Growing fruits of labour AND love

fruitsofloveLast year Happy Herb Company created a $25,000 grant to help One Health Organisation (OHO) further develop our Collaborative Projects Program (CPP). CPP has had an incredible impact over the last 10 years by ensuring that 21 community health enterprises and 75 health projects in 10 different countries were supported; that 8 metric tonnes of nutritional supplements were distributed in domestic and international aid; that 250,000 people were serviced and that 200 volunteers were engaged. The Happy Herb Company grant has allowed OHO to invest in project management software and contracting wages. Both of which have helped to develop better systems and infrastructure so that all projects run smoothly, and that underprivileged communities receive their much needed services. Since being contracted through funds from the Happy Herb Company grant, One Health Organisation Digital Editor, Rebecca Morehouse says, “It has been a great privilege to be able to contribute to the larger picture and greater good, by providing OHO with my little part in tightening content processes and essentially getting messages of hope across online platforms.” Being able to fund roles like Rebecca’s is essential to OHO and its partners because in order to raise funds for critical health projects and aid we must expand our community of active global citizens who can help.
As One Health Organisation Founder and CEO, Jimi Wollumbin says, “it’s one thing to get someone to fund clean water in Uganda, but it’s really hard to get a grant for all the unsexy bits of infrastructure that help an NGO deliver that clean water. People don’t generally reach for their cheque book when you say we really need a grant to pay for project management software.”
However, Happy Herb Company isn’t just simply being generous in funding OHO infrastructure and internal labour, they are arguably providing a more effective solution than simply donating money to buy food for communities in need. As Jimi points out, while charitable giving can be appropriate in certain circumstances, all in all, “this kind of approach to charitable funding is really short sighted. It’s a stop-gap approach and never looks towards long term sustainable solutions.” He says, “The HHC grant was a god-send for us, we’ve been so busy trying to secure funding for all our projects we haven’t stopped to try and secure our own funding.” Since releasing grant funds to expand the operation and development processes, OHO has seen an incredible increase in efficiency and output towards partnership support, as well as a greater ability to develop more collaborative partnerships. Business Development Manager, Laura Stapleton says, “ We can see that this has been a successful step towards the sustainability of OHO's work in the world, which directly relates back to The Happy Herb Company's drive for being a shining example of a social enterprise." Happy Herb Company Operations Manager, Niall Fahy wouldn’t dream of doing it any differently, as he says, "Happy Herbs believes that we are part of a movement for positive change that is over-growing the global system. It involves businesses (like us) that are about more than just money, and a multitude of movements and organisations (like OHO) that are re-imagining the ways in which people can coexist on Earth.” Niall explains that for the greater good to happen we must strengthen the foundation, so that sustainable and effective solutions can then develop and thrive.
He says, “To us, investing in the infrastructure of an organisation like OHO is a lot like feeding a plant so that it can grow stronger and bear more fruit; we chose to support One Health because the fruits of what they do are of benefit to so many."
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