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The Garden Spot

C.A.R.E.S. has taken on the motto, "CARES Goes Green", where we plan to educate children between the ages of 6 through 18 about nature, health, environment, and the benefits of the going green movement.

The children will work hand in hand with community volunteers, church members and Bidwell Training Center staff to develop a flower and vegetable garden that will enhance their lives and the community.

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Project Street Address

511 Morgan Street

Project City

Pittsburgh

Project Province/State

PA

Project Postal/Zip Code

15219

Project Country

United States

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Name Your Project

The Garden Spot

Describe Your Idea

C.A.R.E.S. has taken on the motto, "CARES Goes Green", where we plan to educate children between the ages of 6 through 18 about nature, health, environment, and the benefits of the going green movement.The children will work hand in hand with community volunteers, church members and Bidwell Training Center staff to develop a flower and vegetable garden that will enhance their lives and the community.It is important for our children and youth to understand the important of nature, recycling, exercise, and the benefits producing nature vegetables and caring for each other and nature.

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What is your idea? What makes your project innovative? Why is it important?

C.A.R.E.S. has taken on the motto, "CARES Goes Green", where we plan to educate children between the ages of 6 through 18 about nature, health, environment, and the benefits of the going green movement.

The children will work hand in hand with community volunteers, church members and Bidwell Training Center staff to develop a flower and vegetable garden that will enhance their lives and the community.

It is important for our children and youth to understand the important of nature, recycling, exercise, and the benefits producing nature vegetables and caring for each other and nature.

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What will be the impact of your idea?

We have made a three year commitment with Bidwell Horticulture to educate and enhance this garden through community staff, children and C.A.R.E.S. youth involvement.

We also plan to build a Gazebo in memory of Amon Harris who passed away unexpectedly this year and who was part of our program. With all the violence around us, we hope to create a place of peace where people can come to meditate, to pray and reflect on life in this garden.

What will it take to launch your idea? How will you secure community support and youth participation?

We have estimated the cost of the Gazebo, fountain, mural, equipment, land preparation, planting and maintenance to cost $15,00.00.

Again we have already have partnered with the Bidwell Training Center's Horticulture Department and volunteers/students of C.A.R.E.S. to make this dream a reality.

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C.A.R.E.S. Mission is to create a networking system with step by step programming to prepare each child and young adult to achieve their life plans and goals in a safe, dependable nurturing environment.

CARES promises to every child who enters its doors that they are to be met personally where they are in their diverse levels of personal, social and academic levels of development and to be given a hand to climb step by step to meet adulthood with strength and courage to be able to reach their life's plans and goals.

Batwa Development Program

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Project Street Address

Buhoma, Bwindi

Project City

Kanungu

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Project Country

Uganda

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Country your work focuses on:

Uganda

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$10

Name Your Project

Batwa Development Program

Describe Your Idea

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Having evicted the Batwa Pygmies from their centuries-old homeland in the Bwindi forest in south western Uganda and being one of the marginalized and impoverished people in the world, Batwa Development Program shall strive to build a new life for the Batwa through provision of basic education and agriculture.  

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

Having evicted the Batwa Pygmies from their centuries-old homeland in the Bwindi forest in south western Uganda and being one of the marginalized and impoverished people in the world, Batwa Development Program shall strive to build a new life for the Batwa through provision of basic education and agriculture.

What makes your idea unique?

The Batwa being the original ancient dwellers of the forest who survived only by hunting small game and gathering various plants and fruit that the forest naturally supplied, the Batwa lost their natural habitat in 1991 when Bwindi forest was gazzated a national park. The Batwa then became homeless with no title and no compensation. They started dying of diseases and hunger in 2000 a medical needs survey ascertained that the Batwa had an under five mortality of 38% compared a Uganda average of 18% and USA statistics of 0.8%. Four in ten Batwa would not live to see their fifth birthday, with a life expecting of only 28 an annual income of $50, their very existence was threatened. It was recognized that in order to address their grinding poverty, multiple areas of intervention were necessary. In 2005 Dr Scott and Carol Kellermann formed BDP and they have worked to buy land, build homes, construct a hospital and several clinics, build and encouraged indigenous rights. All these activities are now being assumed by the Batwa themselves under this organization (BDP). The BDP is a not for profit corporate organization that is run entirely by the Batwa Pygmies. The BDP is now responsible for over 200 Batwa students, home building at a rate of 1to 2 houses monthly, oversight of over 250 acres of land and numerous agricultural water and sanitation projects.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

การศึกษา, การปฏิรูปการศึกษา, การศึกษาสำหรับผู้ใหญ่, การพัฒนาชุมชน, การพัฒนาทางเศรษฐกิจ, Food security , Fundraising , Housing , Income generation , Poverty alleviation , Scholarships and grants , Sustainable development , สิ่งแวดล้อมและความยั่งยืน, Conservation , Sustainable agriculture , Health care , Health education , Sanitation , Food security , Indigenous cultures , Land rights , Racial equality , Vulnerable populations , การสร้างการมีส่วนร่วมกับสาธารณะ, การอนุรักษ์วัฒนธรรมประเพณี, Spirituality .

What impact have you had?

BDP has sponsored more than 200 students to primary of these four students are in high school and 2 students will join University education next year 2010. They will be the 1st Batwa to join University education in the history of Uganda. BDP has employed a trained teacher responsible to take care of students’ sponsorship and to ensure that Batwa students are encouraged to stay in school, to promote adult literacy and village based trainers at Batwa settlements, and to provide spiritual guidance and counseling to all Batwa communities.
BDP has initiated vocational programs within Batwa communities. Adult literacy have been encouraged and made easily accessible. The Batwa children who are given access to educational opportunities have performed well. The Bishops Primary School at Kanungu where BDP is sponsoring 40 children has been a centre of excellence proving quality education to the Batwa. BDP have built 44 homes for the Batwa and secured over 280 acres of land. BDP have set up a Batwa craft Banda and now hand crafts are being exported to America. BDP has put up a Batwa cultural preservation centre where the Batwa will be able to demonstrate to their children how they used to live in the forest. It will also act as education centre.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

BDP is addressing the problem of poverty among the Batwa communities by supporting Batwa Pygmy education to all their children in Kanungu district. BDP also resettles the landless Batwa by buying them land and build houses such that they could have permanent settlement unlike before when they just lived in the forest hunting small game and gathering various plants and fruits that the forest naturally supplied. BDP also addresses the problem of diseases and malnutrition by providing medical care and meals to Batwa patients when they are hospitalized at Bwindi Community Hospital.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

BDP has trained the Batwa in handcraft making and Batwa craft Banda has been put up. Batwa are selling their handcrafts to visitors who come to Bwindi National Park and some are shipped to America. Funds got from these handcrafts are used to pay school fees and other scholastic materials to Batwa students, and pay medical bills. BDP is also building a Batwa cultural preservation centre adjacent to the Bwindi National park. Batwa will be able to demonstrate to their children how they used to live in the forest, treat diseases with medicinal plants and make fire with sticks. They will also pass on their legends and songs to their children. Tourists will be coming to visit this cultural centre and pay money which will be used to pay school fees, buy land for resettling land less Batwa and pay medical bills and food for patients.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

In year 1, BDP will start reaping profits got from sell of Batwa hand crafts. However, there is need for a stable market for these handcrafts locally and internationally. Money got from sell of handcrafts will pay for medical care.

Success in Year 2:

In year 2, Batwa cultural preservation centre will be fully sponsoring students at all levels of education.

Success in Year 3:

In year 3, Poultry and rabbit project will be in take off stage. All Batwa families will be provided with chicken and rabbits as source of food thus solving the problem of malnutrition among the Batwa children.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Batwa Development Program shall provide spiritual guidance and counseling to all Batwa students and Batwa communities at large.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Batwa Development Program shall take care of all Batwa students’ sponsorships and ensure that students are encouraged to stay in school.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

BDP shall promote adult literacy, train more Village Based Trainers; and support at least 20 Batwa in vocational training.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

• When basic education is fully provided to all Batwa children their life and pride will be rediscovered and thus they will emerge from a life of poverty with an improved and sustainable status of life.
• More than 50 Batwa will be employed having acquired different educational skills.
• BDP will enroll more 60 Batwa students in school and 2 students will be enrolled to university next year.
• Mukongoro community school would be built and twelve Batwa homes will be set up.
• It is expected that 10 more Batwa students will join high school education next year 2010.
• Adult literacy classes will be supported in all Batwa communities and made easily accessible. And consequently more than 30 batwa will acquire skills such carpentry, weaving and masonry.
• More than 50 Batwa will have learnt how to read and write.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

The Batwa have lived in the forest for centuries. They were driven out of the forest in 1991 when Bwindi was gazzatted as a national park and there was no compensation by the government. BDP is one of the organizations that are resettling the Batwa especially in Kanungu District. Therefore going to school is a new experience for the Batwa. Batwa students are new to their Bakiga classmates, the teachers and even the headmaster. Therefore BDP is making sure that the Batwa are in school with all the school necessities such that they are not discriminated. We hope that in future after they have attained quality education, these people will become leaders in their communities and perhaps the nation at large.
In 2000 a medical needs survey ascertained that the Batwa had an under five mortality of 38% compared with a Uganda average of 18% and USA statistics of 0.8%. Four in ten Batwa would not live to see their fifth birth day. With the life expectancy of only 28 and an annual income of$50, their very existence was threatened. It was recognized that in order to address their grinding poverty, that multiple areas of intervention were necessary. That is why BDP was formed.
BDP shall make sure that Batwa literacy rate is increased from 0% to 70% with in 10 years time. Our goal is to make nursery, primary, secondary and higher education as well as vocational training available at all Batwa. We know that without improving the literacy rate, it will remain difficult for them to conceive the importance of better health and development.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann the founders of the Batwa ministry and BDP advisory committee have worked hard to see that BDP is in place and operational. Funds are raise through appealing for sponsorships for each individual student.
Their ancestors lived in the forested mountains of southwest Uganda. They used trees for their hunting, nourishment and shelter. The plants, flowers and waters for their medicines. The children are naturally inquisitive because nature germinates the seeds of curiosity. They have honed the tools that God has given them and with the help of good schools, colleges and universities, from caring and involved teachers and professors and with lots of books, paper, pencils and midnight oil these children will become leaders in their communities and perhaps the nation.

Going to school, usually a boarding school, is a new experience for the Batwa and they do not accept it as easily as one would think. I am speaking of both children and parents. The children have been fairly isolated in the settlement. They do not know the children from around the area, the Bakiga, the dominant tribe. Batwa students are new to their Bakiga classmates, the teachers and even, the head master. They all have to learn how to treat each other, their limitations and boundaries. This is never easy.
On the other hand, the parents have not been to school, in most cases, so they do not know the real importance of an education. Their children have been home helping with chores and African children do many chores around the house and in the fields. Now the child is gone at school and this puts more of a strain on Mom and Dad, if both parents are even still alive or around. So I think you can see that sending a Batwa child to school is more than just coming up with the school fees.
If the Batwa are treated too harshly by fellow students, their teachers or the head master, they will run away, back to the settlement. In many instances, teachers may be more malicious to the Batwa students because of their lowly status. Due to the potential unfair treatment of the Batwa by students and teachers alike, combined with the timidness of the Batwa children, education can become a challenge. The good thing is that the Batwa Development Program being made up of only Batwa and their advisory committee, non-Batwa, but who have been sending the children to school and bringing them back to school for over eight years now, know how to handle just about any situation that will and does arise. Love and understanding are critical components in creating a positive, learning experience for the Batwa students, their fellow students and their families.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

BDP heard about change makers through our friend Terry Lowe Terry Lowe is a potential supporter of BDP. He and his friends intend to support the BDP’s home building program.

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

• Lack of funds to sustain tuition fees and other scholastic materials.
• It is difficult to convince parents of Batwa children to allow their children go to school; some demand a lot of money so as to accept their children to be taken to school.

