Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
AGROPHAN (Agriculture for Orphanages)
Explain your idea in details:
Our Objectives - To ensure self-sustainable food productions in 5 local orphanage homes and which will help transform their diets and reduce dependence on foreign donations. - To transform unskilled youths in orphanages into individuals who see self-sustainable livelihood as a means to fight starvation, malnutrition and in addition give them the skills to facilitate self-employment. What is the impact we are aiming to achieve with the project? - We want to look beyond occasional donations and ensure quality sustainable food production and availability in more than 5 local orphanage homes in Cameroon withing a period of 6 months. - Our initiative will also seeks to empower grown-up uneducated and unskilled youths in these homes to venture into other useful entrepreneurial ventures. - In case of any excess food harvested, we would love to donate to other institutions or sell to hotels or restaurants and the money would be used to send some of the children to schools. Main activities (which activities are we planning to do) Our plans include the following steps, the first of which we have begun. STEP 1: We have begun by working with community heads and stakeholders to develop an effective monitoring and evaluation system based on reports from pre-project surveys. We have already assessed the current needs of 5 local orphanages and at the same time measured the land spaces they could offer. STEP 2: Promote sustainable agriculture in community farms or gardens created for orphans in order to growing of vegetables and other food crops organically. STEP 3: Each of the orphanage staff would be trained and educated on environmental friendly farming, business development, marketing and bookkeeping. The grown up orphans would be thought on how to combat malnutrition with proceeds from the farms and other sustainable able techniques included.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
From our pre- project quantity and beneficiary needs assessment surveys, we came up with the number of orphanages and children in each of them and their immediate needs. We also note and measured their food and financial source and the nutritive quality and quantity of food they consumed. Their present health status were recorded, taken and also the types of food being served or available for eating on a daily bases. We will carry out a post-project survey at the end of the project to measure and compere if there have been differences in their sources of food, the quantity and quality before and after the project. If the result shows an increase in their food variety, quantity, quality, income, and health benefits within this period of time, it wills therefore means the project was a success. Also, if there is a change in these children health condition after a change of diet, it means our project is very successful. The employment rate of some of the unskilled grownups orphans who were on the verged to be kicked out on the streets to fend for themselves would be measured before and after the project. An increase will indicate increase in incomes to those who were unemployed. Based on the results from our evaluations, we will make needed modifications to enhance the project to a point where it can be replicated in other communities the organization team, project leader, established partner and women involve in the project.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
While carrying out the project, we will also combine agriculture and entrepreneurship trainings to create practical and integrated learning experience for the orphanage staffs and grown up unemployed youths found in the orphanages. They will continue to sustain the gardens and may even create an opportunity for them to earn some income from selling excess food harvested. We have plans to connect them with local hotels, restaurants that will be always willing to buy from them. If money is made from selling excess food, they will use it to keep the farm running, buy seedlings and also replace tools. We will also and always visit these farms from time to time to check on their progress. We are always doing networking to find more collaborators, volunteers and donors to help us with their expertise particularly in the financial, health and food domains. We have been lucky enough to have a student doctor and a professional chef (Chef Elijah) joining our team from time to time. We have also created wonderful relationship with the orphanages and the children each time we visit to make them see reasons while we are there.
Njeke Joshua, 29 years of age, from Cameroon is a passionate farmer, social entrepreneur and founder of Agri-Life organization in 2014. Growing up in an orphanage, Joshua and other orphans experienced worst days of starvation, malnutrition and diseases such as marasmus and kwashiorkor which are forms of protein energy malnutrition. This inspired Joshua to setup food and vegetable gardens for local orphanages. His goal is to help grow supplementary food crops for healthy and nutritious meals and to train young orphans who have no opportunities in engaging in any income generating activities to improve on their livelihoods so that they may successfully support their needs. He also uses interactive dialogues, girl-and-women's clubs and workshops to promote gender equality. Njeke is a graduate in the fields of Geography from the University of Buea and Agriculture and community Development from the Pan African Institute of Development. He plans to continue empowering boys, girls and women to be tomorrows workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, and leaders Why me? Njeke recalls how he slept almost half hungry on several occasions and ate imbalanced meals. He has seen and experienced first handed what most organizations out there are trying to solve and his dream project has a direct relationship with his story. His AGROPHAN project is a holistic solution that addresses a major challenge he was a victim to and it affected his health and education journey for long. Haven been a vulnerable victim and seeing the pains other children and other vulnerable communities are currently going through fueled his leadership zeal to generate a change through community projects to impact the lives of many vulnerable youths. Njeke is enormously very passionate to promote an environment in which vulnerable communities are cared for, supported, bodily, mentally and socially.