Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
Innovative Approach This project seeks to mitigate cardinal factors that affect education of orphans and vulnerable/street children in Teso Sub-region. The issues this project aims to address include: 1) reduce a high rate of orphans and vulnerable/street children school drop-out by 50% through sponsorship program; 2) fight poverty and unemployment among youth by promoting contemporary agriculture and vocational skills enhancement for sustainable development, food security and livelihood. 3) And environmental conservation through tree-planting. Objectives 1. To provide education support to vulnerable orphans and destitute/street children through sponsorship to complete education. 2. Create youth Income Generating Activities (IGA) and employment through capacity-building particularly training in vegetable growing, piggery, tree planting, poultry farming, and vocational training. Justification The problems of orphans and destitute/street children across Teso are acute. Mainly caused by parents death, conflicts and displacements, HIV/AIDS, endemic poverty due to unemployment, family conflicts and breakdown, abuse and neglect, unwanted pregnancies and human trafficking. Shockingly, approximately 1,200,000 children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Uganda without sustainable support. To-date, affected children are involved in metal scrap picking; pick-pocketing/theft, gambling, drug abuse and alcoholism. Activities for Objective-1: 1. Convene orientation meeting with communities and leaders to popularize project objectives, strategies and activities. 2. Conduct a baseline survey to map out benchmarks, opportunities, needs, gaps, challenges and to capture data for monitoring project performance. 3. Identify the most vulnerable orphans and destitute/street children to get education support. 4. Provide education assistance (tuition, uniform and scholastic materials to identified beneficiaries). Activities for Objective-2: 1. Hire Consultants to conduct youth trainings. 2. Organize and support trained youth for learning exposure visits (Go, see and Implement) approach. 3. Support youth access start-up capital to start small-scale (IGA) projects to procure (equipment, tools, agricultural inputs, chicks and raw materials).
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Youth With a Focus Teso (YWFT) is a (CBO) established in 2014 and registered in 2015 with the vision “To transform communities by inspiring youth to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity”. (YWFT) concept is to promote education, health, entrepreneurship amongst youth through training, economic empowerment, distribution and making of sanitary pads to vulnerable youth in rural communities with Organization objectives to: • Reduce girl children, orphans and vulnerable children school drop-out caused by stigma for lack of sanitary pads and poor menstrual management and poverty. • Form youth entrepreneurship groups/enterprises, train and equip with skills and technologies for employment creation. • Establish a revolving fund/VSLAs for youth economic empowerment, social capital access. Achievements YWFT distribution of re-washable sanitary pads to poor rural schools girls has reduced girl children school drop-out by 10% in supported schools. YWFT has piloted manufacturing of reusable sanitary pads for management of menstrual hygiene to consolidate girl children education. Additionally, we have constructed Biogas plants, planted trees and rain water harvesting to conserve environment. Promotion of contemporary agriculture is core in our operations whereby established backyard demonstration gardens of vegetables (tomatoes, green pepper, onions, garlic etc.) generate income, improving food security and livelihood. Success measurement and evaluation Our projects conduct baseline surveys to provide baseline data and benchmarks for monitoring, tracking progress, results/changes and projects outcomes. Basically, projects identify in advance intended results to achieve then use Results-Based Management approach for M&E project’s activities and outcomes. M&E of projects is based on defined results, methodologies and tools to measure achievements. This supports our better performance and accountability by applying a logical framework to plan, manage and measure project implementation and results. This is our basis for accurate reporting on results achieved. Information for reporting is not a headache, but our opportunity for critical analysis and organizational learning
Sustainability and future plans
The business model of this project is embedded to four UNSDGs (SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. SDG1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. And SDG-13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). As an important aspect of a comprehensive business strategy, YWFT has three pronged strategies whereby phase one entails lobbying for scholarships from donors and well-wishers so that identified orphans and vulnerable/street children enroll at school to peruse education. Aware that sponsorship is not a durable solution, phase two of the project will encompass technical capacity enhancement of sponsored beneficiaries in entrepreneurship and vocational training skills such as establishment of backyard demonstration gardens of vegetables (tomatoes, green pepper, onions, garlic and cabbage) where our sponsored students will be engaged after lessons, weekend and during holidays in vegetables production for income generation. The resources generated from this activity will be ploughed back for continuity and expansion of the project while part of it will be used for their sponsorship as donor support dwindles. Phase three of the project will involve training girls to make sanitary pads using locally available materials. After training and acquiring skills, trainees will be able to produce sanitary pads for themselves and sell the surplus to generate income. Similarly, this will improve the quality of menstrual hygiene management in schools and above all it will further reduce girl children school drop-out. It is one-off investment, affordable, sustainable and it is income generating as products can be sold.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am 27 years old. I graduated with a Bachelors' degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Makerere University Business School. I hold online certificates like UNICEF Information Security Awareness Course,Logistics of Health Commodities under USAID and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of public health and Monitoring and Evaluation( USAID Certificate). I am motivated the level of trust and belief that communities have in us and also being a victim of community problems such as unemployment, poverty and poor service delivery. My transparency, effective communication with the stakeholders, lobbying and mobilization skills among others have directly contributed to the success of project activities. I am currently a " VISIONARY" at the Global Citizen,an international movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030.On this platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues as part of a global community committed to lasting change.