Mobile Information Centre

Mobile Information Centre

Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Creative Arts and Group Counselling.This is counselling using creative ways in order build self esteem. The activities seek to improve the physical, emotional and psychosocial well being.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Hatcliffe Extension Community is a semi- squatter suburb. Most of the housing structures are made of plastics sheets. A lot of the girls are school drops outs and only get to Grade 7. There are no recreational facilities, which leaves them with nothing to do except engaging in prostitution. There is no information access, clinics are far away, thus people tend to remain uninformed. The campaigns against HIV/AIDS and Sexually transmitted diseases have not had any follow ups at young mothers and pregnant girls tend to shun the public clinics. This is due to the stigma they face when they seek services.

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

My solution is to provide a mobile Information Technology Library/ Information Centre. This will operate as an income generating project for young women who would be willing to operate the mini- internet cafe/ information Centre.Girls will be provided with relevant information on teenage pregnancy, abuse, antenatal care and family planning. Discussions on entrepreneurship will also take place. Distribution of family planning pills will also be done at this information centre. Basic counselling for young persons and referrals would be done at this centre.
Impact: How does it Work

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

5 Young women would be trained to operate computers and photocopier every 6 months and on a rotational bisis. 1 would be the IT consultant(assisting with photocopying), 1 would be the volunteer peer counsellor together with the professional counsellor, another would be in-charge of the Information Library. The library will be made up of a Van, to ensure that the equipment and books are secure, it will be parked at a safe place during the night. The resource office will be a tent that is pitched during the day next to the van.It will provide basic counselling, pamphlets on many subjects affecting young people. and referrals of where one can get assistance. The van would have 3 computers, a printer and photocopier. This will be used to run the business of photocopying, printing and scanning. This would make a difference to the community as a lot of agencies do not have any physical structures in the community. Hatcliffe community is a volatile community and can be difficult to work in during the times of by-elections. With a mobile unit, the organization is guaranteed of the security of the equipment and continuation of project after elections. In terms of the beneficiaries, a lot of young people who end up engaging in cults, drug abuse and prostitution would have an alternative way of spending their afternoons. The project would also ensure that the young mothers are not discriminated against as they will receive advice and guidance from their peers. It is hoped that the community would embrace better family planning methods.

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

My peers are the local clinic which is 10km away and other agencies who work in the community. These are also my competitions. Most of them have been involved in Home Based Care Training, Market Gardening, food distribution and school fees payment. These players do not pose a big challenge to our growth as we are doing something that has not been done before in the country. Furthermore, not many people are embracing Information Technology Projects.

Founding Story

I have been working with street children for eight years. When I joined the organization in 2003, I was in the Administration Department. Over the years my passion for being around the children saw me being moved to the Outreach Department. I pioneered an HIV/AIDS Peer Project for Youths and managed a Young mothers and Pregnant girls Project. This is my calling, and I left when contract ended. Due to the fact that I have a passion for working in the community, I decided to start my own consultancy.I relocated to Hatcliffe in 2010 and started experiencing the need to make a difference in the lives of the children around me. Most of the young children do not go to school. They tend to go to the dump site nearby to scavenge for food and clothes.
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Rufaro Foundation
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About Your Organization
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Rufaro Foundation

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How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two


Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)

Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

the solution not yet tried out

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

The project will have the following impact
1. Reduced gap in access to Information and Communication Technology
2. Establish a place of safety or point of contact for children and youths in need
3. More young women who are educated and empowered on family planning options
4. Decision Making and Career guidance that is sound, based on knowledge gathered from the Centre

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

1. Lack of funding for the mobile unit. I hope to start on foot outreach programme, whilst sourcing funding for vehicle.
2. Political environment. I would work with the local community leaders in order to engage the community.
3. Illiteracy. I will conduct the sessions in vernacular language and also offer subsided computer lessons to those interested.
4. Lack of funding. Distribute pamphlets during outreach visits

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Identification of Trainee Volunteers through Outreach

Task 2

Gathering and Collecting IEC Materials

Task 3

Training of Information Centre Volunteers

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Operating the Information Centre

Task 2

Workshops on Child protection, Abuse and Family Planning Options

Task 3

Selection and induction of Community Child Protection Officers

Tell us about your partnerships

The partners of my projects are 3 youths who currently live in this community.

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