Human trafficking

Running to Stop the Traffik

There will be tracks built near rural schools in scenic sites.Participants will be sponsored for every mile they run and will be divided into groups for a team relay race.Winner will be the group who raised the most revenue. Throughout the year,the 3 tracks will be used by schools for training youth

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There will be tracks built near rural schools in scenic sites.Participants will be sponsored for every mile they run and will be divided into groups for a team relay race.Winner will be the group who raised the most revenue. Throughout the year,the 3 tracks will be used by schools for training youth

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Running to Stop the Traffik

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2010

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Hong Kong S.A.R., China, Hong Kong

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Hong Kong S.A.R., China, Hong Kong

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

There will be tracks built near rural schools in scenic sites.Participants will be sponsored for every mile they run and will be divided into groups for a team relay race.Winner will be the group who raised the most revenue. Throughout the year,the 3 tracks will be used by schools for training youth

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if you running one mile could save a girl from forced prostitution?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

1) General youth in Bangladesh no not have access to sports facilities nor are their physical ability recognized or fostered at a national level
2) There are millions of Bangladeshi women and children being trafficked to other countries into forced slavery, prostitution, bonded and forced labor
3) The natural beauty of Bangladesh remains unappreciated - it is not safe for the to go on any trek
4) Not enough awareness about human traffiking

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We will build trekking sites in rural areas where scenes are most beautiful.It will be a competition between different schools. Unlike the HK 24 Hr Race,the budget will be used in making running tracks near rural schools.This way,after the 24 Hr Race,the students of those schools can use the site.Every mile run by every individual at the 24 Hr Race will be sponsored to generate revenue that will mostly go towards charities working with human trafficking in BD and some will go towards maintaining the running sites.School visits and newspaper publications will be the primary means of recruiting youth participants through which awareness of human trafficking of Bangladeshis will be raised. Youth endurance,nature,anti traffiking moment are goal

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Through the 24-Hour race Hong Kong,the revenue generated was given to partner NGOs who is working with human trafficking.Please refer to the website to understand the example better.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

There will be 3 tracks.Every running group will have 24 team members including substitutes (12 male and 12 female).Every team will have 1 support group consisting of >10 people (2 shifts).Each runner will run a maximum of 2hrs and it is a relay.Local village business men are allowed to set up booths(water,snacks,food,hats,etc) near the track site.All races in 3 tracks will not run at once,but spread out throughout the year(January,April,August).Children not part of schools can also participate and if they are directly linked with conditions of trafficking,they can use the revenue they generated towards their immediate needs upon approval from us.Throughout the year,a research group volunteering with 24Hr Race BD or NGOs will pay visits to different schools(English and Bengali medium)to raise awareness about the all kinds of human traffiking affecting Bangladeshis and recruit new members.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Upon this projects success,I will attempt to build new tracks in more scenic rural areas areas through NGO contributions and the revenue generated. This way,we hope to improve and conserve some of the most environmentally polluted/not maintained areas of Bangladesh and foster appreciation for Bangladesh's much ignored natural beauty.It will also train the youth physically and provide increasingly more rural schools with sports training facilities.With better security that the races bring,the sites will receive more attention attracting tourists and related businesses can flourish.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Every mile the runners run will be sponsored by NGOs who works with the target form of human trafficking.The winner will be the group who generates the most revenue.Majority of the revenue generated will go towards the NGOs(where certain members of the 24Hr Race BD can closely work in the NGO decision making).The rest of the revenue will be used for maintaining the tracks/locations throughout the year with partnerships with local schools.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Brac Human Trafficking, Relief International- these are NGOs are primarily work with it. The 24 Hr Race is a youth lead initiative against human trafficking, building endurance at a personal level through running, a movement towards exploring parts of one's own country that still remains a mystery to them before,in effect depolluting the track locations.The race also attempts to bring media and national attention to Bangladesh's flora,fauna,natural beauty as well as educate the mass public about human trafficking and its consequences.It is the first of its kind to unite all youth across earth.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The idea of the 24 Hour Race stemmed from a high school friend of mine, Christopher Schrader. I was just reading his blog posts about crossing the Gobi Desert and his new adventure stories when I realized that it is absolutely possible to have a similar opportunity for the youth of Bangladesh!What better way to explore the natural beauty of ones own country than to run across it while at the same time getting sponsored for every mile. The inspiration for the features that I added to the 24Hr Race being held in Dhaka is that civilian security in Bangladesh is not the same as in Hong Kong or Singapore. We can only attract youth participants if it is safe for them to run and hence, the idea of constructing a simple track in the locations!

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

My brother, ISD 2011 graduate alumni and 24Hr Race Hong Kong Team

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Health and Hygiene.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The recipients of this 24 Hr Race will be:
1. Youth across the nation
2. Rural schools
3. Local villagers
4. Mass population
The nature of the race is that it will bring all the mentioned recipients together as demonstrated partly by the video provided. The youth value the competitive aspect of the race, where the teams will not only compete with each other, but the competition will be between individuals of a single team in trying to run the most. Also, the youth participants will be able to choose the level of competitiveness (as the website explains) and arrange their teams accordingly. The youth will rural schools will also be able to get the same facilities (e.g. to run competitively) as youth from the city. Usually the youth from rural villages have a very tradition method of education, with little no emphasis on extra curricular activities, let alone compete in a formal way with youth across the nation. The local villagers will benefit from the triennial nature of the race, by being able to set up small booths of food, water, straw hats near the race course. Since there will be supporting team members around the track who will be present for the 24 Hrs of the race, basic supplies will be of a necessity. So, for villagers who already have small businesses as such, will certainly seize the opportunity to cater to the large number of participants/supporters. Once the villagers have a better understanding or believe that the race is taking place every year, they will plan their business/production accordingly as well. This might also prompt other villagers to start small businesses related to the needs of the participants. Overall, the media attention that this race garners, along with the aforementioned three recipients, will contribute in educate the mass population of Bangladesh about natural beauty of our country and why we need to work together in preserving such wealth!

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Previously, during my time at high school with Christopher Schrader, I took the initiative to expand the 24-Hr Race to Bangladesh but was not able to do so because of the lack of security. There was no start up fund to build a track or provide security for the participants. I have always wanted to influence the lives of youth and share with them the opportunities that I personally had. It is mostly the English medium students who have access to better educational facilities and opportunities to impact others. But I firmly believe that anyone, despite the socio-economic circumstance or regardless of the kind of school they attend, should be able to have their own imprint in society. I have seen the power that this youth movement brings against human trafficking and it was able to educate others oblivious to conditions of human trafficking.Although I know I might not win this award,,but I will try nonetheless to provide a little of the privileges I had for the youth of my people, my country. I hope to see this 24Hr Race social business grow in the next two years and expand it to even remote locations in Bangladesh where the youth are not able to explore despite their keen interest due to security purposes. I want the Bangladeshis and the rest of the world to learn about Bangladesh’s natural beauty, the flora and fauna.It is only through learning can one appreciate and appreciation harnesses a will to protect such natural wealth!

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Helping Christopher Schrader organize the Hong Kong 24Hr Race.
Organizing the first local MUN conference across Dhaka schools through grades 8-10
Working on independent research project at university that focuses on Bangladesh legal system particularly on the International War Crimes Tribunal and the political impact it had

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NGOs coalition against FGM

Eliminating all forms of violence against women, children, building capacities, supporting financial fund for NGOs in Egypt all over the govern -orates, seeking media & advocacy over VAW, FGM, sexual harassment.

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Kamla

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

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2008

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Government

Organization Country

Egypt, Cairo

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Egypt, Egypt

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Eliminating all forms of violence against women, children, building capacities, supporting financial fund for NGOs in Egypt all over the govern -orates, seeking media & advocacy over VAW, FGM, sexual harassment.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if women are more empowered in our community , what would happen to this society ?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The old-fashioned ideas coming from cultural obsolete values that harm women's existence & survival

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

- Changing mentality
-supporting small project to disadvantaged women
-Building a new social activism that works on the Women & Child Protection

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We've been reaching poorly educated women & areas. where religious men & teachers were available to address the subject, over the past few years since 2008 & we're gaining the support of the UNICEF, UNFPA, Wallace, National Population Council & the Ministry of Health & Population

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

-Including all the harmful mental, physical & health practices against women which means a social empowered strata has got a great impact on the economic growth.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

-Moving forward includes supporting a policy making strategy where all the forms of violence against women is punished by the rule of law, the relative mindset about what might be harmful or not against woman which might affect their social role shall come to the sight when we'd see a more humanist oriented society.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

- When this coalition established it's meant for gathering all the efforts exerted on behalf of the government & the funding partners to establish a strong community fighting together against FGM, when we'd find a moment reached with zero FGM in Egypt, this is the ultimate goal so as to we get to move forward to the next level when we'll see all forms of violence are eliminated, it's hard to catch from the start began, we shared stories of abused women, disadvantaged young girls & adults who performed something against their basic human & sexual rights.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

-The team consists of the NGOs, governmental partners & international ones.
-Team of health & social experts who are planning from the project matter based on the recommendation I'm giving through my of motioning & evaluating the plan given.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Sustainable Sourcing, Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We depend on medical students, social & humanist activists to outreach the Egyptian local community.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

it would help us to take a leap to achieve our primary goal which is women empowerment, eliminating all harmful practices against the women & children

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Egypatriots when we had to found an NGO to support the injured protesters over time of the revolution in Egypt since 2011. Cycle Egypt when I had to support a group of cycling riders to spread the idea in a more creative way.

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DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (DEVATOP)

Human trafficking is a weapon against the future of young people. Devatop sees a nation where human trafficking is eradicated just as slave trade was eradicated. Devatop sees local schools/communities where students and women vulnerable to human traffic are empowered to acquire 21st century skills.

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Blue Red Campaign & Project Donate2School

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2013

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Nigeria, CT, Abuja

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Nigeria, CT, Abuja

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Human trafficking is a weapon against the future if young people and we see a nation where human trafficking is eradicated just as slave trade was eradicated. We see a nation schools that are vulnerable to human trafficking are of global standard and students with 21st century skills.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if human trafficking is eradicated in africa and young people are not vulnerable to it. What if Nigerian public schools are up to 21st century standard and students possessed 21st century skills?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Nigeria is one of the major contributors of trafficking in human beings.
Each year, more than 45, 000 Nigerians are trafficked to Europe.
Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation. (UNICEF)
The average age of sex trafficked victim is 12 – 14 years.
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70% of Nigerian public schools in the communities that are vulnerable to human trafficking, dont have standard/functional libraries and computer lab.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A. Devatop through her Blue Red Campaign eradicates human trafficking by sensitizing school aged children, vulnerable communities, parents and village heads/leaders, on human trafficking. We train them on how to spot and stop human trafficking. We have been raising advocates in schools. Devatop rehabilitates victims. We empower victims and vulnerable women with skills and jobs.Devatop plans to establish Anti-human trafficking academy and Rehabilitation Fund. We also plan to introduce books and online campaign

B. We collaborates with, mobilizes and encourages individuals, companies, organizations and communities to sponsor and support the donation of books, computers to schools in communities that are vulnerable to human trafficking.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Devatop observed that 80% of human trafficking victims in Nigeria are from poor families, rural areas and schools in rural communities. We started this initiative to reach out to these vulnerable communities/schools. During our workshops in five schools, 4 female students reported on how they were sexually molested by their relatives and strangers. Ten female students reported on how friends, relatives and acquintance tried coercing and persuading them to travel with them to cities in Nigeria, Italy and other euporean countries. They girls were promised better education, jobs etc.

Blue Red Campaign and Project Donate2school has been sensitizing some of these vulnerable communities and donating books to students

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

1. In 2013, we trained more than 1600 students on eradication of human trafficking.
2. On 22nd Nov, 2013, we organized a national debate on anti-human trafficking.
3. In December 2013, we enlightened the public in a Young heart TV Talk-Show on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
4. In 2014, 66 primary school pupils in Abuja were trained on how to resist child labor & sexual exploitation.
5. We have organised teaching sessions, transformational workshops and quiz competitions for 180 repented commercial sex workers in Abuja. Prizes were given to them.
6. Devatop has donated her books to 71 schools in the communities that are vulnerable to human trafficking.
7. Devatop has organised academic empowerment workshops for 600 students in vulnerable schools, with the aim of equipping them with 21st century skills.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

1. Publsih her book on anti human trafficking and introduce it to ministry of education for it to be used in schools nationwide
2. launch her online campaign and learning centre on anti-human trafficking.
3. start her Anti-human trafficking Academy in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Egypt where more than 5000 women will be trained as advocates.
4. Train 2000 victims of human trafficking and vulnerable women on different skills like farming; waste and packaging; Catering, ICT, etc
5. Establish rehabilitation centres in Nigeria and Ghana
6. Introduce 21st century lessons in vulnerable schools.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Devatop's financial sustainability plan include:
1. Generating $5000 every year through sales of books, magazines, Blue Red shirts, conference fees etc.
2. Generating at least $5, 000 every year through fundraising events, online fundraising, etc
3. Generating $10, 000 yearly through her Anti Human trafficking Academy and fund
4. Generating $9, 500 every year through her diversify businesses like promotional activities for companies etc

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

1. United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes
2. National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and othr related matthers (NAPTIP)
3. Society Against Prostitution and Child labour in Nigria
4. Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Fund.
5. One Child One Book

Devatop strategizes different approaches in offering her solutions which include:
1. Online Campaign
2. Raising of female advocates on anti human trafficking.
3. Publication of books, magazines etc for her clients
4. Collaborating with companies, NGO's, Businessmen,Communities, Schools, Government in her activities

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

During my National Youth Service in 2013, some of my students at the women rehabilitation centre told me about their experiences before they decided to join prositution. Some of them were victims of human trafficking. One of them mention three critical things that made her victim to a pimp: thus;
1. poor family background
2. low standard of her school, inadequate learning materials
3. desire for greener pasture.

I made further researches from other repented prostitutes and discoverd that the have similar stories and factors.

This propelled me to initiate a project on combating human trafficking and reducing the vulnerability of students in schools. This initiative has grown from one leve of impact to another level of impact.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

1. Joshua Badeh, (B.Sc.Maths)
School Coordinator
2. Shelly Chinwe, (B. Sc. Economics)
financial coordiantor
3. Ugwunnanya Enyinnanya, (B.Ed Pol.Sc)
Assistant Project Coordiantor.
4. Runcie Chidebe (B.Sc. Psychology/Anthropology)
Content and Counseling Director

Each of the members is been celebrated as he/she achieves a growth target. All the members have growth goal for the organisation which is part of our team vision.

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Opportunities for Women.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Among the 1600 young people whom we trained last year, 80% of them are females. Hence, at least 70% of our recipients are women while 20% to 25% are males.

Project Donate2School has direct impact on both men and women, but we give more attention to female students. We donate more books and learning materials to females.

We engage the recipients through our workshops, conferences, books, outreaches to schools, etc

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

With the prize money and publicity, Devatop will develop momemtum and achieve her objectives which include:
1. Publish her book on anti human trafficking and introduce it to ministry of education for it to be used in schools.
2. launch her online campaign and learning centre on anti-human trafficking.
3. start her Anti-human trafficking Academy which will train 200 women within the first two years.
4. Train 200 victims of human trafficking and vulnerable women on different skills like farming; waste and packaging; Catering, ICT, etc on yearly bases.
5. Hold National Anti Human trafficking Conference every year.
6. Start Anti-Human Trafficking Clubs(Blue Red Club) in schools.
7. Donate standard textbooks, computers to more female students

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

1. In 2013, we trained more than 1600 students on eradication of human trafficking.
2. On 22nd Nov, 2013, we organized a national debate on anti-human trafficking.
3. In December 2013, we enlightened the public in a Young heart TV Talk-Show on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
4. In 2014, 66 primary school pupils in Abuja were trained on how to resist child labor & sexual exploitation.
5. This year, we donate books to 71 schools.

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A social enterprise for the benefit of trafficked women in red light areas

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

India, MM, Mumbai

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, MM, Mumbai

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

There are over lakhs of women in a world of misery , trafficked into red light areas yearly without means of an alternative livelihood and worse without even a hope of finding one. Patched is an environmentally conscious student run social enterprise striving to bring change.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if they can be just given one chance to change? A chance to be heard?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

HER STORY

Age 11: she’s kidnapped and forced into the red light area.
Age 12: She is locked up & raped 10 times a night for the price of survival
Age 17: She’s trapped for at least 5 years & is forced to have a an illicit child so that her affections can be used to manipulate her & is made dependent on drugs & alcohol
Age 22: She is ridden with disease & physiological deterioration
Age 30: She is forced to put her daughter into the trade

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Patched Through its Triple E program: Education, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, with courage and hope striving to offer an alternate means of livelihood.
Our education ideology is to equip our women with basic training in Communication Skills, Tailoring, Money Management and Computers. These courses help them gain a fundamental understanding of these essential real world skills. They are encouraged to start up their own entrepreneurial ventures with these skills, the skills they have a knack for and mentoring provided by us.
The women are taught how to create patchwork products re-using waste fabric. The money saved through this endeavor is used as capital for their ventures.
we make sure their children get a proper schooling.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Through the money management training that was given by our team, one of our beneficiaries,Sapna has started her own B2C tiffin service in her chawl, thus having successfully exited the trade! She is currently supplying to over 25 households and earning 20,000rs monthly. A woman who was trafficked when she was barely 16 years old, subjected to the worst horrors known to man, has emerged from the struggle bruised, but not defeated.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Tripple Bottom Line

People:

• Our Direct impact:
-Through Patched, 9 women were provided with counselling & training
-4 women earn manufacturing patchwork products
-1 woman has left the trade and become a successful entrepreneur
• Indirect Impact:
-5 children’s education has been assured
- 200 women attached to NGO actively take part in our awareness events

Profit:

Revenue generated through the enterprise was at a profit of 28 % which was reinvested in training.

The women’s income has increased by 33.3%

Planet:

50 kgs of fabric was reused reducing the carbon footprint by 3150 kgs of CO2!

Capsule School has helped us reach out to various red light area NGOs by the box of CDs, and workbooks we created that can help anyone anyone learn at their own pace and time without a teacher even in the most sequestered communities.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

-Project Patched has raised funds through grant awards and regular pop-up stores and awareness events in University and social media.
-Impact shopping on www.gudville.com/patched allows 1% of user transaction on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal as our donation.
- Through the patchwork products sold and the money management training, the women are taught to save and set up their own enteprise making them financially stable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

After a year of trial on a not-so-successful e-commerce portal for a cause, we had learnt it through experience to start a project. With the agenda set to bring change in lives of marginalized women, we spent months in research on which we learnt about the horrifying lives of trafficked women in red light areas. Field visits moved us completely and made us take a stand that we had to do something for them. and do it now. With that set, the women's desire for change, need for help and interest in Patched only helped us continue and sustain. You cannot hear their cries and do nothing for them.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are a team of 9 undergrad students working together at every hour possible after college to make a difference.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Target audience: In our first phase, we have identified two beneficiary groups from the 200 women that visit our collaborated organization, Prem Kiran Community Development Centre in Sonapur red light area of Mumbai.
The first: women below age 20 who are quick to learn and have a chance to restart their lives. The second: women above the age of 30, who are being driven towards unemployment by the brothel managers but are still craving a chance to reclaim their life.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Being a student group, financial support is a necessity for us. The prize money would help us
- Set up an education centre with sewing machines, computers and broadband connectivity that can be shared by the women
- Scale the project by replicating our 3E model in other red light area NGOs
- Help set up a stable lifestyle for the women who leave the trade through a trade of THEIR choosing
- Invest on long term required teaching aid tools and machinery for product making
- Spread awareness through social media

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I have previously co-founded the Desi Tokri - An e-commerce portal that acts as a platform for all NGOs and artisans in Mumbai to showcase their handicrafts online and gain awareness for their cause. Learnt with failure, the importance of understanding the market demands for a sustainable project and the value of keeping the beneficiaries need as our problem statement and model to develop a need-based program with clear communication system.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

Patched

There are over lakhs of women in a world of misery , trafficked into red light areas yearly without means of an alternative livelihood and worse without even a hope of finding one. Patched is an environmentally conscious student run social enterprise striving to bring change.

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Innovator Insights: Slavery Seen and Solved

It’s an uncomfortable truth: people are still trapped in slavery, and not just in agriculture and manufacturing, the two sectors that may come to mind immediately. “Both the consumer and industry need to think beyond the tag,” said Arati Sureddi, Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator and founder of LOTUS Alliance, an organization committed to cutting across sectors to fight human trafficking.

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Project Sakhi/सखी, Organization - Antral/अंतराल

Sakhi/सखी - "A friend of one.. A friend of all"

Sakhi/सखी can be anyone who is ready to take the responsibility of saving the tribal girls from early marriages and trafficking.
Sakhi/सखी dreams of a community free from all gender based violence, gender based rituals and cultures.

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LOS DISFRACES DE LA TRATA

Es una herramienta interactiva y ludica con la cual se permite que la persona acceda a la información sobre cómo prevenir la trata de personas y el mismo dirija su proceso de formación.
Es un Objeto Digital de Aprendizaje, basado en una historia y dentro de esta varias historias de vida.

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CH.A.V.O.S.

Un proyecto que permita a los niños en abandono social aprender a identificar factores de riesgo en una comunidad y a protegerse, al mismo tiempo que construyen una comunidad para ellos mismos.
Un proyecto que permita difundir su experiencia y enseñar a otros a cuidarse.

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Social Farm

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Νικόλαος

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Σαμπάτης

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Social Farm

Project Subtitle

Social fair trade brand, for agricultural products and sustainable tourism.

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Greece, KALAMATA

Country where this project is creating social impact

Greece, KALAMATA

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

How we can help people, excluded from society, who inside them have so much energy to restart the economy. How can we get closer consumer and producer?
Social Farm is the fair-trade brand that can do it.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

There is nothing impossible for the one that will try. Alexander the Great

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

High unemployment rates, especially at vulnerable group citizens, combined with lack of opportunities and a better education. Agricultural sector seems to be the only way for all these people to stand again in their feets, but there is no one help in these direction. Even public unemployment office(OAED) in Greece execute these people from agriculture at all funding programs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our solution is a new type of organization that empower all these vulnerable people to work by themselves, with the recognition of a fair-trade brand. The differentiation of our services is that we certify, sell and promote, all these open farms product as an enhanced opportunity that crisis took them, in order to succeed.
by open farms, upon crisis helping for social justice. At the same time, bring together the producer to the customer, and provide an opportunity to the customer through rural tourism to get acquainted to the production process.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A Russian family, reach in social-farm.org, about a small farm produced olive oil and learn about their story and how they face crisis or other vulnerable issues. They adopt the family, in order to help them remain productive and every month some fresh products will be sent to them, as a proof of their reintegration. If they like the traditional and mature characteristics of the products, or the huge social impact behind them, then they could receive monthly info of the reintegration progress and farmer learning path or how to get hosted by this farm, creating a lifetime relationship experience.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

For every farmer that we help, multiplied benefits created for the local economy and society, exempt from the obvious living in a better quality, better education and better working standards.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

First time we have holistic approach to transform the disadvantage(small size) of Greek Farms to a huge opportunity. We deliver agricultural products, combined with ecotourism experiences, as a social service to more than 1 million potential people(only in Greece).

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our revenue model will be based on the frequently sales of the agricultural products and the alternative tourism plans.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

This project require at least 15000 for the first costs of the company(Legal & Accounting, Website, Advertisement, Educational Plan creation and support, Partners Acquisition, Market Survey, etc...)

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The team was founded back in University, trying to find ways to combine all our expertise and make something innovative in our hometown. We improve the idea after a period of research, now we are planning to launch very soon.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Nikolaos Sampatis - Management
Marios Bougas - Marketing
Damianos Tsilivarakis - Doctor
Stavrina Sampati - Technology Systems

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Social Farm

How we can help people, excluded from society, who inside them have so much energy to restart the economy. How can we get closer consumer and producer?
Social Farm is the fair-trade brand that can do it.

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Human not for sale!