Financing source

Yes.

If yes, provide organization name.

We have a strong partnership with the Diocese of Kinkizi particularly for their continued oversight on the running of Bishops Primary School. BDP supports 39 Batwa students at this school which has been constructed to provide excellent education for the Batwa community.
BDP works in partnership with the Bwindi Community Hospital for purposes of providing medical care to all Batwa communities.

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

More than 5 years.

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes. It has both a board of Direcotrs and an Advisory Board.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

Yes.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

Yes.

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

Yes.

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

BDP has a strong partnership with the Diocese of Kinkizi particularly for their continued oversight on the running of Bishops Primary School. BDP supports 39 Batwa students at this school which has been constructed to provide excellent education for the Batwa community.
BDP works in partnership with the Bwindi Community Hospital for purposes of providing medical care to all Batwa communities.

How many people will your project serve annually?

BDP will serve about one thousand five hundred members (1500) of the Batwa in Kanungu District.

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

Number of employees are:24
Number of volunteers are:3
Total:27

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.

Entrepreneurs for Africa's Future: Blue Kitabu

The main idea behind Entrepreneurs for Africa's Future is that students need a valuable and sustainable learning experience that allows them to apply their skills outside of the classroom.  Students also need to employ themselves in places that have very few jobs for thousands of graduates.  Thus, Blue Kitabu is focusing on entrepreneurial learning that teaches our students how to apply their business, science, math, art, health, language, reading and writing education to their daily lives.  Through learning these skills at school, the students will be able to generate produc

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Project Street Address

Road to Kumasi

Project City

Asebu

Project Province/State

Central Region

Project Postal/Zip Code

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Project Country

Ghana

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Country your work focuses on:

Ghana (also have had projects in Rwanda and currently have prospects in Kenya)

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$10

Name Your Project

Entrepreneurs for Africa's Future: Blue Kitabu

Describe Your Idea

The main idea behind Entrepreneurs for Africa's Future is that students need a valuable and sustainable learning experience that allows them to apply their skills outside of the classroom.  Students also need to employ themselves in places that have very few jobs for thousands of graduates.  Thus, Blue Kitabu is focusing on entrepreneurial learning that teaches our students how to apply their business, science, math, art, health, language, reading and writing education to their daily lives.  Through learning these skills at school, the students will be able to generate products and income to cover the costs of their education such as art, produce, livestock, etc.  Through this method, they will be able to thoughtfully problem solve based on what they learn inside the classroom.  This makes the project and the students self sustained without having to worry about the flow of international aid. The application of math, reading, writing, science and art skills outside of the classroom is the proven method to student success as it provides a meaningful learning experience as opposed to rote memorization which happens in so many of the world's classrooms.

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

Our main idea is to foster sustainable educational development by providing free entrepreneurial schooling to the most needy students. Blue Kitabu has utilized this idea in Rwanda and Ghana, and now we are building an entire school facility based around this principle. Our students will utilize critical thinking in farming, vocational work, hands-on projects and more.

What makes your idea unique?

The unique idea is to have a first rate education in all subjects that the Ghanaian school system requires. Then we add the element of vocational, entrepreneurial training that will not only utilize practical math and critical thinking, but also lay the foundation for the school. The school will be the first of its kind in Ghana. Before, students never got to utilize what they learned in the classroom OUTSIDE of the classroom, and the Ghana school will focus on teaching the necessary skills to use their education to the fullest. The main skills that will be taught are in agriculture, livestock rearing, pottery, art and batik-making (Ghanaian tie-dye!). Knowledge is best learned through application and meaningful experiences, which is what we provide. The project also focuses on local communities and their own resources to achieve sustainability and escape aid dependence. We go beyond importing our own teachers and teaching methods. We train local teachers in entrepreneurial methods so that they can apply it to business that is relevant to community needs. We have a team who is developing and optimizing our entrepreneurial teacher professional development curriculum. They are doing this with local teachers as well as former Ghanaian teachers residing in the US. The curriculum utilizes the best methods from around the world, such as the Singapore Method for math and science. The team consults Ghanaian standards to ensure that students meet the requirements to be admitted to college in their country or abroad. The school also has a strong environmental focus. The school will utilize all-natural pesticides and chemical-free fertilizers and will harvest rainwater for bathing and drinking, as wells deplete the natural ground water resources. Last, but most important, our model is unique because we do not focus on "saving" but on "empowering".

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

เด็กและเยาวชน, พัฒนาการเด็กในช่วงปฐมวัย, การศึกษา, การปฏิรูปการศึกษา, การพัฒนาเยาวชน, ภาวะผู้นำของเยาวชน, การพัฒนาและความเจริญ, การพัฒนาชุมชน, การพัฒนาทางเศรษฐกิจ, Food security , Poverty alleviation , Sustainable development , สิ่งแวดล้อมและความยั่งยืน, Sustainable agriculture , Sustainable design , Water , Food , Health education , Vulnerable populations .

What impact have you had?

In Rwanda, 70 orphans have benefited from our entrepreneurial methods, as they are 100% supported from the sales of a local bakery that Blue Kitabu refurbished. The bakery is providing vocational training for students and the community members who wish to one day start their own businesses. In Ghana, 200 students in Accra have had photography classes since 2007 and many of them have decided to sell their photos to support their education and the continuance of the classes. Hands-on learning is at the root of our impact. The impact we have had on our current project is that we have begun vocational training in batiks and have also begun to sell the products in Ghanaian and US stores. A percentage of the profits benefit the women and students who make the batiks and the remainder goes back into the school project. We have already begun to generate income in the Asebu community and the students have already begun vocational training. The school is currently being constructed, and we will be able to provide our training and year-round schooling in full force when it is completed. Blue Kitabu has also mapped out all of the teachers unions in the Central Region, so when our training is complete we plan on holding a region-wide training.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

The first problem that our project is addressing is the lack of a usable education in Ghana. Students have few resources or opportunities to apply their education outside of the classroom and therefore leave school without any skills to support themselves. 60% of JSS (middle school) graduates have no craft or technical skills to enter the job market. The second problem is aid dependence - short term aid does not provide skills for sustainability. The third problem is the growing disconnect from our environment. Farmers in Ghana and throughout the world use chemical fertilizers and pesticides that poison our earth. The project teachers students easy, environmentally friendly methods to produce better crops with organic fertilizer and natural pesticides. We already have this curriculum developed. Art classes also will use recycled materials such as plastic bottles, tin cans and old newspapers which often line the streets.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

1. The organization is developing and optimizing a teacher training that focuses on hands-on learning methods. This is being created from the best sources globally, and we are only using proven learning methods. 2. We are constantly in contact with our project team on the ground in Ghana to provide updates and have developed a time line and accounting system to ensure that everything is on schedule and that all expenses are accounted for. 3. We are raising money - we have already had one very successful fundraiser and are having two more in the upcoming months. 4. We are connecting with the local community and with the Ministry of Education to ensure that we do not alienate our students from the existing education system. Although our teaching methods are different, we still want students to be able to obtain high scores to be admitted into the high school and university system in Ghana.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

1. A finished school, functioning and producing goods to cover at least 15% of their operating costs, 2. A responsive, eager teaching staff, 3. An effective bookkeeping system, 4. Students that are happy with new teaching methods and hands-on learning (which will be monitored through a quarterly evaluation system), 5. Vocational training will be fully operating in batiks, 6. Students will produce enough crops from their farming classes to provide lunch for everyone at the school, 7. Farming will produce crops to sell at the market, 7. Begin expanding school boarding facilities (which currently houses 20 students) to house 50 students.

Success in Year 2:

1. A fully functional school producing goods to cover 50% of their operating costs, 2. Vocational training and sales will be fully operating in batiks and pottery, 3. Students, in addition to producing all of their crops for their lunches, will produce crops to sell at the market as well as secondary products such as jams, chutneys, and cooked meals out of the school kitchen, 4. Begin construction of shop adjacent to school where products will be sold, 5. Teacher retention rate for the year at least 80%, 6. Expand school boarding facilities to house 100 students.

Success in Year 3:

1. A fully functional school producing goods to cover 100% of their operating costs, 2. Vocational training and sales will be fully operating in batiks, pottery and various recycled art forms demonstrated in the classroom, 3. Students will produce the above-mentioned crops and products as well as have a fully functional shop adjacent to the school where they sell everything they produce to cut out any middle men, 4. Teacher retention rate for the year at 100%, 5. Expand school boarding facilities to house all student in attendance at the school.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

We need to find and employ educators who are willing to dedicate themselves full-time to the teacher training panel to optimize and update training materials. Right now everyone is working on a voluntary, part-time basis. Although we have made wonderful strides, full-time panel members would optimize the work.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Blue Kitabu is seeking and applying for renewable grants to keep our work consistent. Everyone on our staff is working on a voluntary basis, which runs us the risk of losing people to paid positions. We also want to apply our entrepreneurial, sustainable school model elsewhere and cannot apply this model in other places until we have larger project grants as well.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

We need to expand our teams on the ground. Although we have a team prospect in Kenya and teams in Ghana and Rwanda, in order for our model to be influential we need to expand our local, on the ground members. Blue Kitabu is constantly networking here in the US, but travel to other African countries is ultimately the best way to cultivate project and country teams.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

When we are able to employ or find volunteer educators to work on our teacher training full time, the training would be tailored to each individual country, their languages and their standards. We also plan to "train teacher trainers" who will spread our work to our project sites. This will expand the entrepreneurial school model across the developing world and spread the word of sustainability in poor communities. When we receive renewable grants and expand our teams, Blue Kitabu will be able to secure a full-time (and hopefully lifetime!) staff and our vision and work will stay consistent. We will also be able to build and foster more entrepreneurial schools across Africa, which will speed up the move toward sustainable development and environmentally friendly farming. We would be able to finish our project in Ghana as well as our current prospect in Kenya and begin others.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

A school in Accra, Ghana sparked this innovation - the school ran month to month and relied on school fees and volunteer donations to function, and often could not pay their teachers. If sustainable practices had been instituted from the beginning, it could have functioned independently without worrying about paying salaries and about whether or not children and their parents would be able to pay their school fees to keep the school open. Instead of this, the school could have focused on providing a quality education. Samuel, a student from this school said in response to not being able to pay his school fees, "Madam, the money is just not there." It is that simple. If the money doesn't come, the system breaks down. Some foundations and organizations think that throwing money and food at developing countries is the way to help them escape poverty. Many times this money and food does not reach the most impoverished people and often widens the poverty gap. Aid undercuts local markets. Seeing this in Africa, the board of directors decided to take a sustainable approach to development, and education in particular. Alex (CDO) and Elizabeth (CEO) have spent considerable time in East and West Africa, respectively, observing these practices, and seeing the damage that endless aid causes. Without ownership and influence over development projects, developing countries and their communities do not develop any necessary skills or jobs to improve their future in the long run.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Elizabeth Barreras, CEO, has a strong connection to innovative education and minority education specifically. Part of a unique educational structure from 3rd grade through high school, and also of a mixed ethnic background, Elizabeth experienced the benefits of a non-conventional education and benefited greatly. The program she was selected for was only available to 20 students in each grade level, thus shutting out the large majority of students from experiencing a hands-on, rich curriculum. This inspired Elizabeth to work with low performing and minority students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is severely lacking in resources, and she realized that adapting education to a student’s specific needs and making education fun and interesting yielded fantastic results. While working in West Africa, she utilized these methods in place of rote, disengaged learning that happens in the majority of schools because, like schools in LA Unified, they lacked the resources and teacher training necessary to make learning valuable and meaningful. She realized that the value of education everywhere was lost in the goal of meeting standards and good test scores. Elizabeth went on to receive her Master’s degree in African Studies and focused on minority language education in Africa. The insight gained from research, work and travel made her dedicate her time and resources to improving the quality and sustainability of education globally.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Blue Kitabu came across Changemakers by following Ashoka - since they believe in similar development concepts, Blue Kitabu kept up with Ashoka in the news for new ideas and innovations.

