Manyang Reath Kher's New Entry

Manyang Reath Kher's New Entry: cup of coffee to help refugees.

Richmond , United StatesGambela , Ethiopia
Year Founded:
2008
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Humanity Helping Sudan Project in partnership with Whole Foods Market will launch a revolutionary awareness campaign focused on South Sudanese refugees through one of America’s favorite beverages: coffee.
The project has three goals:
EDUCATING:
FUND RAISING
CREATING JOBS:

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

What if we could the showed the word that, we are one intelligent species. Different colors, different tongues. But we are one in the fight to end hunger?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The UN refugee agency reported this year that the number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million. More than 2.25 million people are now displaced in South Sudan and across its borders, facing poverty and famine.

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

To build upon the success of Humanity Helping Sudan Project's previous agricultural programs, we are now seeking to stimulate the economy for the refugee community through small-scale farming with the success of Ethiopia’s world-renowned coffee production and Fair Trade export. On average, 100 million Americans consume coffee daily. By selling premium Ethiopian coffee through our corporate sponsor, Whole Foods Market® –– HHSP can spread awareness and transformational change in the Sudan. The product packaging will serve as a worldwide marketing tool to promote awareness and understanding of the dire situation in the Sudan. The program will advocate for higher education; and leadership skills that will bring a future of entrepreneurship.

Awards

Dosomething Award
Impact: How does it Work

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

Through funding from Whole Foods Market®, I established and maintained a four acre farm in Gambella, Ethiopia, provided jobs to local refugee families and a sustainable way of life. Givings from Allegro Coffee enabled HHSP to drill six wells in Gambella that serve 40,000 residents. Since 2010, I have been able to distribute 120 nets each year to local fishermen so they can catch fish to feed their families and to provide sources of income with their surplus. Partnering with a trade school, HHSP was also able to to provide leadership training to 18 students in the areas of poultry production, fishing, farming, sewing and well repair (pumps & infrastructure).

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

Since 2010, HHSP has brought national awareness to those in the U.S. of the 300,000 struggling individuals living in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, while empowering to them to become self-sufficient. Of the 2.5 million people that have been displaced by the Sudanese Civil War, 40,000 of these refugees have received direct and long-term aid through HHSP initiatives, such as learning to fish, farm, and integrate into the general population. HHSP hope to expand our programming by increasing staff to add value to our programs. We are hoping to hire two new staff members, one will work on-site to oversee the recruitment and training of coffee farmers in Ethiopia; the second will work in the United States as well as Ethiopia to further business development and marketing to add value to the program in Ethiopia.

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

The short-term goals are practical and achievable; we plan to impact 250,000 refugees, purchase chickens,nets for fishing, and upkeep water wells. The long-term goals are through Whole Foods Market and other channels, in fact, Humanity Helping Sudan Project plans to hold events to spread awareness and promote the opportunity for individuals to get involved in the project. Essentially, every contribution to this project will not only be used to sustain the people of South Sudan, but also to promote a dialogue in America, where people are largely unaware of this young country’s hardships.
Sustainability

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

Humanity Helping Sudan currently has chicken farms, fishing program and farmland for agriculture, HHSP has leased land for 50 years in Ethiopian through a grant by Allegro Coffee. Since 2010, Whole Foods Market, Inc. has been our biggest sponsor. The existing projects and our relationship with Whole Foods Market, Allegro Coffee and the farmers in Ethiopia makes our organization well suited to accomplish this project's financial sustainability.

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

Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund operating in Ethiopia. Its goals are to manifest positive social change though finance and consultation. Their focus is micro-economics by providing loans and training to small scale farmers. HSSP is also in South Sudan and Ethiopia. We also focus on small-scale farming. However, we do not make loans and expect our recipients to repay any capital investment. Our focus is not to be dependent upon any kind of aid but to be self-sufficient.
Team

Founding Story

My earliest memories are of war, dead bodies, and my uncle trying to save my life. At age 3, I became a refugee of the Sudanese civil war and one among 20,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan.” I was orphaned because my father was one of the 2.5 million people who were killed by war and I was separated from my mother and sister. I lived in refugee camps along the Sudanese and Ethiopian border, where homelessness, hunger, fear, and abuse were part of everyday life. I longed for my mother and father. I faced starvation, sickness, and horrifying injuries. I never gave up and hoped for a better life.

