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.
Explain your project in details:
FreeHelper is a Social Non-Profit Start up that connect NGOs and professional volunteers for pro bono work through technology in the most varied areas. Our mission is to accelerate, professionalize and increase the impact of NGOs around the world. We have a database of professional volunteers and NGO partners with different social causes, we seek to understand what kind of professional this organization needs and then we connect it with the specialized volunteer so that they can take action within a short or medium term, preferably remotely. Therefore, the actions of Freehelper go through all areas of knowledge to impact the NGO, but mainly in the area of communication, financial and legal. We seek qualified professionals and students who are interested in making a difference by using their knowledge to contribute to the processof professionalization of NGO and positively impact society.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Freehelper connects people who wish to do professional volunteer work to NGOs that need this support through short or medium-term actions and remotely depending on the availability of the volunteer. Currently, Freehelper has more than 30 NGO partners and 1300 volunteers in 13 Brazilian states and in Portugal, the United States, Argentina and Kenya. Freehelper has already performed more than 30 actions, with a total reach of 130 thousand people and a value of around 800 thousand reais saved directly and indirectly by the NGOs served. I will cite three specific cases to exemplify: in the past month, Freehelper has connected a volunteer in the area of communication to NGO Drafting Smiles that works against child sexual abuse, developing strategic communication planning for child sexual abuse prevention, therefore, the Freehelper volunteer acted directly on the conscience of several people from Curitiba through the tactics in which the action against child violence took place and was publicized (social media); Also this month, Freehelper connected a finance volunteer with the NGO Amires that deals with HIV prevention and treatment. In this case, the volunteer freehelper developed a strategy to attract resources through crouwdfunding and obtained 5,000 reals for the NGO; One of our greatest achievements las year was when Freehelper connected a communication volunteer with the NGO Endeleza who works on a project that provides sustainable primary education in Kenya to carry out a campaign called 30,000 drops in order to obtain financial resources for the purchase purification tablets for the schools in Mugae, and obtained a total of 10 thousand tablets, so the action carried out by the volunteer freehelper impacted more than 200 children in the primary school in Kenya and there was still a long-term impact for the NGO itself because she decided to remain active in Endeleza's projects.
Sustainability and future plans
Freehelper is best placed to deliver on this project and achieve the outcomes because we have been in operation for more than a year, we have a quality team and concrete strategies for our growth, being prepared to implant a platform and increase the impact on the current and future NGO partners. There are a large number of people who value volunteer, so we believe in our cause and we know where we can get with the right tools. With more than a year, working manually with a site already impact +130 thousand people and saved ~ $ 800k for NGOs in more than 30 completed actions. Our contribution is to finance operations and marketing investments by automating the operation process and increasing size and impact of actions.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Jacqueline, I am a 22 year old Brazilian who has always sought to help others and make a better world, so I have always done volunteer work in NGOs. During college me and some friends thought we could generate more social impact if we help NGOs to professionalize and facilitate the work of anyone who wants to volunteer, so we had the idea of connecting professional volunteers to NGOs through an online platform, giving rise to Freehelper. My studies have always been focused on human rights, gender equality and development, so I have been working with various social causes and studying social impact to achieve the SDGs. I have participated in international human rights competitions at the UN and currently also work as a feminist activist.