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  • Abhijit Sinha - India

    Project Idea: self-sustainable alternative education | Born and brought up in a middle class family in Mumbai, I have always been curious about problems and solutions. The more I think about them, the more solvable they seem, only if someone would take the effort. However, it also quickly became clear that not many people become problem solvers and change makers, and I could see that I could blame only our education system for that, by programming us to aim low and achieve little. The education system was also the root-cause of early-stage inequality, as good education was only available for those with money. I co-founded ‘Education 4 Development’ (e4d.io) in 2014 with the aim to build an alternate system that anyone could take up without the presence of any bias. I built my pilot space in Banjarapalya village outside Bangalore, as a self-sustainable maker-space, where people from the nearby villages come to learn from the internet and build projects that are interesting to them and helpful to the community, solving some of the local problems. My goal is to make more and more people aware of the idea of self-sustainable education and low cost maker-schools, and help them build these. I love hacking, debates, reading and rock songs from the 90\\\\\\\'s. And I am passionate about painting and art. What kanthari means to me? kanthari is not just an institute but a framework for developing opinions and processing ideas, with a goal for impact instead of mere charity

  • Answer Nzuma - South Africa

    Project Name: Laying a Foundation | I yearn to see a community with people full of hope, a community that strives on working hard for the betterment of life. A community that sees dependency as a syndrome that destroys and cripples. My vision is to eradicate the dependency rate on the government and allow the youth and women of South Africa to acquire skills that will allow them to earn a living on their own and improve the overall economic situation of their country. This vision is prompted by a background of seeing a community full of illiterate elderly women and a distraught youth suffering increasingly from the governo-depency syndrome leading to a bleak future. The teachings from kanthari will see this vision come to life and I foresee a great change being experienced effectively in a defected community that is in dire need.

  • Damilola Fasoranti - Nigeria

    There are tons of unanswered questions on the minds of young children roaming the streets of Nigeria under a scorching sun selling groceries. The youths in the rural communities in Nigeria believe that wealth permanently resides in the big cities. Due to lack of resources and quality education, many are drop-outs; some join criminal gangs, political tugs and live purposeless lives. Can there be a world where every child has access to quality education, learning opportunities and secured livelihood despite their financial, family or social background? Can you imagine an academy with digital libraries that feed grass-root teenagers and street kids with practical life skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, literacy/ numeracy and connect their polished potentials with business, job or apprenticeship opportunities? Yes, CLIMBinAfrica (Changing Little Into MegaBucks in Africa) has this aim. I am at kanthari to savor the knowledge about setting up an atmosphere where these young, energetic and talented children can face the future meaningfully, mentored by other successful young adults and become world ambassadors to other street kids and rural youths.

  • David Lubaale - Uganda

    Project Name: The Universal Mobile Cinema | The Universal Mobile Cinema “TUMOC” is an emerging vessel of celebrating diversity, enhancing development and advancing respect for all in Uganda. This is done by building on the extensive work of creating an inclusive society where all humans are valued and have the equal opportunity to participate fully in Human Rights, health, educational, sports, art and developmental activities regardless of factors, such as age, gender, race, religion or disability. It is a mobile Library for all Ugandans across the Country. TUMOC’s project focuses on the concept of using movies as a means to promote diversity and strengthen local and national identities by bringing films and projectors to places that do not have movie theaters. Thereby said, Kanthari Institute has demonstrated unmatched intervention in making this project stand by its deserved goal, mission and vision respectively.


  • Dennis Akagha - Nigeria

    There are two factors to consider when tragedy occurs in a man’s life. One; The substance (material) of things that he may have lost and two; the experience gained. Many people will focus on their losses and the substances lost but I made up my mind to focus on the valuable experience gained from the unforeseen tragedy that befell me. As an Ebola survivor and having passed through the valley of the shadows of death, I believe that my experience can be channeled positively to inspire HOPE among those infected with Ebola and those who have survived. I wish to support fighting the war against EBOLA and other “incurable” diseases in Nigeria and Africa by providing succor to affected victims/families emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and financially. It hurts me when I hear the number of death tolls as a result of Ebola and other “incurable” diseases on a daily basis by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. It hurts me when I see families cry in agony for the loss of loved ones by the hands of these dreaded diseases. It hurts me when I hear the news of children that had been rendered orphaned by Ebola and other epidemics in Nigeria and Africa. Therefore, I came to kanthari to nurture and transform that vision and dream into reality as a social change agent. I am ready to face the challenges ahead of me in the full training program knowing that upon arrival in my home country Nigeria, the knowledge and practical skills I will gain here will help me in achieving my aims and objectives. What kanthari means to me? I see kanthari as a springboard to realizing my passion to solving social problems in my community, country and world at large.