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

Blue Kitabu has an excellent project team in Ghana, but if the local team were to decide to abandon the project, this would stand in the way of our project being successful. Of course we could replace them, but since we handpick our projects based on local leadership and on trust, this would set the project back immensely. At the end of the day we would still be successful, but it would take a longer period of time. The Blue Kitabu team is very confident that we will be able to secure the funds to finish our Ghana project by the end of 2009, but if we were not able to secure funding beyond this project, we would not be successful in replicating the project. Our success has to be replicated in order to reform education in developing countries. The success of the Ghana project (and the funds we expect to receive after demonstrating this success) is vital to us continuing our work in sustainable educational development. Thus far, we have laid the groundwork for the Ghana project to be a complete success. We anticipate that there will be problems along the way, but have preempted many potential issues by a rigorous application and screening process before we committed to this project.

Financing source

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Blue Kitabu

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

2 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

We have a board of three directors.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

Yes

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Our partnerships have been critical to the success of our innovation because we have received invaluable advice and input from our partners. We believe in learning from others and always avoid reinventing the wheel! We have partnered with and utilized information from NGOs here in the US and in the UK for information on utilizing and funding volunteers as well as on how to optimize our entrepreneurial school model. We are also working with the USC Keck School of Medicine to form our health curriculum. Our partnerships with NGOs on the ground in Africa are vital for us to work directly with communities and with our students. These partnerships ensure that we are serving them in the ways they need, and not just in the ways we think they need. They provide us with valuable insight into the work we need to do, and how to customize work we have already done to fit their needs. Our business partnerships have enhanced our exposure to a larger donor base.

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001 - 10,000

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

Everyone is a volunteer, but we have three full time employees and ten part time volunteers.

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.

Play Centre

Lively Minds empowers communities in Africa to give young children the chance to play and learn – developing children’s ‘lively minds’ so they have a good start in life and the best possible chances for the future. We work with women and youth from deprived rural communities in Ghana and Uganda to help them set up and run their own play centres for children aged 3-6 years old. In the play centres children develop through play and learn about good health and hygiene.

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Bukaya Village

Project City

Jinja

Project Province/State

Bukaya

Project Postal/Zip Code

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Project Country

Uganda

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Uganda and Ghana

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

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Name Your Project

Play Centre

Describe Your Idea

Lively Minds empowers communities in Africa to give young children the chance to play and learn – developing children’s ‘lively minds’ so they have a good start in life and the best possible chances for the future. We work with women and youth from deprived rural communities in Ghana and Uganda to help them set up and run their own play centres for children aged 3-6 years old. In the play centres children develop through play and learn about good health and hygiene. The play centres give the children a unique opportunity to play practical, stimulating and interactive educational games that are made from locally sourced and commonplace objects.   Rather than make the centres dependent on external resources, our idea is to enable communities to build their own capacities so that they can use local resources and talents to sustain the project. The children achieve their fullest potential and the volunteers become empowered through the skills they learn and come together to promote their children’s wellbeing and find ways out of poverty.

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

We train volunteers from deprived rural villages to run self-sustaining centres for pre-school children. The centres help children learn through play, promote good hygiene, and empower the volunteers who run them.

What makes your idea unique?

We set up community-run Play Centres, which provide a free educational and recreational resource for hundreds of children. Our project is unique because it is self-sustaining, cost-effective, community-run and extremely scalable.

Firt, rather than make the centres dependent on external assistance, our idea is to enable communities to build their own capacities so that they can use local resources and talents to sustain the project. We work with volunteers - women and youth - from deprived rural communities in Ghana and Uganda to help them set up and run their own play centres for children aged 3-6 years old. This demonstrates to the volunteers, that even if they have not been educated themselves, they still have an important role to play in their child's education.

In the play centres children develop through play and learn about good health and hygiene. The play centres are free of charge and give the children a unique opportunity to play practical, stimulating and interactive educational games.The children achieve their fullest potential and the volunteers gain the skills and confidence to promote their children’s wellbeing and find ways out of poverty.

The games are made from locally sourced and commonplace objects. This again helps the centres to be sustainable.

The project has a large and quick impact. Each play centre benefits at least 120 children and 30 volunteers.

Our programme is designed to be cost-effective and to demonstrate that there are practical ways to make improvements without the need for large sums of money. Our annual budget is just $20,000. The capital cost for each centre is approximately US$300

The project is extremely scalable. It is very cost-effective to roll this project out on a wider basis and across many communities.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

เด็กและเยาวชน, การดูแลเด็ก, พัฒนาการเด็กในช่วงปฐมวัย, การศึกษา, การเล่น, การพัฒนาเยาวชน, ภาวะผู้นำของเยาวชน, การพัฒนาชุมชน, Health education , Sanitation , Volunteerism , ภาวะผู้นำของเยาวชน.

What impact have you had?

We have been operating this project since March 2008. In that time we have set up 10 play centres in Uganda and 5 in Ghana. These have provided a free and sustainable resource for over 2000 children. We have trained over 400 volunteers.

The centres help the children achieve school readiness. The activities are designed to be interactive, educational and enjoyable and allow the children to learn through play.

Our volunteers have gained leadership, teamwork skills and confidence in their own abilities. Volunteers are now making their own games out of local resources. Volunteers have also requested that we provide further interventions and training courses to continue to build upon the skills they have developed.

The centres promote good health and sanitation practices. The children have to handwash with soap before using the Centre. Handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways of reducing life-threatening diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases. Introducing this practice in the play centres is an effective method of sensitising children to this vital practice as handwashing becomes associated with an enjoyable activity. We also introduce “tippy taps” in the villages where we work. These are foot-operated water dispensers. Each volunteer is given a tippy-tap for their households. Volunteers have reported a reduction in diahorrea.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

Children are the world’s most important resource and are entitled to the best possible start in life. However there are a number of problems impeding universal access to quality education.

School attendance, particularly amongst girls, is frequently delayed or disrupted as children are expected to assist with household tasks, such as fetching water or income-generating activities. Costs associated with schooling, such as uniforms, transportation and stationery, are often prohibitively high.

Schools are plagued by large class sizes, lack of resources and lack of teachers. Low literacy levels and rote-style teaching methods combined with a lack of toys, books and other stimulating resources means that children are deprived of the opportunity to develop critical learning skills.

Parents often believe that they lack the skills to help educate their children.

We believe that many of these problems can be effectively tackled with small-scale and cost-effective interventions. We also believe that parents have an important role to play in educating their children, even if they have not been educated themselves.

Our Play Centres provide children with a unique opportunity to learn and experiment with practical, stimulating and interactive educational games. Play enables children to acquire information, ideas and skills. The components of play – curiosity, discovery, novelty, risk-taking, trial and error, social etiquette– are the same as the components of learning. When children are playing they are building a strong foundation for all future learning.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

We adopt a fully participatory approach to ensure that the project is community-owned. We work closely with the communities where we work to explain the objectives and aims of the project. We spend 2 months training volunteers to give them the skills and confidence to run the play centres.

We have a rigorous monitoring strategy. Our volunteers are organised into committees and each centre holds monthly committee meetings. Lively Minds staff provide ongoing support and further training activities to continue to educate and develop our volunteers.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Ability to mobilise communities and volunteers to participate in the training and project

Success in Year 2:

We need the funds and resources to continue to support the volunteers. We do not pay volunteers. But we want to support them by providing opportunities for ongoing training and activities.

We also need funds to roll-out the project on a wider basis, reaching more communities.

Success in Year 3:

We need the funds and resources to continue to support the volunteers. We do not pay volunteers. But we want to support them by providing opportunities for ongoing training and activities.

We also need funds to roll-out the project on a wider basis, reaching more communities.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

We are developing ways to ensure we have a sustainable source of funds. We have a strategic plan, which develops ways to roll-out the project on a wider basis. We also have a fundraising strategy to help us ensure that we have a sustainable source of income

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

We need to raise funds to allow us to roll-out the project on a wider basis

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

We need to build up new projects, to help us reach older children

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

We need to raise the profile of Lively Minds, both in communities across Ghana and Uganda and also among our fundraising base in the UK

Describe the expected results of these actions.

Succesfully achieving these actions will allow us to set up 12 play centres a year and to arrange monthly activities for our volunteers. It will also allow us to develop new projects to reach older children.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

I was volunteering in a primary school in Ghana. I realised that children were not encouraged to question or to think creatively. Instead schools were focusing on "chewing" which is where children memorise and repeat. I wanted to give children the opportunity to play and experiment when they were young, to help them develop creative thinking and analytical skills.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Alison Naftalin is a lawyer from the UK. She spent 2 months volunteering in Ghana and observed the complex challenges impeding access to quality education. She decided to give up her job and returned to Africa where she founded Lively Minds.

Lively Minds is now a team effort. We have 2 Ghanaian staff and 2 Ugandan staff running the projects in their respective countries.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Teach a Man to Fish

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

The main challenge is obtaining a sustainable source of income. However, we have safeguarded ourselves against this risk by ensuring that the project is extremely cost-effective.

Financing source

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Lively Minds

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

1 year.

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes - Board of Trustees

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

yes - with Christian Children's Fund, Uganda

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

no

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

no

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

These partnerships are not critical to the success of our innovation. However the partnerships help us access new communities in more remote regions.

How many people will your project serve annually?

2000

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

4 employees (2 in Ghana, 2 in Uganda). The director and board of trustee work on a voluntary basis. The projects themselves are run by volunteers from the individual communities. We have over 400 volunteers.

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.

Tamani Africa

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Maria Mother of Charity Relief Home

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main Kasama
Zambia
10° 12' 4.4964" S, 31° 11' 28.788" E

An indeginous charity which is innovative and supportive to its local communities. It is self-sustaining and selfless. it is dependant on its local ideas and involves the communities in all its dealings. This charity has no dependancy on donor funds and it has been helping the needy since 2003 out of its own funds, very rare of today's charity organisation.

Intercontinental Education Community Center (ICEC2)

One Village Coffee has partnered with Emenike and Chidi Ukazim from Living Water and Bread Ministries (LWBM)  to improve the quality of life in Otampa, Nigeria.  It will accomplish this through increasing the number of educated children and adults in Otampa and surrounding communities. 

