the end of 2014. Our support started, but did not end with fundraising.FUNDRAISING: We raised a total of 135,200 USD* (*calculated at 100 JPY = 1 USD) over three years to fund the building of Leublora Green Village’s (LGV) key facilities (Leublora Green School and the Green Villas).OPPORTUNITY BUILDING: Bella was able to bring on further funding and in-kind support indirectly through Earth Company’s promotion of LGV and introduction of key partners.NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT CONSULTING: Earth Company’s advisory to Bella ensures that LGV as an organisation is in a position to make the best possible use of the funds and support they receive in the future.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="24103" img_size="large" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" qode_css_animation="" link="https://rebrand.ly/ec-impact-hero-2015-bella-3-years-infographic"][vc_column_text]

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What has Bella been able to achieve?
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And these numbers show that LGV has already had a great impact on its community.

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For the full infographic report, click here or on the thumbnail below.

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Short Film
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]Words and numbers on a page however are limited in their ability to evoke the true impact of Bella’s work, so here is a beautiful short film that will take you deep into the Timorese mountains to meet Bella and see Leublora Green Village for yourself.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFuuuOo-9sA" el_width="70" align="center"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="05"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1528922399104{border-top-width: 50px !important;border-bottom-width: 50px !important;}"]
LGV’s Impact - Ana's Story
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="24098" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]Meet Ana. Ana and her family live up the hill from Leublora, in a village called Rai Ligo. When Bella first met Ana, her mother was pregnant with her sixth child, but the family had no regular income and their village had no water supply.Although 4 years old at the time of this photo, Ana was severely malnourished, suffering from asthma and scabies, and could easily be mistaken for a child half her age.The only food her family had access to was the corn they were growing, and so were eating corn for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also had no access to clean water.LGV started to provide Ana’s family with monthly nutritional support packages and introduced her mother to their Women’s Organic Farming Cooperative. Not only did Ana’s mother join the cooperative, but after voicing her dreams of making a garden at home, LGV provided her with the seeds to start. LGV also persuaded local NGOs to provide their village with a water supply, and, thanks to corporate donations, the village soon had two large water tanks.With this support, the entire family’s health improved dramatically, and two of Ana’s siblings have now even started attending school. Although Anna 's asthma is not yet cured entirely, her symptoms have greatly improved. In LGV’s last visit, they were greeted with a huge smile 🙂LGV’s support has given Ana and her family a second chance at life.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="24115" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1528931150305{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}"][vc_column_text]The progress from an empty plot of land and an idea is remarkable, but Bella’s work and Timor-Leste’s story do not finish here.While Earth Company's official support period has come to a close, we have endeavoured to ensure that she is in the best possible position to continue her inspiring work. If you are interested in supporting her and LGV, please do not hesitate to get in touch - either with us at [email protected], or with LGV directly, via their website.And you can help LGV’s cause simply by sharing the video linked above, either on youtube or facebook.You can support Earth Company’s continued work to support our Impact Heroes, and/or their work directly via our donation page.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="06"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Partners

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Announcing our Impact Hero 2018!

Late last year, 24 changemakers in the Asia Pacific applied for the chance to be Earth Company's Impact Hero of the Year.As our first open call for applications, people asked us how on earth we were going to find someone that could stand alongside our existing Impact Heroes. And we were nervous. What if we couldn't?!We needn't have worried.Each of our six finalists has the qualities of an Impact Hero, and the level was so high that our final decision took much longer that expected. But, after weeks of deliberating - both in our waking hours and in our dreams - we are now clear.And it is with great pride and excitement that we introduce you to our...

IMPACT HERO 2018!

 

🎊 John-Pierre Montilla 🎊

 

Founder, Kabataang Gabay sa Positiong Pamumuhay (Peers for Positive Living) Philippines

Born into a world of poverty as an unwanted child, John-Pierre found himself a victim of abuse, and eventually forced out onto the streets at the tender age of 12. Like so many others,John-Pierre's fight to survive led him into a dangerous world of drug-related crime and even child prostitution.Having found a way to escape this dark world, John-Pierre has committed his life to serving other street children to help them do the same; using his own pain, experiences and understanding to help them to not just survive, but to fulfil their dreams and aspirations. 
"I realize now that I experienced so much pain and and struggle for a purpose...I believe that my mission now is to go back to the streets where I once belonged and help street children reach their aspirations and dreams the way I did."
 John-Pierre founded a nonprofit group with the goal of doing just this. Twenty years later, there are now 16 branches across the country empowering 8,000 youths in their struggle for survival, dignity, and a brighter future.John-Pierre now works for the government in the Department of Social Welfare and Development, reinvesting the majority of his salary into his own organization in his fight to protect vulnerable youths. Despite his position in the organization and the number of youths he has supported, John-Pierre says that he is still trying to heal the scars from his childhood, and believes that he is no different from the people he is trying to help.We now enter a phase of working closely with John-Pierre to fully grasp his needs and those of his organization. 

Runner-up : Sharad Chandra Rai

 Founder and CEO, YouMe Nepal NepalBorn and raised in a remote village in Nepal, Rai was fortunate enough to receive a high level of education and to study abroad. However, for most in Nepal, basic educational needs are still unmet. Rai founded YouMe Nepal in order to help turn this situation around. He works in Japan to earn a basic income, before reinvesting that into running his organization. His ultimate goal is to reduce educational inequality and provide educational opportunities to children in rural areas of Nepal, regardless of their caste. 

Jury's Award : Piter Harry Panjaitan

 Director, Bali Life Foundation IndonesiaBali Life Foundation was founded in 2006 with the aim of providing street children with food, clothing, shelter and a basic education. However, Piter believes that saving orphans is just treating the symptoms – not the cause – of a wider problem. Since taking over the organization in 2013, Piter has also started to provide support to families in order to enable them break out of the cycle of poverty and increase their chances of staying together.See Rai and Piter's full profiles here →

Impact Hero 2018 – The Candidates!

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Earth Company’s first open call for Impact Hero nominations attracted over 70 nominations from across the Asia Pacific, which resulted in 24 Impact Hero applications. Below, we give you a little insight into the applicants, as well as a close up of our six finalists.

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Who applied?
All three Impact Heroes so far have been women, but this time 80% of the 24 applicants were men. Although 2/3 of all applicants were aged 30 - 40, there were 3 young candidates in their 20s, and 5 experienced candidates in their 60s and 70s!The candidates address a wide range of SDGs through their activities. There is a strong focus on environmental and educational goals, but also on tackling poverty and promoting better healthcare.The majority of candidates run their organization on an annual budget of less than 100,000 USD. 
What kind of support are they looking for?
Earth Company Impact Hero Nominations 2018 - InfographicAll 24 candidates were keen to gain fundraising support for their activities, but 67% of candidates also seek Earth Company’s support in opportunity building (introducing partners, PR etc) and 50% in nonprofit management coaching. We can see a clear need for the tailored support that Earth Company provides.At the bottom of this page is an INFOGRAPHIC that provides some insight into our 24 candidates. But first, here is a little more on the six finalists, their life stories, and how they are devoting their lives to fighting social issues in their region (listed in alphabetical order).Our Impact Hero 2018 will be chosen from these six finalists and announced in January 2018. Watch this space!

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① Ram
Full Name: K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar Country: India Age: 28 Organization/Position: Co-founder and Executive Director, Youth For Conservation (YFC), a nonprofit initiative of Trust for Environmental Education (TREE) Mission: Improving eco-literacy in schools by connecting children to nature using the visual medium and hands-on learning.Ram's Story:Born in a rural village in southern India, Ram grew up surrounded by nature and developed a deep love and respect for it. By his early 20s, Ram was traversing the country on photography and filmmaking assignments, documenting the natural world, but also witnessing the ecological degredation happening around him. He began to notice the huge disconnect between humans and the natural world they depend on, which he hypothesised was behind this destruction. He resolved to bridge this gap, using his skills to give children the the opportunity to connect with and develop a love for the natural world.With his goal to use natural-history documentaries to educate young people about the ecosystem and the need for conservation, Ram has already reached 50,000 local students in the past 2 years through his work, using picture books, documentaries and setting up forest schools (that provide a hands-on approach to learning about environmental issues in schools and opportunity to connect with nature) as teaching materials. This is an impressive feat, and something that Ram is quick to note he’s only been able to achieve thanks to the support he’s received from his community, including the school teachers who have collaborated with him. But he dreams about how much more he could achieve if he had more funding and a team behind him. 
Maheen
Abdul Matin Sheikh Maheen Full Name: Abdul Matin Sheikh Maheen Country: Bangladesh Age: 28 Organization/Position: CEO and Founder, BacBon Limited / BacBon Foundation Mission: To be the backbone of society through the power of educationMaheen's Story:Maheen was born into a poor family in one of the poorest regions of Bangladesh. Despite this unfavourable start in life, thanks to support from those around him - his math teacher, his family - and a lot of hard work, Maheen managed to graduate from Dhaka University, the top university in Bangladesh, and go on to Hitotsubashi University in Japan for his masters. Forty percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million population are under the age of 15. Yet the country’s educational infrastructure falls considerably short of providing for this high youth population, complicated further by the country’s economic challenges. Maheen founded his e-Education project in 2013 to address this challenge, with a vision of using technology to bring about a systemic change in the education system in Bangladesh.Maheen has been using online courses to provide educational opportunities to children who would otherwise have very limited access to education and to schools with limited teaching resource. In recent years, his activities have started to garner attention from the government and major companies alike. Maheen believes that education forms the backbone of the society, and he aims to help teachers to make a positive impact on their country through the power of education. 
③ John
Full Name: Johnpierre Montilla Country: Philippines Age: 41 Organization/Position: Founder, Kabataang Gabay sa Positiong Pamumuhay (Peers for Positive Living) Mission: To provide care to vulnerable youths who have fallen victim to drugs, violence and crime; supporting social reintegration and implementing prevention measures.John's Story:John was born in Negros Island, Philippines, into a family of 5 brothers. John’s mother was forced to get married at 16, and John was born despite attempted abortions. He grew up as an unwanted child without knowing what it is to be loved, and eventually ran away from home at the age of 12. Though initially sheltered by his aunt, he was forced out onto the streets after being discovered by his mother. 7 years later, having fallen into child prostitution and gotten involved in drug gangs in his fight to survive, he was finally saved by a governmental organization.Saved from an uncertain fate, John was fortunately able to go back to school. In 1998, whilst at university, he founded a nonprofit group with the goal of supporting young people - as young as 7 years old - who were abandoned by their parents and had become victims of drug-related crime and child prostitution, just like he had himself. Twenty years after its founding, there are now 16 branches across the country helping 8,000 youths to recover and preventing others from becoming victims in the first place.John now works for the government in the Department of Social Welfare and Development, reinvesting the majority of his salary into his own organization in his fight to protect vulnerable youths. Despite his position in the organization and the number of youths he has supported, John says that he is still trying to heal the scars from his childhood, and believes that he is no different from the people he is trying to help. 
④ Piter
Full Name: Piter Harry Panjaitan Country: Indonesia Age: 35 Organization/Position: Director, Bali Life Foundation Mission: To shelter street children and provide education and a living environment to them, while delivering skills training opportunities to parents.Piter's Story:Brought up in a middle class family, Piter’s mother taught him to share with others, and his father taught him to give back to society. Piter and his older sister have always been active contributors to society; for example his sister in relief efforts after the Indian Ocean off Sumatra earthquake in 2004, and Piter after the Bali attack in 2002.When Piter's sister and her husband started Bali Life Foundation in 2006 with the aim of providing street children with food, clothing, shelter and a basic education, they were overwhelmed by demand. Piter got drawn into using his skills as a musician to entertain and cheer up the children, but he soon began to play a key role, eventually taking charge of the organization in 2013. Currently more than 40 children live at Bali Life Foundation, and some have even gone on to attend university.However, Piter believes that saving orphans is just treating the symptoms – not the cause – of a wider problem, and ultimately it would be better if the children hadn’t left their families in the first place. And so now the foundation has started to provide skills training and support to families in order to help them break out of the cycle of poverty and increase their chances of staying together.The organization is just about getting by financially, but lacks the access to opportunities and resources to expand and deepen Bali Life’s impact on the communities they work with. Piter is dedicating every single day to ensuring his organization can continue to help those most in need. 
⑤ Sebastien
Sebastien Perret, Laos Full Name: Sebastien Perret Country: Laos Age: 40 Organization/Position: Founder and Executive Director, Vientiane Rescue 1623 Mission: To provide a free rescue service where there is no access to emergency services for road traffic injuries.Sebastien's Story:Sebastien was born in France, and whilst studying to become an elementary school teacher, he volunteered as a firefighter. Sebastien spent a few years working in Paris, but his life would change dramatically when he travelled to Laos as a volunteer.As Laos had started to develop economically, the number of traffic accidents increased every year, and yet there were no emergency services. Despite becoming a critical issue with a growing number of lives being lost on the roads, neither government nor existing NGOs dealt with it, perhaps due to the complexity of the challenge. While working for the Red Cross in 2010, Sebastien decided to launch Laos’ first free emergency service with local youth volunteers, despite having neither the funds nor the experience of running such an organization.The team of volunteers has faced many challenges. For example, there were times, especially at first, when the injured were turned away by doctors when they realised the patients wouldn’t be able to pay for care. But the team is so dedicated that they find ways to overcome these obstacles. So dedicated, for example, that a team member even showed up after having broken a bone the previous day, wanting to find a way to help the team despite their injury!The doctors that once turned them away now thank them for what they do, and the team is starting to see the positive change brought about by their dedication. They are currently exploring new projects and models in order to be able to save a greater number of lives and raise awareness, but are in urgent need of resources. 
⑥ Rai
Sharad Chandra Rai, Nepal Full Name: Sharad Chandra Rai Country: Nepal Age: 30 Organization/Position: Founder and CEO, YouMe Nepal Mission: To develop solutions to educational inequality and provide educational opportunities to children in rural areas of Nepal, regardless of their caste.Rai's Story:Rai was born and raised in a remote village near the Himalayas in Nepal; so remote that, to this day, they still don’t have local access to gas, drinking water, or electricity. As a child, Rai had to wake up at 4:30 every morning and spend 2 hours fetching water, and then another 2 hours to commute to and from his school. At age 10, he was fortunate to be selected as one of 99 national scholarship recipients out of 10,000 applicants. After graduating from an inner city school, he moved to Japan to study at Ritsumeikan University and then University of Tokyo graduate school, again on a scholarship.Although Rai was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive a high level of education and study abroad, his own country has basic educational needs that are still unmet. For instance, many schools throughout the country struggle with a shortage of teachers.So, in 2011, Rai founded YouMe Nepal in order to help turn this situation around. He has already built 2 YouMe Schools which now cater for 200 enthusiastic students, but his ultimate goal is to provide high quality education in all 75 districts in Nepal.Rai currently works for Softbank in Japan in order to earn a basic income, and spends a great deal of this on running his organization. As soon as financially possible, he aims to return to Nepal to work full time on YouMe Nepal. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="infographic"][vc_column][vc_separator type="transparent" up="25px"][vc_single_image image="17303" img_size="80x60" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_single_image image="21831" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" qode_css_animation="" link="https://goo.gl/n7FAZk"][vc_column_text] ※ Please click on image for a higher resolution PDF file (0.75 MB).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][button target="_self" hover_type="default" text="Read more about Impact Heroes" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/impact-heroes/" margin="25px 25px 25px 25px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing the Impact Hero 2024!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]And thus, Earth Company’s search for the IMPACT HERO 2024 has reached its final stop.This year’s call for the next Impact Hero received a record breaking total of 96 inspiring changemakers, who are doing life-changing work in 26 different countries.With the evolution of our program, we selected 8 changemakers forming the Impact Hero Class of 2024 where they have been participating in our year-long accelerator— the Lead-to-Regenerate acceleration program. This program, which we have continuously evolved and polished, is to help us better understand their work and identify their exact support needs. In addition, it is also a prerequisite to be considered to become the winner.Choosing the winner has never been an easy feat, but after a phenomenal 6-month journey with all the heroes, it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our IMPACT HERO 2024…[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