  • Emmanuel Mbaji Mruu - Kenya

    Project idea: CREDIBLE WASTE SOLUTIONS | Many young people live and die with their dreams unexplored; this is due to lack of empowerment and resources. kanthari has provided an opportunity for me to identify and realize my dreams. Growing up in the village and waking up living with my grandmother was one of the challenges that I faced as a young boy. Apart from the great love of a granny, the cost of living was unbearable. I had to work from a very young age to raise money for food for me and my grandmother. In most cases there was nothing to eat. As a result, in most cases I used to hide in the bushes and trees meditating on the green growing trees and shrubs and playing with insects and animals, that way I fought hunger for many days. Waste forms a risk to the environment worldwide; pollution of the air, water sources, dirtying cities which also affects tourism in most countries. Kenya for instance with a population of 41 million (2011) census, produces approximately 6000 tons of waste daily and only approximately 30% reaches dump sites, leaving the rest littered in the streets. Ninety percent of this waste exists of recyclables. Recycling can have a huge positive impact on the economy of a country. My vision is to create a social economic foundation through waste management and to educate the community in their responsibility towards waste management.

  • Fanuel Masunda - Zimbabwe

    Project Name: Sustainable Projects Community Centre | I want to create a centre where community-members to start mainly agricultural projects of which the proceeds will be used to fund education for orphans. Land will be availed to the community where they can do cattle pen-fattening, fish farming and also solar-powered organic gardening. It is my belief that a caring spirit is cultivated through working together, caring for the planet by engaging in sustainable agricultural practices and then extended to the needy that we support using communally gained profits. The funds are administered through Jacob Masunda Trust (JMT).

  • Gouri Shankar Mishra - India

    I cannot accept when someone abuses or harasses a child. That doesn’t only bring back memories of my childhood, but it also shows me the two faced sides of child rights activists; in public they preach about the rights of a child, however at home they are using children as labor. Child labor is a big challenge for our future generations. The government implemented several programs, opened several shelters, introduced different acts including the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) act but unfortunately there is still an increase of physical, mental, moral and/or sexual abuse. I am working in different organizations such as ChildFund India and ChildLine and found that it is difficult for them to understand what the reality on the ground is. In the shelters there are no provisions for life skill training or Non-hazardous vocational training. When a child reaches the age of 18 he/she is bound to leave the shelter. The child will be in a position where he/she has no source of income. They end up working in hotels, begging in trains and other places. Most of them however are attracted by criminals and get involved in criminal activities. My project is targeting children under 18 who have been affected by being trafficked, abused, child labor and children of HIV affected parents. My project will establish a shelter and will provide vocational and life skills training. My dream project focuses on the following objectives (1) Provide a Healthy and Secure environment for socially affected children (2) Provide education so the children become confident (3) provide practical vocational skill training. What kanthari means to me? Change the mindset of social change makers to act to change the society not as charity to motivate the society to act for themselves for their rights.


  • Gumisayi  Bonzo - Zimbabwe

    Project : Zimbabwe Mighty Women of Hope | Zimbabwe Mighty Women of Hope Support Organisation is an organisation that helps HIV positive people with life skills, income generating projects and giving HIV positive inmates a second chance to be accepted back into the community. ZMWH introduces projects which help them to be self-sustainable and whilst they are still behind bars they will be able to also support their family. Being HIV positive myself and having been in prison I would like to help HIV positive inmates to live a better quality life because being HIV positive is not part of their sentence. What kanthari means to me? kanthari is an Institute where people who have gone through life diversity are thought on how to become social visionaries or life change makers in the society.