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Project City

Otampa

Project Province/State

Abia State

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Project Country

Nigeria

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Country your work focuses on:

Nigeria

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

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Name Your Project

Intercontinental Education Community Center (ICEC2)

Describe Your Idea

One Village Coffee has partnered with Emenike and Chidi Ukazim from Living Water and Bread Ministries (LWBM)  to improve the quality of life in Otampa, Nigeria.  It will accomplish this through increasing the number of educated children and adults in Otampa and surrounding communities. LWBM will build an educational center entitled Intercontinental Education Community Center (ICEC2) to educate children from K-12 grade, as well as develop training and seminars for the adult community.  ICEC2 will also be powered by solar energy, drill a 700ft fresh water well, and contain a fruit garden to increase access to food in Otampa.We chose Otampa as the launch of the replicable community center model because adult illiteracy rate is extremely high and the income levels are extremely low.  In addition, living conditions and a lack of power prevent the indigenous people from overcoming their current situation. ICEC2 will help change their situation by providing solar energy that will enable Otampa to have a consistent and reliable source of energy.  The water well and community garden will cut down on travel for the women in the community to get their food and water.  As a result, they will have more time to attend training/seminars offered by ICEC2.  The training and seminars will not only increase the adult literacy rate, but also provide ways to obtain additional income through entrepreneurial opportunities.  Lastly, the education for grades K-12 will provide an opportunity for children to attend school who would have not been given the opportunity and will help cut down on the illiteracy rate within the region in the long-run. The goal of the project is to increase the number of educated children and adults in Otampa and surrounding communities through ICEC2.  The various results that stem from this goal include the following:•    Constructing ICEC2  •    Providing education from grades K-12 •    Developing and executing training and seminars for the adult communities     The activities that will take place in order to accomplish ICEC2’s goal to construct the school is to build a security wall to protect the school resources and children who attend, land preparation including laying the foundation and constructing the frame, roofing, setting up the solar energy system, installing electricity, lighting and plumbing, putting the finishing touches on the interior and exterior, drilling the water well and maintaining the fruit garden. The activities that will take place in order to accomplish ICEC2’s goal to provide education from grades K-12 include obtaining the correct licenses and registration for the school, identifying transportation for its students, hiring the staff and enrolling the students. The activities that will take place in order to accomplish ICEC2’s goal to develop and execute training and seminars for the adult community include conducting a community-wide survey for training/seminar interest, finalizing the training and seminars offered to the community, identifying facilitators for the training and seminars, and enrolling adults to attend. The staff at LWBM that will carry out the proposed program are Dr. Emenike Ukazim and Chidi Ukazim.  Emenike Ukazim (PhD) is a Professor of Mathematics at Montgomery County Community College in Montgomery County, PA.  Chidi Ukazim (MA) is Assistant Professor of English As Second Language at Montgomery County Community College.  Emenike and Chidi are currently based outside of Philadelphia and have 40 years of combined experience in public and private sector education.  They are from Nigeria and work closely with a 20-member team in Otampa. This is a new program that fits into LWBM mission, as ICEC2 will be the first launch of a community center that could be replicated in other parts of Africa.  The school and the training/seminars will continue to evolve year after year.  The school will begin with Kindergarten and First Grade.  Each class will have 25 students.  Every year, a new class of 25 students will be added and the previous years students will advance to the next grade until they complete 12th grade. The indicators for the building of ICEC2 will be the completion of the construction, passing all building inspection codes, receiving the necessary licenses and obtaining occupancy approval.  The licenses, registration and building approval will be conducted by the National Education Board, the State School Board Registration and the County Building Authorization. The indicators for providing education in this community are two-fold.  First, ICEC2 aims to increase the amount of children attending school within the region by 25% in five years.  It also seeks to increase the illiteracy rate within the region by 15% within five years.  The indicators of success for trainings and seminars are to see malnutrition decrease in the region by 25% over five years.  The decrease will not only come from additional access to clean water, but also through the health and hygiene techniques taught in the training and seminars.  Moreover, ICEC2 seeks to increase entrepreneurial activity within the region by 10% over five years.  The statistics for the measurable indicators listed above will be gathered by LWBM over the course of five years.  They will gather the data using community wide surveys.   

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

The Intercontinental Education Community Center (ICEC2) is being built to improve the lives of the people in Otampa Nigeria. It will do this through educating children grades K-12, educating adults through training and seminars and providing other services to the community that will affect their standard of living, such as a 700ft clean water well, a reliable source of energy through solar power and a community garden that provides greater access to food.

What makes your idea unique?

This school does not just focus on the education of children, but the transformation of the entire community. Moreover, it is using sustainable practices such as solar energy and organic gardening. The impact that ICEC2 will have will be holistic in nature and one that will remain in the community for generations to come.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

เด็กและเยาวชน, พัฒนาการเด็กในช่วงปฐมวัย, การศึกษา, การปฏิรูปการศึกษา, การศึกษาสำหรับผู้ใหญ่, การพัฒนาชุมชน, การพัฒนาทางเศรษฐกิจ, Infrastructure , Poverty alleviation , Sustainable development , สิ่งแวดล้อมและความยั่งยืน, Renewable energy , Waste and recycling , Food , Health care , Health education , Hunger , Indigenous cultures , การอนุรักษ์วัฒนธรรมประเพณี, Spirituality .

What impact have you had?

So far, ICEC2 has been able to build community support through community-wide surveys and interviews regarding the education and trainings and seminars ICEC2 will offer. Most importantly, this project has brought hope to the community that they have the possibility to partner with ICEC2 to change their current situation.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

This project is addressing the lack of education, poor adult literacy rates, lack of a reliable source of energy and a lack of fresh water within the community of Otampa, Nigeria. Ultimately, it is aimed at improving the quality of life for those living in Otampa.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

One Village Coffee and LWBM have taken several steps to make this project successful. First, LWBM has worked with solar specialist to develop architectural drawings of ICEC2. Blueprints for the school are now complete. LWBM has also worked with the community to purchase a total of 10 acres of land for the school. One Village Coffee and LWBM has also partnered with Colombia University's International Develop Club to develop a presentation and time line for the school. Funding for the 700ft water well has been granted by the World Bank and construction for the security wall has begun.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Over the next year, success will be receiving additional funding for ICEC2, completing the security wall and drilling the 700ft water well, as well as complete the distribution system for the well.

Success in Year 2:

Success within two years will be for the school infrastructure to be complete, the first class of nursery and first graders will have begun, trainings and seminars for adults will have begun and the installation of the solar energy system will have begun.

Success in Year 3:

Success in the third year will be for the students in the first nursery and first grade class to move ahead to the next grade and a new students will be enrolled. Adult training and seminars will continue to take place with results of the trainings starting to be reflected within the community (i.e. composting, entrepreneurship, and gardening). The solar energy installation will be complete.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

We are in the process of completing the business plan, but do not currently have one.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

The first action is construct ICEC2.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

The second action is to provide education for grades K-12.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

The last important action is to develop and execute training and seminars for the adult community.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

The expected results for the building of ICEC2 will be the completion of the construction, passing all building inspection codes, receiving the necessary licenses and obtaining occupancy approval. The licenses, registration and building approval will be conducted by the National Education Board, the State School Board Registration and the County Building Authorization.

The expected results for providing education in this community are two-fold. First, ICEC2 aims to increase the amount of children attending school within the region by 25% in five years. It also seeks to increase the illiteracy rate within the region by 15% within five years.

The indicators of success for trainings and seminars are to see malnutrition decrease in the region by 25% over five years. The decrease will not only come from additional access to clean water, but also through the health and hygiene techniques taught in the training and seminars. Moreover, ICEC2 seeks to increase entrepreneurial activity within the region by 10% over five years.

The statistics for the measurable results listed above will be gathered by LWBM over the course of five years. They will gather the data using community wide surveys.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

This has been a working vision of Emenike and Chidi Ukazim for the past 30 years that is starting to become a reality. The defining moment for myself to be involved in this project is when I visited Otampa and realized that we could work together to help make a difference within the community.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Emenike and Chidi Ukazim are both professors at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. Emenike (Ph.D) is a Professor of Mathematics and Chidi (MA) is the Assistant Professor of English as a Second Language. They have 40 years of combined experience in public and private sector education. Born and raised in Nigeria, they developed LWBM and began their vision to make an impact within the community of Otampa.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

My husband, Scott, spoke to Yuting Beverly Lien from Changemakers.

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

The biggest obstacle to prevent the project from becoming successful is a lack of funding. Plans and other resources (such as volunteers or workers) have already been identified and are waiting for additional funding.

Financing source

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Living Water and Bread Ministries (LWBM)

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

More than 5 years.

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes, LWBM has an Advisory Board.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

Yes.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

Yes.

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

Yes.

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Partnering with these organizations has allowed ICEC2 to move further along in the process of launching ICEC2. For example, partnering with the architectural firm has allowed ICEC2 to have professional quality blue prints for the building at no cost. Without this partnership, ICEC2 would have needed to raise the money prior to beginning the process of the blueprints. Moreover, these NGOs and businesses and helped spread the word about ICEC2 in order to build further relationships or identify possible funders.

How many people will your project serve annually?

Initially, the project will serve anywhere from 100-10,000 people, depending on how many adults attend training and seminars and how far the distribution of the fresh water well and solar energy can reach. However, since this educational model is meant to be replicated, it has the potential to serve well over 10,000 people.

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

One Village Coffee is a for-profit business and LWBM is an NGO. One Village Coffee has eight employees and 5-10 volunteers. Living Water and Bread Ministries is run by Emenike and Chidi Ukazim and has anywhere from 5-20 volunteers at a given time.

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

World Bank .

Ahazaza Independent School

To promote first class nursery, primary and eventually secondary education to a previously tribally divided, war-torn area and to recruit children from every background, living in the countryside (rather than those in townships) particularly the poorest and the orphaned, in order to provide them with the opportunity for top quality education.

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City-center Gitarama (Muhanga)

Project City

Gitarama (Muhanga)

Project Province/State

South

Project Postal/Zip Code

non available

Project Country

Rwanda

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Rwanda

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$50

Name Your Project

Ahazaza Independent School

Describe Your Idea

To promote first class nursery, primary and eventually secondary education to a previously tribally divided, war-torn area and to recruit children from every background, living in the countryside (rather than those in townships) particularly the poorest and the orphaned, in order to provide them with the opportunity for top quality education.

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

To promote first class nursery, primary and eventually secondary education to a previously tribally divided, war-torn area and to recruit children from every background, living in the countryside (rather than those in townships) particularly the poorest and the orphaned, in order to provide them with the opportunity for top quality education.

What makes your idea unique?

Teaching is in total immersion in English and French across the curriculum from kindergarten upwards. The Kinyarwanda language is taught as a subject in the primary years. Classes follow a child-centred approach with the extra-curricula drama, music and art based on the Rwandan culture. A small farm attached to the school allows children to pass on the knowledge acquired to better their parents’ agricultural techniques and so improve the standard of living to an impoverished community. The teacher/pupil ratio is 25/1, whilst the norm is 50-80/1, with teaching mostly by rote.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

เด็กและเยาวชน, การดูแลเด็ก, พัฒนาการเด็กในช่วงปฐมวัย, การศึกษา, การอนุรักษ์วัฒนธรรมประเพณี.

What impact have you had?

Children are rapidly becoming fluent in three languages and accept our more modern method of education. Ministry officials and other officials in the capital Kigali are now eager for the founder to open a model school there and, in the future, in other parts of the country. Already it is recognised locally that our pupils are more advanced than the others of the town and the School receives frequent requests from local teachers and schools for visits.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

Ahazaza, being a totally independent lay institution is finding local financing difficult and is therefore not yet self-sufficient but still mainly reliant on charitable donations raised from its Belgium association of friends (les Amis de Ahazaza) and grants from other people. For that reason the required premises have not been completed. Moreover, running costs are relatively high and quality staff difficult to find.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

Three of the teachers have been sent to Belgium for training in a Belgian school (De Croly), whilst others had training at Kigali's Institute of Technology (KIST) and at Kigali's Belgian School. Voluntary pedagogical experts have been recruited, bringing with them advice from abroad. The building of a multipurpose hall has begun: it will be used for school activities as well as functioning as a source of income from renting out the hall for public performances –cinema, theatre, marriages, etc.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Year 1
Our teachers will benefit from the opportunity to improve their teaching methods under guidance of experienced trainers, as well as from the addition of modern teaching materials. We require an experienced director to eventually take over from the present director and founder. The projected buildings need to be completed and fully equipped.

Success in Year 2:

Year 2
Teacher training needs to continue and two additional teachers recruited for P5 who would assist in the training of the existing teachers and pupils in computer skills. P4 and P5 require a library in the corner of each class, and there is a demand for a school central library as well. The Building of P6 is planned to be completed and furnished by the year’s end. Work on the gymnasium should be under way and activities devised for the multipurpose hall.

