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Amizade is excited to introduce to the first cohort of the GSAA. Get to know all projects created by this year’s participants and consider donating to their initiatives.

 

Disaster Relief Projects: Hurricane Maria, 12-20 months after

Puerto Rico universally suffered exorbitant damages after Hurricane Maria passed. The local communities of Puente Blanco…

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Disaster Relief Projects: Hurricane Maria, 12-20 months after

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Disaster Relief Projects: Hurricane Maria, 12-20 months after

Puerto Rico universally suffered exorbitant damages after Hurricane Maria passed. The local communities of Puente Blanco and Juanna Matos remain in a vulnerable position even after repairs, some of which are fundamental to the manner in which those communities came into existence. These concerns must be addressed so that the people of these communities can focus on increasing their capacity and reaching their maximum potential as contributing members of society while living at ease within their
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About Luis Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez is an Advising Professor at the University of Illinois.  He specializes in biological system modeling, simulation, and analysis. He works to ensure that complex food and agricultural systems can operate efficiently, with minimal wastage, while managing costs for the benefit of both society and the environment.

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Youth-designed Programming Space in Clairton

As YOD serves a growing number of youth in Clairton on a limited budget (YOD is…

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Youth-designed Programming Space in Clairton

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Youth-designed Programming Space in Clairton

As YOD serves a growing number of youth in Clairton on a limited budget (YOD is now the only after-school and summer programming provider for males ages 8-14 in the area), a need has arisen for a new space to more effectively serve this population. YOD youth participants attend programming 4 days per week, which consists of homework help, a one-hour educational lesson, and recreational time. New space has been secured but YOD staff wants to incorporate more of the youth perspective in the design of this programming space. This project will allow the youth to incorporate their ideas and spearhead this process, making it more into a space that will accommodate more youth as well as become a space in which youth will be able to learn AND have fun!

 

About Brandon Ziats

Brandon is the executive director of the Youth Opportunities Development and is one of Amizade’s community partners in Pittsburgh. He has worked in the Violence Prevention field for over 10 years in the communities of Clairton, McKees Rocks, Hill District, and South Pittsburgh.

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Ironbound Initiative: Local and International Student Outreach

We are medical students at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Nicole is a third-year medical student…

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Ironbound Initiative: Local and International Student Outreach

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Ironbound Initiative: Local and International Student Outreach

We are medical students at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ who have created a project called “Ironbound Initiative”. Nicole Silva and other third and fourth-year medical year students oversee and lead the program in the Ironbound, with first and second-year students volunteering, as well. We work in partnership with Mantena Global Care, a Brazilian community-based organization, in the Ironbound District of Newark. Our outreach is based on the following mission: 

“As healthcare providers, it is imperative that we obtain optimal information on the health and socioeconomic needs of our target populations.  Furthermore, hospitals, like other public service institutions, have a responsibility to be integrated into their surrounding communities. The Ironbound Initiative will strive to address New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and the University Hospital (UH) responsibility to the Ironbound community by addressing and improving gaps in healthcare that have been noted by the community. The Ironbound community is a culturally rich area, with one of the highest Brazilian and Portuguese immigrant populations in the country. This patient population consists of documented and undocumented immigrants who have little access to healthcare and are challenged by language and cultural barriers. Therefore, with the creation of the Ironbound Initiative, we strive for substantial outreach by addressing the needs of the Ironbound community centers and their patient populations.”

About Nicole Silva

A third-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Nicole Silva has demonstrated a passion for caring for Lusophone populations, especially Portuguese and Brazilian immigrants. In 2016, Nicole graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture. Nicole was president of the Luso-Brazilian Association, a student-run organization that celebrated and united those interested in Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures. For medical school, she applied Early Decision to NJMS in Newark, the city her parents emigrated to from Portugal, and where Portuguese speaking populations continue to immigrate. She cannot imagine herself training to be a physician anywhere else.