 IMPACT HERO 2024 : Surya Karki

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Country: NepalOrganization:UWS Nepal
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An educator who built 82 schools in remote regions of Nepal, providing educational opportunities for over 14,000 underprivileged children
 In Nepal, one in four children cannot complete eight years of basic education due to economic reasons. Born and raised in a remote village himself, it took Surya two and a half hours on foot to reach the nearest school. With the encouragement of his single mother who understood the importance of education, he would continue to make that walk and go to school, until he eventually won a national scholarship to study in the capital, Kathmandu, and earned a master's degree to study in China.Upon returning to Nepal and visiting rural areas, he observed that the restrictive access to education had stayed the same and decided to commit to reforming the education landscape in Nepal. Drawing from his past experiences in starting up educational institutions, Surya established UWS Nepal in 2015.To date, UWS Nepal has established 82 elementary and middle schools, providing education to over 14,000 children in rural areas of Nepal. What’s more, by successfully implementing programs such as teacher training, menstrual hygiene workshops for female students, and school meal programs to reduce dropout rates, UWS Nepal boasts a 92% completion rate of basic education in its partner schools. Through collaboration with the government, they aim to expand these programs nationwide to address educational disparities across the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for Selection
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  • In addition to the incredible achievements UWS has achieved, Surya demonstrates a big vision and a long-term perspective, positioning himself to lead the country's education moving forward.
  • In 2024, UWS began initiatives to broaden its educational programs in partnership with the Nepalese government. This demonstrates their commitment to advancing educational reform throughout the country, emphasizing both physical infrastructure and curriculum enhancement, establishing them as key players capable of making national-level changes.
  • There is a clear need for support to cover operational costs of approximately $72,000, which would enable government-affiliated educational programs to reach 7,000 children in 10 schools over the next five years. Earth Company is confident that these national-level educational initiatives will have a significant impact. 
  • Surya boasts a proactive approach to acquiring the necessary knowledge and a willingness to reevaluate his leadership. He has the potential to fully utilize Earth Company's support to realize his vision.
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A Message from Surya
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtUI2rKbmSM" el_width="60" align="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]”Hi, everybody. My name is Surya Karki and I'm the co-founder and director of the Nepal, and the Earth Company’s Impact Hero 2024. I'm excited, very excited, surprised, very happy, and grateful for the opportunity. This is really an opportunity to make a real difference for those who need it the most, the most vulnerable communities of Nepal. I still can't believe it, but here we are finally at the starting point of a new journey. This is a new beginning with Earth Company and I can't wait to get started. Our goal is to provide quality education for over 10,000 Children in Western Nepal. We will empower these communities, give them a voice, and help them find solutions to their biggest challenges. ”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]Together with our new Impact Hero, Surya Karki, Earth Company will be committed to supporting children and their parents in the most marginalized communities in Nepal until December 2026.We also have some exciting news! Surya’s visit to Japan has been confirmed for our 10-year anniversary event, "Earth Company Tokyo Pop Up," scheduled for October 6, 2024. We are thrilled about the opportunity to meet our supporters in Japan. Event details will be announced next month in August. Please save the date and stay tuned![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Discovering the Path to Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Embarking on an entrepreneurship and sustainability journey is both exciting and challenging. It begins with a vision to address a specific problem, followed by thorough research and planning, leading to execution and continuous adaptation to the current situation. The journey is not always easy, but the rewards can be meaningful.In collaboration with Global Green Connect (GGC), the Impact Academy team recently hosted the finalists of the SDGs Open Hack 2023. This annual hackathon event, organized by GGC, aims to nurture future impact-minded entrepreneurs. The prize: one team goes to a summer school in Geneva, and another team to Bali for an immersive experience, hosted by Earth Company.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36338" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The team of four final-year business students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) immersed themselves in a transformative 3-day educational experience. The program offered them a unique opportunity to deep dive into the entrepreneurship journeys of five remarkable founders: Benny Santoso from Tempe Man, Lenny Heitzhausen from Jiwa Garden, Ni Nyoman Rida Bimastini from Magi Farm, Ni Made Roni from Made Tea, and Earth Company’s co-founder, Tomo Hamakawa.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36340" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The program went beyond listening and learning, but also emphasized doing and engaging. The participants made their own tempe (an Indonesian superfood made from fermented soybeans), learned how to compost, harvested maggots, and blended their own tea. These hands-on activities helped them explore their own creativity and understand practical regenerative practices.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36342" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Throughout the experience, participants had plenty of time to slow down and reflect on their own journeys. This was an important part of the program, allowing them to connect what they learned from the founders to their own goals and dreams. The participants appreciated the opportunity to meet passionate founders who shared their unique stories of starting and growing their organizations. These encounters left participants feeling inspired and excited for their own journeys ahead.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36344" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Participants also gained insights into different mindsets on success, simplicity, and persistence. They learned that success can have different meanings, from financial stability to social impact and personal fulfillment. The simplicity of starting something new, the importance of persistence in facing challenges, and the need to adapt and be flexible were key lessons that resonated deeply with everyone involved.Overall, the 3-day program provided a rich blend of learning, hands-on activities, and personal reflection. By immersing themselves in the stories of entrepreneurs and engaging in practical experiences, the NTU students gained valuable insights into sustainability and entrepreneurship. This journey not only equipped them with new skills and knowledge but also inspired them to continue their own paths with renewed passion and purpose. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]

Have a read below at some of their testimonies!
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The Changemakers’ Transformative Journey at the Heroes Bali Camp 2024

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What changed from last year?

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  • a detailed pre-survey developed based on our expertise from a decade of supporting changemakers, helping both Earth Company and the heroes themselves better understand where they are in their unique changemaking journey;
  • an hour-long needs assessment calls with each hero to mutually understand the areas in need of support and agree on concrete outcomes to achieve during the camp; and
  • covering in online seminars practical topics such as strategic management, marketing, and fundraising prior to the camp so that we can jump into working on actionable strategies during the camp to drive their missions forward.
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Bali Camp: A Hub of Learning and Connection

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DAY1
Orientation and Pechakucha Night
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36323" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The camp kicked off with an introduction led by a cohort member, Deepak Ramola from India. The heroes engaged in a heart-opening session that immediately created a safe space and strong bond right from the start of the camp.At night was the Pechakucha Event hosted by the The Bridge Parents Community at Green School Bali. All eight heroes presented their missions in a dynamic 20x20 format (20 slides, 20 seconds each), which was met with overwhelming positivity. We are glad to see some of the connections made from this event are continuing on! You can watch their talks here. Thank you Green School / The Bridge parent community for caring about the world with our heroes![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36303" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36305" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY2
Mentoring Sessions and Networking Dinner
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36307" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The second day was a bootcamp of personalized mentoring sessions, with each hero paired with mentors from the Earth Company team and its extended network. These sessions were carefully curated based on prior needs assessments. Our heartfelt gratitude to our dear partner, ForGood, who took the time to help our heroes build their websites and brochures![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36309" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The day concluded with a networking dinner where we invited 15 vision-aligned compassionate leaders from different sectors and corners of the world to meet our heroes, fostering meaningful connections potentially leading to future collaborations and support.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY3
Visit to Bumi Sehat
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36311" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]On day 3, the heroes engaged in an in-person seminar on Regeneration and Regenerative Leadership delivered by our founder, Aska Hamakawa. This session challenged traditional notions of development and sustainability, enabling discussions on collectively creating a world that doesn't generate problems in the first place, but developing a world where our lives holistically regenerate the planetary wellbeing for all beings to co-thrive. The session also touched on the interconnection between inner and outer sustainability, emphasizing the need for changemakers to care for themselves to effectively extend the positive impact to their communities and the planet.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36313" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36315" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]They also visited Bumi Sehat, where they met Robin Lim, the Impact Hero 2016, and learned more about her holistic approach and life-saving work where she has helped bring 15,000 babies earthside safely across her 6 clinics in Indonesia and the Philippines as well as some of the worst disaster-stricken areas around the world. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY4
Reflection Day
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36317" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The final day was dedicated to reflection. Heroes shared their insights and experiences from the past four days, highlighting the profound impact of the camp. Our Impact Hero Support Team also reflected on how the heroes’ stories of resilience and dedication renew their determination to overcome the constant frustration of not being able to solicit enough support for the heroes and do more. The mutual exchange of inspiration, motivation, and hope was a testament to the resounding success of this year’s Heroes Bali Camp. Below are some of the things our heroes had to say about the Bali Camp.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36188" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Bobby Chan:"If I had to describe my experience at this camp in one word, it would be 'resurrected.'... In my work seizing chainsaws from illegal loggers, I've lost 13 colleagues. Leading such dangerous efforts made me lose my smile. But I realized I want to be remembered not as a 'tough chainsaw man' but as a kind, gentle and funny person that I am when I leave this world." [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36190" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Ayesha Vera-Yu:"Bali Camp, with its community of heroes, gave me the space to reflect on my journey as a changemaker."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36192" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Sakdiyah Ma’Ruf:"Growing up in a strict Islamic family, I feared the pain and terror of violence and domestic abuse, and I still bear those scars. Bali Camp helped me confront my trauma, and with the love from the heroes and Robin (Lim), I feel that a new journey has begun."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="36194" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle_2" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Surya Karki:"I have joined several acceleration programs for social entrepreneurs, but the support from Earth Company stood out as something unique and far beyond anything I had experienced before."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

A Transformative Experience

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36320" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The camp was more than just a gathering of our heroes in Bali; it was a transformative journey for all involved. By providing customized support, fostering deep connections, and emphasizing both practical skills and personal well-being, Earth Company has set a new standard for nurturing the next generation of changemakers. This camp not only empowered the heroes but also reinforced the importance of collectivism in creating a better world. Every Heroes Bali Camp restores hope in humanity. Hearing all their stories, struggles and pains, it humbles us, reinvigorates us to do more, and reminds us of the meaning of our very being and existence. Let’s come together, everyone. We are the generation to save this world. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Nurturing Future Changemakers: Indonesian and Japanese Youth Collaborating as Global Citizens

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In collaboration with GiFT, the Impact Academy team hosted the 13th batch of an amazing group of students for the Diversity Voyage Spring program.  In the spirit of collaboration and regeneration, Impact Academy recently hosted a transformative 6-day program for 30 participants, comprising 18 Japanese and 12 Indonesian students from higher learning institutions like Toyo University, Udayana University, Ganesha University of Education, and Bali State Polytechnic. Divided into six groups, these budding changemakers embarked on a journey to co-create regenerative futures with local communities, embodying the spirit of global citizens.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36125" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The initial days (Day 1–3) were not just about building teams; they fostered a sense of unity and shared purpose. Through ice-breaking games, nature walks, and engaging activities, participants developed meaningful connections. They delved into the world of sustainability, gaining insights from the life stories of our co-founders Tomo and Aska, and exploring local social enterprises like Indosole and ChopValue that are working to solve some of Bali’s biggest environmental challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36127" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36129" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36131" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The subsequent days (Day 4–6) were dedicated to shaping ideas that would be presented at the program's culmination. Intensive brainstorming sessions, constructive feedback from mentors, and continuous iterations honed not only their concepts but also their communication and presentation skills. The participants demonstrated remarkable growth, showcasing improved eye contact, enhanced presentation skills, and even tangible demonstration of their ideas. As the program reached its peak, participants shared reflections of their transformative experiences. One participant, in particular, expressed a profound personal transformation – evolving from initial shyness to embracing collaboration with newfound confidence.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36133" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Impact Academy's endeavor to nurture future changemakers was evident in the reflections of these young minds. The program not only equipped them with the tools to co-create regenerative futures but also instilled a sense of resilience and global citizenship, as well as inspiring action. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing The Impact Heroes Class of 2024

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Following the changes made to the Impact Heroes selection process last year, Earth Company has selected its next cohort of changemakers to support this coming year.The application process attracted changemakers with great vision and energy, who are driving forward life-changing projects. And after a rigorous five-month process of assessing, interviewing, and shortlisting candidates from an outstanding pool of 96 applicants, it is with great pleasure that we announce the Impact Heroes Class of 2024.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="35962" img_size="large" alignment="center" onclick="img_link_large" img_link_target="_blank" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]

Our One-Year Commitment: Nurturing Regenerative Leaders
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]These 9 exceptional individuals will become part of our Impact Heroes Class of 2024, who for the next 12 months will be taking part in our Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Changemaker program. The L2R Program provides each member of the with a unique opportunity to hone their skills and knowledge, to network and get access to resources, and be mentored to become regenerative leaders in their respective work. The program consists of:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
  1. Online Sessions
From January to June, Earth Company will organize a series of online sessions (approximately once a month) where heroes will learn and delve into the concept of regenerative leadership as well as practical knowledge needed to accelerate their impact and organizational development.
  1. Heroes Camp in Bali
An all-expense paid 5-day camp in Bali, gathering all the heroes to meet each other, the Earth Company team, as well as potential collaborators and supporters. Click here to read about last year’s camp.
  1. Mentorship
Based on the support needs of each hero, Earth Company will connect them to a mentor with expertise in business development, marketing, leadership, etc.
  1. Opportunity Building
Based on the needs shared by each hero, Earth Company will try to introduce as many opportunities as possible whenever occasion arises within our network.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]
Get to Know IMPACT HEROES CLASS OF 2024
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Deepak Ramola
Focus geography India, the USA, Europe Organization Project FUEL Mission  Developing a new paradigm of education that draws from life lessons, making them tangible and applicable in building fulfilling lives for individuals and society at large.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35713" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Deepak Ramola, a wisdom historian and educator, weaves a tapestry of lifelong learning. A Harvard GSE alum, he served as UNESCO MGIEP's Kindness Ambassador. Deepak's journey began at 14, inspired by his mother's wisdom of ""Life is a classroom"",  shaping Project FUEL's unique approach to education. Project FUEL pioneers a transformative educational approach, gathering and archiving ""life lessons"" from real experiences. Channeling this wisdom, they address social issues, while emphasizing well-being. This innovative method imparts essential life skills crucial for crafting not only a livelihood but also a fulfilling life.For 13 years, Deepak's Project FUEL collected life lessons from 195 countries, recognized globally as a top 100 innovator in education and has been adopted globally across five continents. With a focus on well-being education, he imparts life skills to 400,000+ people worldwide, building richer lives and meaningful livelihoods.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Surya Karki
Focus geography Nepal Organization UWS Nepal Mission  Offering high-quality and inclusive educational opportunities to marginalized children residing in remote areas of Nepal to uplift communities’ prosperity.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35715" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Raised by a single mother, Surya overcame economic hurdles, traveling two and a half hours daily just to go to school. Now, Surya Karki is a global education leader, embarked on an extraordinary journey from a poverty-stricken village to co-founding UWS Nepal, impacting over 13,950 children across 76 schools in 5 districts, where currently 12,000 students are enrolled.Recognized with prestigious awards, including the Prince of Wales Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award and Forbes 30U30, Surya co-founded UWS Nepal in 2015, to bring quality education to the most marginalized of communities in Nepal.  Surya envisions education as a catalyst for lifting Nepalese communities from poverty to prosperity, embodying resilience and dedication.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Lian Thangvung
Focus geography India Organization QONECT Mission Providing same-day small loans for medical expenses to underserved low-income individuals and reshaping India’s healthcare landscape through a FinTech business. 
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35721" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Lian Thangvung, a compassionate leader with a decade of medical billing expertise, transforms tragedy into a mission. Fueled by the loss of his father to cancer, Lian pioneers a social impact Start-Up, driven by empathy and a deep understanding of healthcare struggles. Having witnessed the barriers to medical access for low-income Indians, he tackles the issue head-on. Through his initiative, QONECT, Lian provides same-day small loans for medical expenses to those living on less than $4 a day. With a vision to reach 200,000 impoverished individuals by 2030, Lian breaks down financial constraints, ensuring everyone, regardless of economic status, receives timely, quality medical care. His commitment aims to reshape India's healthcare landscape, addressing the disparity in insurance coverage and high medical expenses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Robert A. Chan
Focus geography Philippines Organization Palawan NGO Network (PNNI) Mission Championing tangible actions for sustainable development among local communities to safeguard Palawan’s natural resources against illegal logging and fisheries.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35719" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Atty. Robert “Bobby” Chan, a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University and a qualified environmental lawyer in the Philippines, has devoted his career to protecting Palawan's rich natural resources. With a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo School of Law, he began as a Legal Staff at the Environmental Legal Assistance Center, later leading the Palawan NGO Network Incorporated (PNNI) as its Executive Director since 2009. Known as the "chainsaw man" of Palawan, Bobby safeguards over 700 confiscated chainsaws and equipment, along with several dynamite fishing boats and mining equipment fighting against illegal logging and fisheries. Beyond titles, he's an advocate of deeds, emphasizing tangible actions over mere words. Through PNNI, a network of 39 environmental organizations, Bobby works towards sustainable development, empowering local communities through education and resisting environmental destruction, aiming to balance resource use and protection in Palawan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Ayesha Vera-Yu
Focus geography Philippines Organization ARK Mission Empowering small farmers through a community-wide vegetable exchange program, to solve hunger and create climate-positive economies and self-sustaining futures.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35725" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Ayesha Vera-Yu, CEO and Co-Founder of ARKSolves.org (ARK), is a visionary social impact innovator transforming communities in the developing world. Through Feed Back, a 16-week program developed by ARK, she breaks the chains of systemic binds, empowering small farmers to achieve food security and economic resilience. Families transition from monocropping to cultivating their food, fostering a community-wide vegetable exchange that not only satisfies local needs but also generates surplus for market sales. Ayesha's low-cost solutions create self-sustaining and resilient economy in addressing hunger, and climate challenges.Recognized as a World Economic Forum YGL, Ashoka Fellow, and leader in Facebook and Morgan Stanley's accelerator programs, Ayesha leverages her expertise as a former Director at BNP Paribas. With an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke, she pioneers lasting impact in agricultural transformation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Millicent Barty
Focus geography Solomon islands Organization Kastom Keepers Mission Documenting ancestral traditions and wisdom, and storing them on digital platforms, in order to preserve the cultural roots and foster a bridge to the succeeding generations in fighting against climate change.  
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35727" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story:  Millicent Barty, the visionary founder of Kastom Keepers, blends indigenous wisdom with modern innovation to champion climate resilience in the Solomon Islands. As a versatile designer, social entrepreneur, oral historian, and tech enthusiast, Millicent employs design thinking to bridge generations and safeguard traditional knowledge and practices across Melanesia. Recognized as an Emerson Collective Fellow, Obama Scholar, and Queen’s Young Leaders award-winner, she spearheads cultural preservation to combat climate challenges. Having experienced displacement due to ethnic disputes, Millicent returned to her roots, and uses digital platforms to ensure the legacy of cultural identity, amid climate crises, does not disappear. Kastom Keepers empowers communities facing rising seas, providing a vital link to indigneous wisdom, securing a resilient future for generations to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Sakdiyah Ma'ruf
Focus geography Indonesia Organization Our Voice Comedy for Change Mission Using comedy as a healing force to empower women and youth in challenging societal norms, one voice and one laughter at a time.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35729" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Sakdiyah is known to be the first Muslim female comedian in Indonesia. Raised in a conservative Arab community, she experienced domestic violence as a child. For Sakdiyah, comedy helped her find comfort amidst her trauma. Realizing the trauma-relieving potential of humor, she launched the ""One Voice: Comedy for Change"" campaign to bring emotional rehabilitation through laughter and comedy to as many women as possible who have experienced the same things she did.Through shows like Comedy Jihad and Born A Woman, she challenges societal norms, bringing joy and empowerment. As the founder of Our Voice Comedy for Change Collective, Sakdiyah empowers women and youth to find their voice for freedom and equality. Currently residing in a bamboo house in Batang, Central Java, she's creating a community space for women and children. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Scott Alfaz
Focus geography Indonesia Organization hayVee Mission Inspiring people living with HIV (PLHIV) to overcome stigma and eradicate prejudice towards sexual and mental health.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="35731" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Story: Alfaz, living with HIV since 2012, turned his lowest point into a triumph. While overcoming depression, he graduated cum laude and pursued education in the Netherlands. Upon returning, he became a beacon of hope, sharing his journey on social media and actively educating about HIV. His story inspires people living with HIV (PLHIV) to live their best lives, challenging societal stigma. Alfaz founded HayVee, providing a prejudice eradication program for sexual and mental health, reaching over 1,500 youth in Indonesia. Now, his vision expands, aiming to create a platform offering a safe space for those battling sexual and mental health issues. Alfaz, a resilient advocate, transforms his personal journey into a powerful force for change, fighting stigma and discrimination one story at a time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

