Blankets and Clothing for All
Explain your idea in details:
There are many initiatives to collect clothing and blankets for those in need. Temporary initiatives are great but it would be better to have a permanent collection and distribution service in place throughout the year. What happens to clothing/fabric companies’ factory faulty items, under quality and/or excess material? If collected, the branding can be removed (if necessary) and could be an added resource other than public and corporate sponsors. The organisation can even be broadened by teaching people to knit their own blankets. This would require specific equipment, materials and the hosting of educational sessions. The same can also be applied to teach people how to make their own clothing and bedding. If this section of the organisation succeeds it could evolve in employing permanent staff to make blankets, clothing and bedding for those in need.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The organisation's target will be to identify and assist anyone that is in dire need of blankets, basic clothing and bedding. The organisation can be broaden (as described in the previous section) to teach and employ individuals to make blankets, clothing and bedding. The success of the organisation can be measured by assessing how many individuals were positively influenced, financial reports regarding the expenditure of resources and feedback from the community, executive board and sponsors. ----- The idea supports the following Sustainable Development Goals; 1. No Poverty 3. Good Health and Well-Being 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Plans for implementation and sustainability
A business model that suits a Non-profit Organization (NPO) should be implemented. A NPO relies mainly on the support of grants issued by the government and public/corporate sponsors. An executive board is essential to assure that the organisations resources are used responsibly. The main intention of staring a NPO is to enrich other people's lives and should keep its focus on it. Therefore, the goal is not to make money but rather provide employment and to enrich communities.
I am studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, currently third year, at Stellenbosch University. I am 21 years old and my passion is to promote sustainable ecological and social practices. Everyone has the potential to do good. Thus, if we all work together, we can achieve so much more! Life Motto: Strive towards a perfect world.