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Supporting women entrepreneurs for improving livelihoods

WomanCONNECT will provide small business training and support to women entrepreneurs in an effort to improve…

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Supporting women entrepreneurs for improving livelihoods

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Supporting women entrepreneurs for improving livelihoods

WomanCONNECT will provide small business training and support to women entrepreneurs in an effort to improve skills among women. It will also provide marketing support intended to help beneficiaries better market their products. The overall goal of the project is to improve livelihoods for women entrepreneurs.

About Tabo 

Tabo serves as ProjectEDUCATE’s liaison for Lusaka. She is a women’s rights activist an interest in business as a tool for poverty alleviation. She focuses on strengthening the capacity of women-run businesses ensuring they have access to the right tools and resources in order to maximize the potential of small-scale entrepreneurship.
She holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Zambia Institute of Management.

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Solar Saves

This project will serve the rural Nigerian community of Abagana, Anambra State. The project will positively…

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Solar Saves

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Solar Saves

This project will serve the rural Nigerian community of Abagana, Anambra State. The project will positively impact people of all ages and all socioeconomic backgrounds equally. Using solar energy helps to save the environment, literally will save lives through the prevention of crime and injury, and will allow extra time for people to be actively productive after the sunsets. Crime in Abagana seems to increase at the darkest hours of the night and in areas with limited lighting.
Thus making it unsafe to travel after certain times. It is also unsafe to travel in the dark due to wildlife or obstructions in the road that are not made visible. Limited lighting greatly reduces hours of productivity because people are limited to sunlit hours to achieve progress in work. Having no street lights reduces the quality of life in regard to entertainment and nightlife enjoyment. One traditional aspect of local culture is called Moonlight Play in which people gather at night in the town square to tell stories, dance, sing, play games, and reflect on history. Now, in this age of crime being committed mostly in the darkness, people are afraid to continue this ancient tradition of Moonlight Play and thus the tradition is slowly fading into a distant memory. The goal of the project is to reduce crime, improve safety, and increase work and entertainment hours by implanting solar-powered street lights in the darkest parts of the community. This will improve community pride, empowerment, sufficiency, work ethic, and quality of life. This project matters because it aligns with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, and 17 towards building a long-lasting humane future for all. We will work with other known- profits, local engineers, and local universities to identify the exact locations, source materials, train community members on street light building and maintenance, install affordable and durable solar-powered street lights. Our most significant partners will be the traditional ruler of Abagana, Anambra State Association-World and MOOR OUT OF LIFE. The project may take 6 months to a year to complete based on time needed for training and to encourage community-wide support and buy-in along with receiving funding and sourced materials. To make the project sustainable community members will be advised on how to develop a security and maintenance committee to ensure upkeep and shared the responsibility of the street lights.

 

About Lisa Anakwenze

Lisa Anakwenze MPH, MS is the Founder of MOOR OUT OF LIFE. She is a Global Health Analyst, Physiology-Complementary and Integrative Medicine trained professional, certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, certified Zumba Instructor, certified ACSM Group Exercise Instructor, an awarded humanitarian, human rights activist, and artist. Through her experiences in wellness consulting, dance fitness, community health, global health, holistic health, research, education, social justice, medical anthropology, and African history she aims to promote vitality and concepts of mind/body/soul health and wellness. Lisa is a Nigerian American has worked for over 10 years providing free community health and enrichment services to communities in
Nigeria. She loves working in a field that is completely dedicated to uplifting people to their highest potential. Lisa feels that having the opportunity to play a motivational role in making peoples’ dreams tangible is rewarding, inspiring, and humbling.

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One Chair 4 One Child

One Chair 4 One Child (OC4OC) aims to create a comfortable learning environment for kids in…

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One Chair 4 One Child

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One Chair 4 One Child

One Chair 4 One Child (OC4OC) aims to create a
comfortable learning environment for kids in rural Jamaica who struggle to find adequate seating in their classrooms. The lack of chairs and proper classroom environment is inhibiting learning in Jamaica schools. OC4OC wants to generate new jobs by training young people to design and manufacture quality classroom furniture and create positive and thriving learning environments for tens of thousands of schoolchildren. So far:

• 160+ chairs and desks have been distributed since July 2017. 5 schools benefited and we have reached five communities in the process.
• 4 volunteers received full scholarships to the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology from the Governor General of Jamaica for their exemplary work on OC4OC chairs and desks.
• OC4OC wants to make chairs accessible to every child to improve academic performance.