European International Business Students Explore the World of Impact Management

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company's Impact Academy program recently hosted 6 students from Stenden University’s business consulting course on a half-day experience talking about impact management.In an engaging 1.5-hour session, the students were introduced to the foundational concepts of impact management, covered reasons why impact measurement is needed, as well as touching on the tools they need to not only measure, but also manage impact. This program aimed to prepare the students on how impact management can be applicable in their future careers as business consultants.One of the key components of the presentation was delving into the ideas of how creating a “Theory of Change” and “Logic Model” serves as the foundation to ensuring sustained impact management. We encouraged the students to create their own logic model, drawing from their experience of directly working with grass-roots organizations in Bali. By doing so, the students can become more aware of what is required to determine impact, ensure proper measurement tools are applied, and how it can be managed to bring the most optimal results (positive change).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35667" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We at Earth Company certainly hope that this program leaves a lasting impression on the students from Stenden University, planting among them a desire to be a force for good by guiding companies to be more impact-driven and responsible.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]

 Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? For more information please send us an email at [email protected] or learn more about our program here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Changemaker’s Quest: Arief Rabik, Impact Hero 2021, in Japan

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company has supported Arief Rabik for almost 3 years now, since being selected as the 2021 Impact Hero of the Year. Originating from Indonesia, Arief is a changemaker who is taking on a massive vision to build 1,000 bamboo villages as a breakthrough solution to some of the world's pressing issues: land degradation, climate change, rural poverty, and gender inequality.From October 11th to 17th, Earth Company’s Impact Hero support team brought Arief to Japan. The main purpose of this trip was to seek potential supporters, collaborators, and funders to support his latest venture: the Bamboo Village Trust. As well as expanding Arief’s network of experts in agroforestry/bamboo/climate/land degradation. What is the Bamboo Village Trust (BVT)? Arief has started a trust fund that will be used to establish bamboo villages across, not only Indonesia, but the entire world. Currently, Arief has partnered with the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to expand the bamboo village vision to 12 countries by 2030, using the funds he collects from the BVT.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_text_separator title="Here’s what Earth Company and Arief achieved during the week-long trip to Japan:" border="no" background_color="#ffffff" title_color="#6a9576"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text]

Meetings with potential supporters

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Connections with experts and media

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]Overall, Earth Company’s trip Arief was a success and was very eventful—having gathered and introduced him to many of our Japanese supporters. Below are a few of the highlight we had with [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35462" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]1. Gathering in JapanThemed "Creating a Regenerative Future through Business – Towards a World where People and Nature Prosper from the Forest" The headline of the Japan trip was certainly the live event we held introducing Arief to Earth Company's connections in Japan. A total of 60 people attended to hear Arief's vision on how businesses can create regenerative futures where both people and nature can prosper.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35465" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]2. Lecture at Suntory Japan Visiting Suntory, known for its motto "Living with Water," Arief delivered a lecture on how bamboo agroforestry rejuvenates forests, nurtures water, and discusses the regenerative and economic value of the bamboo villages. The lecture, titled "Regenerative business that prospers people, society, and nature together," engaged 117 participants from across the organization–digitally and in-person. In 2024, Earth Company will provide a corporate training program for around 260 second-year employees of the Suntory Group, in Bali.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35469" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]3. Japan Bamboo TourMost of the days on the trip, Earth Company introduced Arief to several bamboo agroforestry-related professionals and organizations in Japan. Among others, we connected Arief with: Japanese bamboo crafting community, professors from Musashino University specializing in bamboo design, Japan’s ambassador for the Bamboo World Organization, and many more![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35483" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]4. Visiting the International Tropical Timber OrganizationThe visit to ITTO aimed to showcase Arief's Bamboo Village vision, emphasizing bamboo’s potential to substitute the current demand for wood. Discussions also touched upon potential collaborations, given Arief's role as a Senior Advisor to the Environmental Bamboo Foundation, which had previously collaborated with ITTO on bamboo resource research in 2017.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35473" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]5. Media Interview with “Ideas For Good”In an interview with "IDEAS FOR GOOD," an online magazine focusing on social good ideas, Arief highlighted innovative features of the Bamboo Village model and expressed the aspiration to establish a restoration economy that solves land degradation, climate change, and gender inequality, simultaneously.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="35481" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Overall, Arief's initiatives for the Bamboo Village Trust garnered positive responses from corporates, academia, and the public media. Earth Company has made preparations to secure sponsorships for the Bamboo Village Trust ahead of COP27, with more detailed announcements planned for the event. The multiple media interviews were conducted to amplify awareness of Arief's initiatives. The key outcomes of this Japan trip include: establishing connections for funding, expertise, and networking resources.Arief's commitment to the "Bamboo Village" initiative—a model that generates economic value through the cultivation and processing of bamboo while rejuvenating degraded land and empowering marginalized communities—truly embodies the regenerative future envisioned by Earth Company.In Japan, bamboo has often been associated with negative connotations due its invasive nature, however, we're glad to see how Arief’s visit to Japan is able to change minds and show bamboo can be harnessed to save the world!2023 is the final year where we will be supporting Arief. We will be publishing an impact report for Arief by the end of this year—so stay tuned![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="05"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Suntory Group Launches Training Program in Bali for Young Employees in Collaboration with Earth Company

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Training Program Overview

 The 260 employees from Japan participating in the training program will be split up into 10 groups, each spending 10 days in Bali.  Over the course of 1.5 weeks, participants  will join immersive experiences to gain firsthand insights into one of the fastest growing economies in the world - as well as the negative externalities caused by growth. Suntory employees will also engage in reflective exercises to better comprehend the broader implications of their roles within a global context. 

Program Contents:

 The training encompasses various hands-on activities aimed at allowing participants to dive into real-world challenges and solutions, including:
  • Staying at Mana Earthly Paradise an award-winning next generation hotel, recognized as the first B Corp certified hotel in Southeast Asia.
  • Experiencing homestays in a village affected by land acquisition for tourism development.
  • Gaining firsthand insights into the lives of those living in slums near Indonesia’s 4th largest landfill, a frontline of the garbage issue mainly caused by tourism.
  • Participating in waste collection activities and visiting examples of upcycling initiatives.
  • Visiting ChopValue, a local business redefining the term ‘waste’ to ‘resource’ by upcycling used chopsticks, thrown out by restaurants, into a diverse range of products.
  • Visiting a birth clinic founded and led by Earth Company’s Impact Hero, Robin Lim, that provides free healthcare services to marginalized and vulnerable people.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35421" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35423" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35425" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35427" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35429" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35431" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]This program aims to equip Suntory Group employees with a comprehensive understanding of socio-environmental challenges, fostering a mindset that aligns with the company's commitment to sustainable and socially responsible business practices.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1697010870730{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}"]
Comment from Junji Miyawaki, Executive Officer, People & Culture Division, Suntory Holdings Ltd.:
 "At Suntory Group, our aim is to become the most trusted, beloved global food and beverage company. To achieve this, we believe it's crucial to foster a global perspective and understand societal challenges. With this in mind,  we have decided to send all second-year employees in Japan on a 10-day training program designed and delivered by Earth Company to deepen their understanding of sustainability from an early stage. Through experiences like waste collection and visits to a birth clinic, as well as interactions with diverse individuals on-site, we aim to instill a deeper understanding of our intention of ‘giving back to society’ and promote awareness of sustainability in our operations."[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]The Japanese press release (Oct 6, 2023) can be accessible here:https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000011.000105568.html[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Solving Socio-Eco Issues Through Sustainable Career Paths – PlowDays Japan

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A group of 112 people from PlowDays, a Japan-based human resource organization focused on developing sustainability-focused career paths, came to Bali for a company outing, while bringing their families along. Employees from across the board of the company joined in to learn more about what we are doing at Earth Company and Mana Earthly Paradise. Earth Company’s CEO and co-founder, Aska Hamakawa, stopped by to meet with all the participants and shared her story about what it was like to establish a social enterprise (i.e. Mana) that is attempting to shake up the current norms of the tourism industry. Aska shared with them many of Mana’s regenerative activities, as well as some of the challenges it has faced.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35549" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35551" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35553" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35555" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35557" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35559" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]The paradigm-shifting concept of regeneration stood out the most to the participants. So much so that they are very keen to learn more and apply it within their own company. We certainly hope that their visit ignited a fire within each of the participants to become changemakers, in their own right, and pursue regenerative futures! [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A Company Retreat in Bali Reconnecting with Purpose and Celebrating a 75yr Milestone

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In September 2023, Earth Company had the pleasure of hosting some of the management team of the Tolaram – a Singapore-based holding company with diversified business interests in consumer goods, fintech, infrastructure, and industrials – to learn about sustainability initiatives in Bali and reconnect with the company’s purpose.The team from Tolaram consisted of 14 executives and managers hailing from Singapore, Nigeria, and the US. This 2-day sustainability-oriented retreat in Bali served as one of the many activities that the company organized to celebrate its 75 years of history.  Delving into engaging sessions delivered in collaboration with Earth Company’s partner organizations: Bumi Sehat Clinic, Cinta Bumi Artisans, Five Pillars Experience, and Astungkara Way, the participants had the opportunity to enjoy a retreat that struck the balance of hands-on, physical activities and thought-provoking discussions on social-ecological issues in Bali.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35616" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]One of the concepts that resonated with the participants was the Balinese philosophy of life, Tri Hita Karana that places importance on humanity’s harmony with the divine and nature, as well as harmony amongst people. This concept inspired them to deepen their sense of purpose and reaffirm their motivation to do what they do. Furthermore, the time they spent together strengthened the bonds amongst  themselves, not just as work colleagues but on more personal levels.“We all need such experiences to remind ourselves of why we do what we do and deepen our sense of purpose. I can’t recommend this enough to others who might be looking for a similar experience.” – Divya Patel, Chief Executive Officer at Tolaram Foundation[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]

 Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? For more information please send us an email at [email protected] or learn more about our program here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Nurturing Future Changemakers: Indonesian and Japanese Youth Collaborating as Global Citizens

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In collaboration with GiFT, the Impact Academy team hosted the 12th batch of an amazing group of students for the Diversity Voyage Summer program. Over the course of one week, 24 university students from Indonesia and Japan bonded together while delving into cross-cultural learning, developing as mindful global citizens and future changemakers. The students felt empowered not only learning about sustainable business practices and cultural diversity, but embarking on their self-discovery journeys and creating life-long friendships.During the 7-day program all of the students participated in several hands-on activities that allowed them to learn more about the landscape of social enterprises, which included:

  • Hearing our the life stories of our co-founders, Tomo and Aska
  • Deep dive into Mana’s sustainability features,
  • Cultural immersion and walking tour in Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud,
  • Meditation walk to encourage mindfulness practices.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35567" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35569" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35571" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35573" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35575" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35577" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]For their final task, the students broke out into groups and collaborated to come up with business ideas that inspire new collaboration opportunities between Mana and local opportunities.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35579" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="35581" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Each group presented practical, implementable proposals: from ideas like joint-hosting community festivals to upcycling waste into kites, and even establishing a community compost center to encourage waste segregation.We’re proud and grateful for the students for stepping up to the plate during the program. The overall outcome of this year’s program was solid, and we certainly hope to see them thrive as the next generation of changemakers.This program will be held again next year in Feb and Sept. Applications for Indonesian students will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more info.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? Then we encourage you to create your own Impact Academy with Earth Company! For more information or to customize your own program, send us an email at [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How Might We Nurture Corporate Changemakers?

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company recently had the honor to be part of TBN ASIA’s annual conference held in Bali, centralized on the theme of building  collaborations for a sustainable future.Our engagement in this year’s TBN Asia conference was broken down into three different components.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Sustainable Solutions Exhibition

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35539" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Firstly, Earth Company had the opportunity to be present at the conference’s exhibition together with many vendors that are striving to accelerate social and environmental sustainability. With an audience base that came from diverse backgrounds and industries, we are grateful to have made so many meaningful connections that will hopefully lead to fruitful collaborations in the future![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Discussing The Future of Green Economy

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35541" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Tomo Hamakawa, Earth Company’s co-founder and Chief Exploration Officer, moderated one of the plenary sessions focused on “The Future of Green Economy”. This session delved deep into the aspect of sustainability and how industries can achieve meaningful change to realize regenerative futures. Bottom-line, all speakers urged the need for collaboration, the need for a holistic approach to advance the agenda for a ‘green economy’, while addressing issues of greenwashing.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Impactful Excursions

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35586" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]For the second year running, a total of 42 delegates – that consisted of entrepreneurs, impact investors, corporate professionals, and development folks –  visited Mana Earthly Paradise for a tour of the property and learned about the eco-technologies and circular practices that are being implemented.We are grateful and glad to have partnered again with TBN Asia. We hope to have more opportunities in the future to nurture even more corporate changemakers.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Impact Academy is designed to nurture the next generation of future leaders.
 Are you interested in creating a tailor-made program for your students, company, or group to explore Bali’s social innovation scene, while enjoying its lush natural beauty? Then we encourage you to create your own Impact Academy with Earth Company! For more information or to customize your own program, send us an email at [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS CHANGEMAKERS

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The world is facing numerous environmental and humanitarian challenges that threaten the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. From climate change to poverty, inequality to wildlife extinction, the list just seems endless. As things stand, the world simply cannot develop without further sacrificing the marginalized and our natural environment.  However, amidst these pressing issues, there is a ray of hope: changemakers. These one-of-a-kind changemakers have the power to shape a better future. They are not only working to solve the world’s most pressing issues, but are achieving paradigm shifts and carving out new, inclusive pathways that truly leave nobody behind and build regenerative futures, beyond sustainability and circularity. Earth Company calls such changemakers – Impact Heroes. Names like Malala Yousafzai, Gretha Thunberg, and Dr. Jane Goodall may come to mind when thinking about Impact Heroes. There are plenty of such exceptional changemakers in the world who are all extraordinarily inspiring, and whose work is essential in shaping a regenerative world. The world needs more changemakers – and they need our support.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_single_image image="35244" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

Earth Company team visiting our 2022 Impact Hero of the Year, Samir Lakhani’s, soap factory in Cambodia.

