Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Eleanor


Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Ellie (5) from Kapaa, HI and classmates used her award to create a bountiful school garden filled with fruits and vegetables, flowers and greenery & support the local community in need with organic fresh fruits and vegetables.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? To build a school community around self-sustainability practices and for I and my classmates to learn by doing, watching, and listening to master gardeners.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 60
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 10
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 60
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 100
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 60
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? I was surprised by the transformation of the garden and how it inspired everyone to participate and become a stakeholder in making the garden successful.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned that school community gardens take an immense amount of time, resources, maintenance and enthusiasm to succeed. I also learned that so many families will volunteer time if you just ask. The parents who contributed to the garden transformation are invaluable.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? The project, which was completely transformed because of the pandemic, will impact the future of our school community because it has taught us that goodness and life can grow from the worst of times. The garden dried up and wilted during the lockdown on our island. It suffered greatly but was renewed when we started the 2020-2021 school year. It has inspired us to invest time and energy into something good. Even though we have to socially distance and wear masks, each one of us can build the garden together. We are in it together and that is the most valuable lesson the garden project has taught each one of us.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? Thank you K4C for the microgrant. You have helped our school, which is now suffering financially more than ever, to rebuild our community garden. We now have renewed irrigation lines, fencing to keep critters out, healthy soil and compost, seedlings, and the other tools needed to keep us moving in the right direction.