In co-creation with social businesses in Europe we develop an interactive technology programme called ‘Human not for sale’. We design a gamified Android learning app, aiming to educate parents & communities in Cambodia about the risks of human trafficking. In collaboration with the Cambodian end-users we develop the app, equip the parents & community reps with smart-phones & monitor the learning progress. Upon success - international rollout.

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LEAD SOCIAL-MISSION ORGANIZATION

Type of organization (e.g. NGO, association, not-for-profit, foundation, social enterprise)

Social enterprise

Total Number of Full-Time Employees

2

Lead Contact First Name

Paul

Lead Contact Last Name

Gill

Title

Co-founder

Country

United Kingdom/Cambodia

LEAD CORPORATE PARTNER

Organization Name

LearningSigns

Total Number of Full-Time Employees

2

Lead Contact First Name

Priya

Lead Contact Last Name

Abraham

Title

Managing Director

Country

Austria

Organization Website

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Human not for sale!

Project Subtitle

Fight against human trafficking through interactive learning technology

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Project Starting Year

2014

Primary European Country where this Project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, XX

Additional European countries where this Project is creating social impact

Switzerland: Bookbridges: Co-creation though immersion, capacity-building, creation of change makers community using mobile

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Inclusive supply chains: Entries in this category implement efficient, sustainable and inclusive supply chains.

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Elevator Pitch: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences. Share a concise summary

In co-creation with social businesses in Europe we develop an interactive technology programme called ‘Human not for sale’. We design a gamified Android learning app, aiming to educate parents & communities in Cambodia about the risks of human trafficking. In collaboration with the Cambodian end-users we develop the app, equip the parents & community reps with smart-phones & monitor the learning progress. Upon success - international rollout.

Problem: What problem is this project trying to solve?

Today, the social issue of human trafficking & modern slavery impacts everyone especially as our world continues to become more interconnected. In Cambodia, an estimated 2.8 million people are working in forced labour, which is 10% of the world’s 27 million people working in modern slavery. The problems continues to grow because
• Countries like Cambodia have a severe lack of technical, educational, financial, human & business resources to help reduce the risks of human trafficking.
• Significant lack of awareness at all levels of the value chain, from rural communities where trafficking is often initiated to the customer who purchases the final products.
• Complexity in collaborating amongst various stakeholders in the value chain

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The ‘Human not for sale!’ programme will address the 3 key problems (lack of awareness, lack of resources & complexity in collaborating) by:
1. Working with a diverse (in skills, cultures & sex) pool of talent to develop a business strategy & technology for a gamified learning tool.
2. Both teams will collaborate over a 5 month period to develop, refine & implement the programme.
3. Implementation in the field & evaluation.
This will generate awareness throughout the process & create a collaborative environment to address the issue of human trafficking. We start at the root cause.

Co-Creation Model: Tell us about your main strategic partners and how the partnership truly create value. For each Partner please include its type (business/social/public), its name, a short description, its key motivation to participate in the co-creation project, and the key contributions it is making in the co-creation project. Please follow the format displayed below:

-Partner 1
--Business
-LearningSigns are an expert consultancy in mobility, learning, and gamification. They develop, design, and implement gamified mobile learning programmes, helping to deliver global mobile solutions.
-Proven track record that gamified learning helps people adopt positive behaviour change. Their literacy apps “Learn the alphabet before the language” improved personal life circumstances to countless people worldwide.
-Tech and behaviour change expertise: Will develop and deploy Android smart-phone app. Proven track record for localising products.

-Partner 2
--Social
- Sonas are a UK social business operating in Cambodia to empower individuals living in poverty, by combining resources from all levels of the value chain.
-Key motivation to participate in the co-creation project - To bring additional resources to the communities they work with in Cambodia to reduce the risks of social issues that poverty brings and to encourage entrepreneurship and leadership.
-Sonas implement social projects on the ground & have already completed projects with 2 UK universities including University of Oxford. Bring the market reach and grassroot approach with rural communities where most trafficking cases exist.

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Identify: The ‘Human not for Sale’ programme evolved through co-creation between LearningSigns & Sonas. Our thorough market analysis identified the customer segment insights, resource gaps & existing competitors.
Design: To meet the needs of communities in Cambodia, we design a gamified learning app which engages, educates and monitors progress of the end users.
Deliver: 5 month programme to develop, test & launch the mobile learning app in Europe & Cambodia.
Evaluate: Impact to be monitored & evaluated using SPM (Social Performance Measurement) tools by University of Oxford & Sonas based on qualitative & quantitative data. In parallel we monitor the learning progress digitally, e. g. by use of analytics tools applied by LearningSigns

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact. Please specify using qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. # of indirect and direct beneficiaries); help us understand how this solution truly makes a difference.

Sonas & LearningSigns have been working in Cambodia to build the reach & deep understanding for the ‘Human not for sale’ programme. They have developed successful partnerships with local CSOs & community leaders to connect with families affected by trafficking. Sonas along with partner organisation CLA have the reach to 130 villages & 1400 families in 3 districts of Prey Veng province where the majority of human trafficking cases occur. They have held 5 focus groups to identify the key challenges and learning behaviours of the communities affected.
The ‘Human not for sale’ programme will impact 200 families (approximately 1200 people) in Prey Veng, Cambodia who will be part of the first pilot group to be educated using the learning app.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

- Moving forward, LearningSigns and Sonas will implement a localised roll-out of the ‘Human not for sale’ programme in 10 new regions in Cambodia which are high risk areas for child and adult trafficking.
- We will introduce a ‘Co-creation through Immersion’ programme to corporations and institutes in the UK and German speaking countries. The ‘Co-creation through Immersion’ programme will bring 10-15 future leaders together to help manage and implement the Human not for Sale’ programme nationally and internationally.
- We intend to infuse policy makers in Europe and other key stakeholders in Europe to develop future leaders.
- Sustainable tourism to Cambodia where we encourage people from Europe to come and visit the communities that we work with.
- T-shirt and scarves made through fair trade promoting ‘Human not for sale’ campaign.

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Funding: How is your project financial supported? [select all that apply]

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Sustainability Plan: Has your project already reached financial sustainability? If not, what is this solutio’s plan to ensure financial sustainability? Do the main partners have enough stake to sustain the solution? If this project requires limited budget, how will other resources be secured to maintain or grow this work?

The prototype of the learning app will be financed through crowd-funding. The next stages, roll-out in Cambodia, and the international roll-out will be financed by:
- Crowd-funding
- We will introduce a ‘Co-creation through Immersion’ programme to corporations and institutes in the UK and German speaking countries. The ‘Co-creation through Immersion’ programme will bring 10-15 future leaders together to help manage and implement the Human not for Sale’ programme nationally and internationally
- Sustainable tourism to Cambodia where we encourage people from Europe to come and visit the communities that we work with.
- T-shirt and scarves made through fair trade promoting ‘Human not for sale’ campaign.
- Bulk app sales to NGOs
- Sales of curriculum report “Mobility strategy for Social enterprises”, and connected consulting services

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are smaller regional organisations that are tackling the problem mostly through income generation activities and manual training. However, to date no one has used technology or more specifically mobile technology as an educational tool to prevent human trafficking and raise awareness on the issue of modern slavery at its root cause.
A few apps are available in stores for awareness raising of and the education about the human trafficking problem. They are, however, directed at the ‚educated Western elite’, but not the people directly affected. Our approach working with the affected people and applying latest technology is therefore unique.

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Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the Partners to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Priya from LearningSigns had known Paul from Sonas through Ashridge Business School in London where he studied his MBA and Priya lectured. When she saw that Paul has left his cosy corporate job to start up a social business, she contacted him to see how they could collaborate. Paul and Keeva from Sonas witnessed how human trafficking was a big problem in Cambodia. Both Sonas and LearningSigns decided to collaborate to try and save people from the risks of human trafficking. Education and training were integral to both organisations and therefore co-creating an educational tool to reduce the risk of human trafficking was a logical consequence. We are like-minded individuals who mean to create impact, promote change at grassroot level, achieve scalability through technology and gaming and bring a proven concept to implement sustainable behaviour change.

Team: What type of team will ensure that you achieve your projected impact? Specifically, how do the corporations’ and the social-mission organisations’ top management each play a role in the success of this project?

Two lean organisations with proven track record in each field.
MD of LearningSigns: former professor at top-ranked British business school for leadership & strategy development. Business anthropologist, mobility & diversity expert. International business consultant & complex project manager with diverse industry experience. Worked on 5 continents.
CTO: Computer Scientist with 15 years expertise in building products based on state-of-art technologies. Industry experience includes digital publishing & mobile services. PMI & Scrum.
Freelance team of PR & coders.

Sonas bring experience and knowledge of communities in Cambodia due to their grassroots work in rural areas. They have developed strong partnerships with organisations organisations working on the ground such as CLA (who focus on Child & human trafficking) and educational social business Bookbridge.

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Barriers: What main barriers may you have encountered to co-create during the creation and implementation of the project and how did you try to overcome them?

We have encountered the barrier of a virtual working environment. To overcome this, Sonas and LearningSigns used various remote learning technologies and decided to meet face to face in January 2014 which avoided timezone limitations. LearningSigns will visit Cambodia in May to hold further focus groups with Sonas and pilot the ‘Human not for sale’app prototype. Our co-creation of the learning applicaiton with the local communites will enable us to adapt the final product according to the needs of the end user.

Governance: What is the type of the relationship between the partners? (e.g. joint venture, contractual relationship, joint project...)

Contractual relationship

Interaction model: How is the project a transformative partnership? How is the interaction transforming the partnering organizations and their employees/ leadership in terms of creating a new vision, new management practices, new skills and new organizational structures? Please provide for concrete examples

The project offers an excellent opportunitiy for both teams to develop their skill set and expand their business structure that will have a positive affect on communities in both Cambodia and further afield. Specifically:

Innovation:
Sonas to broaden expertise in technology innovation and learning implementation
LearningSigns to acquire specialized knowledge of specific target populations to tailor the product to the markets.

Knowledge sharing:
Sonas to share knowledge about local market with LearningSigns and social businesses in Europe
LearningSigns to share knowledge on digital making with Sonas and social businesses in Europe

Governance:
Development of new tools, such as innovative memorandums of understanding, ways of working

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Inventures

LOTUS Alliance

LOTUS collaborates across sectors to fund anti-­‐human trafficking work and create system change within the tourism sector around more responsible employment practices.

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1st Reach Technology

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umesh

Last Name

yadav

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1st Reach Technology

Project Subtitle

INFOSENDER

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2009

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

India, KA, Bangalore

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, KA, Bangalore

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Now a days Vehicles(Public transport) and passengers are not so safe, because they are not getting any information about which passenger is entering into which vehicle. INFOSENDER will solve this problem, By sending and receiving information Before entering into any public transport.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if, the INFOSENDER is not installed into any Public Transport system or any other sector, the same things will occurs what it is going before and today. INFOSENDER project could do something extraordinary, it will Change most things after installing INFOSENDER project.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

People are not getting any information about in which vehicle we entering into.
And Vehicle drivers are also not getting any information about the passengers, about who are entering into so that some Passengers & vehicle driver are both taking advantages by creating some Problem.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Once the INFOSENDER will install into the vehicle, Both Vehicle and Passengers are safe like, passengers will get all information about the vehicle(Entering Time, Date, Location, Vehicle Make, Vehicle Num, Owner's Name, Dirver Name etc.) and vehicle will also get passenger's information.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

I should not take advantage to give Delhi incident as example,
There so-many e.g(s) like Child abuse in school van, Women abuse in Public transports, Unidentified or long time to take Identifying Casualty after any accident, e.g Bangalore - Hyderabad 45 passengers burnt alive as bus catches fire. There are so many example in and around incident are occurring every day.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

INFOSENDER Project will give better safety to Public. And not only for Public, it will also give safety for all Public transport system and all other sectors also.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Crime Rate can be reduced maximum, Time will reduce to find Crime, this can be help full to Crime Dept and Public, Education may Increase more and our company will create Employment. Parents will be more peace full about there Children and People may get more satisfaction by using INFOSENDER.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Initially, we need to get funding support by foundations, donor, finance institutions, agencies and government.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Schools,
Colleges,
Public Transportation System,
Commercialized complex,
Corporates,
I T Companies
and Appartements.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

While entering into any CAB/TAXI I was not getting any information about the vehicle and I felt uncomfortable to take information about the vehicle and driver. the same problem public are facing now a days, because travailing is not so safe in public transport and maintaining travels is also not safe for travel's owners, because i stated doing R&D on taking info and giving info so far, now i am here.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

I have no any team member as if now.

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We don't have any partner for this project till date.

How does your idea encourage citizens to participate in making roads safer?

If INFOSENDER has installed in all public transport system, public can travel safely ,because they will be getting all information about that vehicle.
and i have solution for vehicle safety also.
Public can't be cheated by driver and also driver(vehicle)can't be cheated from public.
Once the person left from to return to home all information is available to concerns all time.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

How public will accept INFOSENDER concept is the barriers for us.
Need Funds & Resources support by sponsors and finance institutions.

Additional Information

For sharing information or fetching information we use INFOCARD, infocard will be dividing into Different categories.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?

Active citizenship: Projects that work to promote active engagement with road safety from individual citizens, pedestrians, communities, and social networks, or that use education as a tool to raise awareness and promote engagement, Technology: Projects that leverage technology to promote road safety.

Would you like your project to be considered for the Bangalore People’s Choice Prize?

Yes

If yes, how is your project applicable to the Bangalore context?

Basically i wanted to start INFOSENDER Project in Bangalore first. For this reason i need Bangaloreans Big support. And the project is not only for Bangalore it is applicable across the country as it speaks about reducing Crime, Increasing education, It will create peace in all concerns.

Aatma Vikas (Hindi for Self Progress)

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SaveAChildToday.net

SaveAChildToday.net is created to find and locate the missing children, and bring them back home, riding on the advancement of IT and face recognition technology, to empower public to watch for suspicious victims. The data will be plotted onto a timelined-map to track child trafficking activities.

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TRU Sisters

Bring awareness about sex trafficking to the community of Miami Dade County.

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ZESA

Zesa provides fabric & jewelry design training, business & life skills education, accredited certification and job placement for victims of human trafficking. The jewelry our girls make is sold in our boutique in Kolkata and to U.S. retailers and 100% profit is given back to them.

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Home for Abused Children

Location

Bangalore
India
12° 57' 28.5588" N, 77° 36' 42.0516" E

Operates 3 crèches and home care centres for children who are sexually exploited or whose parents have died of HIV. It also conducts HIV awareness and education programs, drop–in health clinics, and outreach and service to commercially and sexually exploited people.

Prevention of human trafficking through girls education

Indramayu, especialy Bongas village, is widely known as the supplier of sex workers for many big cities. Many young girls were brought by their own fathers to work in Jakarta's prostitution places. These young girls were only graduated from the Elementary School since there was no Junior High School

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Emerging Spirit

World-wide Voices of Justice Advocacy and Activism

ES will assemble video, photos, and audio from all over the world and create documentary motivational productions which document any social justice issue. We make these available on the internet free for use by anyone.

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Film For Health

Film For Health will empower the children of Varanasi's Shivdaspur area to learn from each other through the medium of film.

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Azza

About Your Organization

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Country where this project is creating social impact

India, UP, Varanasi

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Do you work with any social organizations?

Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan

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Existing project (scaling)

Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

The children of Varanasi's brothels don't have access-- not to good schools, not to vocational training, not to a chance at a better life. Through the venture "Filming More Health", the documentary production crew of the forthcoming film "Specks of Dust" that will focus on the efforts of the NGO Guria Sansthan will teach the children how to use basic flip cameras to film basic first aid procedures in order to learn from them.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

We venture to help empower the children of Varanasi's brothels to take charge of their health and the health of those around them. We believe children can be responsible with this task.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

This summer, a film crew (comprised of two Princeton University students, a professional director, a professional cinematographer, and a professional sound editor) will be traveling to Varanasi to film a documentary about the work of a man called Ajeet Singh. His NGO, Guria Sansthan, combats sex trafficking through multi-faceted grassroots approaches. We will teach the kids how to use cameras and in doing so, empower them to make videos about the challenges they face (health and otherwise) and the solutions they find (health and otherwise). Logistically, we will provide the cameras and editing software for computers that exist at a school previously set up by Guria Sansthan.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

We will be partnering with Guria Sansthan and working for and through their community. The community is comprised of the children of the brothels, their mothers, and the volunteers and teachers who help them. There are no other organizations working directly on this issue in this city.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

Ajeet Singh refuses to rest until every child is free to live a vibrant and creative life. On the importance of finding one’s purpose and helping others, he believes, “the day you realize you are just a speck of dust is when you will begin living your life the way it should be.” He founded Guria Sansthan, the organization through which we will work. He inspires us every day.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

Film For Health will empower the children of Varanasi's Shivdaspur area to learn from each other through the medium of film.

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

We will be travelling in the summer and hope to enable the kids with basic film editing skills. The sustained presence of Princeton University "Bridge Year" volunteers will ensure the sustainability of this project.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

identify the best flip cameras to donate to the kids

Task 2

write a film manual in Hindi/Urdu languages for the kids to use

Task 3

teach the kids effectively how to use the film software

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

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Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

Success means we boost the kids' self-esteem and teach them how they can use film to empower their own lives. It means they make videos that they are proud of.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

The kids are able to teach each other how to use the film software.

How will you measure success?

The quality and quantity of the videos.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

Guria Sansthan (the NGO through which we are working) has a connection the Princeton University's Bridge Year Program, so there will be volunteers annually sent to Varanasi to work on this project. We need not recruit when we already have such an interest!

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

We will encourage leadership on behalf of the kids rather than the founding members; when the kids have learned how to edit well, then we can transfer leadership directly to them instead of a "leadership team."

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

All we need are cameras; the rest is on us to continue the project emotionally and not financially!

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TCO²: Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others

TCO² is a unique and innovative workshop designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth in B.C. In the 2011/2012 school year we delivered 542 workshops to 22,546 youth across British Columbia.

TCO² is offered free of charge to children and youth ages 11-18 (grades 6-12) throughout British Columbia. Using monologues, skits, and role-plays, our Youth Workshop Facilitators engage youth participants in a meaningful and interactive examination of what sexual exploitation is, who is involved, and how to prevent it from happening.

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It Can Happen To Anyone

It Can Happen to Anyone is a program that consists of prevention and education workshops and direct early intervention and family support.

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Chrysabelle

Last Name

Choe

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Children of the Street Society

Organization Country

Canada, BC, Coquitlam

Country where this solution is creating social impact

Canada, BC, Province-wide

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Columbia Basin.

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Equity.

The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging

Sexual exploitation is an issue currently affecting all B.C. communities that has long-term negative consequences not only on the lives of children and youth that are exploited, but also their families and the entire community. Children and youth are being actively recruited into the sex trade by both male and female pimps, gang members, and other individuals, including their own peers. Workshops are offered to the following audiences: parents, foster parents, caregivers, educators, high risk youth and service providers including educators, social workers, and law enforcement.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

It Can Happen to Anyone consists of prevention and education workshops and direct early intervention and family support. The program is offered free of charge and on an ongoing basis to communities throughout B.C. ITCHA breaks down barriers for community members to discuss a difficult topic, access up-to-date information and locate resources and support. ITCHA has significant positive impact on the community because it fills a vital gap in services for parents and caregivers who have a child at risk of sexual exploitation. Through this program, parents, caregivers and service providers who have concerns about a child or youth receive comprehensive and non-judgemental, one-on-one support and hope during a time of crisis.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.

Workshop Delivery: ICHTA workshops are designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth by empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to recognize sexual exploitation and prevent it from happening.

Early Intervention and Direct Support: Each year, Children of the Street Society provides direct support to approximately 50 individuals and/or families with concerns about a child or youth. Youth may be anywhere along the spectrum of exploitation: they may be displaying risky behaviour; there may be evidence that they are being ‘groomed’ by a sexual predator; or there may be evidence that they are already being explicitly sold, online or otherwise. Over the past years, there has been a shift towards providing direct support to individuals on a more intensive, ongoing basis. We are also experiencing an increase in requests for workshops with high-risk youth, which may indicate increased awareness about our prevention programs in the community, or a sign that exploitation is affecting more youth. In fact, 20% of our workshops last year were directed at high-risk youth.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.

As a leading agency on the issue of sexual exploitation, Children of the Street often receives referrals for families in need of support from schools, social workers and law enforcement. Through working in partnership with these agencies, It Can Happen to Anyone enhances community partnerships between social services, law enforcement, and child protection, in order to advocate for the best interests of the child.

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Children of the Street Society was co-founded in 1995 by Executive Director, Diane Sowden, in collaboration with a group of parents personally affected by sexual exploitation. Diane’s daughter was recruited into a life of commercial sexual exploitation at age 13 by an older “boyfriend” who introduced her to a lifestyle of drug use. Despite a life of school, soccer and family vacations, her daughter quickly became dependent on drugs and was soon forced to sell herself to pay off her drug debts. She is still on the streets today. Our Society was created in order to PREVENT this tragedy from happening to other families.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The goals of ICHTA are to: prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth; increase public awareness about sexual exploitation and related social issues; Provide information, resources, referrals and direct support to individuals and families affected by sexual exploitation.

The objectives of ICHTA are to: Facilitate 30 workshops to 1,200 participants in BC; Increase knowledge about sexual exploitation to 90% of participants; Increase knowledge about resources and services available for high-risk or sexually exploited youth; and provide customized, direct support to 50 individuals and families.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

In the last year, ICHTA delivered 31 workshops to 1,910 participants across British Columbia. We also provided direct support to approximately 50 individuals and/or families with concerns about a child or youth. ICHTA has made significant impact on children and youth, families, service providers and community members all across the province. This year, we delivered a workshop to a community watch team in Vancouver. With the knowledge and tools provided in ICHTA, they spotted a known child abuser that afternoon and contacted the local police to notify them that the suspect was breaching his conditions.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Over the next five years, we’d like to expand the program to include more widespread training with law enforcement and social workers. We hope that It Can Happen to Anyone can help bridge gaps and develop cross community connections in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth across British Columbia.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Coordinate workshop sessions with target groups

Task 2

Increase knowledge about resources, services and strategies to support high-risk or sexually exploited youth

Task 3

Increase public awareness and dialogue about the issue as well as strengthen community partnerships

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Raise public awareness of issue to parents, foster parents, caregivers, educators, high-risk youth, social workers and police

Task 2

Facilitate 30 workshops to 1,200 participants in BC

Task 3

Provide customized, direct support to 50 individuals, which include a comprehensive Plan of Care

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Tell us about your partnerships

Our major partners/collaborators include Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Children and Family Development; Vancouver Police Department (including VICE Unit); RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (ICE); RCMP Human Trafficking Unit; PLEA Community Services Society of BC; Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) and local law enforcement. They provide training for our Facilitators as well as act as the appropriate contacts for resources and referrals when working with families and youth who have been sexually exploited.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

We will continue to target high-risk youth and the adult population including: parents, foster parents, caregivers, educators, social workers and law enforcement. Though our regular TCO² gives a great overview of sexual exploitation and its related issues, It Can Happen To Anyone complements TCO² by exploring deeper into sexual exploitation and also provides direct support for families and youth affected by the issue.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

Our major partnerships and collaborations extend beyond training, through our direct support program which provides individuals and families affected by sexual exploitation with information, resources, support and referrals to longer-term intervention and support services. Due to our long-standing success in delivering programs on the topic of sexual exploitation, parents and caregivers are often referred to the Society from social workers and law enforcement.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Predator Watch

Predator Watch is a public awareness campaign aimed at preventing sexual exploitation through media.

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Chrysabelle

Last Name

Choe

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Children of the Street Society

Organization Country

Canada, BC, Coquitlam

Country where this solution is creating social impact

Canada, BC, Province-wide

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan, Northern British Columbia, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Kootenay Rockies, Columbia Basin.

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Transparency, Quality.