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Why Impact Heroes?
 Impact Heroes are changemakers that understand sustainability and circularity is no longer enough in order for the world, its people and its environment to thriveTheir bottomless passion and resolute determination to make transformative changes in the world, is what will drive the world towards a future that goes beyond mere sustainability, and embraces regeneration.Not only are they role models for the next generations, but they also have the innate ability to inspire and touch people from all walks of life. These changemakers are visionary leaders, paradigm shifters and trailblazers paving a path towards a more inclusive and regenerative future for all.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35246" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

2016 Impact Hero of the Year, Robin Lim influencing lives of babies, their mothers, and the midwives.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]As Barack Obama once quoted, “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”If there are changemakers out there who are not only solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, but are creating a regenerative world that holistically enhances planetary wellbeing, then Earth Company is there to support them. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="70px"][vc_column_text]
What Makes An Impact Hero?
 Impact Heroes are changemakers with the following exceptional qualities that are:
  • Authentic: Integrity and genuineness in the motivation of his/her life work
  • Irreplaceable: One-of-a-kind qualities and unique role that cannot be substituted for
  • Future-oriented: Aims to realize alternative futures characterized by inclusivity and regeneration
  • Passionate: Blazing passion, energy, and conviction that fuels his/her work
  • Inspirational: Extraordinary ability to inspire the world through his/her life work
  • Leaders: Strong potential to lead his/her community or even country to a brighter future
  • Grounded: A role model with deep trust and respect from the community
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2015 Impact Hero of the Year, Bella Galhos speaking to an international crowd at TedX Dili.

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How Might Impact Heroes Create Regenerative Futures?
 The importance of changemakers in moving beyond sustainability lies in their ability to inspire and empower others to take action. They are the ones who are leading by example and showing that change is possible. Their stories and successes inspire others to take up the mantle and contribute towards this paradigm-shift.Simultaneously, Impact Heroes recognize that addressing complex global challenges requires collective effort. By building networks and fostering partnerships; utilizing their platform to educate and engage the public urging the need for action; and embracing policymakers to address the root causes; Impact Heroes are the catalysts for regeneration.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35250" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

Climate envoy for Marshall Islands and 2017 Impact Hero of the Year, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner attending COP 25 in Madrid.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Most importantly, it is their work that truly lives up to the UN’s pledge to ”leave no one behind”. Many of their works are innovative, inclusive, and not to mention regenerative, with the potential to truly make transformative changes.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="70px"][vc_column_text]
Supporting Changemakers
 Earth Company supports one-of-a-kind changemakers by providing a life-changing opportunity that will maximize their potential. Ranging from business development, fundraising, leadership coaching, management consulting, and marketing support, we are committed to provide the heroes with anything and everything that will scale their work, grow as leaders, and shape the futures of the communities they serve.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35252" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]

2019 Impact Hero of the Year, Wai Wai Nu with the Earth Company team discussing the scope of support.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Starting from this year, Earth Company will be selecting a cohort of up to ten changemakers that have the potential to transform the future of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific to join our year-long Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Acceleration Program. Whereby, during the program, one hero will emerge as the “Impact Hero of the Year” and will receive an additional set of customized support.We have long aspired to support as many changemakers as possible in scaling their regenerative solutions, and we are confident that this will bring positive results for everyone involved!   
Earth Company is currently opening applications for the Impact Heroes Class of 2024. Sign up today to seize the opportunity of a lifetime to grow as regenerative leaders!
To learn more and register, click here.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="35123" img_size="large" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" qode_css_animation="" link="http://bit.ly/impacthero-2024"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing the Impact Hero 2023!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company’s call for IMPACT HERO 2023 received the highest number of applicants totalling 76 one-of-a-kind changemakers. Starting this year, we evolved the selection process to select a cohort of 7-10 finalists first to participate in a 6-month leadership program to better understand their work and identify their support needs before selecting the Impact Hero winner. The six-month program is a prerequisite to be considered to become the winner, and after careful consideration and numerous discussions among the selection team, we have finally selected our IMPACT HERO 2023 winner and runner-up![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

 IMPACT HERO 2023 : Oyungerel Tsedevdamba

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Country: Mongolia Organization: Local Solutions
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Breaking the taboo of toilets and improving sanitation and health throughout Mongolia
 Oyungerel, commonly referred to as Oyuna, grew up in a small rural town in Mongolia which was heavily influenced by Communism during the Soviet Union times. Oyuna studied planned economics at a university in Moscow, however, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, she became an activist to advocate for democracy in Mongolia. From 2012 to 2016, Oyuna served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism as one of the first female members of the parliament.Oyuna’s mission is to change toilets to change lives. More than 60% of toilets in Mongolia are open-pit latrine toilets, which are highly unsanitary and even dangerous. However, in a country where even talking about ‘toilets’ is considered a taboo, there has been almost no progress in improving them. To address this calamity, in 2017, Oyuna launched the “Let’s Change Out Toilets” campaign to break that taboo and improve the wellbeing of her people by promoting, providing, and educating the public on safe and sanitary toilets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for Selection
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]・Many United Nations agencies and international organizations have attempted to address this critical issue; however, none of these organizations have been successful in effectively improving the situation. As a local woman who has a large community of followers (on social media, she has the second largest number of followers in the country, most of which consists of young Mongolian women and girls!), Oyuna is one of the rare candidates (if not the only candidate) to be able to address this critical issue - one none of foreign organizations were able to accomplish.    ・The Mongolian national government is dominated by elderly male politicians, and there is a substantial need and aspirations for women empowerment in the country. Oyuna is a role model female leader in her country and has the potential to significantly uplift the women empowerment movement with a deep long-term impact. ・Oyuna consistently displays humility towards everyone regardless of age and possesses immense potential for leadership development due to her strong desire to learn and grow.・Oyuna’s primary needs for support include: fundraising, network building, and organization building to aim for expansion – which plays to Earth Company’s strengths. ・Earth Company's support has the potential to bring about substantial change and a significant impact at the national level for Oyuna’s work.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Message from Oyuna
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/BhH3_qbbTVI" el_width="60" align="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]“Hello from Mongolia. I'm 500km northwest from Ulaanbaatar, in a small sanatorium area where children with autism come and get treatment here.  So I'm happy that my team and I are here changing their toilets.  While I was doing this public toilet change and public education work in the countryside, I received a phone call from Earth Company, and I just can't believe what I just heard. They  selected me as the Impact Hero 2023 and I'm so excited about it, and I'm so excited for my team, and I'm so excited for all the people who are benefiting from the change that our team is offering for them.  It gives me just an inspiration to do more to change more people's lives.And I would like to congratulate everybody who participated in my cohort because all the Impact Heroes of our cohort was so wonderful. “[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]

IMPACT HERO 2023 Runner-Up: Zeinorin Angkang

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Country: India Organization: Hill Wild
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Improving food security and farmers' income through regenerative agriculture, protecting indigenous species and empowering indigenous communities
 Zeinorin is from the Tangkhul Naga tribe, an indigenous tribe in northeastern India that has been in armed conflict since World War II. Experiencing hunger and poverty as a child, she left her homeland in search of education and employment opportunities. She returned to her hometown at the age of 25 and founded Hill Wild after witnessing local farmers suffering from land degradation, poverty, and the effects of climate change.Hill Wild works with minority tribes and indigenous communities to innovate their harvested crops into consumer-packaged superfoods. By using the community’s traditional farming methods – which have long been considered regenerative agriculture –  Zeinorin’s organization is restoring and promoting this method, in order to achieve prosperous development across the region, reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of the local farmers.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for Selection
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]・Her approach towards "regenerative agriculture" is highly aligned with Earth Company’s vision of a regenerative future.・Zeinorin is highly motivated to learn and has tremendous potential to grow as a leader.・As an organization, we have the opportunity to provide support to address challenges faced in northeastern India, a region that has struggled with the world's longest armed conflict and continues to be affected by ongoing strife.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="ALL HEROES FROM CLASS OF 2023" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/blog/impact_hero2023_finalists/"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[Impact Heroes Update] A Remarkable 5-Day Journey in Bali, Full of Love and Hope for the Future!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are thrilled to share with you an exciting update on our recent Heroes Bali Camp, where we brought together the exceptional finalists of IMPACT HERO 2023 and the Earth Company team. The 5-day camp was nothing short of extraordinary, brimming with inspiration, collaboration, and a shared commitment to creating regenerative futures.The Heroes Bali Camp is part of the Lead-to-Regenerate Changemaker Program, a six-month leadership training program for finalists.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

1. What is "Heroes Camp"?

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Heroes Bali Camp is a part of our Lead-to-Regenerate Changemaker Program, a six-month leadership training initiative for these exceptional changemakers. The eight finalists have been tirelessly working towards their missions and have already completed three online workshops, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become regenerative leaders.Staying at our eco-villa in Ubud, Bali, Mana Earthly Paradise, the setting allowed our heroes to immerse themselves in the captivating Balinese culture, engage with fellow changemakers in the social sector, and partake in invaluable mentoring sessions with some industry experts. The primary objective was to expand the community of heroes and garner support for their life-changing work.Let's take a closer look at the incredible activities that unfolded each day.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

2. Highlight of Heroes Camp

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A welcome dinner that quickly became a lively affair.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34686" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Our eight finalists flew in from five countries: the United States, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Mongolia.Despite some initial travel hiccups, they all made it to the welcome dinner on time, and the nerves quickly turned into excitement as they finally met face-to-face. Once they started sharing stories and updates about their projects, the atmosphere transformed into one of camaraderie and enthusiasm. It was a stellar start to the Bali Camp![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY1
Orientation & Life Story Sharing
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34689" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We kicked off the morning with a serene meditation session, accompanied by the soothing sounds of nature. After that, we delved into a unique exercise called "River of Life," led by fellow Impact Hero finalist Galuh Wandita, in which they described their lives by drawing a river and shared with each other about who they are and what impact they have had on their lives. It was an intimate and powerful experience that brought our heroes closer together, igniting a sense of unity and inspiration.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Meet Up With Robin Lim, Impact Hero 2016, at Bumi Sehat Clinic
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34692" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Next on the agenda was a visit to the Bumi Sehat Clinic Midwifery Center, where our heroes had the chance of interacting with our Impact Hero 2016, Robin Lim. There, Ibu Robin shared their awe-inspiring activities and emphasized how love serves as the bedrock of their work. Our heroes were deeply moved and found themselves reevaluating their own journeys and projects. It was a profound moment of reflection and growth.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Conversation with Tjok Gede, Prince of Ubud
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34694" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Adding some local flavor, we invited Tjok Gede, member of the Ubud royal family, to share his insights on Balinese traditions, values, and the evolving landscape of Bali. Our heroes gained invaluable perspectives on community development and future possibilities ? such an eye-opening conversation![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY2
Intensive Mentoring Sessions
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34696" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]By the second day, our heroes had completely broken the ice and formed a strong bond. They expressed how they felt like one big family, which was heartwarming to hear. The highlight of the day was the 1-on-1 mentoring sessions with six experts from various fields. Each hero received advice tailored to their specific needs, such as developing fundraising plans and marketing materials. It was a game-changer for them, as they gained new perspectives, learned practical skills and found new ways to tackle challenges. Their reflections afterwards showed just how meaningful this experience was for them.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY3
Visit to Green School Bali
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34698" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We took our heroes to Green School Bali, where they learned about the school's mission of creating an education revolution. Chris Thompson, advisor and friend of Earth Company as well as former director at the school, gave them an insightful tour. The unique educational model, along with the bamboo facilities, had everyone intrigued. It was a day filled with inspiration and discovery![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes' Night: Promoting the Activities of Each Party to Expand the Support Network!
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34700" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34702" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We welcomed about 40 guests to Mana's restaurant for Heroes Night, which started in an intimate setting. Heroes gave 5-minute presentations on their stories and initiatives. Many questions were raised from the audience, and the event became so exciting that the scheduled time was not enough!One of the guests who participated in the event said, "I am a businessman from Canada, where I am originally from, I was shocked that I did not know that human rights violations were taking place at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea by a company from Canada, my home country. I want to think together about what I can do to help."I felt that these heroes, who are at the forefront of social issues and devoting their lives to solving them, are the hope for the future. These were some of the comments we received. After the presentations, there was time at each table for the heroes and guests to talk about the possibilities for support and collaboration, and many encounters were made that will lead to future support, including donations and introductions of people and organizations.And then came the big event, Heroes' Night! This evening was all about expanding the support network for our heroes. We welcomed about 40 guests to Mana's restaurant for Heroes Night, which started in an intimate setting.Each finalist delivered a 5-minute presentation about their stories and initiatives, which left the audience with countless questions and excitement. Connections were made, conversations sparked, and support poured in. It was an electric atmosphere that went way beyond our expectations. We're still buzzing from the energy of that night! Here are some of the comments we got:"I am a businessman from Canada, where I am originally from, I was shocked that I did not know that human rights violations were taking place at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea by a company from Canada, my home country. I want to think together about what I can do to help."“I felt that these heroes, who are at the forefront of social issues and devoting their lives to solving them, are the hope for the future.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
DAY4
Regenerative Agriculture Experience & Balinese Purification Experience
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34704" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="34706" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After three intense days, we wanted our heroes to take a breather and relax a bit. They had the choice of experiencing regenerative agriculture or taking part in a Balinese purification.For the farming experience, they learned about regenerative farming efforts at Astungkara Way, an organization led by Tim Fijal, one of the mentors. They even cooked a delicious local Balinese meal together using vegetables freshly harvested from the garden.For the Balinese purification, a Balinese healer performed a ritual using readings and holy water following the Balinese Hindu tradition. The heroes felt their souls cleansed and rejuvenated. What an amazing way to wrap up their journey![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Final Day
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34708" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]“I had never really rested, thinking only about solving problems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was a very valuable opportunity for me to rest my spirit and face myself anew.”“I made friends and family that I can truly trust, not competitors. I felt connected to everyone and was empowered to know that I am no longer alone.”At the final review session, our heroes shared their insights and learnings from the camp. They expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect face-to-face, as it reminded them of the joy and importance of human interaction. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome, both for our heroes and for Earth Company. The camp exceeded our expectations, and we're grateful to have been part of this incredible journey![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

3. Next Step

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34710" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]So, what's next? Well, the Heroes Bali Camp has come to a successful conclusion, but there's more to come. We have two online workshops and the Regenerative Futures Summit in June. And guess what?We'll be selecting the IMPACT HERO 2023 right after that. It's an exciting and nail-biting event! All of our finalists are brilliant, charming, and passionate about their mission. Who will be the next IMPACT HERO? Stay tuned to find out![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing the Impact Hero 2023 Finalists

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Meet this year’s Impact Hero Cohort
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Have a read about our finalists – where they are making a difference, their life stories, and regenerative solutions – below!These 9 individuals have become part of our Impact Heroes Cohort - Class of 2023, who for the next 6 months be taking part in our Lead-to-Regenerate Changemaker program.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="34655" img_size="large" alignment="center" onclick="img_link_large" img_link_target="_blank" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Expanding Our Support Contents!
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Support Contents

1.  Lead-to-Regenerate(L2R) Changemakers Program
 

1.1 Online Sessions

These online sessions provide opportunities to learn the concept of “regeneration” as well as the skills and knowledge required to envision and realize the regenerative futures for the communities they serve.

1.2 Heroes Camp in Bali

A 4-day camp in Bali gathering all finalists to meet each other, the Earth Company team, as well as potential collaborators and supporters.

1.3 Regenerative Futures Summit 

Each finalist will present their vision of regenerative futures based on key takeaways from the online sessions. The summit invites impact investors, philanthropists, and other potential collaborators to hear and engage with each finalists' vision.

