As 2020 comes to a close, we want to take a moment for reflection on such a trying, turbulent, and unprecedented year. The pandemic has forced us to slow down, take pause, and consider what is important to us. It has brought us many mixed emotions and caused a reckoning of global proportions – seeing the reality of our interconnectedness and the weight of our decisions on many others besides those in our immediate communities.
At Hilo, we are a “hilo” or a bridge for the international community, connecting community leaders with the funding necessary to bring their projects to life. We recognize that the Global North has an undeniable role in the funding hierarchy, and rather than fighting against these systems, we aim to use them to lift up those who have been underrepresented for far too long.
We are grateful that our partners have trusted us with this great responsibility, and we will come back in 2021 with a renewed fervor to continue our work.