Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
APOFU: Engaging the Future!
Explain your project in details:
Education is our primary focus. APO-FU develops projects that boost human development through non traditional education. Our primary project in Malawi is the construction of schools at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Our goal is to provide integral education to people that have arrived as refugees to Malawi in order to survive due to persecution, war, violence and crisis that takes place in there originary countries, such as DRC, Rwanda and Somalia. We decided to focus on this because of the lack of educational infrastructure in the country and inside the Refugee Camp. With our school they will have it right away in their location, that place to learn, share and develop their human potential. We have now built 4 classrooms, three are for education purposes and one is to dentistry attention, but our goal for now is achieving 14 classrooms. The expected outcome of the project is that 1600 people attend the school in the 14 classrooms that we expect to build. The beneficiaries will be primarily kids and teenager refugees, but also people from neighbor communities, because they also live far away form the schools and dont have any recreation space. The education we introduce is integral, it includes Environmental Conservation because we have a social business about crops using permaculture methods, the idea is to teach also about food security and eco education, environmental economics, sustainable practices, about those topics. We would work also regarding peace and dispute settlement, because the refugees have passed through all of it due to wars and disputes, so this is fundamental. Technology: The education we want is an integral one, that prepares them for life as a whole, and also we intend to introduce technologies at the school, so that we can contribute to close the digital gap.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Through our project, we intend to provide a differential education, adapted to the refugee camp, as we know that what we want to reach human development and to improve their quality of life, so we will teach the subjects of the traditional education in order to prepare them if they have the opportunity to go to high school or even the university. Our project includes building 14 classroms, and we have already 2 completed build it and ready to use, now we are moving to the next 12 missing. More organizations decides to helps on our ideas and we have now ecological, education and social projects to develop in Malawi. We're growing more and more and with is, we been winning recognition's for our return on this communities as: Award for social entrepreneurship Yo Creo granted by Latin University of Costa Rica (2018) Award Best social projects in Latin America - Ranking 16 over the best 500 projects (2019)
Sustainability and future plans
What APOFU proposes for solving these problems in an innovative and in a different way from those that already exist is firstly, building a integral education and health center at the surroundings of the refugee camp, that will work also for the neighbor communities of hard reach, where aids are being denied, decentralizing economic activity not just at the industrial center but to also to rural areas. Introduce education that empowers the community as a whole, empowering leaderships and showing the community that they can be the protagonists and the promotes of their own development. An integral education attached to their reality that prepare to face their problems and issues and transforming them into entrepreneurial opportunities. In coordination with the community we create the plan we want to follow in order to achieve the exit of our project. Providing traditional education in coordination with the government of the country and a non traditional to embrace other problem in order to improve living quality. Organic agriculture and take advantage on the space and the resources they have for food security and access to clean water are part of the essential work we do. We have now built 4 classrooms, three are for education purposes and one is to dentistry attention, but our goal for now is achieving 14 classrooms. The expected outcome of the project is that 1600 people attend the school in the 14 classrooms that we expect to build. The beneficiaries will be primarily kids and teenager refugees. Our financing sources are from founds of volunteers and activities the we organized, our volunteers believe in us and we want to more people know us and the people on the field the we help. On the future, we hope take this project and be able to expand.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Student of Human Development and gender, back in 2016, with 24 years old, I starts a volunteer program in the US, to prepare him self to visit and work in Mozambique and build a school. Back in 2017, I decided to create his own organization called APO-FU, creating as well a team of 8 people dedicated to work in rural communities and help them create a better life style thru education, permaculture techniques, health programs and water access. He has already win recognitions cause of his hard work on the field and helping communities in Africa and Costa Rica. Thanks to his leadership, APO-FU was currently designed as the No 16 over the most importants 500 social projects in Latin America, The organization is growing more and more every day, working in send this help to more communities. It was in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi where I got one of the biggest learnings of my experience. I got to understand better not only the role of big international bodies, but also the perception of the people they work for. I realized the needs of these refugees and got to be be part of their lives for almost three months . This made me grow as a human being, and now I want to share their stories with as many people as my voice can reach. Gender and Development at National University of Costa Rica (2015) Environmental Engineering at Technical Nacional University (2015) Participated at Institute of Cooperation and Development, Michigan (2016) Project in Food Distribution Organization for rural areas in Mozambique (2016-2017) Founded APOFU (2016) APO-FU first project Mozambique(concluded 2017) APO-FU project Malawi ( 2017) APO-FU project Costa Rica (2018) Award for social entrepreneurship Yo Creo granted by Latin University of Costa Rica (2018) Award best social project in Latin America (2019)