Best Ideas 2021 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.
Fighting Against Natural Threats Amongst Humans (FANTAH) project
Published on September 13, 2021 um 08:27
Explain your idea in details:
This is a project in which we will use youth groups(we will consider gender balance) around Blantyre where we will mobilize and enlighten them about our business proposal of establishing tree forests in their respective communities by using fast growing and maturing tree seedlings. Unlike most companies or organizations doing tree planting , our initiative will not only conserve nature but it will also be generating income. We will involve stakeholders like the District Commissioner and his departments namely youth and environmental departments not forgetting Traditional leaders. Once the youth groups embrace the idea then we will conduct a climate Change sensitization in youth communities where we will ask for pieces of community land from the traditional leaders. Then we will carry out training workshop on forest management and provide them with seedlings,simple handy tools which will replace heavy forest machinery and general guide book. All this will run in 1year but forest management will continue until trees are ready which is from 4-7 years to come. Upon growing and maturing, our Organization will find companies and individual customers who will be offered unbeatable lower prices. We will have an agreement signed at the beginning of it all that our NGO will be getting 30% of its profits and benefits from tree products.We already have youth groups who are willing to embrace the idea, those who were taking part in our previous projects incase the other groups turn down the deal. We will also opt to selling the seedlings to organizations directly from our nursery beds in case both youth groups turn down our proposal. Our mission is is to conserving the environment , renewable resources and reducing the impact of climate change through youth initiative at a profit .
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
* Job creation FANTAH project will create up to 150 jobs to the youth in the 4 zone groups and 2 community based organizations. Each zone is comprised of 30 members. If the all the 4 zones adopt our preposition then we will have 120 youths working towards FANTAH project. Every Community based organization is comprised of 15 members. Assume all the 2 CBOs have complied to work with us, then we will have 30 individuals working in FANTAH project. This will make the total of 150 youth impacted with FANTAH project. * Providing and preserving renewable resources. We have above 100 thousand seedlings in our main nursery which means by the end of this project we would plant more than 90 thousand seedlings. Thats providing a 90 thousand trees in the country as energy source. To make sure that our this energy source is sustainable we will adopt cut 1 and plant 2 policy. * Reduction of climate change related effects. After the successful of FANTAH project we project the decrease in climate change related effects like floods by 5% in 5 to 7 years to come in the city of Blantyre there by improving the environmental aspect of the city and impacting 967,110 population of Blantyre (population stat-world population data). * Promotion of social inclusion. The project is gender sensitive and it will promote gender balance and gender equality. Our policy is that all the youth zone groups and community based organizations should comprise of 40-50 % of girls and women. If we lobby this policy and succeed in 50/50 gender balance, then the project will also create jobs to 75 females both girls and women. The project will also promote social inclusion through the involvement of vulnerable groups within the groups.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
FANTAH project business has adopted the Manufacturer Model. We will provide the raw materials like seedlings, equipments and knowledge. The youth will include raw materials like man power which in return will produce trees that will be used for different purposes. As a youth led organization we do most of our work involuntarily and projects are run through grants and donations. Sometimes we do organize fundraising to raise money for a particular proposed project or program. This is the reason why we have decided to venture into business to at least have a source of income to support our projects but again we couldnt find sponsors. We waited for opportunity like this to take our ideas to the next level and find income to lift our fellow youth through our future projects. We have collaborated with the District council especially the Youth development officer and the district environmental officer in Blantyre city. Last year we collaborated with organization called Global Changemakers which provided us with a start up income to start the first phase of this project. To ensure sustainability of the project we plan to use simple technology like the using of handy forest tools instead of expensive machinery. Most of our staff members work on voluntary basis. This will sustain the project economically by saving the money we could have used to pay the staff members. We are using groups from zones in which its members comes from the communities so involving them directly will create the sense of ownership which will lead to social sustainability. The project will also ensure the balance of ecosystem by providing habitat for animals which in turn will provide dung as manure Above all the trees will provide us and animals with Oxygen and we will provide Carbon dioxide for both survival.
My name is Ali Saidi and I am 31 years old born in March 23rd 1990. Gladly the founder of this organization is 29 years old and all the group members are below 30years, I am the oldest in our Organization. I was in Blantyre Malawi. Up to now I have managed to get a diploma in nursing and midwifery obtained in 2021, online certificate in Project Management,1 year university certificate in Community Development in 2015 and a diploma in Public Health obtained in 2013. Apart from the above I have also attended numerous online and in person trainings courses from reputable Organisation. For instance I attended a training in HIV and AIDS/TB by World Health Organization, all climate change effects on all aspects of life from health to international waters and its mitigations organized by UNICEF, Introduction to Early Childhood Development organized by UNICEF as well, Community Organization for Action organized by Youth African Leaders Initiative (YALI) ,Management of patients with COVID-19 organized by WHO, Mentoring, Monitoring and Supporting Youth Leadership organized by YALI and Enhancing Cultural Humility and Understanding Barriers to Care. I have worked in an NGO for 3years as a HIV counselor before I joined nursing in 2017. Since then I have been working with Busy Youth Organization as a volunteer in part time. During the Corona pandemic I applied for Project Management online which I finished in early 2021. I have received 2 awards since I joined as a full time employer namely the employer of the year in 2020 when I managed to secure a grant from Global Changemakers to run the first phase of FANTAH project . I am flexible, straight to the point, I can adapt to any situation and am able to work under pressure with minimum supervision..
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