Opening Network

Opening Network

Dakar, SenegalDakar, Senegal
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Opening Network is a non-profit organisation that deals with the lack of opportunity of the street children. It will implement a voice response so that people will be involved in addressing this issue and it will connect all the organizations that are working in the same field.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The main issue that the Venture addresses is the lack of opportunity of the street children. In fact they are living in this country but mostly people let themselves. And sometimes they are facing problem or they really need help but they don't know who to talk to.

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

It intends to help the street children get education, good health, and preserve their dignity and Human Rights by using a social network to find their needs. How? By creating a voice response which will be at the same time a voice reponse so that they can call the number when they are in need. Also people can use the number in order to signal a case.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Actually I am a co founder of an non-profit organization that deals with the problem of the street children in my country. This year we help two girls who lived in Downtown Street of the capital Dakar to return to school and resume their education which they gave up because of poverty and problems. So we played the link between their parents and the authority of the school so that they could accept the girls. This is one kind of model to illustrate that it is possible to make their life better by using the network and provide them opportunities.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The major population affected is the children. Yes there are other organizations like Save the Children, Childfund, Centre de GUINDi, Empire des Enfants, Samu Social...
About You
About You
First Name

Magatte

About Your Organization
Venture Name

Opening Network

Country where this project is creating social impact
Do you work with any social organizations?

Help the Street Children (HSC) / Aider les Enfants de la Rue (AER)

How did you hear about the competition?

I know the competition because I was one of the participant of the 2014 SUSI Program.

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Idea
Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

My experience in founding and working for a non-profit organization that deals with the problem of the street children inspired me to create another one with a different approach. I don't like injustice and I really think that it is not fair to see so many children losing so many opportunities because of their poverty. I also think that there is leadership and entrepreneurship in each of us so help them find their passion or get a good education can be great for them but specially for the nation.

Goals
What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

In my first year I want to see a deep reduction of the street children by seeing them going back to school.
And especially a real network for all the organization that works on the issue of these children.

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

Implementing a voice response by providing a number so that people will care more about the street children.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

Set a partnership with Orange Mobile for having a number in order to create the voice response.

Task 2

Make advertisement so that people learn more about the issue.

Task 3

Public campaign and school campaign

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

Establish a Network with the other Organizations

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

Meet all the Organizations and let them know the importance of the network if we want to address the problem.

Task 2

Working with them and invite them to work with my non-profit organization

Task 3

It will be about having a joint project to impact more people.

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

Sign a partnership with public schools

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

meet the authorities and have a quota so that each year schools will reserve registration for street children.

Task 2

ensure their entry into the school or public libraries so that they can borrow or read academic books.

Task 3

make sure that the canteen food will help them eat or at least reduce the price for them.

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

The Venture will define success in the short-term (1-12months) by improving the safety of the street children and putting them in school so they can resume their education.

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

The Venture will define success in a long-term (1-3 years) by seeing ex street children who get education being mentors and leaders for those who still in the street and inspire them to leave it.

How will you measure success?

The success will be the day that there will be no more street children in the capital Dakar.

Sustainability
How will you recruit new members for your venture?

I will work with volunteers that share the same passion. And if needed I will pay some employees to do jobs that I can't do by myself.

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

I will open the door to anyone who like to work with the organization and if needed do some workshop about leadership and the goals of our Venture.

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

I will ask for donations, grants and sponsors.
I will also organize sometimes live concert by working with some artists and share the gains.

Financials:
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