 
2. Mentorship
Based on the needs identified during the L2R Program, we will connect the finalists with mentors from our network, who have expertise in the areas such as business development, impact investment, marketing, corporate law, leadership, etc.  
3. Opportunity Building
Based on the needs shared by each finalist, Earth Company will try to introduce as many opportunities as possible whenever occasion arises within our network. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Important Notice
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]Starting this year, the process for selecting the Impact Hero winner has been modified and improved. Instead of selecting a winner at this point in time, we will choose the one  among the finalists who successfully complete  the six-month Lead-to-Regenerate Changemakers program. We will announce the Impact Hero winner at the end of June 2023.The Earth Company team is confident that this change will bring positive outcomes for all those involved and has communicated the modified approach to each finalist. We look forward to announcing our new Impact Hero in late June!* The support package to the winner will not change; we will support the Impact Hero over a three year period in a dedicated, comprehensive way.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]
Get to Know Our Impact Hero 2023 Finalists
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Benny Santoso
Focus geography Indonesia Organization Ini Tempe
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34462" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Promoting tempe, a delicious plant-based superfood, from Indonesia to the worldProfile: Tempe is one of Indonesia's staple foods made of fermented soybean and is a rich source of protein. However, the vast majority of soybeans used to make tempe is imported from China and genetically modified, which results in a lower nutritional value. At the same time, farmers in Indonesia, including soybean farmers, have low incomes, roughly averaging only US$ 120/month.Benny has been working on developing tempe using domestically grown, non-genetically modified soybeans – which he has been studying since university. After graduating, Benny founded iniTempe, a social enterprise working with farmers in Bali and Java to cultivate soybeans and create nutritious Tempe products. Through iniTempe, he focuses on improving farmers' income, in hopes of having tempe enjoyed around the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Cressida Kuala
Focus geography Papua New Guinea, Porgera Organization Porgera Red Wara Women’s Association
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34464" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To amplify the voices of indigenous women who have been displaced by the Porgera mine and experienced sexual violence at the hands of employees of the mine.Profile: Cressida grew up in Porgera, a world-class gold mining area located in the center of Papua New Guinea. In this land monopolized by Canadian and Chinese mining companies, assaults and violence against local residents, especially women, by the mining companies are rampant, and numerous human rights violations have been reported. Her brother was also a victim of violence and murdered by a mining company employee. Cressida herself has been sexually assaulted multiple times. In response to these horrific experiences, Cressida established the Porgera Red Women's Association in 2014 to protect the lives, heritage, and culture of the indigenous people, especially women who have become victims of sexual violence. She is a community leader of 5,000 women victims, and her organization works to raise awareness of the situation in the region to the world, advocate for change with governments and mining companies, and improve the lives of victims through education and job training. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Galuh Wandita
Focus geography Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Myanmar Organization Asia Justice & Rights (AJAR)
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34466" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To strengthen local actors fighting against impunity, building cultures based on accountability, justice, equality, willingness to learn from past violations.          Profile: Galuh has worked on gender, peace, and conflict issues since the 1990s. Together with individuals from Timor Leste, she co-founded the country's first NGO to support women victims of rape in Dili, in 1996. Since then, she has specialized in human rights issues, working at the international human rights NGO Oxfam and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.In 2012, she returned to Indonesia and co-founded Asia Justice and Rights, and has continuously managed support programs in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Myanmar, providing rehabilitation training for victims of human rights. Galuh continues to pursue change for peace and justice across the region and beyond.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Lastiana Yuliandari Utami
Focus geography Indonesia Organization ALIET GREEN
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34468" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To work with local farmers, especially women, to give them a chance to improve their incomes and climate resilience through value chain integrationProfile: After graduating from college, Lastiana started her career working in various international NGOs. Falling in love with the agro-forestry industry, and learning about the issues of poverty among farmers and women at the age of 23, she founded ALIET GREEN – a social enterprise aiming to empower women through agricultural business.ALIET GREEN provides training in organic farming to smallholder farmers, buys their crops at above-market prices, and sells them to markets in the US and EU. ALIET GREEN partners with 1539 smallholder farmers, of which 96% are women and 1% are people with disabilities, with an aim of promoting gender equality and inclusivity in society through agriculture. Additionally, they are working to restore 500 hectares of land that had been degraded by erosion and landslides, through regenerative agriculture methods.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba
Focus geography Mongolia Organization Let’s Change Our Toilets
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34470" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Breaking taboos about toilets and providing safe and secure toilets in Mongolia  Profile:  Oyungerel grew up in a small rural town in Mongolia, which was strongly influenced by Soviet Union and communism. She studied economics at a university in Moscow, but following the collapse of the Soviet Union, she became an activist to expand democracy in Mongolia. She was a member of parliament from 2012 until16, serving under the Minister of Culture and Tourism.In rural Mongolia, most toilets are located outside, unsanitary and dangerous places where children can fall into. In 2017, she launched the "Let's Change Our Toilets" campaign to break a taboo on toilets in Mongolia and spread safe and secure toilets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Pashtana Durrani 
Focus geography Afghanistan Organization LEARN
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34472" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: LEARN Afghanistan is a non-profit dedicated to innovation in education, health, community resource building with a focus on women, girls and child rights advocacy.Profile: Pashtana Durrani is an Afghan feminist, activist, and educator. At the age of 21, she became the head of her family following her father’s passing. By then she had already founded LEARN Afghanistan, the country’s first-ever digital school network.  Forced into exile by the Taliban takeover in 2021 she is currently a visiting fellow at Wellesley Centers for Women while continuing to provide education for hundreds of girls in Afghanistan despite the current ban on them attending school.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Vinzealhar Nen
Focus geography Papua New Guinea, Port MoresbyOrganization Sustainable Ocean Alliance Papua New Guinea
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34476" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) activates young people, develops and implements innovative solutions, and mobilizes an ocean workforce to restore the health of the ocean in our lifetime.       Profile: After witnessing communities forcefully displaced due to rising sea levels on TV, Vinzealhar (Vinzy) decided to become an environmental activist - at the age of nine - with the sole purpose of helping those affected by such a disaster. For the past 17 years, she has continued to raise awareness and educate as many young people as possible to understand the significance, and act on, the issue of climate change.Vinzy founded the Papua New Guinea chapter of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, which brings opportunities for young people in Papua New Guinea – known for low school attendance and literacy – to learn about climate change; forest and biodiversity conservation; and ocean wealth through traditional learning methods such as art, music, and sports.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Zeinorin Angkang
Focus geography  India, Manipur Organization Hill Wild
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="34478" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: To ensure food security, engage with farmers to generate better income with focus on regenerative sustainable agriculture, and protect indigenous seeds.Profile:  Zeinorin is from the Tangkhul Naga tribe, an indigenous tribe in northeastern India that has been in armed conflict since World War II. Experiencing hunger and poverty as a child, she left her homeland in search of education and employment opportunities. She would return to her hometown at the age of 25 and founded Hill Wild after witnessing local farmers suffering from land degradation, poverty, and the effects of climate change.Hill Wild works with minority tribes and indigenous communities to innovate their harvested crops into consumer-packaged superfoods. By using the community's traditional farming methods – which have long been considered regenerative agriculture –  Zeinorin's organization is restoring and promoting this method, in order to achieve prosperous development across the region, reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of the local farmers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing Impact Hero 2022 and the Finalists

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 IMPACT HERO 2022 : Samir Lakhani

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Focus geography: Cambodia, Nepal, etc. Organization: Eco-Soap Bank
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Samir’s Profile: Samir Lakhani is the Founder and Executive Director of Eco-Soap Bank, a nonprofit organization that employs women to recycle leftover soap from factories which is redistributed to save lives. He is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity in developing countries. In recognition of his work, Samir has received a number of awards including the CNN Heroes Award, Forbes 30 under 30 award, Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Award, amongst others. He also recently gave a TEDx talk. He is a business development professional with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Pittsburgh.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1642750170818{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #c0d5bc !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for selecting Samir Lakhani as Impact Hero 2022
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]・Eco-Soap Bank's business model embodies a regenerative mechanism - the more they scale their work, the more waste is reduced, the more employment generated for women, the greater access to soap and health education for the most vulnerable populations.・Eco-Soap Bank's model delivers a simple solution that can be expanded widely to other geographies to solve one of the most pressing global issues – poor sanitation and health.・The selection committee believes Samir is a dedicated and diligent changemaker who keeps striving to bring bigger and better impact to the beneficiaries by continuously assessing and improving performance.・Earth Company’s support can help Samir and his team create a bigger impact in a cost-effective manner.・Eco-Soap Bank’s work can be expanded through Earth Company’s networks in collaboration with international agencies and businesses.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Message from Samir
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Impact Hero 2022 Finalists

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Gary Bencheghib
Focus geography: Indonesia Organization: Sungai Watch
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32905" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Sungai Watch is on a mission to protect and restore Indonesia’s rivers by developing and designing simple technologies to stop the flow of plastic pollution from entering the ocean.Gary’s Profile: Gary is an environmental activist and filmmaker. He co-founded Make A Change World in 2009 with his siblings, a media outlet that uncovers uplifting and inspirational stories. With his younger brother Sam, he has launched a series of expeditions to travel down some of the world's most polluted rivers on upcycled plastic bottle rafts, including the Mississippi River and the Citarum River. Gary now dedicates 100% of his time towards growing Sungai Watch, a non-profit with the mission of protecting waterways starting in Indonesia. Since October 2020, the organization has successfully installed 108 barriers to stop plastic pollution from going into the ocean, removing over 350,000 kgs of plastics from Bali's waterways. In 2022, Sungai Watch is expanding to tackle the most polluted rivers of Indonesia by placing 1,000 barriers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
 Hong Hoang
Focus geography: Vietnam Organization: CHANGE
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32907" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Mobilizing youth leaders to promote environmental conservation through communication, education, and community organizing.Hong’s Profile: For almost 20 years, Hong has worked on raising public awareness and engaging communities to tackle climate change, pollution, and the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam. With 350.org, a global climate change organization, she helped to build the youth-led climate movements in Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand. In early 2013, Hong founded CHANGE, an NGO that utilizes new media and creative communication to mobilize, organize, and build the capacity of local youth groups to take action to solve the country’s most urgent environmental issues. In collaboration with CHANGE, young people and other stakeholders, including local celebrities and business-people, work to mitigate climate change, support affected communities, prevent air and plastic pollution, protect endangered wild animals, and promote renewable energy and sustainable living.Hong was inspired to take on environmental work after she joined a UNESCO expedition team of 35 youth from 25 countries to travel to Antarctica in 1997. She was the first Vietnamese citizen ever to set foot on the continent and became a Special Junior Envoy of UNESCO, and received a Certificate of Merits from the Vietnamese Prime Minister. Hong received her bachelor’s degree in foreign trade economics from Hanoi’s Foreign Trade University and her bachelor’s degree in English from Hanoi University of Foreign Studies. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Eugenio 'Ego' Lemos
Focus geography: Timor-leste Organization: PERMATIL
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32903" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Empowering community members to improve their lives in healthy and sustainable ways based on the ethics and principles of permaculture.Ego’s Profile: Musician, singer songwriter and environmental troubadour Ego Lemos is a remarkable man, with a remarkable voice in more ways than one. While he currently represents Permatil as the Executive Director, in the past he served as the National Adviser on Curriculum Development for Basic Education on Arts & Culture and Permaculture School Gardens for the Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste. He is also a lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture and Public Arts & Culture at the University of Timor-Leste.He co-authored ‘Permaculture Gardens for Kids’ produced by Permatil, along with several guidebooks and training manuals on permaculture. He received several awards for his environmental work including:

USAID's Tourism for All Award ‘Climate Champion’ in 2021 The Earth Hall of Fame by the Earth Forum Kyoto, Japan, in 2019 Human Rights Award ‘Sergio Viera de Mello’ President Palace of Nicolao Lobato, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in 2018.

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Maisha Lubaba
Focus geography: Bangladesh Organization: Protibha
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32909" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Economically empowering women through developing crafting skills and commercializing their handmade products globally.Maisha’s Profile: Maisha Lubaba has paved the way for more than 300 rural artisans by ensuring their economic empowerment through the social enterprise named Protibha (which means ‘talent’ in Bengali). Her keen sense of social responsibility led her to work in the development sector. As a woman born and brought up in Bangladesh, the crafting talent of rural Bengali women has always amazed Maisha. But it was also heart wrenching at the same time, how these talents never get to be nurtured and supported enough. This feeling provoked her to be part of an enterprise that connects rural talents with urban markets.This enterprise takes a holistic approach by advocating the human rights among the community people, then developing zero skilled rural women to high skilled artisans through quality product development. Their creation is later commercialized globally to ensure their financial security and also the preservation of the heritage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Noryawati Mulyono
Focus geography: Indonesia Organization: Biopac
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32911" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Solving global plastic waste and social problems in coastal communities by manufacturing seaweed-based biodegradable packaging.Nory’s Profile: Nory was born in Pekalongan in a chemical trading family. She first learnt about chemicals, including alginate flour from seaweed, when she was 8 years old. She got her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Chemistry (Bandung Institute of Technology) and Food Science (IPB University), respectively. She had worked in quality control and R&D in a food color company before she moved to Atma Jaya Catholic University as lecturer in 2009. She is thankful that some institutions have recognized and supported her bioplastic innovation: L’Oreal (2010), Toray Foundation (2011), Diplomat Success Challenge (2012), Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2017), Indonesia Ministry for Higher Education (2013-2019), and Indonesia Ministry for Law & Human Rights (2016).She realizes that she was equipped with all the experiences from her childhood, education, and career and achievement to fulfill her mission to alleviate poverty in seaweed farmers by using their seaweed to solve global plastic waste pollution sustainably.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
Aparna Bhatnagar Saxena
Focus geography: Indonesia Organization: TORAJAMELO
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="32901" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Mission: Collaborating with women led weaving communities and offering market access sustainably via 3Cs  Commerce, Community collaboration, and Consultancy - for alleviation of systemic poverty.Aparna’s Profile: Aparna Bhatnagar Saxena identifies herself as an unapologetic feminist, a vegan, an environmentalist, and a student for life. An Indiannow based in Jakarta, she has lived and worked in 4 countries in Asia. In addition to leading TORAJAMELO by ensuring that social, environmental, and cultural sustainability of indigenous communities in Indonesia is preserved and promoted, she is ASEAN lead for She Loves Data that enables women to enter the world of data and pursue careers in the same. She is a core member of Going Green in Jakarta, a community of enthusiasts who aim to make living sustainable and green in Indonesia.She also promotes and walks her values as the co-founder of Vriksh Impact Partners, a boutique investment and advisory firm in India that is focussed on supporting and growing early-stage plant-based businesses in India.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Kicked off support for the Impact Hero 2021 Cohort

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1. Lead-to-Regenerate (L2R) Empowerment Program

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32231" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Lead-to-Regenerate Empowerment Program is a 6-month hybrid program which aims to equip pioneering changemakers with meaningful knowledge and inspiration to reflect on their current work and leadership, stretch their imagination beyond immediate needs, and revisit their purposes and roles in their lives. The economic growth model of the past centuries has exploited the environment, divided communities, and exacerbated inequality.  The world now faces an urgent need for an alternative model that is more regenerative, inclusive, and balanced in order to holistically improve the wellbeing of people and all beings on this planet. The following three concepts will be important in driving this "shift" among changemakers who are tackling a variety of social and environmental issues.
  1. Regenerative
  2. Well-being
  3. Long-term Thinking
In a series of monthly online programs from May to September, our advisors, outside experts, and former Impact Heroes will be invited as speakers to provide lectures on the session themes and hold discussions to deepen understanding and insights into the three concepts. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32235" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]

Photo: The cohort discussing “new leadership in new paradigm” in June  

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2. Access to the Knowledge Hub and Expert Webinars

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Over the years, Earth Company has developed valuable resources and tools for Impact Heroes to strengthen their organizations, including a list of grant opportunities, practical skill-building materials, etc. We have also delivered online sessions to Impact Heroes by experts in the past on topics ranging from digital marketing to donor relation management. All these resources are updated regularly and will be accessible to Impact Heroes and finalists. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

3. Optional Mentorship Program

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4. Impact Hero Community

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Call for Applications - Impact Hero 2022

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Last but certainly not least, we will start the call for applications for Impact Hero 2022 on August 8th.   If you are interested in applying, please see the details and apply  from here.  We are excited to receive passionate applications from many of you!  [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="center" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][button size="large" target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Call for Applications" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/impact-heroes/2022-applications/"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Impact Heroes at the Ashoka Changemaker Forum

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Life-story interview with IMPACT HEROES

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32160" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The event began with life stories by Impact Heroes focused on why they do what they do, what motivates them to do what they do, and how to create change at the national and global levels.In the interview, Bella Galhos, Impact Hero 2015, stated “Leaders should speak on behalf of people without voices” and emphasized the importance of facing challenges head on.  Following Bella, Kathy, Wai Wai, and Arief each shared their riveting life stories.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]

Dialogue session with participants

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After the life-story interviews, the participants were split into small groups for Q&A and dialogue with Impact Heroes in more intimate settings. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32162" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Below is a short write-up of the key points shared in each breakout session: 
Bella Galhos’ group:
Having grown up as a girl soldier and defected to Canada, Bella is doing what no one else can. After serving as an advisor to the President, she has gone on to run her environmental school and shelter for LGBT children, providing grassroots support. Many participants were inspired by Bella's one-of-a-kind elements of her work.  Without turning a blind eye to the poverty and education problems that Timor Leste is facing, they felt Bella's energy and kindness to listen to the unheard voices of the people involved and help them to make changes. 
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s group:
Kathy is an exceptional change-maker, balancing her grassroots work supporting local youth through her NGO, Jo-Jikum, and her high-level work planning the country's climate change strategy.  A participant from Singapore asked how a country like Singapore, which has been pursuing economic development, can transition to a green economy.  She told us that the first step is to make it a national policy to introduce renewable energy in areas with high carbon footprints, such as electricity and shipping. It is also necessary to deepen knowledge about the world;  a country like the Marshall Islands, which produces only 0.0001% of the world's carbon emissions, will be devastated by climate change. Kathy also spoke about using poetry and art to address the issue of climate change, saying "poetry can help cultivate empathy."  
Wai Wai Nu’s group :
Concerning the coup in Myanmar, Wai Wai and her team have reported on the damage and activities on the ground both domestically and internationally as well as conducted advocacy activities for international organizations.  Wai Wai, who aims to realize an inclusive democracy that includes all minorities, regardless of gender or ethnicity, emphasized the importance of having hope.  “No matter how difficult and painful the situation is, we, as changemakers, must not lose hope. We are the hope for the future.”  Wai Wai responded to a question about skills needed among young people by offering her advice:, "listen effectively, proactively, and respond accordingly".[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="32164" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We hope to continue to actively collaborate with Ashoka, SMU and other organizations that foster social entrepreneurship and changemaking to address the region’s most pressing challenges.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Announcing Impact Hero 2021 and the Runner-up!