Success in Year 3:

Year 3
Further staff needs to be engaged to develop the cross-curricular activities for the multipurpose hall and to implement an ICT program. Building work for P7 to be completed and furbished and more teachers recruited. The gymnasium is due for completion and furbishing; this demands a fully integrated PE curriculum to be designed, and prospect ion for its activities put into practice.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes, a strategic plan has been prepared by an expert from “Ex-Change” (a non profit organisation that provides voluntary experts), who stayed at Muhanga for a few weeks. It covers the years 2009 to 2013. A copy of it will be attached to this form.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

STEP 1 [2009] - The training of teachers by experienced volunteers; the acquisition of teaching materials, lap-tops and books for teachers and pupils; the building of a play ground; the building of Primary 4 and 5 (currently P4 occupies the kindergarten teacher’s room due to lack of space); the building of a multipurpose hall, completely furbished; the purchase of a photocopier and projector; the installation of added solar panels.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

STEP2 [2010] - Building of one classroom (P6 to be added to the existing classes) with its furniture; building of a gymnasium; the purchase of extra solar panels; an increase in books and teaching materials as well as computers; the hiring of two teachers for P5 and ICT training; further teacher training; employment of a replacement accountant, assistance from an expert in management and marketing.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

STEP 3 [2011] - Building of P7; equipment for the gymnasium; the development of cultural and sporting activities; extra furbishing of the hall to provide self-financing (e.g. cinema, theatre, meetings, conferences, marriages); additional support from a marketing and finance expert, as well as other volunteers.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

Teachers to be trained and to perform to a requisite standard. The necessary premises will have been built to respect the best technical criteria. The appropriate books and teaching material to be in each classroom. All children to be educated according to the project’s philosophy and high expectation from an early age to secondary school level.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

After 11 years of teaching at Rwandan universities, Raina Luff concluded that, because of the system of rote learning at all levels of ‘education’ throughout the country, students were unable to think for themselves but only repeat quoted notes copied from a blackboard, and then simply repeat them verbatim at examinations.

The defining moment was when Ms. Luff, when returning one day from university, was dismayed when her students could not understand why she was upset by the fact that no one could grasp the absurdity of comparing the size of any African country with that of France instead of Rwanda (it was so written in their book obviously edited in France). Moreover, there was a suggestion that there was no African civilization before the arrival of the White Fathers.

Somewhat later, two of Ms. Luff’s friends visited her and told her that they wanted to send their daughters to Kigali as there were no good primary schools in Muhanga. That is how, on that day of October 2005, it was decided to create a model school in the countryside where they live.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

The social innovator behind Ahazaza is Raina Luff, the founder of the school. born of a Bulgarian father and an Italian mother, and who became British by marriage. She has three children, two of them lawyers and a business controller, and 10 grand children. After living in various European countries she settled in Belgium. She is a lawyer with two university degrees obtained in Italy and in Belgium.

In 1995 Ms. Luff was sent by the United Nations to Rwanda, where she worked with the public prosecution department, training local judicial police, theoretically and practically in the field of making enquiries etc., and advising the public prosecutor.

Following a request by the Ministry of Justice, she also started teaching law at the National University of Rwanda. At the age of retirement she carried on living in Rwanda and teaching in different universities of the country until she realized that the best way to help the country would be to improve its principal richness – i.e. its human resources. The struggle against poverty and conflict is based on education, for knowledge is the only capital of those who have nothing.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

An email from Nik Kafka of ‘Teach a Man to Fish’.

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

It would be extremely difficult to implement this project if we had insufficient funds to build premises and acquire the necessary furniture. A shortage of trained staff equipped effectively to attract a new, well qualified future director. Only attractive salaries can encourage staff away from the capital Kigali.

Financing source

No

If yes, provide organization name.

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How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

1-5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes, provided for in our statutes with a board of directors, two financial controllers and independent auditing of accounts. There is also a vibrant parent/teachers association.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

No

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

The partnership with KIST (Kigaly Institute of Technology) helps provide early training in computer skills. The Belgian School of Kigali and the Decroly School in Brussels provide the necessary teacher training.

How many people will your project serve annually?

100-1000

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

Employees: 15
Volonteers: 0.5/year

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.

Educational Development Center

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Project Street Address

Block 4 Berekusu Road

Project City

Kitase, Akwapim

Project Province/State

Eastern Region

Project Postal/Zip Code

Project Country

Ghana

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Ghana

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$50

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Educational Development Center

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

The idea is to build an educational and development center for daily after-school programs. This center would serve the full spectrum of children, both in and out of school, providing a safe, loving, and clean environment. Additionally, the center will have a teacher resource section that will encourage professional growth. Teachers will be invited to learn from and observe our methods of teaching. The children will be encouraged in spiritual growth, creativity, environmental care, academics, and recreation.

What makes your idea unique?

Our unique teaching style emphasizes all forms of creativity. Through bible teachings, dance, drama, songs, special projects and programs our students thrive in learning in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Children here are physically and emotionally supported. They are motivated to learn through positive reinforcement. Character building and moral education is a cornerstone to developing healthy families. Additionally, our students will learn to love and care for their environment through composting, alternate forms of energy, and an awareness of the living world around them. The unique location of our future center, in the Aburi Mountains, will allow ample opportunity for exploration and conservation. Children of the Light is for all children, not strictly the underprivileged or wealthy. “Children helping children, children teaching children”

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

เด็กและเยาวชน, เยาวชนกลุ่มเสี่ยง, ประเด็นด้านพฤติกรรม, พัฒนาการของเด็กชาย, การดูแลเด็ก, การแสวงหาประโยชน์โดยมิชอบจากเด็ก, แรงงานเด็ก, การคุ้มครองเด็ก, พัฒนาการเด็กในช่วงปฐมวัย, การศึกษา, การปฏิรูปการศึกษา, พัฒนาการของเด็กหญิง, Mentorship , การเล่น, การพัฒนาเยาวชน, การศึกษาสำหรับผู้ใหญ่, การพัฒนาชุมชน, ความรับผิดชอบต่อสังคมของธุรกิจ, การจ้างงาน, Mentorship , Animal rights , Energy conservation , Waste and recycling , Water , Wildlife conservation , สุขภาพและความแข็งแรง, Disability , Health education , HIV/AIDS , Recreation , สุขภาพทางเพศ, Sports , Substance abuse , Arts and culture , Social work , Spirituality , Sports , Volunteerism , ภาวะผู้นำของเยาวชน.

What impact have you had?

The Children of the Light ministry has had a profound impact on the community. Through a partnership with a children’s home in Bolgatanga, children are encouraged to see outside of their own lives and reach out to help others. Parcels are designed and sent to underprivileged children in the Northern Region. Since its inception, we have seen children learn how to read, greatly improve their penmanship, grasp English as a second language and develop their art, spelling, and math abilities while fostering creativity. In addition to our weekly programs, we have an annual research project presentation, reading month activities, several competitions, and a Christmas concert. This year’s project consists of studying the seven continents, learning the flags of various countries, and individual country study including a related bible verse. Reading month is a fun time with many volunteers coming to do one-on-one reading with the students. Academic competitions help to excite the students about learning. The Christmas concert is an opportunity for drama and dance in a creative presentation. Through this concert, the local community sees the full potential of the students. We have seen exponential growth in our children’s self confidence through the performances, competitions, and presentations.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

Children of the Light addresses the grave problem of inadequate education in the lives of Ghanaian children. This is the root of other serious problems such as poverty, crumbling family structures, low self-esteem, and neglect. For various reasons, students in the Ghanaian schools slip through the cracks without fully developing their academic skills. As a result, these students are hindered from advancing to higher education and reaching their career goals. Children of the Light seeks to break the harsh cycle of inadequate education. Parents who attended school, but didn’t actually learn anything, don’t understand the purpose of sending their children to school. Parents of children attending our program see that education can transform their lives.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

Over the past four years, the program has grown and expanded. A 20-foot container has been transformed into a bright, ever-growing library with a collection of learning resources. The purchase of tables and benches has enhanced learning and promoted one-on-one and small group instruction. Children of the Light is in the final stages of purchasing land for the education and developmental center. The land is now officially registered in the name of Children of the Light.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Complete final stages of our land purchase. There is USD2,200.00 left to pay. Clear and grass a portion of the 1.316 acres of land (funding recently given to complete this task). Create a road to the land along with a car park. Begin construction on the pavilion which will be used as a basketball court and assembly hall. Build a standpipe and toilet facilities. Plant an orchard, set up a compost pile and incinerating unit. Move the container to the new land. Continue multi-weekly programs, activities and projects. Create a Children of the Light webpage.

Success in Year 2:

Build summer huts to be used for learning centers. Build volunteer quarters. Build a library and office building. Purchase two vehicles to assist in transporting children and supplies.

Success in Year 3:

Build dorms for camps complete with kitchens and toilets. Branches of Children of the Light established throughout Ghana. The center in Kitase will be the headquarters for all other branches.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Our business plan is to continue raising funds through prayer, strategic partnerships, website, newsletters, advertizing in local businesses and churches, maintaining current relationships with donors, and winning the Changemakers competition. Sufficient funding will allow our dream of an education and developmental center to be realized.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Publicizing our dream and encouraging people to catch the vision and partner with Children of the Light. Boldly moving forward with our dream will impact the children of today.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Maintaining the academic quality of the program so that children can move to the next level in their education and local teacher development. Draw teachers from international schools in Accra, Ghana, to volunteer.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Growth in three ways: the number of committed children, the facilities and programs offered, and the growth of quality and carefully-screened staff

Describe the expected results of these actions.

The education and developmental center will allow for growth and expansion of all programs. The after-school programs will be increased from three times a week to a daily program. With larger facilities, more children from surrounding areas will be able to come and be positively impacted. At-risk children will continue their education at our center instead of dropping out. There will be more outdoor space for the children to learn and engage in physical activities. We will teach hands-on environmental care and conservation, which will inspire them to love the Earth. Our outdoor facility will benefit the children’s overall learning experiences. It will be more conducive to both large and small group learning. Additionally, this site will encourage children to have personal ownership for the center.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

After coming back to Ghana from New Zealand in 2004, I realized the dire need for educational programs. Children I met here were not reading even though they were attending schools. In my local neighborhood, there is a high drop-out rate with children leaving school and becoming street sellers. The first meeting was at a school in August 2005 with a handful of children present. In January 2007, we moved the ministry to my home. We are currently using a container which is in front of our house to serve as a library, office, and storeroom. However, books and other resources are quickly piling up inside of the house. With increased support, we plan to continue to the vision at a better location.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

I was born and raised in New Zealand and migrated to Ghana in 1994, a day before I turned 30. I have three children ages 12, 9, and 6. I am a full time Pre-K4 teacher at the American International School in Accra, Ghana. I am actively involved in my church, leading the children’s Sunday school program. Additionally, I am a full time administrator and part-time teacher at Children of the Light. At the end of the day, my heart’s desire is for children to have a fulfilled and happy childhood.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

I first heard about Changemakers through a mother of one of my students.

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

Nothing will prevent our success. Against all odds, the ministry has grown and a solid foundation has already been laid. God has been faithful in this ministry and has provided every step of the way. However, our efforts will be greatly hindered without adequate funding.

Financing source

No

If yes, provide organization name.

Not Applicable

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

Not Applicable

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes, there is an Advisory Board

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

No

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Not Applicable

How many people will your project serve annually?

100-1000

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

Employees: 3
Volunteers: 7

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.

Global Art Expeditions

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37° 45' 31.1868" N, 122° 30' 47.916" W

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Working to improve the lives of children/orphans in India.

Community Activism Travel by Art Aids Art

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Project Street Address

6 Gaba Street

Project City

Khayelitsha

Project Province/State

Western Cape

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Project Country

South Africa

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Community Activism Travel by Art Aids Art

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Are you a traveler or a travel company?

Travel company.

Tell us your idea. What makes your idea innovative?

While the demand for socially conscious tourism is growing, existing programs don’t take full advantage of experiences before, during and afterward. Art Aids Art’s sustainable tourism model – Community Activism Travel – is unique in engaging travelers and their home communities from the moment a trip is planned, transforming an individual’s excursion into a shared experience benefiting a network of active learners.

