Past Winners

2014 FORD MOTOR COMPANY CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS WINNERS

Jordan

Project:
"Traditional Water Harvesting Improves Community Resilience to Climate Change"
Participant:
Ziyad Al Alawneh – Land and Human to Advocate Progress
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
In 2011, Land and Human to Advocate Progress (LHAP) initiated a project to reuse grey water to reduce water consumption and consequently help address the issue of water scarcity in Jordan. A model project was constructed to drive authorities to replicate the program throughout the country, primarily in ponds, schools and mosques. The harvested water was reused for irrigation purposes and LHAP also constructed a water harvesting cistern in a girls’ school. With the USD10,000 Grants prize, LHAP will organize 15 visits to three sites from Amman and other cities and focus its campaign to drive awareness amongst media and influencers. Educational and informative materials will be produced and disseminated in the three cities through community leaders. The project hopes to influence politicians and the community-at-large to take up the cause of reusing grey water to save on water and resources.
Project:
“Garbage Museum”
Participant:
Green Generation Environmental Group (Amal Jamil)
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
The initiative is based in one of the state-owned schools in Amman and has been around since the academic year of 2012/2013. It aims at establishing a permanent scientific and educational museum for waste. Since 2014, the administration department at the school allocated two rooms in order to create an educational museum that shows home and school garbage. The museum also has infographic to provide better explanation about the life cycle of these wastes.

The USD10,000 grant will be used to prepare the two rooms with all related wastes to present it to our 550 students and the students at other schools. It will be used for the dedicated assemble point/area.

Lebanon

Project:
“Sodak’s Space”
Participant:
Arcenciel
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
Arcenciel’s “Sodak Space” received USD10,000 for its interactive and innovative environmental stand as part of its continuing efforts to educate the Lebanese community to promote waste management good practices and to motivate waste sorting, reuse and recycle. In 2009, arcenciel launched “Bouchons roulants”(rolling caps) project to encourage people to donate caps which in turn are recycled and repurpose as wheelchairs for people with disabilities. The project has been expanded into different ideas still involving sorting waste to recycle and now into “Sodak Space”. Sodak Space is intended to create an innovative and attractive awareness stand for use in events. The stand follows the sustainable development idea and will include seats made from upcycled materials, original sorting bins, educational dart game, an interactive wall and wheelchair challenge.
Project:
“The Tree Trail”
Participant:
Association for Forests, Development and Conservation
Grant:
US$5,280
Project Summary:
The Association for Forests, Development and Conservation, through its project “The Tree Trail” received a grant of US$5,280. The Tree Trail project is a unique way to propagate environmental education and eco-tourism by establishing a hiking trail in the village of Ramlieh. The trail will weave its way into the natural forest to provide access for hikers and highlight, at the same time, Lebanese flora through informative plaques on major tree species along the way. The USD5,280 grant will be used to fund maps and plans, develop a floral assessment to identify important species.
Project:
“Don’t Waste Your Waste”
Participant:
The Safadi Foundation
Grant:
US$8,880
Project Summary:
Safadi Foundation’s “Don’t Waste Your Waste” project aims to increase sense of responsibility amongst the Lebanese community on waste management by fostering Eco-Police Group which it created in 2005 for recycling issues. The foundation will help raise further awareness on recycling options and to also enhance Eco-Police’s network as it works hand in hand with the Municipality of Tripoli and local committees. Students will also be tapped to help in awareness campaigns and to train them in recycling initiatives. Safadi Foundation will use the USD8,800 Ford Grants for information meetings, training and capacity building.
Project:
“Urine Power Generator”
Participant:
AlManar Modern School
Grant:
US$8,880
Project Summary:
AlManar Modern School has devised a unique environmental project allowing it to receive USD8,800 Grants. The school building’s resources will be directed towards sustainability towards the use of urine to produce electricity. With electrolysis method on the urine, hydrogen will be separated as well as Nitrogen and Potassium Carbonate. The Hydrogen is transferred to a vacuum gas tank and then transferred to a generator. The project addresses three major concerns which are pollution; sewage and, reduced electricity costs. The grants prize will be used to purchase model components, test and implement the product.