The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging

Sexual exploitation is an issue currently affecting all B.C. communities that has long-term negative consequences not only on the lives of children and youth that are exploited, but also their families and the entire community. In today’s Internet chat rooms, online forums and social networking sites, people are able to interact online more easily than ever before. These circumstances provide an ideal environment for predators to communicate with and victimize vulnerable children and youth. Coupled with an increased amount of personal information being shared online, the Internet makes for prime ground for predators to meet and manipulate young people.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Predator Watch is an initiative of Children of the Street Society in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, law enforcement and Cossette Vancouver. The aim is to stop online sexual exploitation at its roots by preventing child predators from soliciting children and youth online. Part multi-media campaign, part law enforcement strategy, Predator Watch uses print, television, radio, and online components to inform online predators that soliciting a child or youth online is illegal and that undercover officers are online posing as children and youth.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.

Predator Watch is a public awareness campaign aimed at preventing sexual exploitation through media. Predator Watch targets individuals who have the intent to sexually exploit a child or youth, which includes those living here as well as those visiting BC. The target group has been defined as generally male, middle-aged, representing all cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic classes. The majority of these men are otherwise law-abiding citizens whose family/social relations are not aware of their deviant behaviour. It also raises public awareness and prompts people to combat child and youth sexual exploitation, encourage them to request campaign materials and spread the message in their communities.

Predator Watch is similar to the Bait Car Program, which targets “fence-sitting” perpetrators by planting a “seed of doubt” in their mind that they might get caught and thus acting as a deterrent and preventing the crime from happening. “With the Bait program, you get the fence-sitters saying ‘Should I steal it or not?’ That’s who we’re after,” says VPD’s Det. Phil Ens. Since 2003, the Bait Car Program has helped drive a 60% decrease in auto-theft in Vancouver. Similarly, our campaign targets “fence-sitters” that may see an opportunity to exploit a child or youth.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.

Predator Watch is a unique and innovative campaign that addresses curbing the demand for sexual exploitation. While other campaigns in Canada and B.C. have often sent a familiar message to the general public that sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse, the approach of Predator Watch is unique in that it targets the demand directly and sends the message to perpetrators about the legal and social consequences of exploiting children and youth. We know that by stopping the demand at its roots, sexual exploitation would not exist.

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Children of the Street Society was co-founded in 1995 by Executive Director, Diane Sowden, in collaboration with a group of parents personally affected by sexual exploitation. Diane’s daughter was recruited into a life of commercial sexual exploitation at age 13 by an older “boyfriend” who introduced her to a lifestyle of drug use. Despite a life of school, soccer and family vacations, her daughter quickly became dependent on drugs and was soon forced to sell herself to pay off her drug debts. She is still on the streets today. Our Society was created in order to PREVENT this tragedy from happening to other families.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The goals of Predator Watch are to: Prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth and increase public awareness about the sexual exploitation of children and youth.

The objectives of Predator Watch are to: Create an awareness campaign targeted to individuals who sexually solicit children and youth online, in order to prevent sexual exploitation of young people; Increase awareness among consumers of child and youth sexual exploitation about the legalities and consequences of sexually exploitation children and youth; and Increase awareness on the issue of sexual exploitation among the general public, as a secondary audience.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

In 2010, we were awarded BCAB’s Humanitarian Award that allowed us to run Predator Watch ads on over 13 television stations and 103 radio stations in one year. Due to the wide exposure on TV and radio, it is estimated that millions of people saw and heard the campaign during its 52-week duration. Predator Watch was a huge success as a series of high profile arrests were made following the launch of campaign.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Over the next five years, we hope that Predator Watch will have a positive impact on the community by demonstrating the leadership and effective collaboration of various sectors working together to protect children and youth. Government, individuals, law enforcement agencies, non-profit community agencies, and the corporate sector, including the tourism industry are encouraged to all participate in the campaign in order to keep children and youth safe from sexual exploitation.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The biggest challenge to making Predator Watch successful is consistent financial support. Predator Watch is a three-step process: design and development, printing and advertising. We currently have a great partnership with Cossette Vancouver to design and develop our material. However, we need funding to cover the high costs of printing and advertising space. In order for the project to be successful, people need to jump on board by collaborating to raise awareness about the campaign and the issue of sexual exploitation.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Publicly display Predator Watch in BC

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Develop and launch an online ad campaign

Task 2

Develop and display 200 print posters around the Lower Mainland

Task 3

Develop and launch a stunt ad with media campaign

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Have Predator Watch ads displayed on transit shelter ads

Task 2

Have Predator Watch ads displayed on buses

Task 3

Have Predator Watch ads displaying on Skytrains

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The campaign is the result of extensive collaboration between Children of the Street Society, government, law enforcement as well as creative and media partners including: Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Children and Family Development; Vancouver Police Department VICE Unit; RCMP ICE Unit; RCMP Human Trafficking Unit; PLEA Community Services Society of BC; Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) and Cossette Vancouver.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

Through the expertise of the project committee, The target group has been defined as generally male, middle-aged, representing all cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic classes. The majority of these men are otherwise law-abiding citizens whose family/social relations are not aware of their deviant behaviour. Predator Watch target this group because we know that by stopping the demand, sexual exploitation would no longer exist.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

Predator Watch has been successful because of the reputation of Children of the Street Society and our long-standing partnerships in the community. We work in conjunction with many levels of law enforcement to support families of children and youth who are affected by sexual exploitation. Because we are one of the leading organizations on the issue of sexual exploitation, we have the capacity to reach out to thousands of people across the province.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Youth Art Engagement Project (YAEP)

The YAEP is a multi-session project that engages high-risk youth in social justice art creation while raising awareness about sexual exploitation.

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Chrysabelle

Last Name

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Organization Name

Children of the Street Society

Organization Country

Canada, BC, Coquitlam

Country where this solution is creating social impact

Canada, BC, Lower Mainland

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver.

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Equity.

The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging

The Youth Art Engagement Project is important to our community because sexual exploitation is happening in all B.C. communities and can affect any young person regardless of their age, ability, ethnicity, gender, religion, income, geographic location or sexual orientation. Sexual exploitation leads to multiple, long-term disadvantages to the victim including addictions, disease, abuse, social stigma, trauma, barriers to future employment and education, and premature and preventable death. 13 is the average age that children reported their first experience of being sexually exploited through the sex trade.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

The YAEP is a multi-session project that engages high-risk youth in the creation of an artistic project aimed at raising awareness about the issue of sexual exploitation, while fostering youth leadership and youth voice. Youth participate in nine 2-hour sessions facilitated by Facilitators who provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to participants. Each session includes one hour for activity-based learning and one hour for art experimentation and creation. This project incites leadership skills in youth that don’t usually identify as being leaders, as they may face multiple social disadvantages. Youth select the type of creative project which may take the form of a visual art piece, poem, or anything else they choose. The project will wrap up with youth sharing their project with the larger community through an art exhibition event and the creation of a youth art calendar. The purpose of showcasing the art and calendar is to celebrate the youth’s work while raising public awareness.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.

The YAEP is important to youth because it gives them a voice in issues that are directly affecting them. Due to the fact that high-risk youth may feel stigmatized because of past behaviour, this project provides them with a sense of belonging and an opportunity to be recognized as leaders among their peers and in community. The YAEP will build transferrable life skills such as problem solving, creativity and collaboration, which will have an enduring impact on their lives beyond their participation in the project. Given that this project heavily involves art, youth participants will also gain a multitude of skills in the process of art creation. The Canada Council for the Arts reported that “participation in the arts helps young people develop self-confidence and achieve higher academic performance”, which is important in building protective factors.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.

As the leading organization in BC addressing the prevention of sexual exploitation, we’ve built a strong reputation in the community by delivering effective prevention, awareness, and early intervention programs.

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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

Children of the Street Society was co-founded in 1995 by Executive Director, Diane Sowden, in collaboration with a group of parents personally affected by sexual exploitation. Diane’s daughter was recruited into a life of commercial sexual exploitation at age 13 by an older “boyfriend” who introduced her to a lifestyle of drug use. Despite a life of school, soccer and family vacations, her daughter quickly became dependent on drugs and was soon forced to sell herself to pay off her drug debts. She is still on the streets today. Our Society was created in order to PREVENT this tragedy from happening to other families.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The YAEP will support youth in identifying issues facing their own school/community and provides a unique opportunity for youth to identify as leaders and create meaningful change in themselves and community. By focusing on their assets and capacities, they will develop a range of skills and protective factors, including self-esteem, confidence, and creativity. The project will engage youth 11-18, which is a critical transition time, as they are most vulnerable to exploitation during these years. This is a time when identification with positive role models and building confidence, self-esteem and healthy relationships is vital to future success, health and well-being.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

In 2011/2012, we delivered the YAEP to 4 groups of high-risk youth from Vancouver and over 40 pieces of artwork were created and displayed at our Youth Art Gallery event in June. The Gallery event was successful in sharing and celebrating the social justice artwork of youth, but also raising awareness in the community. Following the event, we are now developing a youth art calendar to be launched in the fall to further increase public awareness of sexual exploitation. In January, we trained service providers to host their own YAEP in their respective communities. We trained 30+ service providers and educators to deliver this project. Since then, they have successfully launched 3 different YAEP groups with 60+ youth and continue to receive support from us.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Over the next five years, we intend on making the YAEP an annual project and expanding it to various communities across BC. The Youth Art Engagement Project will continue to engage groups of high-risk youth and educate them on the issue of sexual exploitation as well as empower them to create social justice art. The Youth Art Engagement Project will improve their self-esteem and critical thinking as well as develop transferrable life skills that are beneficial beyond the program. Through the education of sexual exploitation, it will also be prevented in the long-term.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Our biggest challenge in making our project successful would be sustainable funding. In order for prevention to be effective, the Youth Art Engagement Project needs multi-year support to achieve long-term impacts. From our pilot projects, we have been well received and many groups have expressed their interest in being involved. We wish to expand and reach out to more remote communities, where youth may be at a higher risk of sexual exploitation.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Facilitators will go through a 6 week intensive training with our partners

Task 2

Facilitators will develop lesson plans customized for each group of high-risk youth

Task 3

Facilitators will engage 3-4 groups of high-risk youth (approx. 20-30 youth) aged 11-18 in the Lower Mainland

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Increase knowledge and awareness about sexual exploitation and related social issues that are effecting youth

Task 2

Display youth art projects in final art exhibition event

Task 3

Increase public awareness through the creation of the youth art calendar

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Our major partners/collaborators include Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Children and Family Development; Vancouver Police Department (including VICE Unit); RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (ICE); RCMP Human Trafficking Unit; PLEA Community Services Society of BC; Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) and local law enforcement. They provide training for our Facilitators as well as act as the appropriate contacts for resources and referrals when working with families and youth who have been sexually exploited.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

We are currently targeting high-risk youth in the Lower Mainland. Based on our extensive experience in delivering prevention and education workshops, we identified an opportunity to further engage groups of vulnerable youth in a special project. This project incites leadership skills in youth that do not usually identify as being leaders, as they may face multiple social disadvantages.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

This project is based on the success of a pilot project we facilitated in 2010 with a group of high-risk youth at a high school. Through our extensive experience working with children and youth, we recognize that high-risk youth require not only an innovative approach, but also one that celebrates their abilities, talents and potential. Our evaluations find that high-risk youth need longer-term and meaningful relationships in order to strive in their environment.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

The Youth Art Engagement Project can benefit from additional support in printing our Youth Art Calendar. The art created by youth is photographed and featured in a 16-month calendar to disseminate to our community.

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Go to Project: TCO²: Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others.

TCO²: Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others

TCO² is a unique and innovative workshop designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth in B.C.

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About You

First Name

Chrysabelle

Last Name

Choe

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Children of the Street Society

Organization Country

Canada, BC, Coquitlam

Country where this solution is creating social impact

Canada, BC, Province-wide

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Columbia Basin.

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Equity.

The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging

Sexual exploitation is an issue currently affecting all B.C. communities that has long-term negative consequences not only on the lives of children and youth that are exploited, but also their families and the entire community. Children and youth are being actively recruited into the sex trade by both male and female pimps, gang members, and other individuals, including their own peers. The Ministry of Children and Family Development reported that 13 is the average age that children reported their first experience of being exploited through the sex trade.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

TCO² (Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others) is a prevention workshop designed and delivered by youth for youth to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth in B.C. TCO² is offered free of charge to children and youth ages 11-18 (grades 6-12) throughout BC. TCO2 includes an in-depth social justice conversation about trends related to exploitation in order to empower social responsibility and leadership among youth. With the advancement of technology, young people are at risk now more than ever. Two teams of two Workshop Facilitators engage youth participants in a meaningful and interactive examination of what sexual exploitation is, who is involved, and how to prevent it from happening.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.

TCO² aims to prevent sexual exploitation, including healthy relationships, by enhancing skills, critical thinking, and leadership among youth participants. By educating and raising awareness, children and youth will gain the knowledge and tools needed to protect themselves from sexual exploitation. As well, Workshop Facilitators incorporate multi-media into the workshops to address links between the media, popular culture and sexual exploitation, and encourage critical thinking. Topics covered in the TCO2 workshop include: recruitment tactics and warning signs of exploitation; violence and drugs/alcohol; deglamourizing the sex trade; online exploitation and online safety; healthy relationships; non-commercial forms of exploitation; sexually exploited males; barriers to exiting; links to gang culture and recruitment; community resources; and how to get help. As we present to age groups that are at different points and understanding of their lives, we customize our content to fit four specific groups: elementary, middle, high school and high-risk youth. Workshops are customizable for the host school or community, depending on what issues they may be facing.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.

We are the leading organization in BC addressing the prevention of sexual exploitation. With our extensive experience delivering effective prevention, awareness, and early intervention programs we have built a strong reputation in the community. Due to our strong partnerships with schools and groups working with high-risk youth and the insight we have gained over the past 17 years, we are well positioned to provide this type of programming. We have also implemented best practices and include having both a male and female Facilitator deliver prevention education, as well as the concept of “youth talking to youth”.

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Children of the Street Society was co-founded in 1995 by Executive Director, Diane Sowden, in collaboration with a group of parents personally affected by sexual exploitation. Diane’s daughter was recruited into a life of commercial sexual exploitation at age 13 by an older “boyfriend” who introduced her to a lifestyle of drug use. Despite a life of school, soccer and family vacations, her daughter quickly became dependent on drugs and was soon forced to sell herself to pay off her drug debts. She is still on the streets today. Our Society was created in order to PREVENT this tragedy from happening to other families.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

By building on the skills of young people at an earlier age, we are empowering the next generation of (young) adults to think and act responsibly for their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. TCO2 increases knowledge of youth on the issue of sexual exploitation, as well as interconnected social issues such as drug/alcohol use, online safety, gangs, homelessness, violence and social barriers. It will also develop their critical thinking and leadership by creating a sense of responsibility in young people to help prevent each other from sexual exploitation.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

In the 2011/2012 school year, TCO² delivered 542 workshops to 22,546 children and youth in 25+ communities across British Columbia. The impact TCO² has had on children and youth in BC has been instrumental in preventing sexual exploitation. TCO2 has acted as a catalyst to creating dialogue among adults, parents and the community, leading them to continue talking about sexual exploitation of our youth. TCO2 has also created an avenue for youth to come forward with their disclosures, and for parents to have a place where they can find support and resources.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Over the next five years, we intend on delivering 2,500 workshops to 125,000 children and youth in over 30 communities across the province. With our experience, TCO² will enable children and youth in British Columbia to benefit from our workshops which empower them to prevent sexual exploitation in their own and their peers’ lives.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

There is a high demand for TCO² thus it is crucial that for us to maintain two teams of Workshop Facilitators. Demand for our workshops come from new schools and groups; remote communities outside of the Lower Mainland, as well as agencies that have booked our workshops before. Currently we are fully booked months in advance and forced to create a wait list for many groups who request for our workshop until the following school year. We will continue to diversify our funding partnerships, while continuing to approach potential corporate and/or multi-year funders in order to expand our program.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Prevent sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Facilitators will go through a 6-week intensive training with our partners to understand sexual exploitation.

Task 2

Facilitators will develop lesson plans customized for each target group, ages 11-18.

Task 3

Facilitators will deliver 200 workshops to 10,000+ children and youth in over 25 communities across BC.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Prevent sexual exploitation of children and youth

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Facilitators will deliver 300 workshops to 15,000+ children and youth in over 25 communities across BC.

Task 2

Increase knowledge about sexual exploitation and interconnected social issue.

Task 3

Increase knowledge about resources and local intervention and support services available

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Tell us about your partnerships

Our major partners/collaborators include Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Children and Family Development; Vancouver Police Department (including VICE Unit); RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (ICE); RCMP Human Trafficking Unit; PLEA Community Services Society of BC; Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) and local law enforcement. They provide training for our Facilitators as well as act as the appropriate contacts for resources and referrals when working with families and youth who have been sexually exploited.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

We plan to continue delivering our workshops to different groups including: small rural communities, urban communities, remote communities, Aboriginal communities, Alternate Education Programs, high-risk participants, etc.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

Annually, we deliver up 500-600 workshops to close to 30,000 participants in 30+ different communities in BC. Children of the Street Society’s success over the past 16 years is in part due to our strong and continually growing network of community partnerships, which constantly inform and improve our programs. Each year, our Youth Facilitators participate in an intensive and comprehensive 6 week training period prior to delivering workshops. Workshops are developed yearly in order to keep up-to-date on the most current trends relating to sexual exploitation that are affecting our youth.

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Proyecto MEFI

Proyecto MEFI is an non-profit, faith based, humanitarian organisation that exist to equip and train, the local church and the local community to eradicate homelessness amongst children and young people in Mexico City.

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Games For Change

Games For Change is an innovative program dedicated to combining casual computer and mobile gaming with social awareness by addressing issues relating to women e.g Sexuality,Education,HIV and more

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About You

First Name

Elizabeth

Last Name

Kperrun

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Games For Change

Organization Website

In Development

Organization Country

Nigeria, CT, Abuja

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, CT, Abuja

Age of Innovator

18-34

Gender of Innovator

Female

Is your organization a

Not registered

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

None yet

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Games For Change

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Idea (you're poised to launch)

How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Cost, Quality.

The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?

There is a need for innovative ways to create awareness and reach out to young women in particular and the entire populace to let people know of the challenges women face (Sexuality,Abuse,Genital Mutilation,HIV Stigmatization)and how to get by and survive them.. Traditional Teaching Solution are often too direct and people often shy away from them.
We saw a need for a method of that entertains interactively while educating and Games for Change was born

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Creating Visual Novel-Style Computer Games that while seeming to entertain, will subtly educate and create awareness on several issues involving and affecting women particularly in Africa.
These will border on several topics including Female Sexuality, Rape, Education and more.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

The first of these games will be titled "Debbie's Doings"(Doings in Nigerian slang refers to "activities" or "acts") .It will chronicle the daily life a young university undergraduate as she passes through the university and the various moral, educational and physical challenges she faces.It will be episodic, released over a period of 12 months .In the style of Visual Novels, it will tell a story but allow the player take decisions at pivotal times, these will lead to different endings and conclusions.
In a typical scenario, The heroine may be at a club and be asked to take a drink or two.. After the first ones, the guys that brought her may offer her some more, the player would make a decision then if they should take more or stop drinking.. Taking more may result in her letting her guard down and having unprotected sex that may result in some STI...Taking the path of not drinking will see her being sober enough to insist the guy uses protection,thus keeping her safe..players will be motivated to try again even if they get a "Bad Ending", so they can see the alternate results. As they do this, they will be learning subtly how to assert themselves and take right decisions.
We intend not to shy aware from issues of Sexuality (As the recent popularity among women worldwide of Novels like "50 Shades of Grey" has shown women are more willing to explore and talk about their sexuality) ,We however hope to motivate them to do it right and safe.
This is just an example, since we intend to be episodic, we would be able to handle different issues affecting womenas we move along.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

The Market is vast, but our specific targets are females between the ages of 13-35 in Nigeria.
This is rather an innovative use of technology and the appeal of entertainment will set us apart.
Our major competitors are casual games like Zuma and Diner Dash, which are pure entertainment and are mainly played by people in this age group.
However, we stand out mostly because we target the Nigerian and African market and we are basically selling Interactive Novels rather than just fun games. We plan that the readers will get lost in the reading

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What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)

Access to education/training, Policy change/advocacy.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Our project is still at the inception stage and thus cannot be said to have had any impact on the larger community at the moment

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

Over the next 3 years, we intend that Games For Change though the "Debbie Doings" brand and others will have reached out directly or indirectly to at least 200,000 people, creating awareness on issues concerning women and how they could be taken care off.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

End-User Access and Piracy are our major barriers..
End User Access here refers to the availability of the required Computer Hardware for the target group to access download and play this games on.
To overcome this,As stated earlier, besides releasing these games on Personal Computers, we have also decided that it would be ported to Android devices, which are more affordable and power a large number of smartphones.
Our 2nd big challenge is Online Piracy , When we do start selling later episodes, We are aware that this cannot be totally stopped so we intend to first create a loyal community via the website who will be willing to support the project by buying genuine copies. the fact that we gave out a few episodes beforehand would work in our favor here.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Release The First 2 Episodes of Debby's Doings (Free) and achieve 20,000 downloads with it's social message

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Finalize Pre-Production and Script of the Story

Task 2

Actual Creation of Art and Programming For The First 2 Episodes of The Game

Task 3

Liaise with various blogs and utilize bulk SMS for Publicity and Website Launch

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Stabilize the Project to be Self-Funding and Ensure 80,000 copies have been distributed or purchased worldwide.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Complete Season 1 of "Debbie's Doings"

Task 2

Commercialize Our Website

Task 3

Expand Marketing beyond the African Continent to Africans in the Diaspora

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

i am a bit of a fan of Visual Novels myself and i always had a passion to do something for women, concerning the particular issues we go through everyday. i was playing a Visual Novel one day, when i suddenly realised how totally immersed i was with the storyline, it was captivating and i knew all the characters and empathized with them, and more importantly , their stories stuck in my head.... that was when the idea came to me..I began thinking..It i could make a game this engaging and fun, yet still teaching and advocating subtly on womens issues, it would be amazing..Already possible plotlines where buzzing through my head
I quickly put a call to my good friend Idamiebi at Sonbim Games (www.tititilapia.com) to tell him the idea,and ask about the technicalities. he was excited and we arranged a meeting and that's how the idea of Games For Change was born.

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Our current major technical partnership is with Sonbim Games , creators of Titi Tilapia, Nigeria's First Video Game. (www.tititilapia.com). The team where so intrigued with our game idea and the possible social change impact that they have offered to pause development on theirs while we start Pre-production work on "Debbie's Doings".

We are also currently sending out emails with Linda Ikeji(lindaikeji.blogspot.com)-Nigeria's Biggest Blog and Seun Osewa of nairaland.com as regards publicity for the project when it does take off.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Of Course this project is Capital and Time Intensive, While We have Volunteers from Sonbim Games, they will only be working in their spare time, we would prefer outsourcing part of the art and programming so that development times as shorter..
Other need listed above are pretty self-explanatory..
Attached in the Next Section is a link to a video from our parteners Sonbim Games..

Hopemakers - Bringing Private Banking to the Excluded

Hopemakers is a debt counselling service that offers to refinance high interest loans. In short, we offer private banking services to the financially excluded.

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First Name

Richard

Last Name

Biggs

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Hopemakers

Organization Website

Organization Country

South Korea, Seoul

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Korea, Seoul

Is your organization a

For‐profit

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

Certified as "Best Member" by the Consumer Loan Finance Association in Korea.

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost, Equity.

The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?

There are over 8 million people in South Korea without access to standard credit due to their poor credit ratings. If credit is needed, they have no option but to go to non-standard lenders (curb lenders, loan sharks etc) who will charge interest rates of at least 39% pa.

These lenders will secure payment through intimidation and the use of violence, and they are often closely linked with human traffickers, who will offer the borrowers "easy" ways to get out of debt.

The cause of this financial exclusion is one of misguided mindset or habit. Many debtors are trapped in a continuous cycle of debt, and even if they are offered cheap loans from public funds, they go back to loan sharks when they run out of cash. A viable solution can come only by attacking the root of this problem.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Hopemakers offers debt counselling and refinancing services so that highly indebted individuals can escape the cycle of high-interest debt.