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 IMPACT HERO 2021 : Arief Rabik

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Country: Indonesia Organization: Environmental Bamboo Foundation
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About Arief Rabik:
Arief is the President Director of Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF) and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project. He is a second-generation bamboo specialist, entrepreneur and scientist who is as capable and comfortable getting his hands dirty helping local producers on the ground as he is working with corporate leaders in the boardroom and politicians in national capitals to bargain for scalable policy and financial support to turn his vision into reality.  EBF was originally founded in 1993 by his legendary interior designer mother, Linda Garland, who saw bamboo’s many positive qualities – flexibility, environmental friendliness, rapid and relatively easy propagation – as a solution to many problems in the world such as land degradation and climate change, and found her true calling in establishing bamboo as a viable replacement building material internationally.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="31296" img_size="300×300" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]
About Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF):
The Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF) is a non-profit organization with 30 years of experience working in the field of bamboo with a breakthrough strategy to solve two of the world’s most pressing issues - climate change and land degradation. Simultaneously, its solution creates economic opportunities for rural areas and promoting gender & social inclusion by creating large markets for bamboo to be used in building material, clothing, furniture, and more. EBF aims to restore degraded lands around the world with bamboo agroforestry by first establishing 1,000 Bamboo Villages in Indonesia and then scaling the model to 9 other tropical countries within Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa.The goal is to set up 1,000 bamboo villages in Indonesia by 2029 and scale it to 9 other countries to build 10,000 bamboo villages in total by 2036. This will absorb 3% of the current global annual CO2 emissions and restore 20 million ha (1%) of the degraded lands throughout the world. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1545792029520{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #e5f2e4 !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Reasons for selecting Arief Rabik as Impact Hero 2021
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]Above all, the selection committee was deeply moved and inspired by his grand bamboo village vision that could make tangible contributions to climate change and multiple other outcome areas. His vision and work serve as a source of hope and inspiration for all in this age when we are constantly reminded of the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis and environmental degradation.Towards this hopeful future, he and his team at EBF have already demonstrated success in Flores, empowering women and youth, improving the livelihoods of villages, restoring massive areas of degraded land, and sequestering carbon through impressive bamboo forests. With a number of villages in the team’s portfolio, the 1,000 bamboo village initiative seems to be on the cusp of scale up and substantial impact.The selection committee also found his personality to be authentic and his passion unshakeable. He is amazingly adaptive and versatile: he loves being in the field with the villagers in eastern Indonesia and, literally on the next day, he would be in Jakarta rubbing elbows with corporate executives and key policy makers. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
IMPACT HERO 2021 Message from Arief
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A video message from Arief, shortly after informing him of the decision

 
"I'm speechless, I don't know what to say, but thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to work together to empower the farmers of Indonesia and around the world to restore their degraded lands and build this beautiful village-based industrial systems, this amazing forests that will supply us fibers, fuels and food of the future. So here is to our success!"
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RUNNER-UP : Randi Julian Miranda

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Country: Indonesia Organization: Handep
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About Randi and his work:
Randi is a prominent young Dayak figure in the field of sustainability, social entrepreneurship and indigenous rights advocacy. He is the Founder & CEO of Handep, a social enterprise that empowers Indigenous Dayak women and smallholder farmers through sustainable livelihoods and regaining their basic rights to lands and forests. Randi is also an avid environmentalist and community development practitioner, with extensive experience in project management, conservation, sustainable business, research and communication. He obtained his Master’s degree in Environmental Study (specialising in Sustainable Development) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2018.After years of equipping himself with the knowledge and skill sets he needed, Randi decided to dedicate his life to support his community in Borneo Island whose life spaces are under threat. Through Handep, Randi strives to improve the local economy, especially for forest-dependent communities and preserve the rainforests, not only for the biodiversity and conservation value, but for the future of humanity. His current works focus on providing sustainable alternative livelihoods using local resources and regaining the rights of Indigenous Dayaks to their customary forests which are continuously converted for the overdevelopment of extractive industry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Meet Other Impact Hero 2021 Finalists" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/blog/impact-hero-2021-finalists/"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

IMPACT HERO 2021 – THE FINALISTS!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company’s call for Impact Hero 2021 received applications from 65 changemakers from all across the Asia Pacific. The selection committee was surprised and inspired by the exceptional quality of the applications on the whole that demonstrates the evolution of the regional ecosystem.  From the initial batch, the committee members had the opportunity to speak directly with more than a dozen of candidates. While this process is undoubtedly time- and energy-consuming, it is a deeply rewarding and energizing experience for the Earth Company team to realize that so many individuals literally dedicate their lives to tackle enormous, complex challenges facing humanity and the earth. We will be announcing the winner in December, but for now, you can read a little about them – each with riveting stories, innovative solutions, and tremendous impact potential – below!(Listed in alphabetical order)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="75px"][vc_column_text]

1. Somsak Boonkam
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31043" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: ThailandOrganization: Local AlikeMission: Promoting sustainable community-based tourism business for rural villages in Thailand to support them become economically self-sufficient and improve their livelihood. About Pai and his work:Somsak “Pai” Boonkam is an Ashoka Fellow and the founder and CEO of Local Alike, a social enterprise building an online platform to connect travelers and locals through meaningful and authentic experiences. As a social enterprise, Local Alike uses community-based tourism as a form of development tool to solve local issues, preserve local culture, and generate additional income to local communities. Prior to founding Local Alike, Pai worked at the Mae Fah Luang Foundation Under Royal Patronage. He was tasked with business development at Northern Thai communities under the Doi Tung Development Project.Pai was born and raised in rural Thailand where he developed a deep appreciation for the ingenuity of indigenous culture and the role of sustainable development. He graduated with an MBA in Sustainability Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California. Pai has worked in a variety of cross-cultural settings. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous people to the mass market in order to develop sustainable products that have a positive impact on the society.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
2. Sagufta Salma Janif
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31041" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: FijiOrganization: The Fusion HubMission: Eradicating the global waste crisis through their zero-waste lifestyle brand and economically empowering women. About Sagufta and her work:Sagufta is an award winning social impact entrepreneur who is trying to solve the global waste crisis and at the same time economically empower women and youth living in disadvantaged economic situations. Sagufta is a zero-waste lifestyle enthusiast and advocate. She is also 2020’s Commonwealth Youth Award Winner for the Pacific Region.  She also won the aspiring entrepreneur of the year 2019 at the Women in Business Awards and has been named as one of the 30 faces of Fiji’s future - a mai life 30 under 30 honoree. She is also the Vice-Chairperson for the Young Entrepreneurs Council and has been an inspirational young leader as she motivates and encourages the youth of Fiji and the Pacific Islands to become change makers and solution providers. She empowers them to become job creators rather than job seekers. She not only motivates young entrepreneurs but other young people who are working towards achieving the sustainable development goals. She empowers women and young girls to go beyond the “stereotypical” jobs and provides training and capacity building opportunities so they can realize their true potential. Sagufta has become an icon for young people as an entrepreneur and a trailblazing change-maker.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
3. Kristin Kagetsu
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31033" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: IndiaOrganization: Saathi Eco Innovations India Pvt LtdMissionCreating and marketing hygiene products that are good for the body, community and environment. About Kristin and her work:Kristin is one of the co-founders and CEO of Saathi, a social enterprise dedicated to providing a sustainable and accessible solution for feminine hygiene. Saathi has been recognized globally by Time Magazine, Fast Company, UN Environment Program, and others, for its social impact, innovation and sustainability. Kristin is passionate about sustainable manufacturing, alternative materials, and women in STEM. She believes in a circular future where companies are also socially responsible. As an undergrad, she worked on multiple projects with MIT Design Lab in Brazil, Nicaragua, and India. Her first product was a set of natural dye crayons from locally sourced materials for an NGO in Uttarakhand where she realized she wanted to continue to work in India to make a positive impact.Prior to moving to India, she volunteered with the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, to structure and expand the national collegiate team and develop SASE leadership in the Northeast. After winning the HBS NVC, she moved to India to start Saathi with her co-founder Tarun. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is an MIT DLab ScaleUps Fellow, Asia Society Young Leader, Cartier Women’s Initiative Finalist, and recognized by the Indian Department of MSME. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
4. Randi Julian Miranda
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31096" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: IndonesiaOrganization: HandepMission: Creating a sustainable village economy that aligns with local cultures and traditions.About Randi and his work:Randi is a prominent young Dayak figure in the field of sustainability, social entrepreneurship and indigenous rights advocacy. He is the Founder & CEO of Handep, a social enterprise that empowers Indigenous Dayak women and smallholder farmers through sustainable livelihoods and regaining their basic rights to lands and forests. Randi is also an avid environmentalist and community development practitioner, with extensive experience in project management, conservation, sustainable business, research and communication. He obtained his Master’s degree in Environmental Study (specialising in Sustainable Development) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2018. After years of equipping himself with the knowledge and skill sets he needed, Randi decided to dedicate his life to support his community in Borneo Island whose life spaces are under threat. Through Handep, Randi strives to improve the local economy, especially for forest-dependent communities and preserve the rainforests, not only for the biodiversity and conservation value, but for the future of humanity. His current works focus on providing sustainable alternative livelihoods using local resources and regaining the rights of Indigenous Dayaks to their customary forests which are continuously converted for the overdevelopment of extractive industry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
5. Muhammad Noor
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31035" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: Malaysia, BangladeshOrganization: Rohingya ProjectMission: Developing and implementing a grassroots initiative for financial inclusion of stateless people through a digital social and financial inclusion platform.About Noor and his work:A Rohingya himself, Noor is the Founder and Managing Director of the Rohingya Project, a Blockchain-based organization to bring financial and social inclusion to stateless people. Noor is also founder and director for several institutions and organizations such as the world first Rohingya TV broadcast station called Rohingya Vision watch by millions from all over the world. He is the Founder and Chairman of Rohingya Football Club a national team to play CONIFA World Cup. Noor digitized the Rohingya Alphabet and developed the first Computer Typeface and one of the main contributors on Rohingya Unicode which was accepted and released in 2018. Noor is also the author of “Born to Struggle: The Child of Rohingya Refugees and His Inspiring Journey” which was published in March 2019, based on his personal life experience. He holds an Honors Degree in Computing from Greenwich University, UK. He has more than 15 years of experience as a business owner, journalist, TV anchor, corporate negotiator and project manager. He is also actively involved in software development, cryptography, security and data privacy. Noor trains and motivates people from all walks of life such as self-development, management and information technology. His ambitions are to implement technology to serve humanity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
6. Aravinth Panch
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31029" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: Sri LankaOrganization: DreamSpace AcademyMissionTackling authentic local socio-economic and environmental challenges by empowering the underprivileged communities and protecting the environmental ecosystem in Sri Lanka, using project & challenge based learning.About Ara and his work:Aravinth is a devoted social entrepreneur empowering underprivileged communities in war-affected regions of Sri Lanka by creating an intellectual livelihood to solve local socio-economic and environmental challenges.He was born in a beautiful coastal town called Batticaloa at a difficult time when his family lost several members - innocent civilians slaughtered as collateral damages in the civil war.At the age of 14, he escaped the country in fear of becoming a child soldier, for ten years exiled as a refugee and returned to his motherland when the war ended almost after three decades.In the meantime, he gained extraordinary interdisciplinary experiences in science, engineering, sustainability and art while solving very complex problems, and co-founded several successful organisations in Asia & Europe.His craving to uphold those who went through the same life experiences propelled him to co-found DreamSpace Academy - a community innovation centre to empower underprivileged youth with challenge-based learning.He co-created a personalised empowerment model consisting of 5 stages spanning 18 months. It starts with the identification of motivated youngsters from vulnerable societies, training them with multidisciplinary workshops in topics from storytelling to biotechnology, and ultimately leading them to become social entrepreneurs solving local challenges.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
7. Arief Rabik
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31058" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: IndonesiaOrganization: Environmental Bamboo FoundationMission: Building an international restoration economy through village-level bamboo agroforestry.  About Arief and his work:Arief Rabik is the President Director of Indonesia Environmental Bamboo Foundation and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project, which aims to create economic viability for the use of Bamboo Agroforestry to sequester CO2 and restore degraded tropical forest lands in dozens of countries. Arief is an expert in Bamboo Cultivation, Value added processing and Brokering public and private support and investment in village-level bamboo production.Bamboo has exceptional climate benefits and in Indonesia alone the creation of nationwide "Bamboo Villages" would result in more than 100 millions tons of CO2 emission reduction annually. This provides governments seeking a pathway to meet their emissions targets with an efficient model that has significant co-benefits, including economic development for rural communities and improved soil and forest health. Arief's breakthrough strategy is to restore degraded lands around the world with bamboo agroforestry while creating large markets for bamboo to be used in building material (which would also help displace carbon-intensive concrete), clothing, furniture, and more.Arief is a second-generation bamboo specialist who is as capable and comfortable getting his hands dirty helping local producers on the ground as he is working with corporate leaders in the boardroom and politicians in national capitals to bargain for scalable policy and financial support to turn his vision into reality. Arief has already piloted his model and the first group of villages in Indonesia are already producing bamboo with purchasing agreements in place to sell value-added products to large global brands.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
8. Rhea Mazumdar Singhal
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31039" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: India, and other countriesOrganization: ECOWAREMissionConverting common agricultural waste into 100% biodegradable, compostable and natural food packaging solutions which are a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics tableware.About Rhea and her work:Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Rhea was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women by the President of India. Rhea is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2018) and an Asia 21 Young Leader (2019). Rhea is an invited member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) National Committee on Women Empowerment and CII India CEO Forum on Air Pollution, she is also the Chairperson for the Indian Women Network for North India.Rhea has attended the University of Bristol, Oxford and Harvard University. Rhea is a vocal spokesperson for sustainability and climate change and urges the private sector to shoulder more responsibility. Rhea is a purpose driven entrepreneur taking her impact to greater heights  Rhea founded Ecoware with the sole aim of solving India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packaging industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic. Ecoware is made from the waste of agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt, thus contributing to debilitating air pollution. The efforts of Rhea and the business model of Ecoware have now been validated by the global movement against single-use plastic and regulations to better consumer behavior.Rhea has been featured in major national and international publications and has appeared as a speaker at events such as Dreamforce (annual product event of Salesforce), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation,  the Good Day (sustainability summit of Engie) and Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship (by National Commission for Women in India).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
9. Patima Tungpuchayakul
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31037" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: Thailand and its neighboring countriesOrganization: Labour Protection Network (LPN)Mission: Working together with migrant communities mainly in the fishing industry and seafood processing industry to fight human trafficking and to eliminate slavery. About Patima and her workWith her co-founder Mr. Sompong Srakaew, Patima established the Labour Protection Network (LPN) in 2004 to promote the labour’s quality of life and fight against child labour, human trafficking and all forms of exploitation. Her interest in human rights began in 1996 after graduation from Mahasarakham University, when she realized that the owners of factories near her hometown were abusing migrant workers, especially women and children. In more than two decades as an activist, Patima with support from the team has helped to create awareness of chronic rights breaches and worked with reformers to build understanding and improve the lives of migrant workers and the laws governing their employment. LPN has assisted over 5,000 Thai and migrant workers to date. Respecting her courage and determination, Patima led LPN’s efforts to rescue nearly 2,000 captive and stranded fishermen from isolated Indonesian islands in 2014. Her rescue work was the subject of a 2019 award-winning documentary film Ghost Fleet, and earned her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Patima remains a dedicated innovator focused on the reform work that still needs to be done on both land and sea.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]
10. Nguyen Thi Van
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="31066" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Focus geography: VietnamOrganization: Will to Live Capacity Building Center for People with Disabilities (WLC)MissionSupporting and assisting people with disabilities to integrate completely into society through employment and social initiatives.About Van and her work:Van is co-founder of the nonprofit organisation, “Nghi Luc Song” which means “The will to live”; as well as Chairwoman of the successful digital real estate company, Imagtor.Van was born in the poor rural area of Nghe An in north-central Vietnam, bordering Laos. Along with her brother Nguyen Cong Hung, who sadly passed away in 2012, she has shattered expectations of what was once deemed ‘possible’ from a disabled person in Vietnam.Van and Hung created the organisation The Will to Live in 2003 with the aim of creating opportunities for an equitable working environment. The organisation provides free IT, English language and vocational training to disadvantaged students in Vietnam. More than 1000 people with disabilities have benefited from this crucial educational and career support.Van’s private company, Imagtor, employs 82 employees, more than 50% of who have disabilities, working on digital real estate photography. The Board of shareholders has committed to provide 40% of profits from Imagtor to support people with disabilities in Vietnam, as well as contributing to other social causes in the country.In 2015, Van created the first ever fashion catwalk show for women with disabilities in Vietnam. “I am beautiful. You too!” aims to promote a perception of beauty stemming from diversity and difference. In 2019, Forbes Vietnam honoured Van as one of the 50 most influential Vietnamese women.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="75px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Heroes Talk|A series of online events featuring our Impact Heroes

