Posted 06/19/2012 - 08:29:54am by Janet Oh
Deborah Greymoon, a Cascade, Colo., nurse and longtime midwife, has heard too many stories of women in the developing world endangered – sometimes killed – by unsafe birthing practices.
As the first grand prize winner of the Marigold Ideas for Good Contest, Greymoon plans to use the $5,000 award to help make childbirth safer in rural India by training clinicians and lay midwives there. She’ll call on the connections she made while volunteering at an Indian maternity hospital a few summers ago and travel free thanks to the trip provided by Road Scholar.
Join us in celebrating the work of Greymoon and the other winners of the contest this month:
- Kathleen Braico of Queensbury, N.Y., hopes to develop a summer service program for teens too old for day camp and too young for work.
- Charlene Turner Johnson of Detroit envisions turning abandoned houses into homes for homeless veterans and families.
- Gary Oppenheimer of Newfoundland, N.J., seeks to make sure “no food is left behind” by connecting home gardeners with local food pantries to distribute fresh produce to families in need.
- Stan Weston of St. Joseph, Mo., intends to build a “Tree House for Everyone” so those with disabilities can experience and play in nature.
To learn more about the winners and their ideas, go here.
Through October, Participant Media – with help from you, the voting public, and Encore.org – will select five winners each month. Each winner will receive a $5,000 grant, and one grand prize winner will get the money plus the trip of a lifetime through Road Scholar.
If you have an idea on how to improve life in your community or around the world, enter the contest today!