Best Projects 2022 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.
The Phoenix Project
Explain your project in details:
The intertwined relationship of education and poverty is no more a bone of contention, but one that has aroused people to come up with solutions to bring education to underprivileged children. This is what forms the main goal of our project, aptly named Phoenix. We have also used social media extensively to raise awareness, change attitudes and drive people to pledge. On our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page, we have posted banners, posters and brochures as well as regular updates regarding our progress. We are delighted to see all the positive reviews from our peers, which has motivated us to go forward with this project and aim greater heights. Just as a Phoenix rises from the ashes of sacred materials, we strive to give new purpose to used books, by collecting and donating them to NGOs which look after the education of poor or orphaned children. We, as a group of six, hope to make a small difference to ensure that no child is left uneducated. In our endeavor to realize our goal, we spread the word to encourage people to gather old textbooks, plain notebooks and loose papers that do not serve any purpose. Creating our own website has also helped us reach out to a wider audience. These books were collected and promptly sent to Emirates Red Crescent, the United Arab Emirates affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Within three weeks, we managed to collect one hundred and fifty kgs worth of books from more than forty donors! We hope to collect a total of at least six hundred kgs in six months. With this amount, we have helped more than fifty underprivileged children. We hope to make is small community global one day.
Sustainability and future plans
In the future, we plan on contacting more NGOs and even widening our scope to include recyclable materials like newspapers and old clothes for donations. We hope to collect more than 600kg of books in the next 6 months.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am sixteen years old and currently studying at Delhi Private School, Dubai. I am from India. The motivation to fulfil these SDG goals came to my mind when I was on a vacation in India and saw a group of kids on the street who were absorbed in this torn book fallen on the road. Since then, I wanted to do something that would impact the world and kids like these who didn't have enough opportunities like us. I then formed a team of six members who wanted to help for this cause and participated in a Global Goals competition whose aim is to fulfil SDG goals and was selected as a finalist.