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Heroes Talk #1,30th July

Bella's Journey with Earth Company to Transform the Future of Timor-Leste

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29872" img_size="1024×576" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Having lived through the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste, Bella Galhos survived human trafficking, brutal massacre, and sexual and physical abuse while fighting for her country’s liberation until she defected in Canada.After Timor-Leste's independence in 2002, Bella returned and later became an Advisor to the President.  She plans to run for the country’s 2023 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first female head of state in Timor and LGBT president in Asia!Earth Company fundraised a total of 135,200 USD for Bella and contributed to building the Leublora Green School, a school specializing in environmental education to train the next generation leaders.
Date/Time: 30th July, 2020, 15:00-16:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk #1 
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Impact Hero 2015 Bella Galhos
Timor-Leste, Environmental Education/LGBTDecades of conflict have left half of the population of Timor-Leste in extreme poverty. Bella founded Leublora Green School to transform Timor-Leste’s underprivileged children into green leaders who will lead this young oil-dependent country to a sustainable future. Today, the Leublora Green Village has now grown to become a model for eco-tourism. She plans to run for the country’s 2023 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first LGBT president in Asia. She stands as a beacon of change for a wide variety of social issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]If you miss the event, you can watch this from here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes Talk #2,12th August

Wai Wai's Approach to Peace Building as a Human Rights Activist

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29901" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After spending seven years as a political prisoner in Myanmar, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups as a global leader.So far, Earth Company has fundraised 51,500 USD for Wai Wai and the Women Peace Network and contributed to bringing educational opportunities to ethnic minorities in Yangon.
Date/Time: 12th August 2020, 10:00-11:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk #2 
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Impact Hero 2019 Wai Wai Nu
Myanmar, Peace-buildingAfter spending seven years as a political prisoner, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country. Her organization, Women Peace Network, runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. Her mission is to build peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy. Wai Wai is a WEF Young Global Leader and has been recognized by the BBC and TIME Magazine for her important work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]If you miss the event, you can watch this from here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes Talk #3, 19th August

A Midwife’s Life-work to Save the World, One Baby at a Time

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29921" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Robin Lim qualified as a midwife in the United States and Indonesia and founded the Bumi Sehat Foundation International in Bali, Indonesia. To date, she has birthed over 9,000 babies all over the world.Earth Company fundraised a total of 351,300 USD for Robin and Bumi Sehat Foundation to build new clinics in Bali, Papua, Palawan, Lombok and contributed to secure operational funding of these clinics.
Date/Time: 19th August 2020, 10:00-11:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk #3 
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Impact Hero 2016 Robin Lim
Indonesia, HealthcareRobin is a Filipino–American midwife, mother, grandmother, and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit organization that provides free maternity care for pregnant women, mothers and their babies, plus healthcare for all those in need. To date, she has birthed over 9,000 babies and is known by locals and international fans alike as “Ibu Robin” (Mother Robin). Bumi Sehat (which translates to “healthy mother earth”) operates clinics in Bali, Aceh, Papua and the Philippines.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
Heroes Talk #4, 29th August

A Marshallese Poet’s Journey in the Climate Crisis Era

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29923" img_size="large" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner is a poet of Marshallese ancestry, born in the Marshall Islands and raised in Hawaii. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014.  Kathy is a changemaker who has been tackling climate change through both high-level activities, such as representing her country at COP25, and the grassroots work of running an NGO that empowers the youth of the Marshall Islands.Earth Company fundraised a total of 144,100 USD for Kathy and Jo-Jikum to build a youth center in Majuro to help Marshall Islands youth become future change-makers and tackle the climate crisis.
Date/Time: 29th August 2020, 10:00-11:00, UTC+8
Event Page: Heroes Talk ♯4 
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Impact Hero 2017 Kathy Jetnil Kijiner
Marshall Islands, Climate ChangeWhilst fighting to get the voices of climate change victims heard on the world stage, Kathy set up Jo-Jikum to empower Marshallese youth – at the front line of climate change – to tell their stories, take action in their own communities and ensure that even if they are forced to leave their ancestral land in future, their national identity and culture is preserved and passed onto future generations. Kathy dedicates herself to empowering future generations of Pacific Islanders to not only survive but also thrive.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][vc_column_text]
25th August

A Fireside Chat on “Leadership Qualities for Social Change”

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We are delighted to announce that we will have a bonus session inviting Mr. Mason Tan from Garden Impact Investments and Transformational Business Network Asia (TBN Asia) to talk about leadership qualities for social change with Earth Company's co-founders, Aska and Tomo Hamakawa.
 
As a pioneer in impact investment and social innovation in the region, Mason has worked extensively with a wide spectrum of social entrepreneurs. Tapping into his experiences and wisdom, we are excited to discuss the key qualities of social change, including how they may be different from qualities required in the traditional private sector or nonprofit sector, how we might develop such qualities, etc.
 
Date/Time: 25h August 2020, 20:00-21:00, UTC+8
Event Page: A Fireside Chat 
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Mason Tan
Founder/CEO of Garden Impact Investments Chairman of Transformational Business Network Asia (TBN Asia)
Mason Tan is the founder/CEO of Garden Impact Investments Pte Ltd., that focuses on poverty alleviation through investing in enterprises connecting marginalized communities to value chains and the wider market, enabling an exchange of fair compensation for quality goods and services.
He also serves as the Chairman of Transformational Business Network Asia (“TBN Asia”), a non-profit association headquartered in Singapore that promotes fighting poverty through business enterprises solutions in Southeast Asia.
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IMPACT HEROES DAY~Earth Company 5th anniversary

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ABOUT
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IMPACT HEROES
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SPONSORS
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earth Company will be hosting an event to celebrate its 5th anniversary on October 6th, 2019. All five of our Impact Heroes will be coming to Japan to share their life stories and life work with the Japanese audience. In addition to their individual presentations, we are organizing panel sessions with Japan-based social entrepreneurs and researchers. We hope you join us for this unique opportunity to engage with our Impact Heroes![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1564313173509{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #f3f3f3 !important;}" el_id="about"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1564312731084{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

ABOUT

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IMPACT HEROES DAY

EARTH COMPANY 5th ANNIVERSARY EVENT
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407280939{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]Date: Sunday October 6th, 2019Time: 13:00-18:00Place: BASE Q Tokyo Hibiya Midtown 6F 1-1-2 Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo (Click for map)Capacity: 300 peopleEntrance fee: Early-bird discount limited to those who register before Friday September 6th. 10,000 yen for general admission, 5,000 yen for students ※Entrace fee for those who register after September 7th. Regular tickets: 12,000 yen for general admission, 6,000 yen for students Last-minute tickets sold at the venue: 15,000 yen for general admission, 7,500 yen for students[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Join the event" link="https://impactheroesday.peatix.com/view"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567513079595{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

DINNER PARTY WITH THE IMPACT HEROES

Limited to our monthly donors (Hero Supporters)!
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In the evening, we are excited to hold a dinner party for our donors with our Impact Heroes. The party will feature food prepared by Chef Yasuhiro Higa, who developed the life-nourishing menu for Mana Kitchen which is part of Earth Company's eco-hotel Mana Earthly Paradise in Ubud, Bali. We hope you enjoy the chance to interact with our Impact Heroes and Earth Company team! Date: Sunday October 6th, 2019Time: 18:30-20:30Place: BASE Q Tokyo Hibiya Midtown 6F 1-1-2 Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo (Click for map)Entrance fee: Free admission (RSVP required)
Anyone can join the dinner party by signing up to become a Hero Supporter (monthly donor) today. This is a rare chance to speak in-depth with our Impact Heroes in an intimate setting. Please consider becoming a Hero Supporter by clicking the link below.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Become a Hero Supporter" link="https://www.earthcompany.info/ja/monthlysupport/"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1566202557023{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #f3f3f3 !important;}" el_id="IMPACT HEROES"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1566202667716{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

IMPACT HEROES

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IMPACT HERO 2015 Bella Galhos

East Timor, Environmental Education/LGBT

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Decades of conflict have left half of the population of Timor-Leste in extreme poverty. Bella founded Leublora Green School to transform Timor-Leste’s underprivileged children into green leaders who will lead this young oil-dependent country to a sustainable future. The Leublora Green Village has now grown to become a model for eco-tourism. She plans to run for the country's 2022 presidential election. If elected, she will become the first LGBT president in Asia. She stands as a beacon of change for a wide variety of social issues.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407562657{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2016 Robin Lim

Indonesia, Healthcare

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Robin is a Filipino–American midwife, mother, grandmother, and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit organization that provides free maternity care for pregnant women, mothers and their babies, plus healthcare for all those in need. To date, she has birthed over 9,000 babies and is known by locals and international fans alike as “Ibu Robin” (Mother Robin). Bumi Sehat (which translates to “healthy mother earth”) operates clinics in Bali, Aceh, Papua and the Philippines, as well as temporary clinics in disaster areas around the world such as Haiti and Nepal.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407606721{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2017 Kathy Jetnil Kijiner

Marshall Islands, Climate Change

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Whilst fighting to get the voices of climate change victims heard on the world stage, Kathy set up Jo-Jikum to empower Marshallese youth - at the front line of climate change - to tell their stories, take action in their own communities and ensure that even if they are forced to leave their ancestral land in future, their national identity and culture is preserved and passed onto future generations. Kathy dedicates herself to empowering future generations of Pacific Islanders to not only survive but also thrive.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407654264{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2018 Johnpierre Montilia

Philippines, Youth Empowerment

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Johnpierre was a street child in the Philippines, forced into a dangerous world of drug-related crime and even child prostitution. However, he was fortunate enough to escape this dark world and has dedicated his life to using his own pain and experiences to help street children like him to do the same. Set up in 1998, Johnpierre’s organization has spread across the country to 16 locations, and has so far helped approx 8,000 young people in its fight to give street children a brighter future.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407697074{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
IMPACT HERO 2019 WaiWai Nu

Myanmar, Peace-building

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]After spending seven years as a political prisoner, Wai Wai now works tirelessly uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country. Her organization, Women Peace Network, runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. Her mission is to build peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy. Wai Wai is a WEF Young Global Leader and has been recognized by the BBC and TIME Magazine for her important work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image="27621" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1565013278538{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;}" el_id="message"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1565013324181{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

MESSAGE

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What a journey this has been!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567408865838{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]The past five years feel like 10 years or even more. When we founded Earth Company in 2014, Tomo was only able to contribute in the evenings and weekends, while Aska had her hands full raising a monster 1-year old (who calmed down over the years thankfully). All we had was our passion, vision, and conviction, and we poured everything to support our first Impact Hero, Bella Galhos from Timor-Leste. Five years on, we are blessed with an amazing team of 17 professionals spread across three countries - all committed and united beyond borders and languages. To date, we have received over US$1million in donation for our Impact Heroes and Earth Company. We want to convey our deepest gratitude to all those who believed in us and our work along the way. We really can't thank you enough... Key achievements we - our supporters and the Earth Company team - have accomplished together:
+ Raising US$700,000 for our Impact Heroes' work
+ Building 8 new facilities in 4 countries
+ Positively contributing to the lives of 460,000 people through our Impact Heroes
 The 5 year anniversary event on October 6th means for us - the Earth Company team and all five Impact Heroes - an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all our achievements and challenges in the past half a decade. We hope to see as many of you as possible and express our appreciation for your support!!  with our deepest gratitude, Aska & Tomo Hamakawa[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][button target="_blank" hover_type="default" text="Join the event" link="https://impactheroesday.peatix.com/view"][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1564317137273{margin-top: 25px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #f3f3f3 !important;}" el_id="programs"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1564316981069{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}"]

PROGRAMS

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13:00-13:20
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078340045{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407868930{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]Welcome RemarksOur co-founders, Aska and Tomo Hamakawa, will open the event with a few words of welcome and gratitude.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27674" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897363005{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
13:20-15:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078340045{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567407916013{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]HEROES TALK "My Life, My Impact"Our five Impact Heroes will share their life stories and why they devote their lives to their respective causes.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27642" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897384991{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
15:20-16:05
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078324031{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567513420651{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]Breakout Session 1"The Rohingya Refugee Crisis": Wai Wai Nu (Myanmar)"Gentle Birth": Robin Lim (Indonesia)"Child Poverty": Johnpierre Montilia (Philippines)*These topics are subject to change. Details to be finalized soon![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27848" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897403262{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
16:15-17:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078309143{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1567513432380{margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"] Breakout Session 2"Climate Change": Kathy Jetnil Kijiner (Marshall Islands)"LGBTI": Bella Galhos (East Timor)*These topics are subject to change. Details to be finalized soon![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27850" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1569897414656{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
17:20-18:00
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" css=".vc_custom_1565078294134{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text] Convesation with Asuka and Tomohiro Hamakawa Group PhotoEarth Company's co-founders Aska and Tomo will reflect on the past five years and share plans for the next five. A group photo taken at the end.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="27646" img_size="medium" alignment="center" qode_css_animation="" transition_delay=".5"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1565237120484{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"]
18:00
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18:30-20:30
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Earth Company Runs Mentorship Sessions For Indian Impact Hero Finalist

As part of its efforts to provide greater support to exceptional Asia-Pacific leaders who have been shortlisted as Impact Hero finalists, Earth Company ran a two day mentorship session for 2018 Finalist Ramnath (Ram) Chandrasekhar in Ubud, Bali on 25-26 April 2019. Ram is a celebrated Indian conservation educator & filmmaker who is committed to preserving and protecting India’s natural heritage by pursuing projects that inspire and empower India’s youth to become environmental stewards. In addition, he and his partner Rachita have created the Earth Ambassadors program under the organization Trust for Environmental Education (TREE). Earth Ambassadors are Indian youth who receive training and support to work with their local communities on issues related to conservation and environmental responsibility.   Bolstered by the success of their efforts so far, Ram and Rachita were looking to scale up and expand their work with a series of ambitious programs. These included a 3000 kilometer nature and conservation awareness raising Walk Project, building a nature center, creating an Earth Mentors program for Earth Ambassador alumni and expanding their school-based photo-storytelling and filmmaking workshops. In order to get a bit of guidance on their next steps, Ram and his partner Rachita travelled from Chennai, India to Bali, Indonesia to meet with the Earth Company team. Over the course of several days, the Earth Company team worked with Ram and Rachita to better understand their work and their plans for the road ahead. Reflecting on the workshop Ram notes that:“The Bali meeting came at just the right time for us. We were feeling a bit down because our Walk Project was being delayed because of some health issues. The discussions with Earth Company helped us transcend our sadness over this and realize how much we still could do right now to set ourselves up for success. In addition, our meetings helped Rachita and I prioritize our work.  We have put many of our expansion ideas on the backburner and will now focus our energy and time in the next 2-3 years on solidifying the Earth Ambassadors Programme, developing the Nature Center and on organization developmental steps like improving our administrative and compliance procedures, creating a website, developing a fundraising strategy and forming a Board of Directors. Thank you so much again. We left Bali with smiles on our faces.” Earth Company is pleased to offer this same opportunity for all Impact Hero Finalists. While we do not yet have the financial capacity to cover travel and accommodation expenses, if you are able to travel to Ubud, Bali, we will make the time to work with you on key priorities, areas of concern or need. We are also considering offering online mentorship opportunities for Impact Hero Finalists.  If you would like to find out more about Ram and Rachita’s work, please contact Ram: [email protected].  

Announcing our Impact Hero 2019!

