Mustaqbali

Mustaqbali

Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Year Founded:
2011
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Through a study conducted by our team in 2011, we discovered that the average percentage of high school female students who belong to low income families supported by Al-Nahda whom chose to continue their high school degree and pursue further education equated to only 7%. Something needed to change.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if this project was applied in every public school in Saudi Arabia and young girls graduated with a personal, educational and career plan that they worked towards? What if graduates of our program became the future doctors, scientists and teachers of
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem we are facing is a lack of sense of self-worth, an education system that does not work on personal development and a continuous cycle of mothers and daughters coming from poverty who choose not to pursue any further in their personal development. The impact of this cycle has affected the entire community and has put many restrictions on the growth of these individuals and the societies they belong to.

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

Our proposed solution is a year-long program containing training, mentorship and personal counseling sessions at AlNahda for high school girls that will motivate them to make a difference in their lives. During the first year of our program, 30 girls from member families in 12th grade joined. During the second year, the number grew to 60 in addition to 30 11th graders. This year, AlNahda has partnered up with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia to apply the program in two separate schools in Riyadh in addition to a group at AlNahda, making the number of participants 270 students from 10th, 11th and 12th grade. Our goal is to bring this program to all public high school students within Saudi Arabia.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Sarah had been absent for two weeks from school in her 12th grade year in the hopes of helping her mother around the house. She has 10 younger siblings, one of whom is disabled and an absent father. Her mother went to her social worker in AlNahda asking her to help convince her daughter to see the benefits of continuing her education. The social worker asked Sarah to join Mustaqbali without having to go back to school. Sarah not only flourished in the program, she went back to school and graduated with honors. She is now on a scholarship studying law and realizes that she doesn’t need to be at home next to her mother in order to help her.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Quantitative: The results of those who participated in the program for academic year 2011/2012: 0% dropped out of high school while they were in the program, 100% completed the program and 95% went on to continue their education in universities or institutes. The for the academic year 2012/13 are: 3% did not complete high school, 90% completed the program and 87% went on to continue their education in universities or institutes. We are currently in year three with 270 participants. We plan to keep the number at 270 until end of 2016 in hopes of excellent results as an incentive for the government to adopt this project nationwide. Qualitative: the program participants have shown an improved mood, more confidence and a desire to help others. We have been pleasantly surprised that many of those who have graduated the program come back as volunteers.
Sustainability

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

The program is part of a larger non-profit that has been on the ground for 50 years and has many investments that guarantee its overhead payments can be made for the next three years. Nonetheless the program has attracted the attention and support of the required ministries and we believe that it will be launched Nation-wide in the next three years. Until then, we are seeking funding from private corporates and individuals that support the cause.

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

As far as we know, there is no project like Mustaqbali in Saudi Arabia. We are the first and only organization to develop a yearlong program of its kind for female high school students who come from low income families. The training programs used on the students are carefully chosen to address their skill shortcomings from confidence to financial planning and uses of technology. We have found that other institutions provide shorter workshops and trainings that support the development of personal skills. Mustaqbali addresses the development of personal, educational and professional skills.
About You
Organization:
AlNahda
About You
First Name

Hanan

Last Name

AlSaif

About Your Organization
Organization Name

AlNahda

Organization Country

, Riyadh

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Riyadh

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Project
Year founded

2011

Impact
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

Quantitative: The results of those who participated in the program for academic year 2011/2012: 0% dropped out of high school while they were in the program, 100% completed the program and 95% went on to continue their education in universities or institutes. The for the academic year 2012/13 are: 3% did not complete high school, 90% completed the program and 87% went on to continue their education in universities or institutes. We are currently in year three with 270 participants. We plan to keep the number at 270 until end of 2016 in hopes of excellent results as an incentive for the government to adopt this project nationwide.
Qualitative: the program participants have shown an improved mood, more confidence and a desire to help others. We have been pleasantly surprised that many of those who have graduated the program come back as volunteers.

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

• Financial barrier: possibility of not finding a sponsor to financially fund the program. Due to our organizations excellent reputation and strong network over the course of the past 50 years, finding a replacement would not be too difficult.
• Service barrier: possibility of trainers not being able to attend the classes. We have a database that we refer to when such situations take place. We are also continuously increasing our database in this regard.
• Attendance barrier: possibility of students dropping out of the program. There is a very long wait list of students who would love to join the program; therefore, if one drops out her spot can easily be replaced.

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

This year, the number of our students has tripled. We are spread out into three entirely different geographic locations serving students that come from low income families. We plan to follow all 270 girls over the next 5 years to measure the impact of the program. We hope that the program is adopted by the ministry of education and becomes available to all girls in need.

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

Though the project has a relatively large budget due to having to pay 3rd parties for trainings; we begun this year working on capacity building of volunteers, Al-Nahda staff and teachers in order to utilize existing and willing resources whilst reducing our cost in the future and guaranteeing a larger impact. Furthermore, in order to guarantee the non-profits sustainability, it has focused over the years on investing in low-risk assets.

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

When this program first started, it was meant for AlNahda families only. The need was due to the fact that many students were graduating from high school and not continuing their education for many reasons such as: financial, social, self-esteem and the lack of inspiration. This program was designed to help our girls break out of the cycle that their mothers have also fallen victim to. The success of the program caught many eyes and has grown.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

Our Partners are:
• Aswaq
• Injaz
• Aflateen
• British Council
• AlNahda trainers
• Individual trainers (contractors)   

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

Training and education such as skills workshops, entrepreneurship courses, apprenticeship opportunities

Does your project utilize any of the strategies below?

Group learning experiences such as hands-on learning projects, cooperatives, collectives, support groups, and more

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