Connect, Create, Conserve - Latin America

Connect, Create, Conserve - Latin America

Sydney, AustraliaBacolod, Philippines
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Project Connect, Create, Conserve's main objective is to empower Philippine communities to reduce the worst forms of child labor in a self-sustaining manner. It connects organisations, communities, and social enterprises and other groups. It also creates livelihoods for families through workshops that also educate about how to conserve cultural and social structures, and the natural environment.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

I a trying to prevent the worst forms of child labor through socio-economical education.

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

Implementation of artistic, social entrepreneurial education into 'at risk' (of child labor) communities.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Participants from at risk community will be provided with free education to assist them in creating their own social enterprises. This will help them to generate enough income for their families basic living and educational needs. People in the community are trained on critical thinking, small business and project management, leadership and effective communication. This education is provided through 22 Study Program Activities. Project Spiral is a creative section of the module, which involves community building and artistic expressions of participants goals and ideas. The daily outlined schedule includes ice-breakers and relaxation techniques, and sometimes guest speakers motivate and share information and experience with the community. Throughout each workshop, participants must consider the social and environmental impacts of their business ideas, and are encouraged to meet the needs of their community in a holistically sustainable manner.
Sustainability

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

I am partnered with Bantay Bata 163, Bacolod, and the Commission on Indigenous Peoples. We have built further partnerships with (NCIP) The Department of Education, Division of Silay City Local Government Division of Silay City, and Tumandok Crafts. Other nearby orgnisations are working with similar communities, but only Bantay Bata 163 is working in the particular communities where the project is to be implemented within. The challenge with Bantay Bata is the newness of the program. They themselves stem from a social enterprise, but had not been utilising this experience by sharing it with the community. Social enterprise is almost unheard Philippine provinces, and it can be challenging steering the partner organisation to educate communities about a values based economy.
Team

Founding Story

There was never an Aha moment. It was a slow process of building on the information, knowledge and skills I have acquired over the years.
About You
Organization:
Nomadic Hands
About You
First Name

Simone

Last Name

Francis

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Nomadic Hands

Organization Country

, NSW, Sydney

Country where this project is creating social impact

, NOC, Bacolod

Age of Innovator

18-34

Gender of Innovator

Female

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)

Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Feedback from the community states that people are thinking more about their children's future, and about their surrounding environment. The community has gained strength by taking part in community building activities, and have been able to adequately express their ideas, desires and plans for their future. They have undertaken activities such as community mapping, which has allowed them to identify their own networks and resources, and have begun to learn about how to manage a business. Their confidence has boosted, and they are more passionate about collaborating with their peers to create social impact.

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

We project that community members will have launched their social enterprises and are generating sufficient income so that their children do not have to work. If the pilot is successful, it will be replicated and implemented into other communities that Bantay Bata works with.

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

If any members of the community would like to start an eco-tourism project, they require permission from the land owners, yet land owners may not allow the community to use their land partake in ecotourism ventures. Land rights need to be clear, and other types of income generating activities for example creating and selling crafts created further social business options.

Working alongside the government with this project is important in the Philippines, yet the bureaucracy involved can really slow down the implementation process. If the government see income generation though, for example ecotourism, there is a greater chance of gaining support including resources.

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

Assist the host organisation during the implementation process

Task 2

Document the communities progress

Task 3

Evaluate the pilot project's success

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

Conduct consultations within new communities

Task 2

Develop proposals for project stakeholders

Task 3

Train organisational staff to be ready for implementation at the local level

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

After consultations with anti child Labor organisations in the Philippines, Bantay Bata, The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and Nomadic Hands initiated a partnership. The development of modules commenced with assistance from Dr. Divina Edralin- Professor of Business Management at De La Salle University Manila. Demonstration workshops took place in partnership with the local MALIGNU Earth music group. (NCIP) The Department of Education and Division of Silay City Local Government are in collaboration and offer resources. Tumandok Crafts is a partner for international distribution.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Marketing is something that this initiative is in need of. I can offer media assistance and innovative ideas. An investment towards the communities social enterprises would be of great help.