OSEAM - Oser Aimer la VIE

OSEAM - Oser Aimer la VIE

Semsales and Bulle, SwitzerlandSemsales, Switzerland
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Dare to love life! OSEAM helps children blossom by developing their loving kindness, tolerance and respect of themselves and all living beings.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

OSEAM provides support and development to children whose daily life offers little, if any opportunity for personal growth or self realisation. The obstacles hindering their evolution may in large part be attributed to their limiting social network, family environment and circumstances. A mindset and set of beliefs that focus on limitation, of not being/having or doing enough with regard to something or someone. Immersed in this context on a daily basis, the children have had little opportunity to express or expand their own character.

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

Grappling with the feelings and behaviors associated with limiting beliefs the children have developed some sort of behavioral, relational, learning, attention or health related disorder that has not been “fixed” by traditional practitioners (medical doctors and psychologists). At OSEAM the children are given the opportunity to express themselves, connect with their emotions and experiment what this means to them, as a living being. To facilitate their healing and learning they are given the possibility to create, through art therapy and music. They are also given space to listen to themselves and to be heard through meditation, relaxation and active listening therapy. This diversity of experiential learning stimulates, opens and awakens their reality and instilling within a sense of self love, compassion and the ability to see, value and help others.
Impact: How does it Work

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

A child arrived at the center who is afraid, of speaking, of having an opinion and of reading out loud, in front of a class. After a initial session with a counselor, a sequence of activities will be proposed; including meditation, continued guided discussions, active listening and art therapy. Throughout the program the child begins to connect within and pay greater attention to his internal voice. Over time this practice and series of activities helps him garner the confidence to express his voice in front of other people, reading outloud or formulating an opinion. By learning how to pay attention to and listen to his inner voice, the child moves his mental space away from limiting, fear based thought patterns into a calmer, presence based affirmative pattern. His voice becomes an internal compass, by listening to the information it provides, this child increasingly gains self awareness and the confidence to speak, in front of the class. Hosting children in a trusting environment and helping them to feel, sense and see their uniqueness and beauty as individuals, helps them commune with the celebration of their life and that of others.

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

In Switzerland, there are a multitude of stand alone services to treat childrens “disabilities” ranging from logotherapy to psychoanalysis that parents can access providing they have financial means, or medical insurance to cover the cost of the given service. An approach similar to the program of activities and philosophy of OSEAM that teaches self love and awareness as a means to healing, does not exist.
About You
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Organization Country

, FR, Semsales

Country where this project is creating social impact

, FR, Semsales and Bulle

Your role in Education

Counselor, Resource Officer, Teacher.

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


How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Dare to live, love life, share loving kindness and respect for all that lives

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

A Childs “limiting” behavior is an opportunity to find and develop a quality within them that is waiting to grow and blossom.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

OSEAM has helped until now over 100 families recognize, trust and value the qualities of their children, in their diversity, with their perceived limitations, shortcomings and competencies. It has helped children to better understand themselves, to have a voice, to be able to express an opinion and be willing to accept “the other”. Listen, share, learn and develop.
OSEAM offers a holistic and systemic approach to communicating and accepting oneself and the other through the illustration and practice of tolerance and empathy.

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

While continuing its work accompanying children in their family environment OSEAM is planning to expand and begin teaching this holistic hands-on experiential learning approach to encourage empathy and understanding within the school system.
A pilot project in a school in Bulle in the canton of Fribourg, is scheduled to begin during the 2nd quarter 2012 for a class of students in middle school(Cycle d’orientation) for a six month period. Based on the results of the pilot project, OSEAM will distill the lessons learned and approach the various cantonal educational authorities to create awareness for this approach and begin discussions for its inclusion in the curriculum throughout the French speaking schools in Switzerland.

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

The greatest barrier relates to fear. Fear of change, fear of speaking out, fear of the unknown, fear of trusting and trying new and different approaches to learning, on the part of the children and to a greater extent that of their parents and teachers. This challenges their ways of thinking and creates tension and uncertainty.
This type of deep change takes time, energy and patience, building awareness about OSEAM's approach and creating relationships with stakeholders based on trust. In order to be able to continue this work OSEAM must ensure it has sufficient financial resources available. In November 2011, it became possible to support OSEAM activities by investing in a currency fund - investors agree 50% of performance results go to support the foundations activities.

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

Double the size of the currency fund in 6 months, and triple in 12 months

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Ensure the writing and production of timely monthly performance reports regarding the currency fund

Task 2

Share performance information (discussion, articles, meetings, social media) with stakeholders and potential investors

Task 3

Source qualified counselors for training in holistic approach developed by OSEAM

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Tripling the investment fund size, recruitment & training of 5 counsellors, expand outreach to meet needs in France & Cuba

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Develop and implement a proactive information strategy to promote OSEAM and the funds performance to stakeholders and the press

Task 2

Develop complete job descriptions and begin search process for qualified counselors

Task 3

Draft collaborative agreements with local partners in France and Cuba based on the OSEAM model and local needs

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

During a weekend retreat on the topic of realizing one’s full potential, respect and active listening in 2001, Alain Jaquier came to the conclusion that the absolute power of empathy is the most effective means to self realisation and to understanding our fellow man. Alain knew then that he wanted to create a foundation dedicated to realising this. His vision and financial acumen combined created a foundation and an innovative funding mechanism to ensure the activities would offered to children at no cost.

Tell us about your partnerships

The principal partner of the foundation is the Yanael forex fund and its managers, who have agreed to manage the fund
The Tour de Trême, middle school administration in Bulle who have agreed to a pilot class with the students.
Expressions of interest for Partnerships in Cuba and France are in the process of being developed.

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

OSEAM plans to hire a team of 5 to 10 paid therapists/counselors,and three support staff ; two administrators, a person responsible for outreach and information

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