Meet our traveler, Ella. Instead of traveling solo to South Africa, Ella takes her community “with her.” Before departure, Ella reads her assigned learning materials. She shares insights, solicits questions and receives input from her Travel Team, a supportive group of friends, family and local school children (recruited with Art Aids Art’s help).

Once she departs, Ella stays in touch through video blog entries, creating a “virtual travel” experience for the Travel Team. Ella takes part in education and small business projects at Home in the ‘Hood, a thriving community center, working side by side with residents of Khayelitsha, and gaining a deep understanding of their entrepreneurial efforts to alleviate poverty. Returning home, she now acts as a Global Advocate.

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What is the likely impact of your idea?

Art Aids Art is transforming travel into a catalytic experience for economic development, community education, and international exchange. Travelers become Global Advocates by engaging deeply with a particular community during their visit and return home as social entrepreneurism ambassadors.

As a Global Advocate, Ella represents Khayelitsha with understanding and vision. She shares her experience with the Travel Team at a homecoming fundraiser party, introducing them to Khayelitsha’s handmade art (shipped by Art Aids Art). The group brainstorms about local venues at which to market the products. Ella visits the school classes that followed her trip and brings letters from their sister school in Khayelitsha. With her return, Ella has generated income for and deepened relationships with the Khayelitsha community, while creating opportunities for ongoing communication and collaboration.

What would it take to launch or spread your idea?

Art Aids Art has been developing Community Activism Travel since 2003, building relationships with schools, collectives and tourism operations. In 2008, after 3 years of fundraising and collaboration, Art Aids Art opened Home in the ‘Hood Community Center in Khayelitsha, the first such American-led project in the Western Cape. Four microbusinesses (Finalists in Intuit’s Small Business Competition), including a tea shop, art boutique, tour service and bed and breakfast, will launch by year’s end.

A multimedia South Africa curriculum is being created for elementary and high schools, to be utilized by Global Advocates. With the exception of a website and second tour van, all elements are in place. Cost: $15,000.

Given demand for responsible tourism, and the relational nature (word of mouth marketing) of the U.S. portion of the program, we plan for sustainability and expansion.

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On our last day in South Africa in 2002, my colleague and I met remarkable teachers at a center for malnourished children and, being educators, provided them with literacy training. Inspired by the teachers’ responsiveness, we returned to Khayelitsha township to collaborate further, bringing luggage filled with their requests: children’s books and black dolls.

Upon leaving, our luggage was again full: this time with beaded dolls purchased to support Khayelitsha parents earning a living through beadwork. We hosted a party, selling the dolls and sending profits to secure the artists a workspace -- a shipping container, which they converted into a studio.

Now we travel through our non-profit, Art Aids Art, not only to teach, but to promote economic development. In the U.S., we sell at private homes (no overhead!) and from our website, earning thousands of dollars for Khayelitsha artists.

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Young Men at Risk

Young men are increasingly at risk of suffering from societal problems. This group is an open and collaborative space that explores new approaches to helping young men overcome pressures and challenges, build on their assets and succeed in life. Join us by contributing to the dialogue and sharing models, best practices, solutions, opportunities and resources.

"Pieces of Me"

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420 Boulevard of the Allies

Project City

Pittsburgh

Project Province/State

PA

Project Postal/Zip Code

15219

Project Country

United States

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What is your idea? What makes your project innovative? Why is it important?

Our project is to incorporate artistic creativity through elementary level students into a three-dimensional art installation. Lightworks, a photography club at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, would like to have students from around Allegheny County, take their own pictures and use them to create a wall or “floor” that expresses who they are in relation to their communities. This project will incorporate other forms of medium like trinkets and personal objects that can express again, who they are. This is important because in 25 years time, these students can revisit the wall or floor and remember who they were at that age of innocence, but will also allow them to leave their own little mark on the world.

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What will be the impact of your idea?

The impact of this project will have the greatest role in the project's intention. We hope that many people, child and adult alike, will come visit the piece and see that when many individuals come together, the voices of all become a voice of one. We hope that the children involved in the project will discover their talents, creativity, and uniqueness. The creation of this piece will involve the youth for each part of the process. They would help in the creation of the photograph to the actual assistance in the installation. This would be a lasting piece that could be viewed by the community as a whole. And the permanence of the piece would allow revisiting or addition to the work for an “evolutionary” effect.

What will it take to launch your idea? How will you secure community support and youth participation?

To get this project going, we would ask elementary schools in and around Pittsburgh to participate through their art classes, after school programs, etc. Our organization would come in to the school , demonstrate the project, and then leave them with disposable cameras for up to three weeks. Afterwards, we will pick up the cameras and process the images onto tiles of varying shapes and sizes. We will then invite all the students to participate in the process of creating the wall. To do several walls, the cost of each one would include about 100 disposable cameras each (including the processing) ranging from $1,200-1,500 and the supplies for the wall ranging up to $2,500. The wall(s) will be installed in a section of their playground, other local parks, child hospitals or museums. When the wall(s) are complete, we will hold a community “unveiling” where family, friends, and neighbors can come see the finished piece. We encourage local media to come and be involved in the process.

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Our organization is a photography club called 'Lightworks'. We consist of approx. 20 students from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh all majoring in Photography. We also have the assistance of alumni and instructors, many of which have experience in installations of this kind. Our club participates in local exhibitions and organizes workshops for members and other students. As a brand new club, we are in the process of reaching out to Pittsburgh and offering our services as emerging photographers. We are excited to carry out this project with a desire to not only expand the artistic vision of our club, but make a positive impact in the community through public services of this kind.

Mobile Resource Center Initiative

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Project Street Address

Arusha Nairobi Road in Sakina section

Project City

Arusha

Project Province/State

Tanzania

Project Postal/Zip Code

None

Project Country

Tanzania

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Country your work focuses on:

Tanzania

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$50

Name Your Project

Mobile Resource Center Initiative

Describe Your Idea

The Mobile Resource Center combines an English library with donated school materials and volunteer educators who provide training to Tanzanian primary school English teachers. The goal is to increase English literacy so that more students will pass the entrance exam into secondary school. Currently, only about 30% of students do.

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

The Mobile Resource Center includes an English library, school supplies and an education team that provides extended training to primary school English teachers. The goal is to help more students pass the English entrance exam into secondary school, where English is the medium of instruction. Currently, about 70% of students fail the exam, thereby ending their education in the 7th grade.

What makes your idea unique?

Responding to the plea by Tanzania’s Minister of Education and Vocational Training for help providing English books and teacher training in English instruction, the Mobile Resource Center takes the concept of a mobile library and combines it with a teacher education team. The Mobile Resource Center visits the public primary schools in the Arusha community of Tanzania.

The education team provides teacher training through classroom demonstrations and co-teaching support. Teaching children a second language requires a different set of skills than it does when children have spent their preschool years interacting with family and peers in a language.

It requires much more oral language development with a focus on listening and speaking; ample opportunities for children to hear and discriminate the words and sounds of English and to practice their oral English skills in the classroom. Our education team provides teachers with English literacy learning activities, lesson plans, and examples of effective classroom instruction.

We have available 3,000 early English readers, 60 for each classroom, for three primary schools. The books, complete with lesson plans, study guides and planned activities, created by a volunteer US education team, are rotated on a monthly basis.

Our education team and the local school English teacher make an initial overall evaluation of students’ reading abilities using vocabulary assessments and reevaluate their comprehension periodically.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

เด็กและเยาวชน, เยาวชนกลุ่มเสี่ยง, การดูแลเด็ก, พัฒนาการเด็กในช่วงปฐมวัย, การศึกษา, การปฏิรูปการศึกษา, การพัฒนาเยาวชน.

What impact have you had?

In October of 2007 we started with a pilot program that reached 76 students in two classrooms. After the first six months, there was a significant improvement in the students’ English vocabulary, as well as an excitement and eagerness to learn that hadn’t been there previously. In addition, the teachers in these classrooms were not only better able to teach the language, but were more enthusiastic about doing so.

Based on these results, and with the assistance of our US fund-raising source, The Jim Arden Foundation, we began expanding the program by securing additional books, classroom materials and volunteer educators to join the training team. Our volunteer educators began developing lesson plans and study guides for use with the English books to be used in the classroom.

With this preparatory work completed and four volunteer educators ready to go, we will begin working with Tanzanian English teachers and their students in three primary schools this July and August. With this expansion, the program has the ability to reach over 3,000 students.

With the commitment our volunteers have to this program, we expect to see an initial increase in the English vocabulary of the students, a more effective method of teaching English used by the local English teachers, and over time an increase in the number of primary school students who will be able to attend secondary school.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

One of the biggest hurdles to climbing out of poverty in Tanzania is that higher paying jobs – those in the professions, government services, and tourism – go to individuals who are fluent in English. Those who are not are relegated to low-paying menial jobs.

Students must pass an English exam to enter secondary school where English is the medium of instruction. Unfortunately, the primary schools are ill-equipped to prepare students for it. As a result, nearly 70% of primary school students fail the exam, thereby ending their education in 7th grade.

The reason for this is that typically the only English book in the English classroom is a single copy for the teacher, who must write the story or text on the blackboard. In addition, few primary school teachers have been trained to teach English.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

To see if our idea had merit we established a pilot program in two primary school classrooms. We secured English books and a volunteer educator to assess students’ English fluency and provide teacher training through classroom demonstration and co-teaching support.

Following the success of the pilot program, we acquired 3,000 donated English books and raised funds, through a grant and private donations, to ship the books to Tanzania. We also obtained school supplies for use in the classrooms.

We recruited volunteer educators from the U.S. to become members of the teacher training team; four will travel, at their own expense, to Tanzania in July and August of this year. We’ve also developed lesson plans and study guides for the English books being utilized in the program.

We’ve made arrangements with three local primary schools to begin the program in July.

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

We need to (1) recruit additional volunteer educators to continue the program throughout the school year; (2) obtain donations to make small stipends available for volunteer educators to offset some part of their travel and lodging costs; (3) ensure administration of follow-up evaluations of students by local English teachers; (4) expand the program to reach additional primary schools; (5) and raise money, through fundraisers, grants, and/or private donations, to obtain new English books for use in the classrooms.

Success in Year 2:

We need to (1) obtain an audit of our financial accounts to apply for grants; (2) expand our volunteer educator team; (3) develop study guides, lesson plans, and classroom activities for our new books; (4) arrange a training schedule for classroom teachers and undertake assessments of the English capability of students at the new schools; (5) provide teacher training, perform follow-up evaluations and obtain school supplies for use in the classrooms of all new schools through donation.

Success in Year 3:

We will need to (1) obtain a vehicle to transport the volunteers, books, school supplies and other materials to all participating schools; (2) form partnerships with additional schools; (3) obtain donations to purchase new English books; (4) find additional volunteer educators to join the teacher training unit and stipends to help offset some travel and accommodation costs; and (5) obtain computers, software and other related resources to introduce the students to technology.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes, with a 1 year, 3 year and 5 year horizon for this program as outlined above.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Recruit volunteer educators, with an expertise in teaching English, who are willing to join the team for periods of four weeks or longer over the course of 10 months each year; and provide each of the volunteer educators, whether they are active or retired, with a stipend to help defray the travel and accommodation costs they currently pay to participate in the program. We are presently attempting to identify potential new volunteer educators through school and retired educator associations in the US and elsewhere.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Obtain a financial statement audit of our accounts in order to apply for grants to help fund the costs of this program. This will be difficult because Tanzanian business is conducted almost entirely in cash with few organizations providing receipts or taking credit cards. We presently have an accounting volunteer working with a Tanzanian auditing firm to determine what documentation is necessary for a financial statement audit and establishing procedures to obtain this documentation for a year end audit.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Obtain the funds to acquire a large, multi-seat, van or bus-size vehicle, with a computer work station area which has both computer network connectivity and wireless internet capability. The van will offer more capacity then the small rented vehicle we now have available to us and will allow us to expand our educational offerings to include the teaching of basic computer skills. This will be done in the vehicle because of either the absence or unreliability of electricity in the local schools. Presently none of our partner schools offer any computer training to their students.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

Initially, our program will give students an expanded vocabulary of English words. As it progresses and the Tanzanian English teachers become comfortable with the new texts, materials and teaching skills, the students will begin to learn to read and write in English.