Debt counselling is absolutely vital as it is the debtors' mindsets and habits that caused them to be in debt. Couselling imparts financial knowledge, advises on unhealthy consumption behaviour, makes plans for disciplined financial transactions, establishes sustainability and above all restores hope to clients.

Highly qualified and committed counsellors are trained to respect the dignity of the clients rather than to sell financial products. Often, the counsellors will refer the client to different organisations for refinancing.

There are many lenders that don't offer counselling, and many financial planners that don't offer refinancing. Hopemakers is the only debt counselling service in Korea with the capacity to refinance - the two together ensure sustainabilty for both the client and the organisation.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Most of our business comes through referrals from Korea Easy Loan, a government-initiated loan broker. Our clients will first complete an application form online, which will be reviewed by one of our counsellors who will then telephone the client and conduct an initial interview.

If the counsellor is satisfied with the initial interview, another counsellor conducts a face to face in-depth interview which will cover not only issues of personal cash flow, but also consumption patterns and spending behaviour etc. The initial interviewer will then decide whether or not to offer a loan.

(The case is passed back and forth between counsellors to reduce moral hazard. The counsellors can become very emotionally involved, which may cause them to make decisions that are not in everyone's interests)

Loans are initially offered at 29% pa interest - high, but still considerably lower than the loans they are refinancing. Every six months thereafter, a follow-up interview assesses progress and checks how the client is getting on. If the client has met the loan repayments faithfully, then the interest rate will be lowered by 2%, eventually down to 23%.

The in-depth interview and the follow-up interviews are where the counselling takes place. It is here where the clients are educated on matters financial, but more importantly this is the place of healing. Many clients have carried the burden of their debt without anyone to talk to because of shame. We hear repeatedly from our clients that it was the sympathetic ear of the counsellors that made the greatest difference.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

There are two government initiatives that provide refinancing loans to sub-standard borrowers. The first is the KAMCO Refinancing Loan, and the other is the Sunshine Loan.
The refinancing portion of their business is essentially the same as Hopemakers, but the big difference lies in the debt counselling. As neither of these initiatives offer cash flow planning or educate the client on financial matters, it is often the case the the client runs out of money again and needs to go back to the non-standard lenders for cash.
Because of Hopemakers' integrated counselling and refinancing model, we are able to provide a viable and sustainable solution to our clients.

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Our founder, Mr Ra Eui-Hyung has always had a heart for the marginalised, and was a pro-democracy activist in the days under Korean military dictatorship. In 1998 he founded Podo Financial Planning, which advises clients on financial planning, investments, insurance etc.

After a decade of running Podo, Mr Ra had enough of clients coming to his firm asking for help with their debt situation. As Podo was not licensed to be a lender, it could advise the clients but could not take the crucial step to alleviate their situation by actually refinancing loans.

In 2009 Mr Ra set up Hopemakers with the refinancing capacity that Podo never had, but coupled it with the consultation/counselling services which were Podo's core strength. In his experience with Podo, he had learned that counselling is not enough - you need to follow through with a loan; conversely refinancing alone was not enough - without the counselling, the client would just go back to loan sharks.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

To give a fresh start to households who are struggling financially, and to restore hope in a life that is viable and sustainable. Either through imprudence or misfortune, there are 8 million people with sub-standard credit ratings in Korea, who are excuded from standard sources of credit like banks. The only recourse is loan sharks, who will only make their financial situation worse. By equipping and educating their clients through in-depth counselling, Hopemakers can change attitudes towards credit, advise on consumption habits, and encourage better financial management. Hopemakers then provides loans to refinance existing high interest loans. Success is when a client is clear about how finances work, is hopeful of a better future, and is confident in the plan to get back on track.

Which barrier(s) to financial inclusion does your solution seek to address? (select all applicable)

The lack of affordable financial products tailored to the needs of underserved and excluded communities,, Other (Please describe below).

If you selected 'other' above, please specify which other barriers to financial inclusion you solution seeks to address:

Lack of sources of credit for those with sub-standard credit ratings

For which underserved or excluded communities will your solution create access to valuable, affordable, secure and comprehensive financial services?

Those people with sub-standard credit ratings. In Korea, ratings of credit range from 1 (best) to 10 (worst), 7 and below defined as sub-standard. Of the 33 million financially active population, nearly a quarter, or 8 million have sub-standard credit. They cannot approach banks or insurance companies, even savings banks will turn them away. This leaves them terribly vulnerable. If a family member becomes seriously ill, or the main breadwinner is incapacitated, the family has no option but to go to loan sharks. In the worst cases the loan sharks are connected with organised crime, and human trafficking can come into play as client's bodies are put up as collateral. In the best cases, the clients suffer from depression, anxiety, and shame (hardly best cases if this leads to suicide or alcoholism). That regular people, through no fault of their own, could find themselves in a situation where they are forced to go loan sharks is a terrible injustice that Hopemakers seeks to address.

Could your solution work in other geographies or regions? If so, where?

Yes. The Hopemakers model of providing counselling as well as refinancing loans could work anywhere. In general, this should be the standard practice of banking everywhere. We like to call ourselves the "Private Bank for the Excluded", and believe that the services that are available to private banking clients should be available to everyone.
Specifically, because this model looks at those who have been excluded through institutional credit ratings systems, the model is most directly suited to first world nations that have established credit ratings systems in place. The necessity of credit, the institutional exclusion, the need for counselling and refinancing will be the same in any first world nation.
On the other hand, counselling and financial planning could have more impact in countries with lower levels of financial knowledge. In such countries, the debt counselling could be a strong tool for community building as well as financial sustainability.

If your solution is dramatically successful, how will things be different in 10 years?

We envision freedom from the debt trap for ALL Korean citizens. Through education and counselling, it is possible.

The absolute success case would be the counselling and refinancing of ALL the clients of loan sharks and other non-standard lenders (NSL). There are 1.5 million clients of NSLs in Korea.

A more realitic target is the counselling all of our target market of 130,000 people (those with refinaceable loans, steady income, and under 40 years of age), and refinacing 30,000 loans. Many of the counselling sessions result in us referring the client to cheaper, govt-funded sources of credit. This means around 400,000 people (incl families of clients) who will have been released from the debt trap through education into better financial management, and therefore released from the social ills that the debt trap entails. As each client can save 9.5 million won in interest payments by refinancing, around 300 billion won in interest payments to loan sharks can be saved.

What will have had to have changed to make this happen?

Financing is key. Just to achieve the realistic target above would require over 100 million USD to refinance the loans alone. Because Hopemakers cannot accept deposits, all the loans need to be funded by external sources. A change in investors' (business and government) perceptions about social enterprises and towards Hopemakers in particular would be ideal.

Marketing is also key. In order to counsel over 100,000 people, at least 2 million people should have heard about Hopemakers and what they do. If a major media company could take up the banner of Hopemakers and champion its goals, it would be a godsend for the company.

The company would need to recruit more counsellors. They are looking at a scheme to hire retired financial industry professionals as counsellors. Many retired professionals are looking for something meaningful to do, and they have the requisite financial knowledge and life skills. If this scheme succeeds, it will be a huge boost to Hopemakers.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

To date, Hopemakers has counselled over 2000 clients and helped them to get a fresh start in life. This translates to over 6000 people whose livelihoods have been directly impacted to the positive by our work. Many have been referred to govt credit sources for refinancing.

In addition, we have made over 300 refinancing loans totalling 2.7 billion won. Therefore over a thousand people have seen a direct increase in their standard of living through debt refinancing and financial restructuring.

In monetary terms, we have calculated that the average client can save 9.5 million won over 3 years by refinancing their high interest loan. Therefore, we have taken almost 3 billion won from the hands of loan sharks and put it in the pockets of our clients.

The knock-on effects of households emerging from the debt trap, such as emotional stability etc, are hard to quantify, but we believe them to be even more important than the monetary gain.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

By the end of 2017, we expect to have counselled at least 10,000 clients, and made 2,500 loans. This is a conservative estimate - we hope the actual numbers will be much higher.

In monetary terms, this would mean an aggregate interest saving of 25 billion won for financially excluded citizens.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The biggest risk factor is financing. If we are unsuccessful in raising capital to increase our loan base, it would hamper our growth potential. For this, there is no real answer - we will just do the best we can now, and build up trust and confidence among our investors so they will be on board in the future. It may be possible to piggyback off govt-sponsored initiatives - portions of the KAMCO Refinancing Loan could be outsourced to Hopemakers in a bid to link counselling and refinancing.

Lack of success in marketing our company and its services could also hinder our growth potential. We are working on our PR to increase our profile with media outlets - we are confident that buzz marketing, together with national news coverage, will bring in more clients than we can handle.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

In 2H12, 400 people counselled, 100 loans made

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Successfully raise equity capital

Task 2

Launch new counselling-intensive product (fee charged for counselling)

Task 3

Hire and train another counsellor

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

In 1H13, 500 people counselled, 120 loans made

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Hire and train another counsellor

Task 2

Launch PR/marketing offensive

Task 3

Prepare scheme to recruit retired professionals as counsellors

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Tell us about your partnerships

Our main partnership is with Korea Easy Loan (KEL), a government-initiated loan broker. There are a myriad of loan brokers in Korea who earn their keep by snaring clients through flowery advertisements and referring them to loan sharks. In order to reverse this, the govt initiated KEL, who only refer clients to responsible lenders. As such, many of KEL's referrals come to Hopemakers, and most of Hopemakers' business (90%) comes from KEL.
Another significant partner is Podo Financial Planning, another company headed up by CEO Ra. Many of Hopemakers' best counsellors have come from Podo.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

At present, our reach is limited to the Seoul Metropolitan Area. Because of the intensity and frequency of the counselling sessions, the clients need to be where our counsellors are based.

Inside 10 years we hope to expand to the regions around the 5 major cities of Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Ulsan and Gwangju. We have no plans to expand overseas as yet.

Nor do we have plans to expand our client base beyond income-earners under 40. It is important that we focus on our core strengths, and not spread ourselves too thin so that we can have the greatest impact.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

Founder Ra's experience with Podo FP taught him the mechanics of client counselling along with the importance of upholding the dignity of his clients while helping them. He personally engages in the training of his counsellors to pass on his passion to them.

Recently, Mr Kim Hee-cheol took over the post of CEO. CEO Kim has over 30 years in retail banking, and has experience in financial product devmt, marketing, compilation of best-practice manuals and training. He spent many years in private banking where he cultivated the idea of private banking for the excluded. He is a founding shareholder of Hopemakers, and his experience will underpin the the coming expansion of the company. His contacts in the financial community are a huge asset, particularly in hiring retired professionals.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Help Homeless and At-Risk Youth With Covenant House Vancouver

Location

Vancouver
Canada
49° 16' 3.486" N, 123° 6' 37.3572" W

Covenant House Vancouver exists for those youth for whom there is often no one else: young people aged 16-24 who have either willingly fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse or those who have been forced from their homes.

Caring staff and volunteers see over 1400 youth come through the doors of Covenant House each year, offering them hot food, a warm bed and most importantly, relationships based on mutual respect and love. Programs include a crisis shelter, a drop in space, street outreach and transitional housing support.

Loreto Day School

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First Name

Theresa

Last Name

Mendes

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Loreto Day School, Sealdah

Organization Website

Organization Country

India

Country where this project is creating social impact

India

Is your organization a

Non‐profit / NGO / Citizen sector organization

Your role in Education

Social Worker.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Private (tuition-based)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?

Half the world’s children not in school are Indian children. This backlog of about 50 million children belongs to the lowest levels of society – ‘hard to reach’ children living in deep slums under bridges, in bonded labour, in brickfields, in quarries, salt pans of Surat, street children, trafficked children, children of prostitutes and others for whom the normal school is not an option. And even after they have been brought into the school system what option do they have to access quality education or to be empowered to make their contribution to a society which has largely ignored them ?

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

33 years ago we opened up our big school to such marginalized children from the slums welcoming them on an equal footing in our regular school, challenging them along with their more affluent peers to reach out beyond themselves to help other children. Among the most neglected ‘others’ were the girls sleeping alone and vulnerable on the streets each night. These children were taught by the regular students during their work education periods using a special programme of accelerated learning. Later these children stayed full time in school. Thus the Rainbow Home programme was born.
Other programmes catering to 29,000 out-of-school children, financed by the SSA, as well as the children in the Brickfields, Eastern Bypass and Orissa came into being later.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Every Saturday (our school holiday), 150 students from Classes V to XII farm out into village schools outside Kolkata to do learning enhancement programme with about 3500 children in rural Government Schools. When this programme began in 1979 the enrollment in Class I averaged 50 but by Class IV only 10 children were left in school and all were boys. Now in the same areas where we have been able to construct a secondary school building for girls, there are over a thousand girls and the school has been recognized by the Government up to Class XII. The ex-students are now in college and some are married. The people impacted by this are not just the village children and their parents but also the parents and families of the students who go out, as, the whole level of understanding the plight of village children has become acute. Our Class IXs and VIIIs are now working with 1200 girls in the Government Schools, teaching them how to use the materials for other out-of-school children.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

Other schools who have studied our system and are now involving their children in outreach programmes. We are different because we were first in the field. Back in 1979 no one was thinking along our lines. People found it hard to understand the concept of children giving up holidays to teach others. Now, over the years, other schools have come here to examine our system and have started in their own way. One of our biggest challenges is the growth of competition and private tuition in the affluent schools which leave the children little time for reaching out.

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.

Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

An all inclusive school, challenging its students to their best potential and providing a strong hands-on social component.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Every student in the school has exposure to situation demanding empathy and the freedom and support to take appropriate action.

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What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Issues Tagging :
This project tags the following issues :
a)Quality education for the marginalized in school and outside
b)Teacher training and development materials to provide for quality education
c)Empowerment of children to work with other children to inspire them to join the effort
We have mainstreamed 15000 children from our Shikshalaya Prakalpa centres for out-of-school children into Government schools
The Central Government has adopted our Rainbow Home concept for the whole country (vide Pg. 18 of Framework for Implementation by the SSA). This will mean that thousands of girls at risk on the streets will find a safe home in a school and have all her needs supplied by government funding.
Till date the Barefoot Training programme has touched the lives of over 12000 teachers, spread across 15 Indian states, Bangladesh and Nepal, impacting 350,000 rural children.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

With the RTE Act in place we will be able to provide a working model for the induction of out-of-school children into classes consonant with their age.
The impact of our programme already felt, will continue till there are no more children to be helped.
All the directives of the RTE Act, especially in relation to Quality Education is being met by us.
In West Bengal, Loreto Sealdah theme and group teaching has been taken as the model for the preparation of new text books for January 2013. Loreto Sealdah has been asked to guide this preparation. These books will benefit 7 million children.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

A change in Government policy, over which we have no control. This cannot be planned for. In such cases in the past we have been able to work around the policy and get the work done.
Financial constraints – over the years our projects have all been low cost, cost effective and supported in each case by the value of what we do.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

We plant to collaborate with the Government to open 15 homes all over Kolkata catering to 1500 children in need of residential

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Follow up with the Government to prepare the physical infrastructure

Task 2

Identify the children and prepare their cases studies

Task 3

Invite the children and parents, if they have any, to view the arrangements and if satisfactory,

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

This is the spread of concept of inclusive schooling.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Selection of schools prepared to accept and work for inclusive schooling

Task 2

Training and workshops for parents, teachers and children

Task 3

Spreading the concept (work has already begun on tasks 1 & 2)

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

Over the years I have had many aha moments, each one resulting in the creation of a new facet to our educational interface with the kids. So what we have created now is an integrated holistic package which can be taken up by many schools and implemented.
My journey began in 1964, when I was teaching in Loreto Lucknow, when I became aware of the immense poverty, even destitution of the poor people living a stone’s throw away from our beautifully groomed Loreto Campus and I suddenly realized the potential of all schools in India to change the whole of society through educating the children to be compassionate, competent crusaders for positive change in whatever situations they find themselves, seizing every opportunity as an aha moment to respond to needs as they arise.
S. M. Cyril

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Our partnerships encompass professionals from the health, business, corporate houses, Rotary & other clubs, schools / colleges / educational institutions, consulates & embassies, government officials (state & central), Kolkata Police, media, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, railways, airlines, welfare missions & NGOs, High & Civil Court personnel, HSBC, funding agencies like Save the Children, Indian Statistical Institute, IIT & IIM, Indian Chamber of Commerce, DPEP, UNICEF, the UN, Alcoholics Anonymous, Members of challenged groups like Indian Society for Cerebral Palsy, MENTAID and a wide rang

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

Our holistic team of staff comprising of teaching, non-teaching, administrative, domestic, contacts, liaisons, visitors, donors, and a wide range of networks – all dedicated and committed to the values of giving, sharing and feeling aimed at creating a school for the community.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

As our school is a resource centre reaching out to the poorest of the poor and aimed at total inclusive schooling, we have assembled over the years a wide range of resources, material and human, and partnerships (resulting from a 33 year saga of experience), which we can and are always ready offer to any person / body / organisation who is willing to replicate our model.

Healing Health Program

We create sustainable access to health for child survivors of trauma in Cambodia. Focusing on nutrition, skill training and meditation in our garden.

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First Name

Jayne

Last Name

Crow

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Healthcare Center for Children

Organization Website

Organization Country

Cambodia, PP, Phnom Penh

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cambodia, XX, All provinces in Cambodia

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

In 2005, all management committee members received awards from the government for recognition of our contribution to rebuild and rehabilitate the country. In 2008, Terri Ly (Executive Director) received a 2009 Future Summit Australian Leadership Award from Australian Davos Connection. The awards were directed for individuals, but linked directly with HCC work.

References - Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Stop.Traffick are an Australian social enterprise that focus on working with NGO’s in Cambodia in order to create sustainable development. HCC have been working with Stop.Traffick for 3 years. Contact there is Beth Newman +85517658967 beth@stoptraffick.org.au.

Oxfam Quebec are one of HCC’s current donors and they have worked with HCC over a number of years on projects to tackle trafficking on the boarder of Cambodia with Thailand. Currently HCC work alongside Oxfam Quebec on the Cambodia Thailand Anti Human Trafficking Network (CAHT) The contact there is Mary Prum, her email is prumm@oxfam.qc.ca.

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?

Cambodia has 35% of people living under the poverty line. This causes problems in vulnerable communities where there is a real need for health. The nation is inundated with sexual abuse, labor exploitation and trafficking. There are strong cultural factors that increase female gender inequalities and discrimination. The opportunities for women to maintain good health in Cambodia is limited. Exploitation is highly detrimental to health; maltreatment can contribute to lifelong development problems, and affect children’s ability to learn and become healthy productive members of society. There are psychological impacts including social isolation, trauma and lack of opportunity. There is a significant need for female child survivors to have a safe environment to recover from gross violations.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

The Healing Health Program addresses physical and psychological health of female child survivors. This holistic, innovative victim centered approach has two activities in addition to the existing provision of safe accommodation, medical and psychological help. The organic sustainable garden equips beneficiaries with skills and a low cost entry to market providing a future income, while increasing their nutrition intake. Gardens are relaxing and fulfill the needs of security, health, food education. Beneficiaries return to their communities and share knowledge increasing and diversifying nutrition for the whole community. The meditation will coach survivors to be calmer with a strong focus to the future, healing their mind, leading to faster rehabilitation. Research shows mediation helps improve self confidence, better personal relationships, control of thoughts and improved learning abilities. The Healing Health Program can be propelled overseas and replicated in other shelters.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

We’ll use the example of Maly, a 13 year old girl from Prey Veng province to walk through the model. Maly was promised domestic work in Phnom Penh by a trusted family acquaintance to send home money. Instead Maly was sold to a brothel. 1 year later during a raid she was brought to HCC for recovery. Currently there are 51 children there with similar stories. HCC did health checks and assessment. Maly had suffered huge psychological trauma, trusted no one, had exceptionally low confidence. Socially she was withdrawn and regularly had panic attacks. She had never been to school and was extremely malnourished. Through Healing Health she was able to rebuild her life and health. Maly learned a vocational skill in agriculture to sell produce and to improve her nutrition. She will have skills relevant to her home community. She will have a low cost entry to the market. Maly would help to sell at the local market, increasing her social skills, confidence, ability to handle transactions. Maly was also involved in meditation making her recovery faster through combining education with meditation. Maly has her own meditation space where she can feel comfortable and safe. She is taught meditation for half an hour a day and it enables her to learn more. HCC staff notice a fast difference in Maly. She is calmer with no panic attacks and talks with the other girls. She becomes confident as she learns her skill and returns home a capable young woman, taking her skills with her. She teaches her family and neighbors the benefits of nutrition and how to grow a variety of crops.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

There are currently some other shelters within Cambodia that also focus on the rehabilitation of survivors of trafficking and violence. However no other shelter provides this combination of psychosocial and educational growth to improve the health of their clients. No other shelter has a sustainable organic garden used to focus on health integrated with a meditation program.

HCC strives to be a leader in best practice for shelters therefore HCC prides itself that it is the first shelter to have an organic sustainable garden of this type and the first shelter to pioneer meditation with child survivors of trafficking.

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The solution came from HCC’s strategic direction for best practice standards for shelters supporting survivors together with a strong relationship with Australian social enterprise Stop.Traffick. Stop.Traffick is a not-for-profit organization to combat human trafficking. Through their thirst for developing initiatives and HCC’s local knowledge and extensive reading into meditation, the Healing Health Program was formulated. It came from the success of a smaller project which worked exceptionally well, a free range chicken farm. HCC has good connections with outlets that can sell produce grown at the center. At the point of implementation of the Giving Garden staff and beneficiaries were involved. Seeing their enthusiasm for training and the commitment to its success was inspiring. Seeing staffs ability to adapt and nurture a new garden together with the interest in meditation in Cambodian culture made HCC think think that this was a combination that could really work.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The main goal is to ensure child survivors achieve full recovery in their physical and psychological health. HCC goal is always centered on the health and recovery of clients.

Other goals are;

• To create an organic sustainable garden – for nutritional health and education. The crops will also save the shelter money and the cash crop enables income.
• Meditation for recovery – The garden will also serve the meditation and relaxation program enabling the clients to achieve a sense of calm so that they are able to recover.

Holistically combining meditation with practical skills the client will achieve a faster reintegration onto society.

A wider health goal is improved community health and nutrition. A long term goal is to implement the program in other NGO's and abroad.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

HCC's current protection of the basic health, upholds the rights of the most marginalized members of the Cambodian Community, children and young women who are survivors of human trafficking, labor exploitation and sexual abuse or have experienced other forms of degrading abuse, alongside a more generalized community health and human rights awareness education program. The care granted at the shelter is above the standards set in 2009 by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) in the Policy and Minimum Standards for the Protection of the Right of Victims of Human Trafficking. Currently there are 51 survivors at the shelter benefiting from the additional nutrition from the garden. The meditation element now needs to be introduced.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

HCC plans to have survivors recovered and reintegrated at a faster pace than previously. This will transform the shelter to a short term service. Much of modern research show children after suffering trauma are better placed for personal development in the community. HCC intends that their health will be improved, they will have a vocational skill in agriculture and a life skill in nutritional education. The impact this will have on the community will be significant. Meditation can be adopted by staff too who will become trainers and the wider community can learn techniques. HCC would like the program to be adopted by other NGO’s. The majority of the center should in 5 years time be able to run from the profits coming directly from the Garden and livestock kept.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The Giving Gardens program has successfully began as the garden has been built with the use of volunteers and some initial funding ($2,000) through Stop.Traffick. However initial finance to enable the meditation element of the program to be implemented needs to be sourced. HCC don’t expect this to be a costly endeavor and will draw on contacts assisting in volunteering their skills rather than large cash influxes to get this section of the program going. HCC will need to formulate the meditation program with help from a relaxation and meditation specialist. HCC plan to apply for funding in order to get the meditation running. However, this should also cost no more than $2,000. Firstly HCC will look to trained volunteers for this.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

• Meditation training manual completed and areas grown • Successful crop harvests and upkeep by beneficiaries.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Meditation program created. This must be by a professional and the curriculum must be implemented.

