Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The first group of kids we worked with was the most difficult because they were almost adults. Most of them, as a peruvian saying says, had one foot in and one foot out of the delinquency context. Either way, we worked with them and gave them free surf classes. One of the kids from this group, John, had always showed lots of interest in photography. Over the years he became very loyal to our project. Once he learned how to surf, he learned how to teach and, then, became one of our instructors. Simultaneously, through these years he started taking photos of our project and finally became part of the publicity agency we work with. John is the oldest and by far the best example we have of the positive results our project can achieve.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Ten years ago, the neighborhood we work with was considered one of the most dangerous of our city. The work we have done with the children in these last 8 years has transformed the panorama in a 50% and we are sure that in the next 10 years we will have changed it entirely. Some of the children we work with are sons of thieves, our project offers them other role models and opportunities to grow out of there harsh environment. We first teach them different sports and activities, and then offer them the opportunity to grow in which ever occupation they prefer. Up until this day we have kids that have became sports instructors, professional athletes and photographers.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In the last couple of years we have started to include children from the neighborhoods nest to our first one. They are also poor neighborhoods, but not very related to the sea. The central axis of our projects is founded on identity. When we consider geographic spread, we always look for a healthy identity the kids of the neighborhood can identify with, and we work with that. For example, these new neighborhoods related very closely with muay thai, because of the high levels of violence they come from.