Team

Humanity Helping Sudan Project Board of Directors Chair - Craig Whitmore ➢ Vice Chair Manyang Reath ➢ Chief Financial Officer o Carolyn Belgrad ➢ Chief Administrative Officer o Kathleen Hornik ➢ Members: Operations Team ➢ Team Leader o Eric Prince ➢ Secretary o Ikenna Okafor ➢ Event Coordinator o Reashell Long ➢ Grant Coordinator o ➢ Program Coordinator o ➢ Public Relations Coordinator o Brooke ➢ Members: o Bryan Morgan o Nathan Maiewski o Eric Stanley   Roles of Board Members Board Chair: The Chair shall convene regularly scheduled Board meetings, shall preside or arrange for other members of the executive committee to preside at each meeting in the following order: Vice-Chair, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. o Oversee board meetings o Work in partnership with the Team Leader to make sure board resolutions are carried out o Call special meetings if necessary o Assist Team Leader in preparing agenda for officer meetings o Assist Team Leader in conducting new officer orientation o Oversee searches for a new Team Leader o Coordinate Team Leader's annual performance evaluation o Work with the Board to recruit new board members o Act as an alternate spokesperson for the organization o Periodically consult with board members on their roles and help them assess their performance Vice Chair: The Vice-Chair shall chair committees on special subjects as designated by the Board o Attend all board meetings o Carry out special assignments as requested by the board chair o Understand the responsibilities of the board chair and be able to perform these duties in the chair's absence o Participate as a vital part of the board leadership o Act as an spokesperson for the organization Chief Administrative Officer: The Chief Administrative Officer shall be responsible for keeping records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Board member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained. o Attend all board meetings o Maintain all board records and ensure their accuracy and safety o Review board minutes o Assume responsibilities of the chair in the absence of the board chair, chair-elect, and vice chair o Provide notice of meetings of the board and/or of a committee when such notice is required Chief Financial Officer: The Chief Financial Officer shall make a report at each Board meeting. Chief Financial Officer shall assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to Board members and the public. o Attend all board meetings o Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives o Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations o Manage the board's review of and action related to the board's financial responsibilities Individual Board Member: o Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events. o Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs. o Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board meetings. o Make a personal financial contribution to the organization. o Inform others about the organization. o Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization o Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field. o Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies. o Refrain from making special requests of the staff. o Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements.  
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Ashoka changemaker

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

Founder and Director.

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.

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

Through funding from Whole Foods Market®, I established and maintained a four acre farm in Gambella, Ethiopia, provided jobs to local refugee families and a sustainable way of life. Givings from Allegro Coffee enabled HHSP to drill six wells in Gambella that serve 40,000 residents. Since 2010, I have been able to distribute 120 nets each year to local fishermen so they can catch fish to feed their families and to provide sources of income with their surplus. Partnering with a trade school, HHSP was also able to to provide leadership training to 18 students in the areas of poultry production, fishing, farming, sewing and well repair (pumps & infrastructure).
As a full-time college student, I have conducted on-campus and online crowd-funding events to raise funding for all programs HHSP provide. Upon graduation, I hope to devote my efforts and leadership skills gained to be able to achieve my goal of providing meaningful and transformative change for Sudanese refugees world-wide.

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

With national recognition gained from VH1 “Do Something” Award in 2012, I have been invited to speak at summits and special events that focused attention on the plight of Sudanese refugees. I have engaged conversations with a number of public figures like Beyonce Knowles and CNN reporters John King and Anderson Cooper. I have been interviewed by local and national news about the Sudanese crisis, including ABC News and Comcast Newsmakers. I was recently invited to the World Bank Group’s Global Refugee Crisis Summit in Washington D.C. and has actively participated in the American Express Leadership Institute in New York City. In 2011, with sponsorship dollars I raised from Allegro Coffee and Whole Foods Market®, HHSP was able to lease 10,000 sq. meters of uncleared land for a community garden which gave local refugees jobs and food. I am an American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Advocate, you can hear my story here: https://youtu.be/UfjTzWAp-7Q. I also toured with fellow Lost Boy, actor and activist, Ger Duany, bringing the film The Good Lie to college universities. Sharing my story and the stories of my fellow refugees have led me to many opportunities, and I hope this fellowship will continue my journey to greatness for the refugees of Sudan.