Builders of Freedom

Builders of Freedom: Social inclusion through education

São Luís, BrazilSão Luís, Brazil
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

We aim to give back to women who went to the jail the chance to have better conditions of living and work. Although all the prejudices these girls still suffer, we truly believe most of them have never received an opportunity. And we are sure the power of education can change their lives.

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

What it we could change fearsome prisons into great schools?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

According to the Secretary of Public Security, most of the women who went to the jail in our Country were caught when trying to help their husbands, boyfriends. After interviewing some of them, we could see most of them say they had no choice, and that's how life ended up to them. But we can see that there's no end, and if they do want to restart, we guarantee education is the only way to change their lives.

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

Our Institution wants to provide them courses on Civil Construction, in order to fill a enormous gap we have in the labor market in our country. This way, we are sure that the rate of violence, which is a growing parameter nowadays, is going to be lower and lower; the rates of education and science are going to be increased; the quality of life of our people will be immeasurably good; and then, we can get Social Inclusion through education.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Our Institution wants to provide them courses on Civil Construction to women who went to the jail. Doing that, they will have the opportunity to find a job after leaving the prison, and they will have the opportunity to start a new life, not coming back to life of crime.

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

We also in order to fill a enormous gap we have in the labor market in our country. This way, we are sure that the rate of violence, which is a growing parameter nowadays, is going to be lower and lower; the rates of education and science are going to be increased; the quality of life of our people will be immeasurably good; and then, we can get Social Inclusion through education.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Empowerment of women in a sexist society. Social Inclusion through education
Sustainability

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

As long as women will not come back to prison, the project will give them opportunity to live their lives by themselves

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

We are applying this project because we can see nobody else around the world is planning something like that. It's a completely new opportunity, which will promote equality of gender and social inclusion
Team

Founding Story

We were working on the concrete laboratory at our Institution, and thinking how hard could it be for common workers do the wrong thing on the construction site. We thought, initially, to start this kind of job with poor people, but we were facing the problem of violence every single day in our community. We are, now, still afraid of violence. And we realized we can provide the people who are trying to rob us conditions of education to change their lives, and stop living a life like that. It just brings pain and sadness to everyone. Let's change our futures, through education, through social inclusion.

Team

A Civil Engineering, A Doctor in Civil Engineering, An Architecture student, A Doctor on physics and an entire Department at our University.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Sponsored adversitements on Facebook

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I've worked with community works, with churches, groups, but I haven't worked for any company yet.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

My professors and my friends

Comments

Moses Karmali's picture

This is a pretty great organization and I like what you stand for. Keep up the great work and I wish you all the best in 2016

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