Celebrating the impact of secure land rights at Seed the Change 2022
On March 16th, a lively group of Landesa supporters gathered in Seattle at Block 41 to celebrate progress securing land rights for women and communities and learn about future opportunities for impact. Following, on March 30 friends from further afield were able to join online and continue the celebration, complete with the artistic performances from the live event in addition to a land rights trivia game. Both gatherings were co-hosted by Lauren Du Pree and Ian Lindsay.
Audiences heard from Board members Christine Grumm, Tim Hanstad, and Titi Liu, as well as Board Chair Vikesh Mahendroo. Chris Jochnick, Landesa’s president and CEO, shared his enthusiasm for several emerging projects and particularly heralded the opportunities for Landesa to support rural economic empowerment work in Indonesia. Joining them on stage was Beth Roberts, director of Landesa’s Center for Women’s Land Rights, who shared a rousing call to action fresh from the recent launch of the expanded Stand for Her Land Campaign in Nairobi, Kenya.
The 2022 Seed the Change Gala raised over $300,000 for Landesa’s vital work.
A touching moment came when Tim and Vikesh awarded the 2022 Roy L. Prosterman Humanitarian Award posthumously to their dear friend and colleague Dr. Tajamul Haque. Both members of the Board shared fond memories of working with Dr. Haque and the value of his leadership. Sadly, Dr. Haque passed away last year due to COVID-19. His life’s work positively impacted millions in India and elsewhere. After the Seed the Change Gala, Vikesh delivered the award personally to the late Dr. Haque’s wife in India.
Landesa hosts the Seed the Change Gala each year in March as a celebration of the organization’s work and to benefit Landesa’s programs around the world. Information about Landesa’s 2023 Seed the Change Gala will be available in winter 2022.