Long term, more of the primary school students will be able to pass the entrance exam into secondary school and have the English capability to actually complete secondary school. By giving these students the chance to further their education, they will have the opportunity to either participate in higher learning or find higher paying jobs than would otherwise be available to them. Additionally, with basic computer skills these students will be better prepared to function effectively and efficiently in the Tanzanian workplace.

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

As the operators of the TACODA Children’s Center, where we give orphaned and abandoned children a home, medical care and access to education, we were concerned with our children’s’ ability to obtain an education that would allow them to avoid a life of poverty.

When we realized our children weren’t able to speak any English after three years at two government primary schools, it became clear to us that the English fluency they needed to get into secondary school was not going to be developed in the current education system. As a result, we examined the situation at the primary schools our children were attending and determined what the problem was.

What we discovered from our investigation was that there were no English texts in the classroom for the students, no English workbooks and study guides available for the teachers or students, and very little in the way of school supplies available for the students.

With such a lack of resources it was clear that most students' education would end at the 7th grade. Their futures would hold only the opportunity to live at the edge of poverty unless somehow they developed the ability to read, write and speak in English.

This was an unacceptable result for our children and we felt it was equally unacceptable for the other children at the school. So, with the aid of some volunteers who were teachers, we discussed what could be done. The result is our Mobile Resource Center.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Donata Tarimo Arden was one of 7 children from an impoverished Tanzanian family. As a child, she labored for others in order to earn money to attend school. At a young age she decided she would someday help other children in her country.

In 2005, Jim Arden, a retired U.S. school teacher, whom she later married, offered to help her fulfill her dream. Mrs. Arden founded TACODA and gave 12 young orphaned and abandoned children a home in Arusha. Since then, she and her husband, who established The Jim Arden Foundation in 2002, have combined their efforts to help other homeless and at-risk children through other educational and recreational initiatives.

After Mrs. Arden’s marriage, her sister, Gema Tarimo, took over the operation of the orphanage and offered to lend some donated English books to one of the schools that our children were attending. That initial loan resulted in a monthly exchange of English books.

When volunteer educators arrived the next summer they visited the school. The local English teacher invited them to join her in teaching the class. The result was a group of enthusiastic children and a teacher who felt she had learned a lot about teaching English just from working side-by-side with our volunteers. Through this experience, the idea of how we might be able to help children learn English was born.

Together, TACODA and our volunteer educators developed the Mobile Resource Center imitative.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

One of our volunteers told us about it.

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

The single most important impediment to our program’s success would be the inability of the local English teachers to continue using the skills that we will have taught them in July and August. In many other environments, two months of hands-on experience as well as seeing the use of those procedures and materials demonstrated would be enough to ensure the continuation of the teaching methods. However, high teacher turnover will undoubtedly make it necessary for us to reinforce the methodology.

That is why we believe it’s important to have volunteer educators in the classrooms with the local English teachers for as many months as possible in the school year. This presents us with the major challenge of identifying retired educators to fill this void during those months when practicing teachers are unavailable to volunteer. While we have sufficient experience with retired volunteers to know that we can access and recruit them to participate in the program, given today’s economic climate it is likely that we will have to provide small stipends to help defray some of the costs of travel and accommodation in Tanzania during their volunteer period.

If we receive a $5,000 Changemaker award, we would be able to offer stipends of $625 to 8 retired educators. This would cover approximately 40% of their costs while giving us a year to generate additional donations to provide future stipends.

Financing source

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Tanzanian Community Development Alliance (TACODA)

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

Since early 2005; 4 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes, TACODA has a Board of Directors.

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

Yes

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

We work with other Tanzanian NGO’s in a variety of ways. With some, we provide food and supplies when we have extra. With others, we share information and experiences. And, with yet others, we share the expenses of shipping donated goods or provide recommendations and references for students in need of educational scholarships.

Our relationships with businesses are generally limited to obtaining donated goods and services that we would otherwise have to pay for. One organization prints all of our materials at no cost to us and provides us with computer equipment for use by the homeless children we care for. Others donate soccer equipment and clothing for our recreational football league. Still others donate scholarship money to help educate our TACODA orphans.

How many people will your project serve annually?

Approximately, 3,000 the first year; over 4,000 the second year.

What is your organization's business classification?

Non-profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

We have 3 employees and 71 volunteers globally.

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

None of the above.

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Employability of the disabled person -people suffering from mental illness

 

Providing employment & rehabilitation to people suffering from mental illness throughout India with the help of available human resource that is utilizing the hidden potentialities of the sufferers & their family members to run low cost centers through a central teleconferencing center

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Project Street Address

27 Jadavpur East Road

Project City

Kolkata

Project Province/State

West Bengal

Project Postal/Zip Code

700032

Project Country

India

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Year initiative/program began:

1997

Field of work

Health

If Field of Work is "Other" please define in 1-2 words below (and explain in detail in the entry form):

Rehabilitation, employability of people suffering from mental illness

Service / Activity focus (If "other" please explain in entry form)

Technology

Year organization founded (yyyy)

1997

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Positioning of your initiative on the Mosaic of Solutions™ diagram:

Which of these barriers is the primary focus of your work?

Social benefit businesses not deemed investment worthy

Which of the principles is the primary focus of your work?

Prove that social return doesn’t preclude financial gain

If you believe some other barrier or principle should be included in the mosaic, please describe it and how it would affect the positioning of your initiative in the mosaic

Discrimination & Stigma regarding mental illness
ü Abuse & Violation of basic Human rights
ü Differentiation amongst different sectors of disability as a mentally ill person is included in PWD Act but do not get equal facility like other disabilities
ü Lack of initiative to issue disability card & job reservation
ü Lack of facilities like National Trust
ü Lack of professionals compared to the magnitude of the problem
ü Lack of funds available
Lack of employment facilities for people suffering from illness
Lack of community involvement

Name Your Project

Employability of the disabled person -people suffering from mental illness

Describe Your Idea

 Providing employment & rehabilitation to people suffering from mental illness throughout India with the help of available human resource that is utilizing the hidden potentialities of the sufferers & their family members to run low cost centers through a central teleconferencing center

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What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?

ü Transforming non performers in to performers & reinitiating life through employment & earning.

Describe what makes your idea unique—different from all others in the field.

Mental Health has so far been grossly neglected in India because of the blind belief that once an illness is always an illness. Compared to the magnitude of the problem the number of professionals available is far less. The person suffering from mental illness lacks the initiative & the mental strength to fight for their own human rights, proper treatment facilities & right to continue their career.. This asocialisation alone is sufficient enough to make them pathologically involved with uncreative & unrealistic thinking.

My specific programme would be utilizing the human resource of people suffering from mental illness & their family members to run the rehabilitation centers. The rehabilitated people( once suffering from illness) would be the leaders & resource person & would be able to run many such rehabilitation centers at low cost enabling many people suffering from mental illness to opt for this facility. We could run centers throughout India, which would be controlled centrally through Teleconferencing facility.

How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?

In this bleak background a mentally ill person is discriminated & they fail to get adequate support, treatment & training to sustain their livelihood. They remain burden on the society. Involving community, training them the rehabilitation modules, training the suffers to learn appropriate coping strategies as well as skills to earn their livelihood can be made possible through the help of Information & communication Technology (ICT).

Compared to the magnitude of the problem the number of professionals is far less. So maximum utilisation of human resource can be the needed solution
Successful engagement & Individual centric vocational trainings to make them adequate to earn their livelihood is needed to improve their quality of life
The rehabilitation services of the persons suffering from mental illness do not need a special educator like MR, but individuals trained to understand their problems is needed. So community involvement focusing on Prevention, treatment & rehabilitation is needed. Contact for Consultation of Psychiatrist & professionals are to be maintained through teleconferencing facilities.

Do you have any existing partnerships, and if so, how did you create them?

We do not have partnership but we have networking with a number of NGO’s in mental health field working all over India

In which sector do these partners work? (Check all that apply)

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Provide one sentence describing your impact/intended impact.

Inclusion & Mainstreaming people suffering from mental illness & making them a productive member of the society enabling their optimum growth, employment & development

Please list any other measures of the impact of your innovation.

This initiative would help to reach maximum number of people in minimum time & resource. This programme would not only enable to serve more people but also the mental health care system would be of the people, by the people & for the people. The sufferers after completion of any training would be the trainers of the programme who would help other sufferers in the process of recovery. The recovery story of others would inspire the unfortunate victims of mental illness to believe that once an illness is not always an illness & it would instill hope for development & growth .In this health care system every people can have access to health care, access to professional guidance without any hindrance caused by distance. Community can make participation the inclusion of the disabled in to the society. This would also transform & change the old myths prevalent in the society on mental illness & wipe away the stigma associated with mental illness

Does your innovation address and/or change banking regulations?

Banks also have some initiative now to help the NGO’s or developmental projects like swanirvar Joyona or schemes for entrepreneurship project to help people start their earning opportunities in life.

How many people does your innovation serve or plan to serve? Exactly who will benefit from your innovation?

There are 40-50 million people in India who are the victims of some form of Mental Illness (ACMI).
My innovation would target to serve this population from a centralized training center & a number of branches all over India

Project Details

No. of mentally challenged people in each batch 25
No.of people selected for the entrepreneurship project from each batch 5 Ratio of 1:5
No.of batches in a span of 2 years @ 3 months for each batch 7
Total number of persons enroled in the project in year 1 35 (both Primary and Secondary enrolement)
Total number of persons enroled in the project by the end of year 2 295 ( Primary, Secondary and tertiary enrolement)
Total number of mentally challenged people enrolled for rehab end 1st year 450 (Primary Phase 100, secondary phase150, tertiary phase 200)
Total number of mentally challenged people enrolled for rehab end 2nd year 1150 (Primary Phase 200, secondary phase350, tertiary phase 600)

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Fixed Cost/Investment

Items Qty Unit Price Total Amount
Rent Advance 6 10000 60000
Machine Computer 5 15000 75000
Printer 2 5000 10000
UPS 1 50000 50000
Furniture Computer Table/Table 5 1500 7500
Chairs 6 1500 9000
Almirah/Cupboard 2 2500 5000
Interiors (sq ft) 1000 0 0
Air conditioners 2 25000 50000
Start up Support 40 10000 400000
Total Fixed Cost 666500

Revenue/Month

Items Qty Unit Price Total Amount
Cyber Café DTP 220 10 2200
Net surfing 660 10 6600
Training fees 5 3500 17500
Rehab Fees 25 1000 25000
Franchise fees 2500 0
51300

Total revenue 4051200

2 year calculation
Costs 1926500
Revenue 4051200
Total Profit in 2 years 2124700

Variable Cost

Items Qty Unit Price Total Amount/month
Manpower
Trainer 0 15000 0
Counsellor 1 5000 5000
Office Boy 1 1000 1000
Cleaner 1 1000 1000
Manager 1 15000 15000
Electric 1 4000 4000
Broadband Internet 1 2000 2000
Advertisement 1 10000 10000
Misc 1 1000 1000
Maintenance 1 1000 1000
Activity cost music 1 0 0
art and creativity 1 0 0
sports and games 1 0 0
annual functions 1 0 0
Rent 1 10000 10000
Total Variable Cost 50000