  • Jacquiline Namutebi | Uganda

    Project Idea: Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with sustained growth averaging 7.8% since 2000. Coupled with 2.9% growth in agriculture, Uganda is on target to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty and hunger by 50% by 2015. Despite these recent gains, Uganda still suffers from the hardships of widespread poverty. My dream is to start a project that will contribute to food security. I will make sure I empower vulnerable families to have a right to food and food available at affordable costs. They will be in position to afford more than a meal per day, in return children diets will be nutritious which will lead to happy stomachs. When the stomach is not paining, the children’s performance will improve and this will lead to a general improvement in the standard of living. With a strong passion for agriculture, I am driven to acquire more skills and knowledge. With agriculture being the backbone of our Ugandan economy, I believe I can positively contribute towards the realization of the millennium goal that targets food security.

  • Joanne Chua, Malaysia

    For some, the term kanthari refers to a unique type of tiny little hot spicy chilly that comes in different colors. For Others, Kanthari is a spice agent to spice up the food, the health, and the life. For me, kanthari is a living community where leaders of change come together, learning and challenge each other, and making their change dreams become reality. For some, I’m inspirational, I’m brave, and I’m strong. For others, I’m just a blind lady, a disabled person, one who is incapable, who relies on the society. For me, I’m neither. I\'m Joanne, my last name is not Inspirational, nor Blindness, I’m just me, and I happen to be blind, but blindness does not, and would not define me. I have the dream to change the attitude and perception of people with disability, within people with disability, by empowering ourselves to be self-sufficient. I wish to plant, grow, and nurture a next generation of “kantharis”, the agent of change within people with disability in Australasia and the Pacific islands, and using ourselves as the engine or role model of others, so that we can all become living kanthari, the ones who spice up the food, are healthy for society, and the lives of many more.

  • Abdurazak Abdu - Ethiopia

    My name is Abdu Abdurazak Kedir. I\\\'m an Ethiopian disability rights lawyer. Among other things, I\\\'m currently working for employment rights of Persons with disabilities in Africa. Hence, in the effort to realize full employment and decent work for Persons with disabilities in Africa and the developing world in general, I am using \\\'Corporate Social Responsibility\\\' (CSR) as a tool through the whole essence of my project and try to implement the same in a result-oriented manner. The project includes: sensitization of companies, introducing basic and applicable disability employment management strategies, outlining the ideal CSR policy framework which is responsive for the concerns of Persons with disabilities.\\\'


  • Joseph Tarrit - Kenya

    My dream is to rescue and rehabilitate young men from 16-35 years who are addicted to alcohol. I desperately yearn to see a generation of young men who are totally free from alcohol addiction. I am always saddened by breaking news on our local stations and dailies on death brought about by illicit brew, because most the victims are young men. My project will focus on the well-being of addicts through rehabilitation and empowerment through trainings and mentor-ship. The main aim is to transform and empower young men with entrepreneurial skills so that they can train others and change society. To realize my project, I need relevant skills that will help me establish an effective co-relation between my target group and myself. Thats why I came to kanthari to get the right training and coaching so I can make a difference in this estranged and troubled society. My vision is to see a transformed, rehabilitated and alcohol free youth who become valuable contributors to society. What kanthari means to me? kanthari to me is a destiny factory where people from around the world who have overcome their adversity are re manufactured,panel beaten and empowered to cause social change in their countries and around the world.

  • Mahjabeen Baloch | Pakistan

    Being a product of an interfaith marriage and falling for a non-Muslim man it was hard for me to cope with my surroundings, friends, family and some colleagues. It was especially sad for me to see that young people didn’t understand where I was coming from. So I decided to work on interfaith Dialogue and awareness among different faith groups’ university level under/graduate students. This project will have series of interfaith dialogue, awareness workshops for students during their time on campus till they complete their degree courses. It is my wish to create an understanding that will lead to a more peaceful tomorrow. What kanthari means to me? kanthari has given me just the exact seasoning to spice up my project, in-terms of clarity, motivation, direction, organizing and managing ability and most of all dedication and resilience towards my vision.

  • Malwina Gan - Poland

    Mental health illness doesn’t have to last for a lifetime; it is possible to fully recover. People who experience mental health problems can and should get equal chances to play an active role in our societies, share their potentials and have meaningful lives. But for that we have to stop the stigma and break the taboo, because the current harmful social perspectives hamper the healing process. Being a person who has faced mental health challenges in the past, my purpose is to empower and encourage people who experienced mental health problems in Poland. I want them to empower them to share their stories in order to start an open dialogue with society. Let society see, hear and get to know us!

