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 education/training, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
We have directly benefited more than 200 Latin American and American students. Indirectly, we have also benefited their families and their towns in the sense that we strive for the education of committed and informed citizens who will have a positive impact in their communities.
As of today, we have produced 14 short films and documentaries, many of which have been screened nationally and internationally. One of them, for instance, won third price in a regional film festival on 2010. Another student film was selected to participate at the Rio Film Festival, the largest audiovisual event in Latin America.
We expect to expand our program in 2013 and reach hundreds of families in Ecuador and Chile.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
In the next three years, we expect to expand to two more countries in Latin America (Colombia and Chile). This means that our current location (Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador) will serve as our on-site training center for new teachers. Also, Ecuador will be the first country to have a local production company run entirely by our female graduates. In the next three years, we expect to have impacted the lives of 300 new participants.
Our community-based approach not only has resulted in a very successful model but has also proven to be replicable in communities where young people lack the tools to make their voices heard. Thus, we have been successful in implementing our pilots in both rural and urban communities where our students where of indigenous, mestizo or African descent.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
At this point, our main barrier is the lack of stable financial support. So far we have managed to fundraise enough money as to cover our program costs. However, expansion means more expenses. We hope to secure funding for the next three years as to continue spreading our model to other regions of Ecuador and Latin America.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
In six months, we expect to have finished preparing everything prior to departing to our on-site programs in Ecuador and Chile.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
In twelve months, we expect to have successfully completed two more community-based visual arts projects in Ecuador and Chile.