Task 2

Beneficiaries trained to identify different crops and to look after the basic crop day to day needs.

Task 3

Meditation areas created within the gardens and their maintenance up kept.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Beneficiaries adopted meditation and vocational skills. Nutrition improved. Monitoring and evaluation of their progress is begun

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

HCC adopted daily meditation activities. This will see a change in culture with a new routine to the beneficiaries daily lives.

Task 2

Sustainability of the garden, clear profits and maintenance as well as many successful and varied crops for nutrition.

Task 3

Monitoring and Evaluation specific plan put in place.

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Stop.Traffick started in 2009, as a group of Masters students at RMIT University, Australia where Executive Director, Terri Ly took her Masters. Stop.Traffick volunteers have been working with HCC on social enterprise projects.
HCC also has built a good relationship with;
- Socio-psychological care such as TPO and World Hope;
- Legal service providers such as Adhoc, Licadho;
- Support services such as Nyemo, Hagar, Afesip, CWCC,
- NGO networks
- Press such as Cambodia Daily,
- Local authorities
- Government institutions
- International NGO's such as World Vision Cambodia.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

Until the first year has been a success HCC will not approach other NGO’s. However, HCC are in the process of building relations through the networks HCC are part of so that the model can be rolled out once it is monitored and evaluated and fully ready for expansion. HCC look to expand it abroad where it can be adapted depending on the agriculture and clients needs. Essentially to developing countries where trauma through trafficking or extreme poverty coupled with low education about nutrition are places to move the project to next. This is achievable via the low cost of implementation.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

HCC have the experience and facilities to enable the program. HCC currently improves health of vulnerable young women and children through provision of services at the Good Day Center a rehabilitation and skill development Center. It is run by 14 staff. The shelter can accommodate up to 100 beneficiaries at a time. HCC provides healthcare and psychosocial counseling, along with basic human necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and education. The shelter has provided assistance to over 1,000 beneficiaries since its inception. Among them at least 70% of beneficiaries have been reintegrated successfully to their communities.
In January 2012, the Giving Gardens Project was implemented creating an extensive garden for the beneficiaries to develop and learn their gardening skills.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Human Resource is predominantly for a meditation/ relaxation trainer for at least 6 months. Networking with other NGO's and shelters will enable us to expand the project.

Education Tablet everywhere

Our Education Tablet is a Wi-Fi and GPRS enabled tablet so any one can connect to internet. It contains the syllabus of CBSE,ICSE and State Boards from Std 1 to Std 12th.If a student is reading in Std 5th he has to go to the website of Education Tablet and click on the class 5th link so the syllabus will uploaded to their tablet.It will continue in the same manner for other class up to 12th class.

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Gagan

Last Name

Panda

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gagan_mits

About You, Your Group, or Your Organization

Name

MITS GROUP

Country

India, OR

Please confirm that this project could benefit First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples

Yes

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What categories best describe who your group or organization serves (check all that apply)

First Nations people, Métis people, Inuit people, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, Other.

What best describes your group or organization

Elementary or Secondary school, Non-profit organization.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Name Your Project.

Education Tablet everywhere

Tell us the story of your idea or project

Our Education Tablet is a Wi-Fi and GPRS enabled tablet so any one can connect to internet. It contains the syllabus of CBSE,ICSE and State Boards from Std 1 to Std 12th.If a student is reading in Std 5th he has to go to the website of Education Tablet and click on the class 5th link so the syllabus will uploaded to their tablet.It will continue in the same manner for other class up to 12th class. There will be a special website for the tablet where he can log in to solve the sample papers for preparation for board exams..To connect rural student with world class students from other country.The students will be able to share their classroom with others all around the world as they share a single curriculum, community projects, etc. It will help students in rural areas.There will be a chat software within the tablet so anyone can chat with other students around the world. So there will be no requirement of any book for up to 12th class .It will save trees.It will be a cheap tablet with android operating system with 10GB memory.To design and manufacture lot of people.People will learn with electronic gadgets and can connect with the world.

Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

Education Tablet can change the minds of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning people and they can learn and connect with thoutside world.

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a project that is just getting started)

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Education Tablet is very easy to handle .So everyone will be excited to handle this tablet and learn things .Children's will learn and talk outside world with this tablet.

Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

I want all school going students in India should get a education tablet.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

In 5 years all Indian Student's and canada students should get this Education tablet.

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Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

MITS Group company is my partner for this product.

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

Approximately 100 words left (800 characters).

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

Yes (answer the next two questions)

Families for Orphans™ economically sustainable family orphan care

Families for Orphans™ – creating economically sustainable communities with families adopting orphans who will become healthy, educated, responsible adults.

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Organization Name

Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc

Organization Country

United States

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

Received by sitting vice-president of Vietnam in 2007 and thanked by her on the national TV news for what we were planning to help the disabled children and people of Vietnam. Unfortunately the funding arranged for this project was not available to meet our timelines.

References - Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Manfred Chemek – senior international investment advisor for Manhelm International, LLC an international real estate investment and consulting firm with offices in the United States and Europe. Board member of Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc. providing guidance with our financial strategies
Cell phone: 720-425-5865
Email: mchemek@gmail.com

Michael Lanier - Retired executive (Schwab, DHL, Ameritech, Scholastic books,
Rhythms Netconnections and other) Consultant to start-ups. Board member of Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc. Providing experience in organization strategy, development and both domestic and international operations.
Email: michael.lanier6798@gmail.com
Cell phone: 303-809-0048

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?

Using a broad definition of “health” including physical, mental, and social health, we see that traditional orphanages or shelters cannot support healthy development of children due to limited staff and resources.
Often the children end up with poor physical health, malnutrition, psychological trauma, inadequate education, poor socialization, no idea what “family” is or does. Children raised in traditional orphanages are not well prepared for their own futures, are ill equipped to contribute to their society and on aging out, may be trafficked.
Families struggle raising adopted orphans when communities do not provide healthy, supportive and sustainable living situations.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Assuming the individual and the family are the basic units of any society, it is crucial that families produce children becoming adults who are capable of raising their own children who become sustainable members of a sustainable community and society. With guiding values of quality of life, equality and growth, our solution is to create culturally appropriate, controlled, green communities, with sustainable financial health where families and organizations there can provide orphans with:
- A decent home
- Adoption by parents
- Physical care
- Mental security
- Healthcare
- Nutrition/organic food
- Mental health / Psychological care/counselling
- Socialization/care/love/guidance/values
- Education –preparation for their future
- Job skills for self-sufficiency and responsibility
- A healthy community social structure

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

We are creating:
- economically self-sufficient,
- environmentally green/organic,
- high-technology based
communities in which orphans
- are adopted
- have parents and grandparents,
- receive healthcare,
- receive counselling
- continue their education,
- learn computer skills,
- participate in social, cultural & recreational activities,
- receive job skills training
- have an opportunity to attend trade school or college
are better prepared for their and their country’s future.

We have a master plan for the community developed with University of Colorado College of Architecture College of Architecture and Planning and additional facilities designed by the Colorado School of Mines.

The fully built community will have 35 homes and 150 adopted children. It will own businesses that create over 100 wage paying jobs, provide job skills training for older children, grow organic food and generate profit. All profit from community owned businesses will remain in the non-profit for continuation of its mission;

Children will be provided a secure environment where they can grow to be healthy mentally, physically and socially. They will know what families do. They will be prepared for their own future and capable of improving the quality of life, health and equality of their society.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

- Most orphans are either on the street or in orphanages. All children in our community are adopted, therefore this is not competing with orphanages.
- Once established, our communities will be economically self-sustaining thus not competing for monthly/annual donations with service providers/other nonprofits.
- Present day sustainable communities that exist do not care for orphans.
- Our for profit businesses (primarily organic food-producing) that provide our financial stability will be competing in local marketplaces. We will target primarily high-end, high-margin, customers, while knowing that if and specific market collapses, the food will always sustain the community’s families.

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After visiting and helping an orphanage several times, Robert adopted two young brothers. His sons, Arturo and Eduardo had spent eight years in the orphanage, so they continued to visit with friends who still lived there. As those visits continued over the next five years, Robert noticed the developmental gap between his boys, now in a family, and their friends who were still in an institution. He saw how much a child learns each day by simply being with an involved parent. This observation, combined with things he saw in the institution, like declining health of the children, little education, no job skills and no idea of what family life meant, caused him to look for a better way to help orphans.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

To get orphans into real families with a nurturing home and community social environment that will help them fully develop their capabilities and to be prepared to raise their own children thus continuing to improve the sustainability of their own society.

Rather than leaving orphans to age out of orphanages unprepared for their or their country’s future, we are creating a private enterprise, nongovernment, economically sustainable alternative community which is focused on providing a caring, safe, educational, physically and psychologically healthy environment in which the children can grow and learn.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Our holding this vision has brought together more than 600 volunteers from 18 different countries who understand the potential of this project and who are “paying-it-forward” by contributing their skills and experience to get this project created. None of those volunteers has asked for compensation for the work they have done in the design of the prototype. This group includes major universities, attorneys, accountants, architects, journalists, doctors, engineers, consultants, urban planners, agronomists, sociologists, designers, experts in alternative energy, permaculture, construction, aquaculture, water filtration and others. These are members of our Orphans Dream Team who are helping the orphans’ dream to be adopted to come true.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Initial funding of US$5 million can, within 24 months, create debt free businesses with over 100 direct jobs,100 indirect jobs, job skills training, micro-enterprise development, tourism, taxes paid to local government (while we do things they used to have to pay to get done-e.g. helping orphans), assistance provided to local public schools, and first four homes occupied by parents adopting orphans into their families. The monthly net profits from community businesses (est. US$35,000/month) will be used to continue growing the community to 35 homes and 150 children adopted, provided healthcare and opportunity to attend trade school or university.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Lack of initial funding: we are building support with individuals and with social networks to create awareness of the benefits of this project to orphans and our world. Leveraging relationships to get to necessary donors.

Political by-in: We continue to build cooperation with local, state, regional and federal government so they know the benefits to their citizens of supporting this project.

Bureaucracy: often laws affecting orphans vary between government departments. This can be further complicated by interpretation of those laws. We are advocates for what is best for the children and nurturing a system focused on supporting that outcome.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Ownership of donated land for first community in Mexico titled in the name of our Mexico non-profit which can be leveraged for c

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Raise funds for trips and meetings required to gain support and offer of suitable donated agricultural land with water and acces

Task 2

Testing of land (soil, water, etc) offered as a donation for the community to ensure it will be acceptable and not need remedi

Task 3

Upon receipt of clean site tests, transfer of title and legal filings needed for ownership and permits to begin site work and c

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Site dirt work will be done, Initial agricultural businesses will be operating with cash flow, first temporary administration of

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Site surveying, establishing site layout, doing initial dirt work, first electric lines installed, drilling water wells, buildin

Task 2

Contracting with local firms for initial fencing, construction of temporary farm buildings, temporary housing, first staff hired

Task 3

Acquire initial farm animals (cows, sheep, hogs, goats, rabbits, chickens) and establish work-out contract with local organic fa

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• University of Colorado-College of Architecture & Planning - Master Plan for Mexico
• Basham, Ringe y Correa-attorneys- Mexico
• Colorado School of Mines- Bio-gas/digester design
• Global Scientific, Inc. - business plan for Aquaculture/Greenhouse
• Troy Braegger - legal services
• Angela Lucero Cabrera – donating 35 acre land in Durango Mexico to our Mexican non-profit
• Db Atelier Architects – architectural design and renderings of homes
• Midwest Permaculture – consulting and permaculture design

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

Initially we are targeting Mexico. Once this new “solution” model is operational, we expect to hear requests for additional communities from around the world. Natural geographic and cultural progression would be to other Latin American countries.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

We have a committed board and volunteers who believe in our vision and mission. We are growing our base of citizen involvement in the targeted host country (Mexico).
As an all volunteer organization, we know the people who continue to work on this project are doing it because of how it will be helping the children.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We would be happy to collaborate with others however at this point are limited in our ability to share staff or funds

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SMS Kita Hudi Yee - Ghana

Creatively utilizing tech in different ways to address the low-risk/high profit system & impunity that makes slavery possible.

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First Name

Aashika

Last Name

Damodar

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About Your Organization

Organization Name

Survivors Connect

Organization Website

Organization Country

United States

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, GA

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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SMS Kita Hudi Yee - Ghana

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

THE NEED: Describe the need for your solution and the size/dynamic of the community (ies) you will engage

Ghana is a country of origin, transit and destination for women and children subject to forced labor and sex trafficking. Ghana is ranked as a Tier 2 country by the US State Departmen, which means the government does not comply with the minimum standards to eliminate trafficking. While Ghana has a law against slavery, passed in 2005, the efforts to combat and enforce it are minimal. Very few incidents are investigated and prosecuted due to lack of evidence and inadequate victim assistance/training of public and private sector parties. Ghana has acknowledged 125 child brothels in Accra alone, and sadly uninformed people are complicit in exploitation of children and others around them. Not only are these children suffering blatant abuses of human rights, but there are also broader social consequences such as prevalence and spread of HIV/AIDS, and lack of safety in both urban and rural communities.

THE SOLUTION: Please explain what your solution offers and how it is innovative. How will you put your solution into the hands of users or beneficiaries? Be specific!

EPAWA Ghana and Survivors Connect has teamed up to build an SMS Traffick Watch Monitoring and Reporting Network using open source communication tools. This technology allows a network of professionals to respond to crisis cases, and allows for timely exchange of information to parents and communities. EPAWA is training community members to report suspicious activities in heir communities, and will collect reports and evidence to initiate law enforcement investigations. SC has done similar programs with groups in Haiti and Nepal. This project is the first of its kind in Africa.

The SMS System requires engagement and responsibility from communities to combat human trafficking. NGO partners will spend time in each community to recruit and train 12 individuals on the signs of trafficking as well as the function of the SMS reporting system. Previously isolated communities will be connected to a network of NGOs with educational resources and victim services previously unavailable to them. The initial pilot will target 20 communities and following our pilot, the project will be expanded to 80 communities nationwide to form a comprehensive network aimed at exposing, preventing and deterring human trafficking.

THE MODEL: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference through use of information technology and media

Half of the population has access to mobile phones in Ghana and nearly ¾ of the country now has mobile coverage which has led to the rise of innovative solutions to everyday problems using mobile technology. Farmers have been connected to markets, healthcare has expanded via mobile and fraudulent drugs have been IDed using code/database accessible via SMS.

Ours is the first project of its kind leveraged to combat trafficking. The network allows
EPAWA to build will reach new audiences, integrate communities, provide comprehensive services addressing the causes of trafficking and build a unified national movement against trafficking, which will be impossible for the government to ignore.

Methodology:
Planned Activities
• Create an asset map that assesses community assets that can address slavery. Through this process we thoroughly realize a community’s needs, and existing gaps in services.
• Set up of SMS network
• Train EPAWA staff on how to run the SMS network
• Identify, recruit and train 240 monitors in 20 trafficking prone communities.
• Create a national referral database, Generate and distribute a quarterly report on human trafficking trends.
• Coordinate rescues of victims and immediate post – rescue care.
• SMS educational campaign through mobile phone number listserv creation.

THE MARKETPLACE: Who are your peers and competitors? What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

At this time, there are currently no competitors in Ghana for this type of program. The main challenge for us is overcoming stereotypes, norms and fears of reporting against violence and exploitation. We are combating a highly complex and entrenched issue in Ghana that will take some time to break down. SMS allows us to do that to the extent that it is an easy, quick and discrete method of communicating in our mobile-infused world. Some human traffickers will also be a challenge for us if they see that our project is working and we’re threatening their business! The idea is however for people to be able to report anonymously so no one is put at risk.

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FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

The “Aha!” moment for me personally dates back 6 years ago when I almost trafficked for the purpose of forced marriage. A couple years later, I traveled to Vietnam (where our first project began, but before I started SC) when I learned about the various methodologies grassroots orgs employed to raise awareness to trafficking. I saw much inefficiency, such as short-term awareness raising, lack of sustained contact/resources and more. I realized for many communities, I didn’t matter whether they knew trafficking was a risk or not; if a trafficking/fake-labor recruiter came with promises of work, chances are people would take the risk. So then I took a risk, a chance as well, to utilize mobile phones to stay in touch with rural communities with information they might need on the spot, as well as a way to retrieve automated information via Keywords. It worked beautifully and prevented several cases. That’s when I knew we could do this in other places that had similar conditions. I met EPAWA staff in Haiti when I was working there, and that’s when our idea for the collaboration came about!

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

To date, Survivors Connect has conducted a preliminary training with EPAWA staff on how to utilize open source tools such as Frontline SMS, Bulk SMS messaging, IVR and Ushahidi (for crowdsourcing/mapping their information and incoming reports). We have installed everything and will soon conduct a training session for the entire team of “community advocates” who will be point people in 20 target communities. We are currently developing posters and other promotional material that will be distributed amongst our target community members as we do continued awareness raising about both the issue of human trafficking as well as the Kita Hudi Yee program. We shall receive reports soon and be able to fully measure the scale and depth of the impact on every day individuals within the first 3 months. Part of the impact evaluation work will be supported by Internews.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

The initial pilot will target 20 communities and following our pilot, the project will be expanded to 80 communities nationwide to form a comprehensive network aimed at exposing, preventing and deterring human trafficking. By 5 years, we would like to have a referral system that involves at a minimum of 5 agencies both ngo and government so that Ghanaian citizens have access/better information about resources available to them. By this time, we should also have formal MOU/partnerships with at least 10 law enforcement agency offices to act as first responders to our cases and utilize our information gathered to initiate investigations, raids and rescues.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

A nation-wide broadcast of our program; alongside 5 rescue/raids conducted on human trafficking.

Six-Month Tasks

Task 1

Complete outreach to our target 20 communities

Task 2

Sign MOU/agreement with 2 law enforcement agencies as first responders

Task 3

Have fully functional SMS/Mapping/Reporting system ready so that all affiliated parties/referral agencies can see/respond

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Seriously changing the equation of low risk-high profit that allows slavery conditions to endure in Accra!

12-Month Tasks

Task 1

Complete outreach to our target 40 communities

Task 2

Sign MOU/agreement with 5 law enforcement agencies as first responders

Task 3

manage/maintain functional SMS/Mapping/Reporting system ready so that all affiliated parties/referral agencies can see/respond

How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

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Hybrid model

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

Raising initial funds for the project has been a challenge. However, Survivors Connect has helped EPAWA fundraise through grants (Internews) and through our mobile-recycling campaign called Phones4Freedom. The recycling campaign is good to fall back on for small funds for maintenance purposes.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

As mobile penetration grows in Ghana, we anticipate seeing more people adopting smart phones and data plans. We still have a long way to go before we get there but when it does, we'd like to use our application to create simple/free/downloadable apps that people can use to access information easier/quicker from our project. Additionally, we hope that using ICT to combat human rights issues like this will become safer over time with improvements to encryption technology, which we know will be of concern to some of our users.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

Survivors Connect has built various different modules around mobile/sms use to combat trafficking. We often see that technologies such as mobile and e-commerce tools can enable transnational human trafficking. However, Survivors Connect believes these very same technologies can be used to make our activism smarter, and innovate on both the 'process' and 'product/software' frontlines. Communication technology is shrinking our world and increasing our ability to connect, which we can use in powerful ways to prevent the most egregious human rights abuses in Ghana. Our SMS Freedom programs, which utilize text messages will be a positive step in this direction.

Having said that, our various modules respond to different issues/conditions that may pop up in the field. In fact, no two SMS-implmentations are alike. We may turn this SMS Traffick Watch group into something that functions more like a basic hotline, or we make smaller teams of investigative units that work more intimately with police. The options are endless, but what we do know is it would be a shame to not capitalize on the opportunity that near ubiquitous mobile ownership presents for preventing and combating slavery.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

Phones4Freedom Mobile phone recycling campaign as well as possible mobile advertisements from MTN and Vodafone. We also hope to pay Ghanaian staff salaries with grants.

Tell us about your partnerships

Currently the two NGO partners here are Survivors Connect and EPAWA, Ghana. Survivors Connect is the tech tool/training provider while EPAWA is the project implementing partner. Internews has supported the pilot of this project and will do monitoring/evaluation to determine best practices in mobile phone usage in human rights related campaigns.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

We need equal parts of people interested in technology/ICT4D and human trafficking expertise. Our staffing goes as follows:
- Lead Project Director
- Lead Project Trainer
- 20 Community Advocates/Field Staff (some of whom are volunteers) to do outreach/awareness for program.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

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Survivors Connect is an organization working to advance and extend the use of ICTs for the anti-human trafficking movement.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences

Creatively utilizing tech in different ways to address the low-risk/high profit system & impunity that makes slavery possible.

Recording Untold Stories of Partition Through Citizen Journalism

We crowdsource the collection of survivor testimonies, embedding submissions on an interactive map revealing shared histories.

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Guneeta

Last Name

Singh Bhalla

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Organization Name

The 1947 Partition Archive

Organization Country

United States

Country where this project is creating social impact

n/a

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Recording Untold Stories of Partition Through Citizen Journalism

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

THE NEED: Describe the need for your solution and the size/dynamic of the community (ies) you will engage

The 1947 Partition of British India along religious lines devastated millions of lives. Mass violence broke out as an unprecedented population exchange took place. Nearly 15 million people were displaced as Muslims migrated to Pakistan and Sikhs and Hindus to India. Up to two million lost their lives while over 100,000 women were abducted.

Younger generations across the world remain largely unaware of Partition, and history continues to repeat itself as similar crises have since occurred in placed such as Bosnia and Rwanda. We believe that learning from those who have direct experience is a critical step in moving humanity beyond communal strife.

There is however no publicly accessible archive of survivor testimonies for educating future generations, or a memorial honoring the victims. Given that 64 years have passed, there is a great urgency to record survivors’ stories before they are lost forever, leaving unfilled gaps in our collective human history.

Our solution to address this need can be expanded to applications as diverse as linguistic preservation of disappearing languages, indigenous cultural preservation or documenting similar crises in history.

THE SOLUTION: Please explain what your solution offers and how it is innovative. How will you put your solution into the hands of users or beneficiaries? Be specific!

The 1947 Partition Archive is providing a platform for divided communities to come together in building an archive of video testimonies from Partition survivors to educate future generations. In order to quickly gather oral histories from thousands of survivors worldwide, we are developing infrastructure for crowdsourcing story collection. Younger generations are being empowered to harness widely available communications technology to interview their elders and educate the world.

Our solution addresses the challenge of reaching a global diaspora of aging Partition survivors quickly and cost effectively, while engaging and educating younger generations in the process. By giving voice to those who were most affected by the Partition, global citizens are coming together to rewrite the history of Partition--a story often told with a focus on political leaders and nation states.

In California, a pilot of our model operates successfully. A team of nearly 30 volunteer interviewers have already collected and submitted over 170 stories in several languages. Thirty additional stories have been submitted from around the world.

Interviews submitted to the archive are reviewed and posted on an interactive map of South Asia on our website. Survivor stories on our site are supplemented with an online Partition learning library and People Finder service aiming to connect long lost friends and loved ones. Our long term goal is to create momentum for building a memorial to honor victims of Partition and house a copy of the collection of Partition testimonies.

THE MODEL: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference through use of information technology and media

Mr. Adams , born in pre-Partition India and now living in Australia, contacted us after watching the video of Major Singh, one of the first from our collection to be posted online. Major Singh describes how in 1947 he witnessed a train to Pakistan get derailed by a mob at the Amritsar city train station. He describes the British guards on the train being fatally attacked by a hand grenade at which point the mob swarmed the train. Sixty-four years later and thousands of miles away, Mr. Adams watched as Major Singh described this scene and was able to make a personal connection: one of the train guards was his cousin, Lt. Reid.

This intersection of Major Singh’s and Mr. Adam's life history is one small example of the potential for human connection possible within a democratic approach to collecting oral histories. The interactive experience of collecting and preserving history strengthens the voices of survivors, forging connections over thousands of miles and years of history.