 

The foundation for this project includes:

• Classroom Reform: Every classroom in rural and remote Jamaica will have adequate learning essentials for every child to learn.
• Sustainability: Develop realistic fundraising strategies to create a comfortable learning environment for kids affected by this problem.

 

Our mission upholds following principles:

• Possibility: Inspire social change, education reform and instill a sense of hope in the future.
• Responsibility: Empower youth in establishing goals, like producing solid chairs to help their community.

 

This could not have been possible without the partnership of the Association of Clubs and Petersfield High School in rural Westmoreland Jamaica. This grant will help us to continue our work by equipping the Petersfield High school machine shop in rural Westmoreland, Jamaica, with brand new equipment and materials to build our chairs and desks faster and more efficiently.

About Racquel Knight

Racquel Knight is global citizenship major alum from Becker College who is passionate about bringing
solutions to global problems and changing the world. Knight earned an associate of science degree in
general agriculture and a diploma to teach secondary education in agricultural science, biology, and
integrated science in Jamaica before moving to the U.S. in 2011 with her mother and sister.
Racquel Knight is also the founder of One Chair 4 Child.  In Jamaica, there is an increased need for chairs in classrooms. Chairs are often broken or misplaced; therefore, students are sent home from school or struggle to take part during class sessions. Her vision is to eradicate the problem and create a comfortable learning environment for children who are attending school in rural areas of Jamaica. She is one of Startup Worcester’s winners for the 2018-2019 cohort. She has been selected to be a part of the Clinton Global Initiative University Class of 2018 and is currently a community member on the Yunus Advisory Board at Becker College. Her ultimate goal is to make One Chair 4 One Child her legacy. A legacy that will impact the lives of Jamaican children and other children across the globe; by ensuring that each child get has a comfortable learning environment in their classroom, a place in which they can thrive and excel at learning.

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Collateral partners of entrepreneurial women

We are trying to help 10 women who own small shops and who are members of…

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Collateral partners of entrepreneurial women

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Collateral partners of entrepreneurial women

We are trying to help 10 women who own small shops and who are members of the national association of workers of the informal sector. They are the only source of income to their families and manage some of the smallest shops owned by members of the association.

Honduras is a country where almost 70% of the population lives under poverty. According to figures of the International Labor Organization 86% of the workforce is employed in the informal sector. Due to very low demand on the labor market, becoming a business owner in the informal sector is the only option for many Hondurans to look after their families. However, the access to credit is very limited by their lack of collaterals and credit history. Becoming a member of credit unions is a good option to bypass the latter but not the former. With no job and lack of collaterals, people in the informal sector are forced to subsist with very low incomes from their small businesses which cannot grow and thus they remain living in poverty.

The business of these 10 women is limited by their working capital. Each of them is currently buying the goods they sell using $20 to $40 loans they get from the credit union of the members of the association they belong to. Their finance allows their business to only get a credit every six months, which means they can only buy up to $80 of goods in a year. We are proposing to build a fund to be used as collateral to increase their access to loans by $80 each, which means they will have 100% more goods to sell. We will also train them on resources management with the help of volunteer professionals with experience in finance, marketing, and operations positions.

We will work with a credit union from which the 10 women take loans. They will provide their expertise in credit assessment, the follow up of the use of the funds, financial training and funds collection. The fund will receive 25% of the raised interests and the money will be reinvested to include more beneficiaries in a second cohort next year.

 

About David E. Natarén Oyuela

Young Honduran determined to work for his country’s economic and political development. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs using his acquired knowledge and skills. He studied Civil Engineering and has masters in Business Administration and Public Administration. He recently returned to his country after seven years of being abroad working and studying in four different countries. He participated in a joint program of Amizade and Fulbright while he was a master student at Harvard Kennedy School. He visited the Appalachia region and learned how the hosting community has changed with the decline of the coal industry.

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