Iraq

Project:
“Let’s Save Tigris”
Participant:
Iraqi Center Supporting the Role of the Youth
Grant:
US$3,040
Project Summary:
The highly-polluted Tigris River sparked needed help to save it from dying. Through environmental awareness and advocacy campaigns, the Iraqi Center Supporting the Role of Youth is acting to help preserve the famous river. The pollution mainly comes from the Medical City’s hospitals, the Municipality of Baghdad as well as the private sector like restaurants. The neglect and wanton polluting of the river resulted to many fatal diseases like hepatitis and others. The youth is called on to help save the river by getting the community at large to do its part.

The USD3,040 grant will help the group to pay for awareness campaign expenses such as materials and venue hires.

UAE

Project:
“Your Eyes on Elasmos”
Participant:
Rima Jabado
Grant:
US$6,000
Project Summary:
“Your Eyes on Elasmos” project aims to advance research and conservation by promoting citizen science. By training citizens to act as scientists and collect information on threatened species, researchers and conservationists can harness comprehensive data. The project also ensures that data is collected on the diversity, abundance and distribution of sharks, rays, guitarfishes and sawfishes (elasmobranch) in the UAE to support the species’ conservation. With the USD6,000 grants received from Ford, Rima Jabado will focus on developing and training the public (specifically divers) to report their sightings and ensure there are enough educational material available for the community to report data.

Bahrain

Project:
“Environmental United”
Participant:
Bahrain Women’s Association for Human Development
Grant:
US$14,700
Project Summary:
Environmental United aims to foster creativity in environmental education to contribute to raising awareness on the means and methods of the basic practices necessary for a sound environment. The project aims to highlight the best environmental behavior and practices to be adopted to achieve a sustainable environment. One of the aspects of the project is the educational unit entitled “Wahdat Be’aty” which has a guide for kindergarten. The USD14,700 grant will be used to produce English and Arabic materials for the educational campaign as well as other collaterals.

Oman

Project:
“Capacity-building in civil society in Marine Conservation in the Sultanate of Oman”
Participant:
Biosphere Expeditions
Grant:
US$15,000
Project Summary:
Biosphere Expeditions has carried out several reef research expeditions on the Musandam peninsula in the past decade. As such, the group has established two Marine Protected Areas (MPA) which need consistent local support to remain protected. To achieve this, Biosphere Expeditions is training and engaging local people in reef conservation through Reef Check methodology and establishing a civil society based Reef Check network in Oman. The project then aims to achieve this work through education, capacity-building and hands-on involvement in reef conservation which would eventually lead to protection of the local livelihood of fishing and tourism. The USD15,000 fund will be used train local Omanis, engage at least 10 school classes or 300 local children in coral reef conservation via educational materials and, school visits with lectures and snorkeling activities at reef sites.

Yemen

Project:
“Booklet A, B for home farming”
Participant:
Sumood Abdul Hadi Al-Bahlooli
Grant:
US$2,600
Project Summary:
The project is about publishing a booklet detailing how to grow vegetables indoor written in an easy and simple manner and was reviewed by prominent experts in the field of agriculture. The booklet will be printed and sold at public libraries with proceeds going to voluntary activities at a local authority.

The USD2,600 grant will be used to cover the printing expenses.
Project:
“Green Dream”
Participant:
Mohammed Abdullah Abdo Al Hakimi
Grant:
US$2,500
Project Summary:
Green Dream is the main source of news and information about environmental issues in Yemen. The project is the first independent Yemeni news site specializing in covering environmental news which aims to create community awareness in a country where environmental awareness is still very weak. The non-profit project works as a platform for digital and interactive reports that aims to keep the public updated on the society and environmental issues. Green Dream supports a professional code of conduct and is committed to professional values and ethics of the press. It also aims at increasing news coverage in order to reach more audiences whether on the internet or through their mobile app and newsletters.

The grant will be used to cover the expenses of producing 30 stories, 18 infographics, which will be placed in social media, launch the Green Dream app for Android users as well as launch a new version of the website.



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