Such interactions and connections are made possible by the following process:

1- Live workshops are broadcast online to train citizens across the world in interviewing survivors within their communities. Self-paced online training videos will soon replace monthly workshops.

2- The interviews cover pre-Partition life and culture, eye-witness accounts of Partition and post-Partition resettlement.

3- Submitted stories are reviewed to ensure ethical standards developed by expert oral historians.

4- Approved videos are embedded on an interactive map of South Asia on our website.

THE MARKETPLACE: Who are your peers and competitors? What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

The 1947 Partition Archive is the only grassroots organization we’re aware of that is preserving and sharing these stories on video, a powerful format, in a democratic manner from all affected communities. Oral histories of Partition have been conducted in written format and for the purposes of writing books or conducting scholarly research, but they are generally limited to certain groups affected by Partition.

No scholars or organizations are systematically engaging communities to collect interviews from all cultural and religious groups affected by Partition.

In general, rather than challenges, we envision opportunities for collaboration with the scholars and individuals who have conducted previous research based on Partition testimonies.

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FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

In 2008, while on a research trip to Japan, I had the opportunity to spend time scrolling through the oral testimony archives at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. It was very powerful to watch survivors describe their ordeal... more so than reading a book or watching a movie.

That is when it clicked. The same needed to be done for the Partition.

Growing up in India, I had heard stories of Partition within my family. My grandmother described the violent conditions under which they were forced to leave their ancestral homeland. In 1989 my family migrated to the US, where in high school we learned about the horrifying details of the Holocaust. I was perplexed that there was no mention of Partition, an event of similar scale that occurred in South Asia.

In 2010 the last elder from my father’s family with memories of Partition passed on without having his story recorded. Suddenly I became acutely aware of the urgency to preserve oral histories from survivors of Partition. Inspired by what I saw in Hiroshima, I began collecting stories and recruiting volunteers in late 2010.

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

In 1947, Mr. Ali was six and lived peacefully with his family in a tiny village called Kasubegu in Punjab. He shared with us a story he had not yet shared with anyone, of how he was orphaned during Partition-related violence. Following the interview, he expressed a feeling of empowerment in sharing his story, especially with his children. Like Mr. Ali, many survivors who have shared their Partition experience express both a sense of confidence in continuing to share their story, and immense gratitude at having the opportunity for being heard and knowing that their story will remain alive for future generations.

Furthermore, our volunteers’ blog is a testament to the profound experience the interviews can be for the interviewers, who often come away forming a deep connection with elders and their shared history.

Through today, 78 volunteers from eight countries have joined hands in collecting over 200 interviews. Over 1000 individuals--the volunteers, the interviewees and their families, have directly been impacted. Local newspaper and radio coverage of our work has raised awareness on Partition and impacted an unknown number of other individuals.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

The successful implementation of our model has already impacted thousands of individuals in California. Requests from individuals around the world who want to share or watch stories, as well as prospective interviewers, have begun pouring in.

With our expanding volunteer base over the next year and enhanced capacity to crowdsource story collection, our expected impact is over 10,000 individuals within a year with the potential to reach millions in five years.

Our system-changing solution can easily be replicated by communities in need of protecting oral histories on topics that vary from cultural preservation to linguistics or memories of historical events.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Complete development of (1) interactive map and (2) infrastructure for crowdsourcing Partition stories. Collect 500 stories.

Six-Month Tasks

Task 1

Finalize development of maps, of self-paced online interviewer training videos, and method for online story submissions.

Task 2

Work with media and other partner organizations to spread the word about this work globally and encourage story submissions.

Task 3

Secure production space for accelerating the video processing of submissions to be placed on our map.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Collect 1000 stories. Support/promote worldwide Partition education. Build support for a museum/memorial honoring victims.

12-Month Tasks

Task 1

Continue building capacity for reaching a wider base of volunteers and Partition survivors, and enhance overall story collection

Task 2

Develop partnerships and a plan with organizations who share our goal of building a memorial to honor the victims of Partition.

Task 3

Host vigils to honor victims of Partition on 65th anniversary. Begin promoting Partition education with K-12 education boards.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001 - 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

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Non-profit

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

The biggest barrier we face is the potential failure to maintain a non-partisan approach to a politically divisive topic and the potential for political misuse and misrepresentation of the stories being collected. To overcome this challenge we are working with a team of experienced advisers with backgrounds in academia, ethics, law and history. We are carefully developing guiding principles and interview techniques to avoid controversy, ensuring that the content provided on our website makes our non-political and grassroots approach clear, and ensuring that stories are collected from diverse geographical, ethnic and cultural communities.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

We foresee a grassroots shift in the way individuals acquire knowledge with increasing Internet accessibility and user-generated content. A more democratic use of media will give voice to the people rather than the powerful few who usually grab headlines, bringing greater understanding, inclusiveness and equality among all people. We are demonstrating a method for using information technology to engage the public in a collaborative manner for documenting oral histories.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

While we have already proven successful in engaging a large base of volunteers and survivors locally, It is possible that global crowd sourcing at the rate we envision may not be possible. If this is the case, we will continue with the slower approach of engaging volunteers on a local level by establishing centers in cities with South Asian populations across the world.

If political forces hinder the development of a physical memorial, a number of globally recognized libraries have already expressed interest in hosting copies of the collection. A combination of traveling exhibitions and educational programs worldwide will also provide an alternative to building a memorial.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

Dozens of individuals have already come forward as financial supporters of this work. The donor community for this project is being engaged through a multi-channel marketing and public relations campaign as well as volunteer and advisory board associations.

For at least the first three years, The 1947 Partition Archive envisions being funded by grants from private and public foundations as well as individual and corporate contributions. We are working to develop partnerships via grants applications with several foundations.

In one to two years, the sale of merchandise and educational materials on Partition will also be considered. Finally, once the museum and memorial are realized, financial sustainability will be established through sales of tickets and educational materials.

Tell us about your partnerships

A number of well established organizations have partnered with us by providing both a voice in the media and equipment support. Mera Sangeet Radio and BayAreaDesi.com are broadcasting our stories. We have worked with the performing arts group, Naatak, in developing a panel discussion for survivors. The Hume Behavioral Health Center is providing counseling services to survivors. At UC Berkeley, the ASUC computer lab provides space for editing videos while the Center for South Asian Studies provides camera equipment to volunteers collecting stories.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

Our team includes 78 volunteers residing in 8 countries. Five coordinators oversee interviews, video production, outreach, web development and the library project. The board comprises three directors and six advisers who are established professions, including tenured academics, historians, psychologists, social entrepreneurs, legal advisers, film makers, scientists and business leaders.

Within the next year, the coordinators are expected to begin transitioning into part time and full time paid positions. Over 2 years we anticipate 5 payed postitions.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Mentorship.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

We seek financial investments in scaling our model globally, media partners in spreading the word, experienced mentors who can guide us in developing our organizational structure for maximum effectiveness, and talented as well as passionate individuals with expertise in media relations, fundraising, video production, website maintenance and more (see our website for a complete list).

We are offering information to researchers of Partition and history in general, collaboration to organizations with similar missions, and help with developing ideas to carry out similar work in collecting oral histories, linguistic preservation, cultural history to other interested organizations and individuals.

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We collect, preserve and showcase untold stories from the largest human displacement, the 1947 Partition of British India.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences

We crowdsource the collection of survivor testimonies, embedding submissions on an interactive map revealing shared histories.

Organ Donation and Transplantation Initiative

For a person with end-stage organ failure, the only chance for survival is an organ transplant. Unfortunately, the waiting list for organ recipients is long because transplantable organs and willing organ donors are scarce. Approximately one person with kidney failure will die each week while waiting for an organ transplant.

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Rajia

Last Name

Ragab

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Organ Transplantations & Donation Initiative

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Organization Address

Organization Country

Egypt, QHR

Country where this project is creating social impact

Egypt, QHR

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Less than a year

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Organ Donation and Transplantation Initiative

What change do you want to bring to the world?

For a person with end-stage organ failure, the only chance for survival is an organ transplant. Unfortunately, the waiting list for organ recipients is long because transplantable organs and willing organ donors are scarce. Approximately one person with kidney failure will die each week while waiting for an organ transplant.

Our Organization's goal is to take the lead and change the already present misconceptions and misinformation and to promote/ advocate for legal organ donation, and to provide a continuous initiative towards the advocacy of organ transplant and donation, aimed at both increasing the awareness of the public and offering up to date scientific opportunities for those involved in the field.

What are the primary activities of your project?

-Launching an Event targeting Medical Students & Young Doctors.
-Build a well-trained core team of Medical Students.
-Launching of Awareness Campaigns advocating for the Green Ribbon.
-Research Competitions on up-to-date technicalities in Organ Transplantation.
-Forming a Database of Donors

What is innovative about your initiative? How is it a new contribution to the field?

"Patients have waited too long for this law to come out," Mahmud el-Metini, a leading liver transplant specialist, told IRIN. "Tens of thousands of Egyptians are in bad need of legislation that enables them to have organ transplants."

With the impending organ donation law, we want to raise awareness so as to render it effective once it sees the light.

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

This initiative will be directed at the Egyptian population as a whole. From young children still learning what organ donation means, to the jaded Egyptian citizen who obstinately refuses to donate his organs due to religious misconception, we aim to target one demographic at a time, shattering all the barriers they have against giving life to others.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

The following was written by the founder:

It was almost three years ago, when I started to find interest in the Organ Transplant concept. I did not know what it was back then but the allure of being able to recycle the organs within the human population has been of great interest to my younger self.

In March 2010, I attended the 1st Egyptian Organ Transplant Congress, where my true passion for the issue was unleashed. In effect of the stirring curiosity within me, I joined an elective in Tufts Medical Center- Transplant Surgery department after my fifth year of medical school. I assisted in both live and deceased kidney donor transplants, followed up on patients and engaged in the Transplant teem meetings.

Ever since then I have become obsessive about the topic, I plan on taking it on as a career. I feel like the concept is very much worth spending one’s lifetime exploring and developing.

1 year away from graduation, I decided to take an initiative towards my passion by starting off through the AUSSS, which I currently represent, and our neighbors SSS, which have both become an exemplary organizational structure and have both shown throughout history how medical students can provide a high level of professionalism through careful planning and decisiveness.

Omar Shaker
AUSSS President
2010/2011

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Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Approximately 200 words left (1600 characters).

How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

101- 1,000

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Raise enough awareness within universities and other communities to advocate and support organ donation, in order to fight the religion related stigma in the Egyptian society.

Task 1

A seminar given by University professors on Organ Transplantation and Donation and how to fight the stigmas. This will lead to a team of well qualified volunteers to advocate the cause

Task 2

Awareness campaigns to start first within university campuses, recruiting more people as the campaigns go along, which will eventually help with branching beyond campuses.

Task 3

Provide medical students and interns with opportunities to join researches conducted on organ transplant.

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Forming a database of donors, since there are no donors databases in Egypt. This will help with the implementation of the organ donation law, which should be in effect by then.

Task 1

Obtaining an area/space in which the database can be formed and stored

Task 2

Designing a system that will help match organ donors with organ recipients. This is no small feat since Egyptian hospitals do not communicate or exchange information.

Task 3

Have trained personnel running the system efficiently and smoothly in order to locate and match donors with recipients.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The maintenance of the matching system and hopefully evolving enough to encompass not only Egypt's capital, Cairo, but the whole country, so as to save as many lives as possible. To raise more awareness within the Egyptian population and not let old and deeply embedded stigmas stop people who can help from donating and saving lives.

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What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The cooperation and efficiency of hospitals in giving out their patients' information for correct matching, whether these hospitals have donors or recipients. The UNOS organization in the USA is the model to strive to implement. It is a non-profit plan whose sole aim is to provide appropriate matching.

Tell us about your partnerships

We have already contacted a few University hospitals, and professors in these universities. So far a professor will be donating the space in which the setting up of the system will take place, and the hospitals vouched complete cooperation with the matching information needed.

Current annual budget of project, in US dollars

Less than $1,000

Explain your selections

Fund raising on school campus, whether by donations or bake sales or such.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

A Problem Targeting, and Monitoring and Evaluation systems were developed for each task set within each project. All expected obstacles or problems were targeted and pointed out. A method is then developed to overcome these obstacles. Then a checklist of points called Monitoring and Evaluation will assess whether the task was successful or not based on the outcome of each task and whether it achieved its goal or not. The main objective of these systems is to help maintain and expand the progress of the awareness campaigns along side with the organ matching system to reach more and more people each year.

Challenges

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Which barriers to health and well-being does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Other (Specify Below)

SECONDARY

Restrictive cultural norms

TERTIARY

Lack of physical access to care/lack of facilities

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The biggest problem is that the organ donation law is still not implemented in Egypt, hence there are no systems available that will help with the matching of organs or raising awareness about donating one's organs, hence the efficiency of this law once it is passed will not be as strong as we wish it to be.

How are you growing the impact of your organization or initiative?
Please select up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Other (please specify below)

SECONDARY

Grown geographic reach: Within host country

TERTIARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Reaching out to the part of the demographic within our immediate reach, i.e. Cairo. Due to restricted funds, expansion beyond Cairo would be improbable.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

NGOs/Nonprofits, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

The NGOs have offered their experience and their connections with setting up of the organization. The University hospitals and professors provided tangible help by providing space for work and doctors to help with the organization's projects.

Texting Peace

Our initiatives bring awareness to youth, give abused women tools to store their evidence and mobilize communities with texting.

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About You

First Name

Kimberly

Last Name

Bautista

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Speak Out For Tod@s

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles County

Country where this project is creating social impact

Guatemala, GU

Is your organization a

Not registered

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Entry Form title

Texting Peace

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

THE NEED: Describe the need for your solution and the size/dynamic of the community (ies) you will engage

Guatemala has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. In the last decade alone, nearly 6,000 were murdered, and only 2% of the killers were convicted. Many of these women had been subject to this violence for years that was marked by silence and fear. Over half of the killings were a result of domestic abuse from an intimate partner. Many women do not denounce threats or beatings because the justice system is extremely inefficient and tends to blame the victim. Many women experiencing abuse believe it would only make matters worse if they reported. Some women fear that their aggressors will only be provoked more or hurt someone close to them to avenge them for reporting.
Speak Out For Tod@s is teaming up with Grupo de Mujeres Ixchel and Survivor's Connect to address this problem with a text-messaging campaign. All of our services are free of charge.
We have three target groups within our first two years: 2,300 youth ages 16 - 30, 1,000 indigenous and non-indigenous women being abused/threatened by their partner and/or employee, and 75 community leaders that would like to address this issue head-on.

THE SOLUTION: Please explain what your solution offers and how it is innovative. How will you put your solution into the hands of users or beneficiaries? Be specific!

Text-messaging is extremely culturally relevant in Guatemala. Even individuals who live in extreme poverty and have limited access to running water have a cell phone. Our text-messaging service offers an advice-line that youth ages 16 - 30 can subscribe to. There they will receive insights on how to create healthy relationships and an environment that is conducive to the growth of both men and women.
Our service will have an evidence-collection database geared towards women who experience violence from their partners and/or employers to address the problem that a lot of abuse and the majority of threats go unreported. We particularly want to do outreach with indigenous women in Guatemala, who are especially distrusting of authorities because of cultural stigma and geographic isolation. The project will encourage highly marginalized women to become comfortable with the idea of reporting violence and allow them to save their evidence (in form of text message, email, voicemail, or photos) in our database, should they one day decide to press charges and need to establish a history of violence.
Community leaders can take action by creating a watch dog group that begins a local partnership with law enforcement to become the eyes and ears of the community. Each watch dog group will have its own local phone number where their constituents can reach them via text message.The watch dog groups will urge people in the community to report suspicious activity such as possible human trafficking rings, forced prostitution, domestic violence, and child/elder abuse to their local line.

THE MODEL: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference through use of information technology and media

We will be doing a lot of work off-line to promote TEXTING PEACE during our 60-town tour where we screen the film and hold violence prevention workshops throughout Guatemala.
Individuals can either sign up for the advice-line by sending the short code #paz to our number, by submitting their phone number onto our website. Those who subscribe will receive an automatic text-message with an option to register with their postal code to receive updates on regional screenings and actions.
Our goal with our evidence-collection tool is to get women in the habit of denouncing violence. Anonymity is particularly crucial for this demographic because many women would be experiencing spousal abuse. In our off-line promotion of our data-collection initiative, we will emphasize the following three points : 1.) We are only a data-collection service. If a woman needs immediate assistance, she must call the local police. 2.) She should delete her text history once she contacts us, in case her aggressor might monitor her communication. 3.) In her first text to us, she should indicate whether it is safe or not for us to contact her.
In the screenings, we will hand out discussion guides and brochures with suggestions for ways to take action, one of which will be creation of the dog watch groups. The groups will do their own outreach to mobilize communities to report violence. Women who wish to report domestic violence but hesitate to because of fear of retaliation can also turn to the watch dog groups as advocates and in some cases may even request accompaniment to make a report.

THE MARKETPLACE: Who are your peers and competitors? What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

There are many women's rights groups, political coalitions, and shelters in Guatemala. There are numerous other agencies, including UN Women and Embassies that push women's right initiatives. Currently, there are no hotlines or on-site intervention programs geared toward gender violence in Guatemala. We are filling a big need in that respect.
At this point, we are bringing tools and services that are vastly needed and unavailable. The biggest challenge other players in the women's service field could pose to our growth has to do with the lack of resources to fund and manage these types of projects. The partnerships that we have established in Guatemala are enough to get the word out and keep us comfortably staffed. We are open to hearing out any concerns our colleagues might present to us. Our goal is to expand our reach, build more partnerships, and employ more staff given that we have the need and means. To avoid competing for the some monies as our peers, we developed a solution to sell CDs from our audience-participation music-making tour to sell as merchandise. This is our way to become self-sustainable once we are off the ground running.

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FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

This project started as a documentary film, JUSTICE FOR MY SISTER, which looks at the struggle of one woman in Guatemala to see that her sister's killer is held accountable. We followed the story from beginning to end and witnessed and experienced a number of setbacks. Because of our main character Rebeca's determination and courage, this case ended up being one of the very few to end in a conviction this last decade.
During production of the film, I was subject to a home invasion in which all my camera equipment was stolen and I was given death threats and raped. I shared my story with Rebeca shortly after it happened. She was very empathetic and told me to be patient with my healing process. She gave me peace of mind by assuring me that this would give me the strength and vision that I needed to make a far-reaching change with the film.
I began researching online technologies to address violence against women and came across Survivor's Connect. Aashika Damodar, CEO of Survivor's Connect, has been an unwavering partner of the project ever since.

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

While we have yet to launch our text-messaging service in Guatemala, we've begun our initial outreach with the film in California and the response has been very strong. Over 350 people have seen the film in its current fine cut stage. Many young Latinas have been very touched by the portrayal of Rebeca, a strong, dark-skinned heroine who beats Goliath with her persistence. One 29-year-old female audience member reported feeling "empowered." Male audience members have been challenged to think about how the issue of misogyny is not limited to Guatemala and exists in our own communities in the United States.
By the end of our tour in Guatemala, we anticipate that over 6,000 will have watched the film and been exposed to our text-messaging campaign.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

We expect to hear from 500 women per year who want us to store their evidence. We aim to encourage 150 women per year to report crimes. We aim to oversee the formation of 4 successful watch dog groups each year. We expect 1,500 youth to subscribe to our advice-line the first year, and aim to recruit 800 the years to follow.
I absolutely believe that this project can serve as a replicable model. We have plans to replicate this project in the United States. Our U.S.-based evidence collection tool will be geared towards undocumented Spanish-speaking women, as many of them do not report crimes for fear of being deported. We are teaming up with our project partners Peace Over Violence and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to make our project's reach most effective.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Get at least 800 subscribers to sign up for our text-messaging campaign

Six-Month Tasks

Task 1

Train staff and volunteers in crisis intervention and platform use

Task 2

Set up Ushahidi and Frontline SMS platforms

Task 3

Develop content that we can send out in bulk messages

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Develop 4 effective watch dog groups in indigenous communities

12-Month Tasks

Task 1

Promote use of hotline with brochures, word of mouth, film campaign, radio announcements, and fliers

Task 2

Identify and train community watch dog groups and their local partners (ie. police and non-profits)

Task 3

Designate local phone numbers to the watch dog groups

How many people have been impacted by your project?

101 - 1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

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Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Hybrid model

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

Initially, we wanted to launch an extremely comprehensive text-messaging hotline with on-site advocacy throughout the entire country, but we had to reconsider our approach due to being understaffed. We decided to adjust our intervention and create the watch dog groups to make the on-site interventions instead. In reality, this has produced a much better possibility for sustainability, because we are mobilizing communities to take ownership of their neighborhood's safety by creating strategic alliances with local police enforcement.
Another hinderance we foresee is gaining rapport with communities that fear and distrust local authorities. We are addressing this concern by training students to lead the campaign and gaining communities trust with comprehensive on-the-ground outreach.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

A bigger and more defiant counter-narrative to corporate media is emerging and making even more use of alternative media. Viewer-content-based and collaborative media-making sites such as our partners Stroome.com will give viewers tools to share their own stories. Technology is being used by communities who have been historically marginalized to document atrocities and demand justice. TEXTING PEACE pushes this trend even farther, by reaching out on a grassroots level to mobilize our constituents to take justice-oriented actions over their own lives.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

If TEXTING PEACE fails to gain traction in the next two years, we will make a concentrated push on Facebook to promote the use of our advice-line to youth. We will ask Guatemalan musicians like Alejandro Arriaza to become spokespeople for our Facebook campaign with specified marketing to Guatemalan youth.
We are also considering the possibility of tracking street harassment with a citizen mapping tool. This is an function we might decide to implement even in the case of success. The idea is to allow users to send SMS reports and photos to a central mapping platform to visualize problem areas. We want to produce a counter-narrative to the one of misogyny and marginalization of women. If women become comfortable with contacting us and reporting street harassment, it is more likely that they would use our other functions as well.
We are currently developing instructional animated videos that viewers can text to each other or share with their contacts on Facebook to promote the use of TEXTNG PEACE.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

To date, SOFT's funding has generated from merchandise sales of tee-shirts to our student and activist networks based in the United States. JUSTICE FOR MY SISTER has been supported by arts grants and funding from foundations, Embassies, and a Kickstarter crowdsourcing fund-drive. Others have contributed to our fiscal agent in exchange for tax-writeoffs.
We will offer all of our services and programs in Guatemala to the public free-of-charge. We are approaching the main Telecom companies in Guatemala to see if they can give us a corporate sponsorship or free credit, or free shortcodes.
We will hold a Latin American tour with our composers where audiences will collectively compose music in response to the film. We will release a compilation CD and the sales will go 100% to TEXTING PEACE.

Tell us about your partnerships

Grupo de Mujeres Ixchel and 15 student volunteers will be touring the country with the film to talk about critical issues that the film raises with multigenerational audiences in churches, schools, and other local non-profit organizations. Partners of our film's outreach and tour include Sector de Mujeres (an alliance of 33 political organizations that services over 10,000 women in Guatemala) and the Myrna Mack Foundation. They will host some of the screenings and promote TEXTING PEACE to their constituents.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

SOFT has 6 volunteers based in the Los Angeles area. Our partner Aashika Damodar will help guide us through our process of getting our project of the ground. Five part-time staff members from Grupo de Mujeres Ixchel and the 15 student volunteers who will participate in our film's tour and campaign will ensure that we achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section. As we conduct our film tour, we will be able to identify local organizations and collectives that can serve as local partners and in some cases, watch dog groups.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

Speak Out For Tod@s is comprised of domestic violence intervention specialists, innovators, designers, and researchers. We see social networking as a great resource to promote our initiatives and we would be happy to assist other organizations in pushing their efforts, as well. We are interested in expanding the tools that we are using to other sites. Currently, we are compiling an activist toolkit to facilitate the expansion of our grassroots organizing methods and new media tools to implement our model in other sites as well. We are excited to learn from other projects and gain guidance from others' experience with marketing and investment. We are always eager to network with other innovative projects that promote social justice throughout the globe.

