What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The solution has been activated in two countries. Here is an update:
a. Three workshops held with 25 youth participants attending each workshop.
b. Creation of exhibition of Rescuer photos in Cambodia.
c. Executive director of PROOF gave two lectures at University in Cambodia, reaching more than 200 students.
a. With a local partner, PROOF organized a symposium on Rescuers that was attended by 200 college students.
b. PROOF gave lectures on Rescuers to more than 500 participants at six different locations in Bosnia.
c. Public exhibition for Rescuers created, viewed by more than 1,000 people.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Return to Cambodia and Bosnia to run more workshops and host more lectures on PROOF's approach and its impact. PROOF will also work in Nepal and Colombia, co-hosting workshops for high school students with locale partners, collecting rescuer testimonies and organizing public exhibitions of rescuer stories and photos.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
As PROOF strives to work closely with local partners, our primary challenges have been related to identifying great local partners and supporting their efforts. To overcome these challenges, we will:
I. Spend more time with each NGO to ensure that a culturally specific understanding of upstander behavior is clear and actionable.
II. Deliberate more to identify the best possible local partner. In addition, when encountering any challenges with the partner, we will seek to resolve these proactively.
III. Both no. 1 and no. 2 will be addressed by scheduling more frequent site visits.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
300 students participate in PROOF workshops in four countries. Four PROOF public exhibitions, viewed by 2,000 individuals.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
1,000 students participate in PROOF workshops in 8 countries. Eight PROOF public exhibitions, viewed by 8,000 individuals
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]
I have always been an adventurer and traveler. When I was in Rwanda, I met Regan, a Hutu. Regan walked me through the village, showing me the path he takes each day to tend the farm, to visit family and friends in neighboring huts or to drink a beer with a buddy at a local tavern. While sharing with me his life today, he also retraced his steps and recounted the days leading up to the Genocide and what motivated him not to fight, but to help.
His bravery amazes me to this day. As I reflect upon Regan and others like him, I am struck by the thought that as much as we thank and elevate these individuals’ actions, I do believe that within each of us, sits a rescuer.