Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Tell us about your partnerships
We work with a number of small non-profit organisations based in the local area. These organisations focus on innovative solutions to tackling education, employment and poverty. What they share is the common need for more resources and fresh ideas.
Although they are run by passionate and committed leaders, these leaders often lack global experience, thus limiting their approach to progression, such as gaining support from beyond their local area.
We are continuously looking to expand our network of quality organisations to work with. The following are a few of our established partnerships:
1. Malindi Aids fighters
Malindi Women’s Aids Fighters is a community based organisation comprising of women living in abject poverty who are HIV positive or have been directly affected by the epidemic. These women make handmade products from recycled materials which they sell in order to support the project.
The project is headed by a lady called Esther who was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980’s. Esther’s ultimate aim is to run a home which provides palliative care for HIV positive patients in the final stages of their life. Volunteers can contribute to the realisation of Esther’s aim by providing business and marketing expertise, as well as project management. Salvonaris Africa facilitates this by overseeing the project so each volunteer can pick up where previous one left off, with guidance from both Salvonaris Africa and Malindi Women’s Aids Fighters.
Kesho is a registered Community Based Organisation in Kenya as well as a registered charity in the UK. Their aim is to improve the life chances of children in Kenya through their holistic approach which includes financial support for education, academic and literacy support, enrichment, training and child protection.
As a charity dependant on donations, their capacity to employee staff is limited. Volunteers with social work skills, child protection and education fulfil the necessary assistance required for them to meet their aims.
3. Haki Disabled Group
Haki Disabled Group is a small non-profit NGO which works to empower and educate the local disabled community. Disabled people from small villages in Africa are often stigmatised and alienated from their community. In a society that lives so close to the bread line, disabled people can often be viewed as a burden and as lacking the ability to contribute.
Haki works to change this perception by teaching its members skills and crafts so they are able to produce commercial goods. Haki provides its members with purpose and creates useful members of society who realise their own value.
The role of volunteers within this organisation is to assist with the empowerment of Haki’s members, this may take the role of basic education, or coming up with more commercially viable products to sell in order to facilitate the sustainability of the Haki Group.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
A challenge we face is balancing the commitment to recruiting young Africans as volunteer coordinators with the need to ensure we deliver a consistent and professional service to our volunteers. We will tackle this problem by ensuring we deliver ongoing training for our employees.
It is challenging to ensure each placement leaves a measurable impact to the host organisation, otherwise we risk losing our social focus and becoming just another commercial volunteer organisation. We aim to dilute this risk by setting aims and objectives for each placements and organising an effective itinerary of how to achieve these objectives, we then have a way to measure our social impact and can react swiftly if we do not meet these objectives.
Attaining the right volunteer for the right placement is a challenge. We tackle this through our extensive pre-departure interview process. This ensures each volunteer has the necessary skills to make real impact on host organizations.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
Primarily we will achieve this goal through our employment methods. We are committed to recruiting young Africans as volunteer coordinators as we believe they will do the greatest job of showcasing the brilliance of their local community. We also believe the mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, culture and experience will create young people with greater global awareness, confidence and the ability to push themselves to compete of a global scale.
The youth of Africa are ready to compete on the global stage and we are passionate about moving away for the idea that Africa needs saving and moving towards the idea that Africa has the capacity to teach as well as learn.
Giving young people the power to coordinate the exposure of Africa's talent and innovation, will help to install a sense of pride and empowerment.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.
Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Lack of youth empowerment