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IMPACT HERO 2019

 Wai Wai Nu

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Full Name: Wai Wai Nu (age 32) Country: Myanmar Organization/Position: Founder and Director of Women Peace Network
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]Building peace, justice and social equality through empowerment, education and advocacy.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25521" img_size="large" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Age just 18, Wai Wai was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Her crime? Her father was a Member of Parliament for the political opposition in Myanmar. During the 7 years she ultimately spent imprisoned, Wai Wai met many women that were victims of poverty, coercion, or both. This motivated her to start her own organization, once freed.Wai Wai now works on uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country through her organization. Women Peace Network runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. A typical class consists of 14-20 students, mostly in their twenties. Classes range in duration; some run for a weekend, ten days, or even for a full month.Women Peace Network has been able to produce young leaders who dedicate their time to social activities and building trust and peace among their communities, thus building solidarity among the minority segments in Myanmar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1547362741952{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #e5f2e4 !important;border-radius: 15px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]
Why did Earth Company choose Wai Wai as our Impact Hero 2019?
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#ffffff" thickness="5px"][vc_column_text]For many, a past like Wai Wai’s would be tough to overcome. And yet, she has managed to not only survive, but to leverage her past experience - including 7 years spent in prison for her father's political stance - and transform it into her motivation and driving force to create change. There are few Rohingya activists who have gained respect from the wider Burmese population like she has, and this puts her in a unique position to influence change.Wai Wai has recognised the potential she has to create this change and is an intelligent, conscious leader with a rare ability to transcend ethnic barriers. She is also rare in her strategy to combine both a bottom-up, grassroots approach through her NGO in Myanmar, whilst also embracing top-down initiatives by engaging at a government level, including numerous appearances at UN and other international conferences.Though in great demand as a speaker on the international stage, she has received little support so far to stabilise and expand the grassroots initiatives of her NGO, and is looking for management coaching to help her do so. We believe Earth Company can provide her with the support she needs to grow both as a leader and changemaker, and maximise the potential of her organization.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]

RUNNER-UP : Ego Lemos

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Full Name: Ego Lemos (age 46) Country: Timor-Leste Organization/Position: Founder of Permaculture Timor-Leste (PERMATIL)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="25530" img_size="large" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Ego's StoryEgo was inspired to transform Timor-Leste’s agriculture and leverage its rich natural resources after seeing environmental degradation and over dependence on food imports. His mission is to create a sustainable economy, strong society, ecology and culture to guarantee the sustainable use of our natural resources, and he has already successfully convinced the government to include permaculture and agroecology in primary school curriculums, thus establishing permaculture gardens in schools nationwide.
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 JURY'S AWARD : Sasiranga De Silva

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Full Name: Sasiranga De Silva (age 32) Country: Sri Lanka Organization/Position: Director/ Chief Engineer at ThermalR Industries Pvt Ltd, Collaboration with University of Moratuwa[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="25523" img_size="large" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Sasiranga's StoryBorn and raised in a tropical country, over the years Sasiranga noticed rapid variations in temperature with unusually warm seasons in Sri Lanka, with authorities noting that the rice cultivating seasons have shifted and diseases caused by air pollution have increased. These observations motivated Sasiranga to study climate change and do his part as an engineer to ensure a healthier and sustainable future is left for generations to come.
When working at General Motors, Sasiranga came up with the idea of electrifying tuk-tuks, three-wheelers found in many Asian countries. Sasiranga now manufactures electrical conversion kits to transform gasoline-powered vehicles into electrically powered tuk-tuks. He estimates that converting tuk-tuks to run on electricity will reduce each unit’s CO2 emissions by 65%. Estimations also demonstrate that tuk-tuk drivers would save $1200 annually by switching to electric tuk-tuks, thus improving their lives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text]

 YOUNG HERO AWARD : Garvita Gulhati

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Full Name: Garvita Gulhati (Age 19) Country: India Organization/Position: Founder of Why Waste?
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 INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AWARD : Lisa Karene

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Full Name: Mona Lisa Karene (age 56) Country: Samoa Organization/Position: Co-founder/ Executive Director of Marketing and Production Development of Nora’s Plantation Foods Limited
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Impact Hero 2019 – The Finalists!

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Earth Company’s call for Impact Hero 2019 received applications from 56 changemakers from all across the Asia Pacific. From the 56 applicants, five were selected as finalists. We will be announcing the winner early next year, but for now, you can read a little about our finalists - each with inspiring stories, innovative ideas and great potential - below.

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Who applied?
We received applications from changemakers active across 15 different countries in the Asia Pacific, with the greatest concentration in India and Indonesia, and 20% of applicants taking a global approach. This year, the ratio between men and women applicants was more or less balanced (59-41). Most applicants are in their 30s, comprising 39% of the entire batch, while 23% are in their 40s and 20% in their 50s. We were excited to receive passionate applications from both ends of the spectrum too: 7 young changemakers in their 20s or younger and 3 in their 60s!
Tackling SDGs
While all 17 SDGs are represented through applicants’ work, the majority focus on alleviating poverty, improving education, and nurturing good health and well-being. There is also a strong focus on decent work and economic growth, as well as sustainable cities and communities.The majority of candidates run their organizations on an annual budget of more than 100,000 USD.At the bottom of this page is an INFOGRAPHIC that provides some insight into our applicants. But first, here is a little more on our five finalists, their life stories, and how they are devoting their lives to fighting social issues in their respective geographies (listed in alphabetical order).Our Impact Hero 2019 will be chosen from these five finalists and announced in January 2019. Watch this space!

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  Full Name: Ego Lemos Country: Timor-Leste Age: 46 Field of work: Food Sovereignty Organization/Position: Founder of Permaculture Timor-Leste (PERMATIL) MissionTo realise a sustainable economy, strong society, ecology and culture to guarantee the sustainable use of our natural resources.Ego's Story:Seeing environmental degradation and over dependence on food import, Ego was inspired to transform Timor-Leste’s agriculture and leverage its rich natural resources. Ego led a campaign from 1996 to 1999 to promote organic agriculture in Timor-Leste. A year after his campaign, he started a permaculture organization called PERMATIL that works to teach permaculture gardening and reviving traditional knowledge and systems in community and youth groups, ultimately leading to self-sustainability, food sovereignty, rehabilitation efforts, and the conservation and protection of natural resources. The organization successfully convinced the government to include permaculture and agroecology in primary school curriculums, thus establishing permaculture gardens in schools nationwide. Since then, 149 school gardens have been grown and over 20 natural springs have been rehabilitated. Ego’s biggest challenge however, is the ability to provide sufficient funds for all schools, as the government is unable to do so.In addition to building his organization, Ego worked as a lecturer at the Timor-Leste National University, an advisor for the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste on curriculum development and permaculture school gardens, and co-authored the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook, an influential publication on the subject matter. Full Name: Garvita Gulhati Country: India Age: 19 Field of work: Water Scarcity Organization/Position: Founder of Why Waste? MissionTo change people’s mindset towards natural resources, specifically water. Optimise usage, prevent wastage.Garvita's Story:Garvita has been an environmentalist since she was 13 years old. She has led initiatives in schools and colleges across India to inspire and equip youth to become changemakers. The most prominent of her initiatives being Why Waste? That engages primarily with restaurants to optimise their water usage systems. Their goal is to change the mindsets and habits of people towards natural resources. Garvita hopes to make restaurants more empathetic, leading them to de-trivialize water waste. Why Waste? has successfully reached over 500 restaurants across India, Oman, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Through her work with Changemakers Society and Ashoka’s LeadYoung program, Garvita was able to engage with over 40,000 youth internationally. Full Name: Mona Lisa Karene Country: Samoa Age: 56 Field of work: Agriculture, lack of access to market Organization/Position: Co-founder/ Executive Director of Marketing and Production Development of Nora’s Plantation Foods Limited Mission: To operate a sustainable income-generating export business to benefit the economy and people of rural Samoa.Lisa's Story:Lisa left Samoa at the age of 12 to study overseas. Recognizing that many Samoans do not have the same opportunity she was presented as a kid, she wanted to help the underprivileged in her community. Remote Samoan villages rely mainly on farming but can’t reach markets to sell what they grow, leading them to a vicious cycle of poverty, hopelessness, and despair. To help these villages, Lisa brought the market to the farmers, driven to give locals their self-worth back. “Inner confidence builds better, sustainable futures.” Lisa’s organization's impact model gives farmers access to the market by buying their crops and offering employment through its value-add manufacturing process for export products. Full Name: Sasiranga De Silva Country: Sri Lanka Age: 32 Field of work: Environment Organization/Position: Director/ Chief Engineer at ThermalR Industries Pvt Ltd, Collaboration with University of Moratuwa MissionTo realise a sustainable future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Asia's transportation sector.Sasiranga's Story:Born and raised in a tropical country, over the years Sasiranga noticed rapid variations in temperature with unusually warm seasons in Sri Lanka. The authorities have noted that the rice cultivating seasons have shifted and diseases caused by air pollution have increased, particularly inland, where emissions concentrate. These observations drove Sasiranga to study climate change in depth whilst studying at university, and motivated him to do his part as an engineer to ensure a healthier and sustainable future is left for generations to come.It was during his work with General Motors that Sasiranga was doing research on electric batteries. That’s when he came up with the idea of electrifying tuk-tuks, three-wheelers found in many Asian countries. Sasiranga now manufactures electrical conversion kits to transform gasoline-powered vehicles into electrically powered tuk-tuks. He estimates that converting tuk-tuks to run on electricity will reduce each unit’s CO2 emissions by 65%. This is a huge number especially considering there are one million tuk-tuks in operation in Sri Lanka alone! Estimations also demonstrate that tuk-tuk drivers would save $1200 annually by switching to electric tuk-tuks, thus improving their lives. Full Name: Wai Wai Nu Country: Myanmar Age: 32 Field of work: Education, Women Empowerment, Human Rights Advocacy Organization/Position: Founder and Director of Women Peace Network Mission: Building peace, justice and social equality through empower, education and advocacy.Wai Wai's Story:Being sentenced to jail for opposing one of the world’s most brutal military regimes in Myanmar, Wai Wai met many women in prison that were victims of poverty, coercion, or both. This motivated Wai Wai to start her own organization, once freed. Wai Wai works on uniting divided ethnic and religious groups in the country through her organization. Women Peace Network runs a youth center with classes ranging from English language, social science, advocacy, to leadership training. A typical class consists of 14-20 students, mostly in their twenties. Classes range in duration; some run for a weekend, ten days, or even for a full month. 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A call for help, from one island to another

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Where better to build an 'innovative city' than on the frontline of climate change?

 This was one of the key messages Earth Company’s Impact Hero, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, had for her audience at the recent Innovative City Forum in Tokyo.The Marshall Islands is a chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean. At just 2 meters above sea level, they have little protecting them from the ever rising tides. Homes and cemeteries on its low-lying islands are already being destroyed by king tides at a rate previously unheard of. [caption id="attachment_18990" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A cemetery in the Marshall Islands is washed away by rising seas.[/caption]A Marshallese poet and climate change activist, Kathy has been fighting for the rights of the small island nations on the frontline of climate change. She has used her voice and talent as an artist to draw international attention, and founded a nonprofit organisation, Jo-Jikum, with a mission to train other Marshallese youths to tell their stories to the world.Earth Company has been supporting Kathy's work - particularly in establishing and running Jo-Jikum - as our Impact Hero 2017.Invited to the annual Innovative City Forum to give a keynote speech by Mori Art Museum Curator Fumio Nanjo, Kathy shared the huge challenge her country, the Marshall Islands, faces as a result of climate change; from already serious flooding and droughts, to an uncertain future. But this wasn’t just a chance to educate.Kathy was there with a very specific call for action for the room full of innovative minds, creators, architects, designers, scientists and technologists from Japan - a country with great expertise and resource. 

0.5°C is the difference between life and death

 Representatives from low-lying island nations, like Kathy, and organisations such as 350.org have long campaigned to keep climate change to within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.Why 1.5°C?
"For a while, climate advocates were pushing for 2 degrees, but at 2 degrees our country would be under water. 0.5 degrees might not seem like much of a difference, but for our islands it’s the difference between life and death.”
  

"None of us expected it to be this bad, so soon"

 However, although a recent report by the IPCC suggests that 1.5°C might still possible if the international community takes unprecedented action, for some of the lowest lying nations, it may still be too great an increase in temperature.On stage in Tokyo, Kathy shared a conversation she had had this summer with Hawaii-based climate scientist, Chip Fletcher.“He shared projections of what different areas of our islands would look like with one foot of sea-level rise, two feet, three feet, and so on. When he showed our airport underwater after only one foot of sea level rise, I heard a mostly Marshallese audience collectively gasp out loud."
A temperature rise trajectory of 1.5°C by 2100 is estimated to raise sea levels by approximately 1.7ft (0.52m) [source], well above levels that will render key infrastructure unusable for the Marshalls.
  The IPCC report also lays out just how big a challenge it will be to limit global warming to just 1.5°C by 2100, and the simulations go on to predict the effect of even greater temperature and sea level rise.
In the worst case, we could be looking at a median sea-level rise of 5.9ft (1.8m).
 

Confronting a harsh reality

 What does this mean for countries like the Marshall Islands? "He [Chip] then moved forward with his assessment that the Marshall Islands can no longer only fight globally for mitigation, for the world to remain at 1.5 degrees Celsius. Instead, we must begin planning for adaptation – specifically building new islands. If we wanted to remain in our islands, he said, then we needed to seriously consider elevation."
 
It is too late to focus only on fighting to keep temperature rise to within 1.5°C. If the Marshallese are to protect their ancestral homes and the land that is so core to their history and culture, they need to look for new solutions.
 

"I am still grieving, and angry, over this path we are being forced to take"

 But Kathy’s anger and resentment towards this reality is clear. The Marshalls faces a huge challenge, not least because, "as a society impacted by colonialism and nuclearization, we are also a struggling nation lacking infrastructure and the technological expertise to create the solutions we need to survive.”
The Marshalls contributes only 0.00001 percent of the global total of emissions.
And yet, "we are now being forced to consider possibilities we would never have considered before, with money we don’t have."
 This anger led to a powerful collaboration between Kathy and a Greenlandic poet, Aka Niviâna. The poem and accompanying video they created with 350.org draws upon the unexpected link between their parallel realities of melting glaciers and rising sea levels (click the image below to watch the video).[caption id="attachment_25354" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (clicking on the image above will open the 350.org video page)[/caption] 

Moving from grief to action

 But Kathy also knows that grief will only get you so far. She closed her keynote speech with an invitation and call for action.One of the possibilities the Marshall Islands is exploring is reclaiming land - an area that Japan has a long history and deep expertise in. Yet with a GDP of just $199million USD, it seems unlikely the Marshall Islands will be able to follow in the footsteps of the Maldives, at least without substantial support. 
"Those artificial islands created by Maldives and Saudi Arabia are billion dollar projects for a handful of islands – we are a nation of 29 coral atolls and 1,156 individual islands and islets that stretches across 800,000 square kilometers, 500,000 square miles, of Pacific Ocean."
 

The Opportunity

 With this challenge, however, comes the opportunity for today’s innovators, scientists, architects, businesses, city planners and designers to come together and design a city. A city that can withstand the rising sea levels that the Marshalls face.
So Kathy has extended an invite to those working to build more resilient and innovative cities to visit the Marshalls. This is their chance to seize the opportunity to develop solutions in a country that is already facing the effects of climate change.
 It is a time of great uncertainty for her country, and the threat of displacement gets more serious with every day of inaction. And yet I get the sense that she, and others, still carry hope that our human determination in the face of challenge will prevail.“And in the face of climate changes, which inevitably impact us all, I end by asking, from one island to another, that rather than standing back and watching our sea level rise, that we all instead rise to meet the challenge of climate change, together. Thank you, komoltata, im arigato.”  

[Report by Mariko McTier with quotes from Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner]

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Impact Hero 2019 applications are open!!

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We are excited to announce that we have opened applications for our Impact Hero 2019!

Last year we received 24 applications from all over the Asia Pacific region, and we hope that this year - with your help - we can reach an even greater number of change-makers.

IMPACT HERO 2019 APPLICATIONS

 Earth Company selects one exceptional change-maker a year (whom we call an Impact Hero) from the Asia Pacific region and delivers customized support over three years.Our Impact HeroesJust like their predecessors - Bella GalhosRobin LimKathy Jetñil-Kijiner and John-Pierre Montilla - our next Impact Hero is expected to not only serve as an agent of hope for their own communities, but also inspire those who come to understand their life work.We are looking for those individuals who currently don’t have sufficient access to opportunities and resources, but could significantly deepen and expand their impact if provided with the right mix of support from Earth Company.

OUR IMPACT HEROES ARE:

 Future-oriented: Ambitious drive to achieve a paradigm shift in the environment and society; Passionate: Blazing passion, energy, and conviction; Inspirational: Special ability to inspire people around the world; Leadership: Natural magnetism to attract and mobilize supporters; Grounded: Deep trust and respect from the community

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

 
To be eligible, a nominee must be:
  • actively involved in tackling major social and/or environmental challenges in the developing countries of the Asia Pacific*;
  • serving on the leadership team of a social-purpose organization;
  • committed to the cause long-term;
  • able to communicate with the Earth Company team in English (or Japanese) regularly by email and phone;
  • aligned with the vision and values of Earth Company;
Earth Company is agnostic about number of years in operationorganizational maturitysectoral focusnationalityageg