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.

Your profile

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..


Stage of Idea

start-up stage

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October 20, 2021 09:04

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve >> The fear of failure. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

October 19, 2021 07:48

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

October 5, 2021 21:25

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Success is not final, failure is not fatal, It is the courage to continue that counts.

Your idea is very smart and practical.

September 29, 2021 08:14

Thank you very much brother. Youth has been neglected for quite sometime now. Its now time to wake up and start our own initiatives. This is an opportunity for us to establish a business that will last longer and at the same time meeting the 2030 agenda


September 29, 2021 07:25

This is an amazing idea, as it not only working on balancing the ecosystem and envirnmental conservation but also creating an opportunity to youth in different communities.

September 28, 2021 08:33

I love this project because you did not only preserve our planets but you are also investing in human capital development. I like your team spirit and working with people from diverse age.

September 28, 2021 08:32

I love this project because you did not only preserve our planets but you are also investing in human capital development. I like your team spirit and working with people from diverse age.

kondwani Gulani

September 15, 2021 19:35

I love the idea and this would help many youth in our country and it can be a welcome idea to community based youth clubs and organization. our country needs people like you with ideas to shape the youth and economically the youth should benefit via environmental activities this may reduce low levels of employment towards the youth groups in Malawi ...thanks much for FANTAH project..looking forward to a better sustainable environmental ....

September 14, 2021 14:24

Thank you very much sister Asimenye for voting and for your encouraging feedback, together we will win this war of war of fighting the negative impacts that are coming due to climate Change caused by our own actions like deforestation.

Tiyanjane saineti

September 14, 2021 14:23

Good idea lets bring back our good environment conducive for everyone lets do this. I like the idea if you need volunteers on this count on me lets make our Malawi beautiful

Asimenye Mwenitete

September 14, 2021 12:30

Wow! This amazing brother I really support this initiative. It\'s really high time to end this deforestation therefore bringing back our good climate . Not only that job creation is also here bravo go go.

Felix Ameen Addam

September 14, 2021 10:33

Well this is an amazing initiative where by not only it will provide jobs to the youth but also it will conserve the soil the most important natural resource and in the rain cycle. Put your most effort in conserving our planet all the best

Kwacha Ndalama

September 13, 2021 16:20

Wow it's really a nice one and I will be hopeful that you get this one, because I believe the world at large need this as a way to both to help earth in terms of global warming and deforestation and also create jobs for the youth of Malawi