  • Norman Manzi - Rwanda

    In the African countries today, Rwanda accounts for a big number of children and youth who are infected by HIV/AIDS. Such cases originate from the various challenges that have affected the country like the 1994 genocide. Such classes remain the most vulnerable groups in Rwandan society with little assistance from either the government or other civil society organizations. Any intervention to them would be a big boost and would enhance the government’s 2020 vision and the various district development plans. Still many of these children and youth die and those who are still alive face severe poverty. They lack access to skills that would help them to step out of the vicious circle of poverty. Interventions to address such challenges that affect the children, youth infected by HIV/AIDS deem necessary at this critical time. My goal is to realize a sustainable intervention by equipping such groups with hands on and practical skills that will empower them to generate sufficient income to fend for themselves.


  • Onafeso Oluwatimilehin - Nigeria

    Profession: Public Health Practitioner | Vision: I envision a Northern-Nigeria where every boy and girl grows up with full access to education, thereby understanding and maximizing their potentials, with adequate skill in leadership‎. Mission: To set up a youth development center in all Northern-Nigeria‎ States, where girls and boys (11-18 years old) become empowered with skills in ethics, leadership and social responsibilities, growing into a youth/adults with purpose. Target Group: In-school and Out-of-school children (11-18 yrs old) in the Northern part of Nigeria, especially those who are displaced by war. What kanthari means to me? kanthari is a training institute for resilient and ingenious social change visionaries from different countries across the world, who have a strong desire and commitment to turn their story/challenges into ‎a social venture to create sustainable impact and transform lives in their communities and countries.

  • Piloya Mercy Seraphine | Gulu, Northern Uganda

    I am a former child mother. Child mothers are girls who give birth at an adolescent age. The Uganda national adolescent health policy defines adolescents as people between the ages of 10-19 years. My vision is to see child mothers become useful adult citizens. see them living in a society where they are not rejected but assisted to achieve their dreams that early pregnancy has taken away from them. I also see a Uganda where children are seen as children and not as sex objects. For some time now, Uganda has had the highest rates of teen age pregnancies in sub Saharan Africa at over 25%. This despite the existence of a law criminalizing defilement. UBOS 2011 statistics indicate that the number of child mothers in the West Nile sub region increased from 3.7% in 2006 to 6.6% in 2011 despite several efforts by civil society to reverse the trend. The situation is not any better in other parts of the country. Recent reports of ANCPPCAN reveal that sexual abuse is on the rise in Uganda. The report indicates that country wide at least 628 children are defiled every month. For my vision to succeed, I came up with a project idea named CHILD MOTHERS EMPOWERMENT PROJECT. In this project child mothers will get vocational trainings in order for them to have a sustainable livelihood. What kanthari means to me? To me on hearing the name of an institute called kanthari from a friend Odwar Samuel one of the kanthari alumni a year ago I quickly picked interest in joining the course because from what he told me about the kanthari course I immediately felt it was the right place for me to be because I pictured my dream of helping my community coming to reality through this institute and its true because here I am now getting practical skills of running projects which are relevant to my dreams and this kind of training is one of its kind because in the university I never got any practical skills like am now getting here. Therefor to me kanthari is a place where small dreams are modeled into big dreams which are achievable.

  • Robert Edwin Burns - USA

    Aloha!. Hi my name is Bobby Burns, I come from the state of Hawaii USA. I am visually impaired; i don\\\\\\\'t see well however I believe that you do not need perfect eyesight to have a vision. My parents raised me to have a strong work ethic. My father taught me if you want to solve your problems help others with their problems. We have seen firsthand there is a need to teach people especially the blind, disable, orphan and poor children and their parents how to grow their own organic healthy food. Aquaponics, permaculture and natural farming along with organic gardening technics can provide everyone with the knowledge & skills needed to not only grow all natural organic healthy food but also be a part of a sustainable successful farming/ gardening business in their community. My dream is to build the Aloha spirit foundation, an Aquaponics fish & worm farm/garden learning center to teach these skill sets. There will be a worm warrior camp for all kids, blind, disabled and orphans to live on site learning about nutrition, enjoying good food and being happy in an environment of peace, love, balance & harmony. What kanthari means to me? kanthari for me is the opportunity to learn tools, techniques & terminology, so I can successfully build a NGO that crests social change around planet earth.