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Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

TEXTING PEACE is a text-messaging service that brings communities together to eradicate violence against women in Guatemala.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences

Our initiatives bring awareness to youth, give abused women tools to store their evidence and mobilize communities with texting.

Project

This innovation also has a Project Page where you can read more about its latest progress.
Go to Project: Freedom Registry: Accessible space to collaborate, share best practice & recognize gaps in the movement to end human trafficking.

Freedom Registry: Accessible space to collaborate, share best practice & recognize gaps in the movement to end human trafficking

Freedom Registry provides data about nationwide anti-trafficking stakeholders, highlighting efforts committed to best practice

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About You

First Name

Tania

Last Name

Docarmo

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Chab Dai USA

Organization Website

Organization Country

United States, CA, Sacramento County

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Freedom Registry: Accessible space to collaborate, share best practice & recognize gaps in the movement to end human trafficking

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

THE NEED: Describe the need for your solution and the size/dynamic of the community (ies) you will engage

Human trafficking (HT) is a growing global phenomenon. Efforts to end HT have increased in recent years, but several challenges remain if HT is to be brought to an end. One such challenge is collaboration and best-practice sharing among anti-HT stakeholders is insufficient. Concrete and sustainable referral systems between agencies are not in place, knowledge sharing is neglected, and stakeholders often "reinvent the wheel" due to lack of understanding of what's already being done.
Internet accessibility and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have undoubtedly assisted in the increase of public participation and concern regarding various social issues, including HT. While this increases volunteerism and raises the community's social conscience, it has also led to an overwhelming increase in new (often inexperienced) efforts; not to mention competition; regurgitation of inaccurate sensationalized information; and wasted resources. This leaves stakeholders and community advocates unsure and confused about who is doing what, and who is doing good work. To truly capture how stakeholders can end HT, we must coordinate our efforts and understand one another.

THE SOLUTION: Please explain what your solution offers and how it is innovative. How will you put your solution into the hands of users or beneficiaries? Be specific!

The Freedom Registry is an online database of anti-HT stakeholders across the U.S. The project's aim is to increase collaboration, reflect best practice standards, and recognize gap areas within the anti-HT movement. Freedom Registry is unique and innovative in several ways:
First, Freedom Registry is a collaborative effort. The project was designed and is monitored by a steering committee of 7 well-respected national stakeholders including representatives from law enforcement, academia, policy-level advocates and direct practitioners.
Second, Freedom Registry is specifically aimed at being comprehensive. Currently, there is no place to find comprehensive information on the national (or int'l) response to HT. Freedom Registry seeks to include all anti-HT efforts in various sectors, whether it's social service providers, law enforcement, research firms, academic institutions, grassroots organizations, labor activists, businesses, or student-led initiatives.
Third, the Freedom Registry not only depicts what stakeholders do (objectives, activities, etc.); gathered data also reflects best practice standards adhered to by each participating organization - allowing concerned citizens, donors, government agencies, students, and other users to get a glimpse into the exact training, knowledge and standards that are informing each stakeholder's work.
Finally, Freedom Registry is not a static effort. Project design includes strategic phases of using collected data to understand gap areas within research and across the movement, and make recommendations for change.

THE MODEL: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference through use of information technology and media

CASE STUDY #1: Janice, Project Manager for a domestic violence (DV) shelter, realizes she has several new cases of young women involved in prostitution and wants to incorporate a HT recovery element into their program. She does not have a lot of experience in HT and has difficulty finding someone to help her. Using Freedom Registry, she searches for likeminded efforts, even DV shelters who have expanded into HT. She can see which stakeholders have set specific standards, such as an implemented training policy. She gathers relevant contact information, is better informed on what needs to be done before she expands their program, and has an understanding of where to refer clients to if need be.
CASE STUDY #2: Erik, a (student, businessman, teacher, etc.) sees a HT special on TV. He is horrified and wants to get involved. He does numerous Google searches, Facebook inquiries, etc. finding information on many organizations, but it's difficult to understand what their activities are, and many of them only talk about fundraising or "trafficking overseas". Many also claim to be the "only" program of their kind. He's not sure how to navigate this information, or where he fits in. He wonders whether he should just start his own organization. He even wonders if he needs to move overseas to help. When he discovers Freedom Registry he is able to search for stakeholders in his own surrounding community and gain a clear picture of existing efforts. With the information provided he can see which organizations adhere to various best practices and is better informed on how to take action.

THE MARKETPLACE: Who are your peers and competitors? What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

Freedom Registry seeks to be a collaborative effort. As mentioned above, our project team has worked hard to incorporate the voices of various stakeholders into our project design, especially through the creation and involvement of our steering committee, representing 7 well-respected anti-HT stakeholders. During the first phase of this project we met with over 20 major stakeholders across the United States (outside of the steering committee) to gather insight from them about our vision. Many of these organizations kept in touch with us throughout the process to provide advice and input. We have also presented the model at various conferences and events to explore the needs and wants of the anti-HT community.
While there are certainly some websites and networks of anti-HT organizations already in existence (i.e. End Slavery Now, Freedom Network, Nt'l Human Trafficking Resource Center, HHS Rescue & Restore Coalitions, DOJ Task Forces, etc.) these efforts do not aim to be comprehensive, nor do they have the intention of reflecting best practice standards. In fact, many of these groups support the aims of Freedom Registry and have expressed an interest in getting involved.

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FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

The vision behind Chab Dai (CD) was founded in Cambodia in 2005. Helen Sworn (UK), Int'l Director of CD, had been working on issues of HT for several years and recognized a gap in collaboration between stakeholders. Today, CD in Cambodia has expanded to more than 50 member organizations, and over 30 partners, including UN and gov't agencies. In addition, core organization leadership has been handed over to a team of 4 Cambodian nationals. The impact of increasing collaboration and raising the standard of care in Cambodia has made significant change in the nation's response to HT.
In 2008, Tania DoCarmo (US), after working with CD in Cambodia for 2 years, established CD USA based on the same values and principles of CD in Cambodia. After conducting baseline research among U.S. based stakeholders for over a year, and speaking at conferences where she was constantly "connecting" stakeholders with one another, she realized that while the U.S. anti-HT movement was growing rapidly it was uncoordinated, and many stakeholders (especially new ones) were not well-informed regarding the big picture. Thus, the idea behind Freedom Registry was born.

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

The potential social impact of Freedom Registry is tremendous. Based on Chab Dai USA's baseline study, there are well over 1,000 anti-HT organizations claiming to be involved in anti-HT activities across the United States. Freedom Registry will benefit all national stakeholders by increasing collaboration and knowledge of other efforts, and increasing pressures to adhere to best practice standards.
The program will also serve HT survivors (estimated 17,000 foreign-born survivors each year, not including U.S. citizen survivors) who will directly benefit from increased collaboration between their agencies (more access to individualized services, add'l options for service, holistic approach to rehabilitation, etc.) One organization cannot do it all. In collaboration organizations can focus on their core competencies.
Finally, Freedom Registry will have a direct impact on the anti-HT movement by engaging and informing the tens of thousands of Americans currently following and/or engaging in the HT issue. Mass media representatives, students, academics, donors, health care professionals, and members of the faith community will all benefit from access to this information.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

Currently we are in Phase 3 of the project. During Phases 1 and 2 we spent considerable time learning from stakeholders and designing the database. During Phase 3 (12 months) we will start data collection and develop a solid base of stakeholder participants. For Phases 4 (6 months) and 5 (ongoing), the committee will analyze data received thus far to recognize gap areas within the movement and make recommendations as to how gaps can be filled. We are in dialogue with a partner organization interested in also using this data for additional research. Post Phase 4, Freedom Registry will remain as a sustainable network. Already, a Canada organization is replicating the model for the Canadian context, and we are in conversation with others in Nepal and Australia interested in doing the same.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

In 6 months we plan to have at least 300 organizations registered in the Freedom Registry database

Six-Month Tasks

Task 1

Contact all stakeholders on our baseline list of 1,000+ orgs (via email and phone) to seek their involvement

Task 2

Partner with at least 2 government entities to assist with widespread implementation

Task 3

Verify data provided by stakeholder organizations and publish to website

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

We will be at the close of Phase 3 and preparing for analysis, and plan to have at least 500 orgs registered in the database

12-Month Tasks

Task 1

Contact non-responsive stakeholders on our baseline list (via phone and post) to seek their involvement

Task 2

Partner with at least 1 additional government entity to assist with widespread implementation

Task 3

Verify data provided by stakeholder organizations and publish to website

How many people have been impacted by your project?

101 - 1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

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Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Non-profit

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

Thus far, we have faced two primary challenges. First, a tremendous challenge has been finding funding. While this project will undoubtedly benefit the human trafficking movement as a whole, many donors within anti-HT are more interested in funding rehabilitation efforts and/or direct services to survivors and it is difficult to demonstrate the potential of increased collaboration. Second, is marketing and promotion. We certainly have contacts and widespread supporters, but need additional assistance to promote the project to additional audiences (in diverse sectors) on a grander scale. While we are confident that many stakeholders are enthusiastic about this project and will participate, the project will only be successful with widespread buy-in.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

Information-technology will continue to shift and change the way we interact with the world, including the way we develop and implement resources for social change. With the invention of the internet, 3G and now rapid information sharing through networks like Facebook and Twitter, we can reach people like never before. With consistent monitoring and evaluation based on the needs of stakeholders and community activists, we are confident in our ability to staying relevant to our users, while also exploring possibilities with new technologies.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

We are committed to monitoring and evaluation regardless of the outcome. If our current vision does not play out the way we imagined, or stakeholders demonstrate a need for additional database modules, etc. we are committed to ensuring the project is relevant to our audience. Whether Freedom Registry gains nationwide traction in the next two years or not, it will continue to be a valuable tool for the global anti-HT community. If the project is unable to gather enough information about anti-HT in all U.S. states for example, the database model can still be utilized at a state- or county-level. We are already discussing replication opportunities in other countries as well, where the model can be used by other stakeholder groups.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

It is often difficult to secure early adopters for innovative projects such as this one. Therefore, most of our funding thus far has depended on foundations (and some individuals). With the project launch just around the corner, we will have more opportunity to pitch the project to a more diverse funding base. Once stakeholders and other community members recognize the value of this project and see its success on the ground, we plan to present funding challenges to businesses, regional government and national government in addition to foundations.

Tell us about your partnerships

The Freedom Registry steering committee is made up of representatives from eight organizations, including: Chab Dai USA (chair), Vanguard University Center for Gender & Justice, San Jose HT Task Force, The Salvation Army, FAAST, Love146, University of Washington, and Global Centurion. In addition to these partnerships, we are working with 20 pilot organizations who agreed to provide feedback on the database survey; and various other organizations who have provided insight and advice along the way.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

Chab Dai USA is governed by a Board of Directors of five individuals with varying experience in human rights, law, and community engagement. Our Cambodia and USA Founders serve as Advisors for direct program staff. Currently, Freedom Registry represents 80% of our program activities. The Program Manger oversees day-to-day operations and manages a Program Assistant, Community Liaison and interns. Because data verification will be a major task, we have partnered with a research team at Vanguard University Center for Gender and Justice to assist.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

NEEDS: Our greatest needs are financial investment and assistance with promotion, especially as the success of this project depends on buy-in from various sectors. We strongly believe in the benefits of collaboration, so additional support in this areas is always helpful.
OFFERS: Chab Dai has a proven track record for coalition-building, especially based on our work in Cambodia, so we are happy to assist other organizations in their collaboration or coalition-building efforts. Chab Dai is also heavily engaged in research initiatives in the area of human trafficking, and can assist in this area. Because we have access to many avenues of anti-HT and a good understanding of the HT "big picture" we can assist stakeholders consider innovative solutions to cover gap areas.

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Freedom Registry is an interactive database of national stakeholders combating trafficking across the U.S.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences

Freedom Registry provides data about nationwide anti-trafficking stakeholders, highlighting efforts committed to best practice

the importance of citizen media in the economy and the educational sector

it is innovative in a way that it improves security and increase stability in a nation

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First Name

itum

Last Name

samuel

Twitter URL

Facebook URL

samuel itum

About Your Organization

Organization Name

tumsasco

Organization Website

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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the importance of citizen media in the economy and the educational sector

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Idea (you're poised to launch)

How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

THE NEED: Describe the need for your solution and the size/dynamic of the community (ies) you will engage

many parent do not really know the activities of their ward when the drop them off to school as a result of the fact that the have to get to work and do other thing the ought to do ,Citizen media technologies such as mobile phones can be enhanced in such a way that the parent tend to know every thing happening to his child or ward in school ,through this technology a parent who is really willing to know more about his child, he will get to watch the child and learn more about his ward enhancing a better relationship between the parent and the child .the solution will solve the problem not only for communities but nations because security is one thing a parent really wants to give to his child.Ianother instance of the media technology during election can be enhanced in such a way that the election will now be done in homes instead of crowding in a particular location to vote.

THE SOLUTION: Please explain what your solution offers and how it is innovative. How will you put your solution into the hands of users or beneficiaries? Be specific!

in this aspect of nation development and parent child relationship,this technology tends to strengthen the security of the nation and also enhance the nations stability.the media technology works based on the principle of server administration where a dedicated server is used to take the data base of every student pupil or undergraduate in the school and the personal computer or the phone of the parent is meant to view certain information in the server in such a way that the parent of the ward can reply the message sent by the server .On the other hand the server is configured to send a quick message and capture the picture of the child as he enters the school gate and leaves the school gate an alert is sent to the phone or a configured box messenger for that application of the guardian indicating the picture of the child as he is walking out of the school gate.In the aspect of using computers to vote becomes very possible from home because the computer of every eligible voter is meant to connect to the internet and download application that will enhance every ones view and participation of the election at a stipulated time, when the person votes for his candidate his picture and his thumb shows on the screen of the computer captured by a web cam .For individuals who might not be privileged to have a computer can go to a center and vote for his candidate of choice.

THE MODEL: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference through use of information technology and media

In the world of information technology this solution makes a very big difference because security will be properly enhanced and will encourage a better relationship between children and parent there by encouraging many to be technologically advanced ,it will also help the police in combating crime thereby reducing the crime rate .This technology will reduce the stress that would be felt or experienced as a result of certain mistakes like mistakenly fallen into the hands of wrong people and during election ,election violence especially,also in the aspect of using I phones , blackberries, I pad and other media technologies,they will have more importance in terms of usage than.

THE MARKETPLACE: Who are your peers and competitors? What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

many people are trying to address the issue of child security especially in schools and trying to combat election violence,but the difference is that a more advanced and more technological means has been introduced to ensure safety and also enhance technological advancement

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FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

the founder found the solution to this problem when the high rate of kidnapping and abuse from student was rising and the election held in different countries of the world this year experienced violence in their countries especially after the election ,he saw it as a need to address the issue of post election violence and also do things that will rate the rate of crime in their various countries

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

this solution will definitely affect the speed and stability of our environment positively that is ,it will increase the speed of election voting and reduce the crime rate in the same way protecting lives and properties.The individual involve will no longer have to queue in other to cast his vote and the strength that would be used going to the election centers will be overcomed,sometimes people are afraid to go such places because of the fear of been hurt or injured during election, now this solution has come the can stay in their various houses and cast their vote with free mind and with the confidence that their vote will definitely count.In the aspect of parent and his children he will definitely have an assurance that there child is safe and that his child is in school

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

my project in the next five years will impact positively and will help to enhance security in the different aspect of the economy.yes my idea is replicable if the parent and the government will be in support of it.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

my six months plan

Six-Month Tasks

Task 1

meet different schools

Task 2

tell them about the innovation

Task 3

get the government invovved

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

12 months plan

12-Month Tasks

Task 1

configure system to suit the new technology

Task 2

experiment on it and get networks involved

Task 3

expand the project to enhance security in the country

How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

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Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Business

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

currently the barrier hindering the project is finances and support, through public enlightenment campaign.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

the information technology and media sector would have really advanced in such a way that people will no longer have to certain things out of stress.Th solution will properly adapt because it will be configured with the current and latest technology invoke.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

the application would not fail because in it has other applications and new technology which might not really be achieved without achieving this one that is the are inside this technology

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

through individuals who will be willing to support and also through the government in time to come

Tell us about your partnerships

currently we are only been sponsored by family members but believing that many will still come to partner with us

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

dedicated ,innovative and careful and hardworking staffs and volunteers

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

investment to further the growth of the organization human resources to in crease labor force media to increase the number of our technologyfinance to further the project

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Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

this product is purely information technology and computerized.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences

it is innovative in a way that it improves security and increase stability in a nation

EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS THROUGH AUTO-MECHANIC PROFESSION FOR A SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD

LMI IS COMMITTED TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILL BUILDING AS PANACEA FOR NIGERIA AND INDEED, AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT.To this end, we mobilize broad spectrum of this poor and vulnerable groups especially people in hard to reach communities to initiate, design and implement programmes (special poverty alleviation programmes) that results in sustainable improvement in their well-being as well as facilitates their reintegration into the mainstream society.

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About You

First Name

Sandra

Last Name

Aguebor-Ekperuoh

About Your Organization

Organization Name

LADY MECHANIC INITIATIVE (LMI)

Organization Phone

+234 8033045202, +234 7025483731, +234-1-8750386

Organization Address

15, SAMUEL MANUWA STREET, BESIDE 1004 ESTATE, 2ND GATE VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS-NIGERIA.

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS THROUGH AUTO-MECHANIC PROFESSION FOR A SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD

What change do you want to bring to the world?

LMI IS COMMITTED TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILL BUILDING AS PANACEA FOR NIGERIA AND INDEED, AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT.To this end, we mobilize broad spectrum of this poor and vulnerable groups especially people in hard to reach communities to initiate, design and implement programmes (special poverty alleviation programmes) that results in sustainable improvement in their well-being as well as facilitates their reintegration into the mainstream society.

What are the primary activities of your project?

The program is a three year course. Also, the trainees are sent to our partners (such as Peugeot Automobile Nigeria in Kaduna), where they receive other high class training programme on fault finding, repairs, installation, dismantling and assembly etcetera. This specific programme is usually 3 months in each. Examinations are conducted to assess the trainee; it will help to measure the capacity of a trainee, know the trainee weakness and strength; this aids improvement both in practical and theory.

Apart from the technical training the ladies follow monthly lectures. This monthly meeting is important for the trainees because it is part of the process preparing them for business as a small-scale enterprise involved in motor mechanical repairs. The meeting will also help to maintain that the trainees remain proud ambassadors of the initiative at all times. The three year training programme is summarized as follows;

Year One:
The trainees become involved in the rudiments of the programme through active direct repairs, thus removing the normal style of mechanical training usually associated with other unorganized mechanical workshops. Because the training officers are educated, focused and follow the timetable of the programme, the trainees begin to know how to fix a car from the first year, and also go through a spare parts training for two months.

Year Two:
The trainees are sent to our partners, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria in Kaduna, Coscharis Motors Lagos, where they receive other high class training programme on fault finding, repairs, installation, dismantling and assembly etc. The programme is usually 3 months in each. Trade test exam is also carried out.

Year three (Entrepreneurship and Business Start-up Phase)
The purpose of the Start-up Programme in the 3rd and final year is to help facilitate and secure livelihood for the graduating trainee. This is the ultimate goal of Lady Mechanic Initiative, partner and trainee. The trainee will undergo three months driving school (practical and tutorials). Through the knowledge and skills gained over the initial 2 years, the empowered female can now move forward and utilize these skills by being employed in a reputable company/partner (as internship), where the trainee will work for three months and if company sees her capable, retain her. LMI will guide and support the trainee both from a business management and financial perspective. The initiative and partner will help advice the individual to obtain the funds to Start-up their own SME.

What is innovative about your initiative? How is it a new contribution to the field?

To dispel the notion that women cannot succeed in traditionally male jobs, we train a proud troop of female auto mechanics in a program that offers a three -year course to women of all backgrounds,
We offer course that teaches the fundamental skills of diagnosis and repair, and teaches students to build customer loyalty through friendly and efficient service.
We also emphasize ethics in trainings, uniting trainees in the mission to establish a reputation of fairness for women mechanics. Where male mechanics have earned a reputation for inflated prices and shoddy workmanship, our trainees maintain an image of professionalism and customer care.
It is a new contribution to the field as it is the first of its kind in which young women/girls are empowered in this skill for a sustainable livelihood.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

LMI Target areas and communities in which we engage are: Densely populated areas,Dropouts from schools or involved in illicit trade (i.e. ex-commercial sex workers, street hawkers, Orphans, widows, single parents etc),Had experiences of one form of abuse or the other as well as young women and girls who have lost hope of a better life and a career.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

A devout Christian, she says that God spoke to her through series of childhood dreams and told her that she should become a mechanic. With no other mechanics in the family, her father initially scoffed at the idea, until he traveled to the US in the 1980s and saw women working in positions considered "men only" in Nigeria. Back in Nigeria, he gave her his full support, but her mother was not in support, because she was afraid of the physical challenges associated with the profession. Nevertheless, she forged ahead with her dream at the age of Fourteen years. Although her first "garage" was a patch of land covered with cardboard for shade, which was demolished by authority that did not deter her. Today she is a brewing success.igeShe has gone ahead to impact on the lives of over 70 young women and girls, who are currently working in reputable auto-mobile companies across Nigeria. She has always aimed high. An avid reader of self-help books, Aguebor encourages her girls to think big – and they do.
Sandra Aguebor- Ekperuoh, is the Initiator,Founder/CEO, Lady Mechanic Initiative, (a not-for profit organization set up to train and empower young ladies through auto mechanic profession and wealth creation for a sustainalbe livelihood.

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Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

LMI’s Picture of Success: Fast Facts

-Through funding from Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd/Nigerian Bottling Company 100 girls will be trained in Edo state by 2015
-Over 200 girls have been trained by LMI
-80% programme completion rate
-100% of trainees either gain employment or start their own businesses
-Partnership developed with all the multinational car companies in Nigeria
-Partnership developed with 30 pay and train centers in Lagos and Edo State
-Established a partnership with Citi Serve Micro Finance Bank in collaboration with VIGEO to train three young girls
-LMI has received various awards locally and international
-LMI is a strategic partnership with Lagos State’s Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation
-LMI has featured on local and international media

LMI success has been measured so far from the above facts. We have also been able to measure our success by the number of people who commend the work we have been doing as well as the number of calls that come in and enquiries on a daily basis.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

101-1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1,001-10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Over the next three years, the project will have evolved and gone on a larger scale reaching more young vulnerable women and girls across states in Nigeria where we are yet to reach as well as moving into neighbouring African countries.

With the building of the Lady Mechanic Permanent site in Lagos and Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, which we plan on holding a fundraising event to raise funds for the building of the sites. This will comprise of an Ultra Modern garage, training centres, hostels for trainees form across and outside the country, Administrative blocks, A gas station for sustainability.With these,we plan to be able to reach a larger number of vulnerable young women/girls.

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What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The barriers that might hinder the sucess of our project is inadequate funding. We plan on overcoming it by the way we always do by making do with our sustainability, which is the Auto-Garage.Sandex Car Care Limited also know as the Lady Mechanic garage provides sustainability for the Initiative. To this, service charge gotten from the servicing and repairs of clients and companies vehicles keeps the project running in the absence of funding.

Tell us about your partnerships

We have had partnership with MTN Foundation,which sponsored 50 vulnerable young women and girls.EAF in the Netherlands, 15 trainees, Coca-Cola/ Nigerian Bottling Comapany, 100 Vulnerable young women/girls, Inspire Africa Foundation as well as individual as well as religious partnerships.

Current annual budget of project, in US dollars

$100,000‐250,000

Explain your selections

Family and friends who come to the garage to service and fix their vehicle give back to the Initiative, Individaul donors sponsor the trainings of the trainees, Corporate organizations , customers that is clients who come for repairs as well as Businesses and Foundations.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

We plan on strengthening our project in the next three years by taking the Initiative to a wider public. To this end, with the building of the Lady Mechanic Permanent Center, we plan on training more young women from within and outside the country, with this we will branch in to states in which we are yet to reach thereby empowering and training more vulnerable young ladies.