Per Annum Cost 1st Year 2nd year
Fixed Exp 666500
Variable Exp 600000 660000

1st year 2nd year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total revenue
No of new Entr 0 0 0 0 5 5 5 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20 25 25 25 30 30 30 35 35
Royalty fees/entr 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000
Revenue/month 0 0 0 0 15000 15000 15000 30000 30000 30000 45000 45000 45000 60000 60000 60000 75000 75000 75000 90000 90000 90000 105000 105000 1155000
2nd line new entr 10 10 10 20 20 20 30 30 30 40 40 40 50 50 50 60
Royalty fees/entr 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500
Revenue/month 15000 15000 15000 30000 30000 30000 45000 45000 45000 60000 60000 60000 75000 75000 75000 90000 765000
3rd line new entr 20 20 20 40 40 40 60 60 60 80 80 80
Royalty fees/entr 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Revenue/month 20000 20000 20000 40000 40000 40000 60000 60000 60000 80000 80000 80000 600000
4th line new entr 40 40 40 80 80 80 120 120
Royalty fees/entr 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500
Revenue/month 20000 20000 20000 40000 40000 40000 60000 60000 300000
Total Beneficiaries 35 295 2820000

Total Patients under Rehabilitation Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
No.Mentally challenged people treated Primary Phase 25 25 25 50 50 50 75 75 75 100 100 100 125 125 125 150 150 150 175 175 175 200 200 200
No.Mentally challenged people treated Secondary Phase 50 50 50 100 100 100 150 150 150 200 200 200 250 250 250 300 300 300 350 350
No.Mentally challenged people treatedTertiary Phase 100 100 100 200 200 200 300 300 300 400 400 400 500 500 500 600
450 1150

Fixed Cost/Investment

Items Qty Unit Price Total Amount
Rent Advance 6 2000 12000
Machine Computer 2 10000 20000
Printer 1 3500 3500
UPS 2 2500 5000
Furniture Computer Table/Table 2 1500 3000
Chairs 3 1500 4500
Almirah/Cupboard 1 2500 2500
Interiors (sq ft) 0
Air conditioners 0
Start up Support 0
Total Fixed Cost 50500

Revenue

Items Qty Unit Price Total Amount
Cyber Café DTP 88 10 880
Net surfing 264 10 2640
Training fees 2 3500 7000
Rehab Fees 10 1000 10000
0
20520

Total revenue 701320

2 year calculation
Costs 290500
Revenue 701320
Total Profit in 2 years 410820

Variable Cost

Items Qty Unit Price Total Amount/month
Manpower
Trainer 0 15000 0
Counsellor 0 8000 0
Office Boy 0 1500 0
Cleaner 1 1000 1000
Manager 0 30000 0
Electric 1 1500 1500
Broadband Internet 1 1000 1000
Advertisement 1 0 0
Misc 1 500 500
Maintenance 1 1000 1000
Activity cost music 1 0 0
art and creativity 1 0 0
sports and games 1 0 0
annual functions 1 0 0
Rent 1 2000 2000
Franchise Royalty 1 3000 3000
Total Variable Cost 10000

Per Annum Cost 1st Year 2nd year $
Fixed Exp 50500
Variable Exp 120000 132000

1st year 2nd year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total revenue
1st line new entr 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 12
Royalty fees/entr 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500
Revenue/month 3000 3000 3000 6000 6000 6000 9000 9000 9000 12000 12000 12000 15000 15000 15000 18000 153000
2nd line new entr 4 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 12 16 16 16
Royalty fees/entr 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Revenue/month 4000 4000 4000 8000 8000 8000 12000 12000 12000 16000 16000 16000 120000
3rd line new entr 8 8 8 16 16 16 24 24
Royalty fees/entr 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500
Revenue/month 4000 4000 4000 8000 8000 8000 12000 12000 60000
4th line new entr 16 16 16 32
Royalty fees/entr 500 500 500 500
Revenue/month 8000 8000 8000 16000 40000
Total Beneficiaries
373000
Project Details

No. of mentally challenged people in each batch 25
No.of people selected for the entrepreneurship project from each batch 5 Ratio of 1:5
No.of batches in a span of 2 years @ 3 months for each batch 7
Total number of persons enroled in the project in year 1 35 (both Primary and Secondary enrolement)
Total number of persons enroled in the project by the end of year 2 295 ( Primary, Secondary and tertiary enrolement)
Total number of mentally challenged people enrolled for rehab end 1st year 450 (Primary Phase 100, secondary phase150, tertiary phase 200)
Total number of mentally challenged people enrolled for rehab end 2nd year 1150 (Primary Phase 200, secondary phase350, tertiary phase 600)

How is your initiative financed (or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)?

We expect to get some initial funding from Ashoka to start up this enterprenurship project which would later be a self sustaining project & help to give employment & provide rehabilitation to millions of individuals suffering from mental illness.

If known, provide information on your finances and organization:

The finances that are required for this project is given above.

The annual budget of Turning Point is now 2-3 lakhs rupees. But for the financial constraints we have to do the work in a very small group & we fail to provide rehabilitation to the larger population, which is needed..
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The project that we have described would be a replicated model of what we do at Truning Point but it would help us to reach out thousands of individuals living in far flung areas whom we fail to provide the service now. It would be an enterpreneurship project which would provide rehabilitation & employment opportunities to people suffering from mental illness.

What are the main financial barriers and how do you plan to address them?

We need to open a chain of centers & provide training to large number of individuals. For this we need a bigger infrastructure, few more computers & other gadgets, conveyance to reach the remote part & other needed accessories. We need some initial support to start our chain of centers.

Aside from financial sustainability, how do you plan to grow the initiative?

1)There would be a Central Training institute where we would have Social & economic rehabilitation facilities for people suffering from mental illness
2)This center would enable the care givers, the community, the professionals learn about this unique rehabilitation module .After getting this training these individuals would be the future leaders to open such centers in other parts of India
3)After traing the trainees would open such centers with the support & guidance of this central training center.
4)The new centers opened by this trainees would again impart training to other care givers & community people so that apart from providing rehabilitation to people suffering from illness they can train more people in to leaders who would do similar such works

6)The Central training center would earn direct revenue & the chain of centers would also pay a part of their revenue earned for the support & expertise that would be provided to them on their need.

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What was the motivation or defining moment that led to the creation of this innovation? Tell us the story.

Years back my brother started suffering from Schizophrenia. As a psychologist it was painful to be a mere spectator of the agony. The restlessness, the search for complete recovery, the drive to get proper treatment facilities were not very easy one as at that time. Many of the people suffering from Schizophrenia are highly intelligent person but none of the vocational training centers used to provide training according to the needs of these people & so failed to motivate them to complete such trainings. I took the initiative to start a rehabilitation center & introduced a number of vocational trainings according to the potentialities of the candidates’. Gradually their motivation, concentration level starts increasing & they started coping with their symptoms of illness. I want to start this project, which could enable Social inclusion of mentally ill person in to the mainstream of life along with economic rehabilitation. This project could enable me to serve a large number of people who till now remain a burden to the society. The rehabilitation work started by me has been recognized by World fellowship of Schizophrenia & Associated disorder as the ideal rehabilitation model & was taught in a number of countries worldwide.

Please provide a personal bio of the social innovator behind this initiative.

Ishita Sanyal is consultant Psychologist, Founder Secretary of Turning Point, a rehabilitation centre, Eastern regional Director of NAMI, India. Her rehabilitation module has been accepted by World Fellowship of Schizophrenia & allied disorder as the ideal rehabilitation module for all developing countries (www.turningpoint.org.in)
She has received David Feinsilver Award in 2003 as best research, UGC-CEC Award as subject expert & also Manthan Award in 2007.She has received Barbo Sandin Award from Copenhegen & selected for receiving Rashtriya Gaurav Award.She has completed Social Therapy From New York. She has written few chapters in International books. She is also a regular columnist on mental health in Telegraph
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a) Please identify the individuals that your innovation benefits (Please check all that apply)

Producers , Consumers .

b) Do you help the people you serve to buy goods or services using financial innovation? If so, how?

ü I shall motivate family members, community people to take training in rehabilitation programme & then serve the community.
ü The people suffering from mental illness would take the training & rehabilitation for their development & growth
ü Exhibitions & outlets would enable us to sell the handicrafts products made by beneficiaries

c) Do you help the people you serve to sell goods or services using financial innovation? If so, how?

ü People in rural areas want some suitable & meaningful job. Training in rehabilitation would enable them to serve the community, earn for themselves & be of help to the society
ü Rehabilitated people who have undergobe rehabilitation programme would be the leaders of new centers & this would also enable them to start earning money I a sheltered atmosphere
ü Selling handicrafts products of different localities made by the sufferers would enable us to promote Indian handicraft as well as culture all over India

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Field of Work

education

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Year project started (or projected start date) (yyyy)

20010

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What is the primary problem your venture is trying to address and how are you addressing it (or planning to address it)?

Poverty Stricken areas are uneducated not by choice, but by force. No money, no schooling, no tools to learn, no hope for children of the future

Name Your Project

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Describe Your Idea

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Project Description

Give Children hope for a better educated future

Unique and different

Young adults (college age) will venture out to areas either within thier community or globally if given the opportunity to actually meet with children of school age and interact with them by putting on a puppet show focusing on education and the rewards of achieving one. This innovative approach will help young children to easily understand, encourage them to interact with the characters, ask questions, and more so possibly smile; something children of poverty may not do very often.

Project plan

Volunteer programs will reach out to College students who may be interested in assisting in this program, reach out to businesses for donations needed - transportaion, school supplies for children, create a presentaion including a portable stage, puppets characters, etc.

Partnerships

I do not have any partnerships, however I was inspired to include my idea because the class I am currently taking in college is Socilogy and the focus in on poverty stricken areas. In my opinion, it begins within the home and there must be intervention with young children in order to break the cycle. Children need to be instilled as young as possible to know the importance of an education and need to be influenced the importance of staying in school and earning an education. With that said, the conclusion of the puppet show will be about the benefits of earning an education, good paying job, better home, car, clothes, vacation, ect.

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Striving to influence young children the advantage of earning an education for a better life.

Effectiveness

I have not served anyone with my "project". This is just an idea that amy be something for volunteer service(s) to try. Reaching out to children in any possible way to get their attention is worth trying.

How do you engage and impact the community?

Children will be motivated stay in school instead of dropping out. This will prevent less delinquency and possibly less crime from juveniles who cut class just to sell drugs, join gangs, commit crimetyo earn money.

How do you measure this impact?

If volunteers can visit children in poverty stricken neighborhoods, initially to provide a puppet show influenceing children the importance of staying in school and earning an education, and then visit every several months as a follow up - bascailly for the puppets to interact with children to find out how they are doing in school, what they are learning, and still conclude with possitive, motivated words, it may have a very beneficial impact.

Obstacles

Finding the transportation, volunteers who will visit these poverty stricken areas where crime rate is high.

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Financing source

(or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)

I do not have any financing resources. However, if a volunteer service were interested in this program I would think they have resources. Possibly send an e-mail, or mail to businesses about the new program asking for donations

Aside from financial sustainability, how do you plan to grow and sustain your project?

More volunteers from more colleges, would mean being able to visit more poverty stricken communities and possibly influence volunteer services around the world to use this approach.

Finance details

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Creative funding

As mentioned above.

Other non finance needs

Cooperation with the schools. This field has not been completed. (83 words or less)

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Motivation

As mentioned above, Taking a sociology class was a wake up call as to how many people who oare living below poverty levels. It is sad that children are being born in this environment and basically growing up only to know one way, the poor way. This effected me as a new mom, knowing how helpless and child is and totally dependent on their parents to teach, give, motivate, encourage, etc. Unfortunatley, living in a poor environment there is not much hope.

Awards

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Broader context

Children living in poor social environments will know of another way of living through learning from earning an education. This in turn will lessen the poverty level in society starting from the roots - children. Children can make/break this cycle, given the education, the opportunity to learn a different way. Someone must intercept to break this cycle.

Ongoing

Poverty is something that is not going away tomorrow or the next day. With that said, my idea will continue generations after. It will become part of an ongoing program in schools each year.

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Date Created: 9/18/2007
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