  • Robert malunda - Zimbabwe

    Project idea: My name is Robert malunda and I come from Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. I have been totally blind since age 4 and I am 26-years-old. My dream is to bring computer literacy, sports and mobility to the blind in Bulawayo and Matebeleland. I envision a society that has a positive attitude towards blind people by giving them proper education through ICT, thereby making them marketable for employment in all spheres. My project will introduce them to assistive technologies like JAWS for computers and Talks for phones: This will enable them to access computers, phones and the internet on their own. A situation where sports for the blind are taken seriously and supported both by the people of Zimbabwe and the government as well: Sports will help them to be physically fit and take part in international events like the international Paralympic games among others. Mobility will serve as a skill which enables them to be themselves in all aspects: Giving them that freedom to walk on their own is vital. Consequently, I view kanthari as a place where I can be trained to become an efficient social change maker!


  • Spandana Cheruvu - India

    Project Idea: It is believed that education is one of the most influential tools available to bring about a change. I envision a reform in the system of education in India and the culture around it by leveraging the benefits of freely available Online Educational Resources and Maker culture which is a practical hands-on approach to learning. I have come to kanthari to receive training to demonstrate a low cost interest driven learning model where excellence in any field is gender independent.

  • Sundar Sekar - India

    My name is Sundar. The meaning of my name is beauty, and I want to justify my name by bringing health and happiness in people\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s life. I intend to achieve my aim by creating an organic role-model farm wherein farmers are given proper training for efficient organic farming to increase productivity without being harmful to people\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s health. My project will also have an awareness creation centre where farmers and other people can learn about ill effects of harmful chemicals used in farming, and benefits of organic farming over regular methods of farming. As a farmer, I have faced a lot of challenges in running an organic farm. Farmers not only are looked down by the society, but also are manipulated economically, politically and physically by the rich and the powerful. I would want to share my learning and experience and bring an end to this generation of dominance. To achieve my goal, I want to embrace kanthari, which will help me to kick start my work towards my long term aim of empowering farmers and taking them towards a brighter, happier and peaceful future. What kanthari means to me? kanthari gives good shape for social changes makers.

  • Yeliza Ramirez - Guatemala

    Women empowerment. Women will always negotiate for life, not for power. Women have been discriminated, abused, abandoned; if you gave them the opportunity and the tools to become better and to fight against all negative things that affect them, they will and they will do it right. I want to empower women in Guatemala to become active participants in society and in their homes. I want to make them feel they can built their business so they will be able to give their children education and health. I have worked in the financial system and I realized that women who live outside the city or who have no education, or who have no credit history have no access to financial services when they ask for loans. Or in other cases when not borrowing from the bank, they can only borrow money at much higher interest rates. Despite my experience in financial services, I do not know how to manage a project, so how do I empower women by lending money? kanthari will make me an effective change maker and help me to learn how to manage this project, how to make it a reality. I am surrounded by an international kanthari family that will make me strong and will inspire me. I am planning to empower hundreds of women back in Guatemala. What kanthari means to me? kanthari for me is discovering my braveness, my courage, my energy and my creativity to convert them into reality to share it and transform the humanity.

  • Miatta B. Mulbah - Liberia

    I am Teacher and a Social change maker. My dream Project is to empower young Female Girls who are street Hustlers. I am passionate to support young girls who are selling their womanhood in exchange for money and not paying attention to their education to secure a better future. I believe that if these young women are empowered, with basic skills training (cooking or catering, interior decoration, pastry, hair dressing etc.) that will help them earn some money by working with their hands. This can be a turning point that will improve the quality of their lives. The act of female prostitution is rampant in my country and I believe that it can be stopped. I want to make contribute to make that difference. What kanthari means to me? kanthari means a lot to me. It is has helped me to realize my dream. There was always something deep within me that wants to help or empathized with the marginalized but I did not know how to go about doing it until I came to kanthari. Here it became clear as to what I want to do and how I can achieve it.