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Please tell us more about how your partnership was formed and how it functions. What specific role does each partner play? What unique resources does each partner bring to the initiative?

Partnerships was formed by most corporate organizations as well as foundations and donor organization and also individuals seeing the work we do and inviting us the bring in our proposals although we also send out proposals as well. Most Partners we have Provide the funds in which we use for the training of the young ladies, we support the young ladies with a little stipend which aids in their transportation and little basic needs to prevent them from falling back on their social vices.

How are you building in accountability for students' successful STEM learning outcomes? Please provide a summary and examples.

We plan on encouraging more young people to develop their talents and use their hands to work and to make them realize there is dignity in hardwork.

To this end, we plan on working with the young ones by giving career talks to schools and to encourage more females to go into the Auto-mobile engineering sector as well as other professions that were once seen as male dominated.

Needs

Investment, Human Resources/Talent, Marketing/Media, Research/Information, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation/Ideas, Mentorship.

Please use this space to elaborate on your selection above and/or to add needs that may not be listed.

We need Investors to come into the building project, banks, companies, organizations to build up and name the structures after their companies. For Human Resources and talent, we will need the human resources and more talents to aid in Innovations and ideas, because we strive on new ideas to move forward. With the marketing and media, we will need more media insight on the work we do and marketing of the whole garage project to prospective funders and investors. For the legal angle we will need legal assistance as well as the financial support to assit most of the women we work with will need legal aid and assistance in case they fall into the hands of the law. Mentorship will also be necessary for the young ladies to have someone to look up to as a role model.

Offers

Marketing/Media, Collaboration/Networking, Innovation/Ideas, Mentorship.

Please use this space to elaborate on your selection above and/or to add offers that may not be listed.

LMI can offer the above ticked to support other initiatives. To this end, we offer technical support to other organizations as well as help expose young school students to the practical sspect of Auto-mobile engineering.

spherre.com

Spherre.com is a revolutionary ‘web 3.0’ global networking site where people, whether representing themselves or their charity/business, can experience a true networking environment that benefits them while benefiting charity at the same time (and at no cost to them) - via a 10% donation of revenue from our highly unique advertising model. We aim to change the economy of how global non-profits are funded via our platform that provides the ultimate user experience for our citizens, our employees, our communities, and will get money into the hands of non-profits that need it most.

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First Name

Marcie

Last Name

Barnes

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Spherre, Inc.

Organization Website

Organization Country

United States, NC, Wake County

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, NC, Wake County

Is your organization a

For‐profit

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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spherre.com

What change do you want to bring to the world?

Spherre.com is a revolutionary ‘web 3.0’ global networking site where people, whether representing themselves or their charity/business, can experience a true networking environment that benefits them while benefiting charity at the same time (and at no cost to them) - via a 10% donation of revenue from our highly unique advertising model. We aim to change the economy of how global non-profits are funded via our platform that provides the ultimate user experience for our citizens, our employees, our communities, and will get money into the hands of non-profits that need it most.

What are the primary activities of your project?

1) A unique platform for people to do perform traditional (out-of-the-Facebook-box) networking/collaboration that benefits their favorite charity at no cost to them when they spend time there.

2) A way for people to create personalized groups for the purpose of collaboration/crowdsourcing/question answering by entering specific demographic criteria and keywords instead of waiting for/inviting people to join.

3) A highly unique 3-d (and web 3.0) atmosphere that rids of the pain of scrolling and scrolling to read updates.

4) Education via a news feed from our companion news site, greenatarians.com, that will feature posts from quality eco-friendly & human rights focused writers.

5) A new "advertising" model that will be highly intelligent in terms of relevance for the users that will feature eco-friendly and sustainable products and services, as well as donation opportunities from our featured non-profits.

6) Overall, a "socially responsible network" that gives people a place to meet & collaborate in order to make the world a better place.

What is innovative about your initiative? How is it a new contribution to the field?

In a time where online interaction is fast becoming a standard means of sharing between humans, spherre's founder recognized an opportunity to build a place for people to perform their online networking activities while passively sending money to their favorite global charities, at no cost to them. The revolutionary architecture allows people to experience a true networking environment where they can navigate the spherre and connect with other people/businesses/charities; create their own mini-spherres based on demographic information and keywords; and educate themselves on global issues via the built-in news feeds and promotion of sustainable products and services.

Why? Because the world has a lot of fantastic charities that need help on issues like human rights, disease prevention/cure, environmental concerns, etc. Our aim is to make the world a better place by helping change the structure by which these charities receive funds while educating the public at large.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

We have not launched the project yet, but mostly addressing economic conditions, norms and values, and demographic trends. This will be a global community (starting in the US), and my familiarity with global communities comes from my research (mostly) while working on my Master's Degree from UNC-CH where I concentrated on global issues related to health and the environment. I realized that they are so intrinsically connected that education is needed (mostly in the US) -- and that in order to get more funding for non-profits that are making the most difference in their own communities, it is necessary for for-profit corporations to incorporate a more sustainable business model and contribute. This is a platform that will help them do that and engage with "customers" that are looking for their types of services as well.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

I have a 15-year career background in web‐based graphic design, marketing, and creativity. Most recently I was a web‐based application designer/tester at SAS Headquarters in Cary, NC. My undergraduate degree is a BA in Art/Graphic Design from Meredith College and, more recently, I received a Technology & Communication Professional Certificate from UNC‐Chapel Hill’s Journalism School, where I started an assignment blog and wrote about environmental and health issues. In the same time frame, I was lucky enough to befriend a now best-selling author, Timothy Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body. I have been on his team as Lead Moderator for his online forum for the past four years, and am proud that he is my mentor and business advisor for spherre. And finally, I became a mother for the first time nearly six years ago to a handsome baby boy who continues to inspire me on a daily basis.

All of the above things contributed to my passion for making the world a better place by creating an online environment where people can spend time networking and benefiting their favorite charities at no cost to them.

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I have been talking to a lot of people, mostly who are smarter than me, for the better part of two years about the viability of this idea. The response has been overwhelmingly positive as I have worked on building a team (to include some of the smart people I talked to who wanted to be involved) to help me build my dream. My talent lies in web-based user interface design, graphic design, and working with programmers on user requirements, so I have concentrated on recruiting the best people I could find in other needed business areas. I have spent countless hours networking with community leaders, non-profits, investors, students, and business professionals to gain valuable feedback on the site we are building to make sure it is a place where people enjoy spending time and get satisfaction from the fact they are giving back without having to break out their wallet. And, I quit my job in November so that I could dedicate all of my working hours to the project. I believe the momentum and the people behind this project are beyond the proverbial point of no return and that the site will be well-received by a great majority of the (good-hearted) public.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

Fewer than 100

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Spherre.com is an investor-backed startup, and we also are building a new advertising model within spherre called “Pay-Per-Clone”. This allows any spherre citizen - whether an individual, charity, or business - to clone their presence on the spherre as a paid service in order to increase their reach. In addition, we plan to offer sponsored “mini-spherres” (sort of like fan pages on Facebook) also as a paid service to citizens who have a significant following and want to be able to advertise to that group. Over time, we expect the spherre to evolve via customer feedback in order to ensure that our citizens are never bored and enjoy coming back.

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What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Our competition is any social networking site (globally) where people are spending their time. Our goal is to recruit people to spherre with the benefit of being able to fund their favorite charities by spending time there, as well as the “cool” factor of the new architecture that provides a whole new way of networking online, with a unique advertising model that is much more beneficial to the users and advertisers alike than the current status quo. The major hurdle is securing enough funding for developers/engineers/hosting to launch the spherre and build out all the features that are needed.

Tell us about your partnerships

I have commitment from some local rock-star companies like Burt's Bees and Cree (LED manufacturer that just had a visit from President Obama) as well as plenty of other smaller ones. And am (continually) having conversations with other companies (like Whole Foods) and non-profits (like Greenpeace) who are very interested in the idea, along with the investors I talk to. Everyone just wants to see it working & get their hands into it, which is why we need help with hosting & development costs :-)

Current annual budget of project, in US dollars

$50,001‐100,000

Explain your selections

I have been using my savings to support myself & my family on order to have time to ramp this up (friends and family). I have been talking to as many investors as I can, again, who have been very interested. We do have commitment from one Angel Investor, Michael Peace, for a small amount (http://angel.co/michaelp) (individuals). Once the site is up & fully functional, our (customers) will be sustainable companies/products that pay to expand their presence on the spherre via our highly unique "advertising" model.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Feature build-outs via the current requirements & customer feedback, building a highly sustainable company that recruits talent and serves up stellar customer support, continued education about global issues through our news site/feed and high-quality journalism, and continued partnerships with both for-profits and non-profits with excellent sustainability initiatives.

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Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of visibility and investment

SECONDARY

Lack of skills/training

TERTIARY

Need for regulatory/policy support

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Lack of visibility and investment - I am constantly networking with investors and companies/charities who show great interest in the concept. I am confident that my team and connections will be very strong at helping with visibility. In particular, Advisor Tim Ferriss has a large following online and will be one of the major catapults to getting people on board and using the service.

Lack of skills/training - this is also related to funding as the types of programmers we need to build spherre (since the architecture is so unique) are highly sought-after & well-paid. As we secure funding from our first sources, it will be easier to secure more (traction).

Need for regulatory/policy support - I have a great lawyer, but I do see possible hiccups in this area, esp. outside of US.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Grown geographic reach: Global

SECONDARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

TERTIARY

Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Grown geographic reach: Global - although we are doing a US launch at first, anyone can sign up to be a spherre citizen at no cost to them. One of the future features on the list is to add language support so people can communicate regardless of the language(s) they know.

Enhanced existing impact...Lots of intelligence to build into the spherre in order to make it an extremely relevant and beneficial place for people to spend their time.

Repurposed your model...I have already been approached by an Investor in Europe who is interested in using the architecture for a site with a different "theme"...this is one of our possible revenue streams (licensing out the model).

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Technology providers (for us mostly hosting & development) are essential for spherre to work.

Nonprofits will be a big part of the recruitment process. For example, if Amnesty International alerts their membership to go sign up for Spherre and designate them as their favorite charity, then they will benefit from the 10% donation (related to how many people designate them & how much time they spend there), spherre will grow, people get help.

For profits will utilize spherre to network with citizens looking for sustainable/eco-friendly products and services and benefit from the highly relevant nature of the architecture.

This idea was incubated in the Launching the Venture program at UNC-CH's business school. I continue to leverage my connections there for awareness.

ADAPT: Preventing trafficking through educational and vocational choices

The chance of becoming enslaved in the modern world is 1.8 per 1000 people. This rate is much higher in Vietnam and increases every year. In the past 5 years, more than 6000 Vietnamese women and children have been identified as trafficking survivors and 22000 have been suspected to be trafficked for sexual exploitation.

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PhuongThao

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Pacific Links Foundation

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United States, CA, Santa Clara County

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Vietnam

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More than 5 years

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ADAPT: Preventing trafficking through educational and vocational choices

What change do you want to bring to the world?

The chance of becoming enslaved in the modern world is 1.8 per 1000 people. This rate is much higher in Vietnam and increases every year. In the past 5 years, more than 6000 Vietnamese women and children have been identified as trafficking survivors and 22000 have been suspected to be trafficked for sexual exploitation.

ADAPT (An giang/Dong thap Alliance for the Prevention of Trafficking) is a project of Pacific Links Foundation (PALS) that seeks to combat the trafficking of Vietnamese young girls and women by enhancing their educational attainment and improving their vocational choices. PALS is the only organization based in Vietnam's remote border provinces to provide comprehensive services and a grassroots approach to reach communities most vulnerable to the trafficking threats.

What are the primary activities of your project?

ADAPT seeks to empower young girls and women by increasing their access to education and vocational training. Asset-building is at the core of our assistance. We believe that when young girls and women can build assets, they can improve their social and economic opportunities in the market economy. Moreover, higher levels of education and training leads to better economic prospects, which reduce their susceptibility to traffickers.

One of the ADAPT activities is the Scholarship program, in which recipients can receive:

 Long-term Academic Scholarships, providing young girls a chance to obtain a high school education from the 4th-6th grade. Scholarships cover tuition, health insurance, uniforms, books and school supplies, after-school tutoring, and summer programs.

 Vocational Training Scholarships, enrolling at-risk young women from the ages of 16 to 24 in sustainable vocational training courses such as embroidery, craft/mat weaving, industrial sewing, childcare, cosmetology, and culinary skills. The training lasts for 3 months to 2 years, depending on age. ADAPT also supports the enrollment of these young women in the highly regarded and rigorous SaigonTourist’s 6-month culinary arts program in Ho Chi Minh City funded by Chefs Without Borders in San Francisco. They also receive a secondary vocational certification upon completion.

 Job Placement & Individual Development Accounts (IDA), providing partial matching for savings to encourage fiscal responsibility, income supplements and rent subsidies during initial transition period into the work force.

What is innovative about your initiative? How is it a new contribution to the field?

Asset-building is PALS's core commitment to power economic opportunities. We have proven that the prevention formula works against trafficking, but it must be comprehensive in its nature and work with all community/family partners. Unlike other scholarships that are one-time handouts, ADAPT employs a comprehensive, individualized, and targeted approach to assist recipients and their families. We work with community partners to identify the most at-risk young girls and women in regions with the highest rates of human trafficking to provide them with the highest level of long-term support.

For each year until graduation from high school, each girl student receives academic support as well as an opportunity to attend summer camp, where she learns important safety and life skills through interactive workshops. Students and their families also participate in Family Day, which emphasizes the preventive role of education. Our comprehensive support continues in the 6 months after graduation during the job placement period, with the goals of increasing their job retention, helping to establish their independent lives, and promoting responsible fiscal habits.

PALS builds close relationships with families to raise their awareness about trafficking risks and to encourage them to keep their daughters in school. A program manager with a large US funding organization said “[PALS] staff knows each family personally, looks after them like a set of den mothers and gives them a level of attention and commitment I have not seen in my ten years working in international development.”

What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

PALS operates ADAPT in the South at the Vietnam-Cambodia border and in the North at the Vietnam-China border, where more than 70% Vietnam’s trafficking cases occur. The trafficking victims often come from impoverished, remote, and porous regions. In these regions, families and the community are plagued with high unemployment, limited economic and educational opportunities, and low awareness about human trafficking.

Many women and children in Vietnam’s border provinces and remote areas are trafficked into forced prostitution throughout Asia – including Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Malaysia – or into exploitative labour contracts in Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, as well as Thailand, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Russia, and the Middle East. There are also risks of bondage and servitude via internationally brokered marriages to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and increasingly South Korea.

The communities that we serve come from marginalized populations where their voices and personal identities can easily be drowned out, making it difficult to reach out to them and raise awareness on the trafficking issue. However, we have been able to partner and collaborate with community stakeholders and government authorities due to our vast experience and knowledge on the ground, as well as, a dedicated staff who is always willing get to know community members and hear their concerns.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Diep Vuong was working to build a coalition of Vietnamese American NGOs with projects in Vietnam when MSNBC first broke their story about rescuing young Vietnamese girls from Cambodian brothels in 2003. Diep immediately organized a trip for 3-6 organizations to go with her to the Mekong Delta provinces in Vietnam in order to understand the scale and scope of the trafficking problem in the region.

When Diep asked for profiles about those who have been trafficked, all of the government officials said that the data was not available to understand the scope. Given her knowledge about poverty and cultural issues in Vietnam, she asked the officials if at least one thousand children would be at risk of trafficking each year in their province alone. An official calmly closed his notebook, looked up at Diep and said “Unofficially, yes.”

Appalled at the pervasiveness and the lack of action on the issue, Diep knew that she had to galvanize friends, families, and the community to start a project to address human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, in the region. Based on the numbers of under-age Vietnamese prostitutes arrested by the Cambodian government and based on the drop out and disappearing rates of young girls in the Mekong Delta region, she knew that the project couldn't wait because there were thousands of young women and girls who were already trafficked.

Since then, Diep bravely traverses shifting time zones and cultures to combat human trafficking. Diep passionately talks about PALS and ADAPT wherever and to whomever she meets.

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Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Over 711 young girls in Vietnam have received academic scholarships since the program's inception in 2005. In 2010 alone, PALS staff completed in-home visits to all 404 scholarship recipients; hosted our 3rd Annual Summer Camp for 100 scholarship recipients; organized 'Family Day' sessions for over 300 students, guardians, and community members; and 22 scholarship recipients graduated from high school, of which 9 are attending higher education.

PALS tracks the attendance and progress of each scholarship recipient through frequent communications with teachers and regular family visits. This close contact allows us to develop early intervention strategies where needed. Thanks to these efforts, our annual drop-out rate is 8.9%, which compares favorably with the 16% average drop-out rate in the U.S., and is particularly impressive considering that these students come from the most vulnerable populations of Vietnam.

Since 2005, we have supported vocational classes and provided life skills training for 838 young women. Thirty four (34) young women have successfully graduated from the culinary vocational program, some with the highest marks and most are currently working in the restaurant industry. In 2010, we supported 34 young women’s enrollments in the SaigonTourist culinary program. Twenty-three (23) participants have completed the program, some graduating with highest marks, and are now interning or working in various hotels and restaurants.

These are the individual impacts that we have made, but their families and community members also benefit by realizing that there is an alternative and viable economic option to trafficking. This is crucial in preventing future generations from becoming trafficking victims, and changing the economic norm.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001- 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1,001-10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

In the next three years, the project aims to increase our assistance to 1,000 students in our academic scholarship program, and 200 women in secondary vocational schools. We will enhance response and intervention strategies to prevent school drop-out and trafficking incidences by partnering with local businesses and youth media venues to implement projects such as helping families with economic solutions via microloans.

We will also focus on developing our model to include longer-term training opportunities, continue our vocational training program in culinary arts for at-risk young women, and provide follow-up support to vocational training participants. PALS will also modify our model to the recently expanded project activities in the North at the Vietnam-China border region.

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What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The project currently has a budget derived from various successful fundraising efforts. We have previously received grants from USAID, AusAID, IrishAid, Chef Without Borders, Ford Foundation, MAST Limited Brands, New Moon Foundation, as well as, numerous individual contributions. However, as we expand our services to more vulnerable populations, the financial stability and sustainability of PALS and its counter-trafficking project ADAPT depends on the success of our recently formulated 5-year strategic fundraising plan that includes fundraising through grants, community benefit luncheons and campus student activities, on-line and social media venues, and building up a strong base of at least 500 long-term core donors.

In addition to continuously seeking funding from foundations and grants, PALS will expand our grassroots reach and fundraise via community benefit luncheons, campus student activities, and on-line and social media venues. These are important secondary sources of funding and they reflect the investments from the community and youth members who are passionate about the issue of trafficking. We are also looking into e-commerce, businesses that could employ our past and current recipients, and standards of corporate social responsibility.

At our 10th Anniversary celebration in October 2011, PALS will launch an initiative to secure at least 500 long-term donors (those who contribute at least $1,000 annually), which will partially support our annual expenses.

Tell us about your partnerships

PALS partners with authorities at all levels of government in Vietnam (especially at border provinces), non-governmental and international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Inter-Agency Project (UNIAP), community and media organizations, and local and corporate business entities for job placement and corporate funding support. For example, PALS has collaborated with local Departments of Social Evil Protection (DSEPs) to establish the first shelter in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region for trafficking survivors returning from Cambodia. This work integrates and continues the assistance of organizations such as IOM and non-governmental organizations in Cambodia, thereby ensuring that survivors receive continuous support towards successful reintegration.

Additionally, through ADAPT, PALS has trained hundreds of local and provincial teams of the Women’s Union to conduct capacity-building and awareness-raising workshops to community members in remote villages. In 2010, these women advocacy groups reached over 4900 community members through more than 400 awareness campaigns. We are also currently exploring collaborations with for-profit companies to continue developing a corporate sponsorship program.

In partnership with West Virginia University and An Giang University, PALS has helped formulate the Social Work Summer Institute to offer training in practical skills for social workers supporting trauma victims. Building personal ties and exchanging good practices between professionals enable the region to better promote awareness, prevention, intervention, and reporting – thereby reducing trafficking. Since 2006, we have provided social work trainings to more than 400 government officials and social workers, including shelter workers from Cambodia.

Current annual budget of project, in US dollars

$250,001‐500,000

Explain your selections

ADAPT has operated continuously since its establishment in 2005. As the project continues to grow, we have successfully sought funds from various sources.

Individuals, friends and family:
They provide private financial donations and in-kind donations. All staff and board members have contributed financially to the organization. Many volunteers have also given their money to support the work in which they believe. Past individual donors are also invited to pledge and become a long-term donor.

Foundations:
PALS has received funding from various foundations and organizations, including the Ford Foundation, Gerbode Foundation, New Moon Foundation, Center for Encouragement of Self-Reliance, and the Solstice Foundation.

Nonprofits:
As partners, East Meets West and the International Children Assistance Network have provided financial assistance since ADAPT’s inception in 2005.

Businesses:
Local businesses and corporations provide financial assistance as well as in-kind donations. We have received support from MAST Industries, Give2Asia, and Chef Without Borders.

International government:
In the past the ADAPT project has received funding from USAID, IrishAID, the Australian Consulate and the US Consulate to support our partnerships and programs.

Our program has the advantage of actively engaging many different social actors from all locations where we operate to provide support for our recipients. This allows our network to continually grow in the US, in other countries, and especially in Vietnam.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

To strengthen the vocational program, we will increase our network of local businesses to offer more vocational training options for our recipients. We have successfully reached out to corporations to obtain funding or instrumental support. In addition, PALS will partner with community and media organizations. For example, we will work with Muc Tim, the premier magazine for teenagers in Vietnam, to conduct and promote Summer Camp activities.

Further, we plan to partner with local authorities in border provinces to design and promote a pilot Early Response & Awards System where community members can immediately and confidentially notify local authorities of potential or known cases of trafficking or to provide corroborative evidence that may lead to the arrest and prosecution of traffickers. Each alert that leads to the prevention, arrest, or prosecution, will be awarded $1 million VND (approximately $50 USD). In remote villages and communities, preventable cases of trafficking occur because of the lack of community awareness and mechanisms to promptly alert local authorities. Partial funding has been secured from the Fund for the Encouragement of Self-Reliance (FESR) for this project.

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Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of skills/training

SECONDARY

Lack of access to information and networks

TERTIARY

Underemployment

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

PALS serves young women and girls with the highest risk of being trafficked, as they live in regions where low education, high unemployment and limited economic opportunities is commonplace. Scholarships are a way for these individuals and their families to gain an education, life skills and job training for better economic stability, which offers a safeguard against trafficking. Through our comprehensive services in conjunction with the scholarships, we have developed early intervention strategies where needed, lowering drop-out rates and providing skills, training, information on, and placements into vocational opportunities for the young women and girls.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Grown geographic reach: Within host country

SECONDARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

TERTIARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Primary:
We are continuously expanding to other schools and remote border areas. In the next three years, we will provide academic scholarships to 500 additional students.

Secondary:
As one of the few, if not the only, organization in Vietnam implementing holistic counter-trafficking activities, we wish to maximize our grassroots advantage and push for prevention of this tragedy. We also hope to prove that direct on-the-ground work is possible, in spite of the hardship terrains, and is a critical adjunct to awareness and advocacy programs.

Tertiary:
We proudly partner with businesses, universities, scholarship promotion associations, women’s union, and media entities for better awareness of the human trafficking issue and advocacy of counter-trafficking efforts.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

PALS’ collaboration with all levels of governments, especially in remote areas, is necessary to address infrastructure and accountability issues and to develop a sustainable and feasible anti-human trafficking model. Moreover, our collaboration with international diplomatic missions in Vietnam keep the human trafficking diplomatic discourse cognizant of real and effective on-the-ground solutions.

Our work with NGOs/nonprofits such as IOM ensured that our model provided needed services that were not already being provided by other NGOs/nonprofits.

PALS’ work with countless students and professors have further developed and helped us implement outreach programs, as well as, building a capacity and interest in counter-human trafficking activities.

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