Focus group: Children in shelter homes | kanthari colour: Green | Area of interest: Education | Project Brief: Biju has been working with children in shelter homes for a long time and has experienced the lack of adequate education, especially in regards to communication skills. Through relevant and fun methods, games and interesting experiences, he wants to prepare children for a better future.
Focus group: Widows, orphans, single mothers and teenage mothers | kanthari colour: Green | Area of interest: Education | Project Brief: Joshua started his Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) many years ago. Its mission is to seek means to support underprivileged people and communities in rural Cameroon with specific focus on orphans, widows, and teenage mothers/single mothers. He empowers its beneficiaries through workshops and collaboration with village schools.
Focus group: Organic producers of cotton, refugees | kanthari colour: Orange | Area of interest: Entrepreneurship | Project Brief: Laura has empowered refugees by training them in tailoring skills. Thus she became interested in organic cotton fair trade. Her social venture is about organic and sustainable lifestyle, fair choice and equality, trading goods from reliable and ethical suppliers from India, Nepal, Denmark and Latvia.
Focus group: Youth from low income families. kanthari color: Red Area of interest: Education. Project Brief: Henry has experienced a lot of challenges as a young man wanting to get knowledge. The youth in rural parts of Kenya do not get opportunities to access education and realize their full potential. Many parents in Kenya are unable to afford school fees for their children. Henry’s vision is to start a social venture, Elimu (Education) Initiative that will offer opportunities to youth to access education.
Focus group: Migrant workers | kanthari colour: Red | Area of interest: Advocacy and raising awareness in regards to Human Rights | Project Brief: Being herself a migrant worker in Lebanon, Rahel has experienced first-hand unfair and inhuman treatment for many years. Her dream project is to build a network to strengthen the work of the migrant community leaders who want to improve the lives of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
Focus group: Widows and orphans of military service personal | kanthari colour: Red | Area of interest: Advocacy in regards to support Widows and orphans of military service personal | Project Brief: Peter experienced the sudden transition from a secured life to poverty after his father, who had served in the Nigerian army for many years, passed away. Thus he initiated Paternal Africa, a pan-Africa fatherhood Initiative with special interest in providing support for the women and children of dead, wounded or incapacitated service personnel of the military or paramilitary in Nigeria.
Focus group: urban community | kanthari colour: Green/orange | Area of interest: Environment | Project Brief: Manita worked in a dairy company where she suggested zero waste management and self-sustainable solutions. But her suggestions were ignored. She quit and started her own social venture that serves as a model center focusing on producing healthy soil. Manita Vivatsethachai wants to promote recycling of organic waste.
Focus group: Children and young adults with mental health challenges | kanthari colour: Red/green | Area of interest: Advocacy and awareness in regards to prevention Project Brief: Sherin has experienced mental health challenges. Catch Them Young - Make them Self Sufficient! – Sherin’s project works on awareness aimed at detecting any emotional, behavioral, and/or psychological problems in children and young adults.
Focus group: Unemployed youth | kanthari colour: Purple/orange | Area of interest: Entrepreneurship | Project Brief: Gbemisola is an artist herself and earns an income through her art work. Over the years, she experienced that her peers don\'t have the same opportunities. This is something she wants to change. Solving the problem related to unemployment and reducing the crime rate of adolescents, Gbemisola\'s social venture is aimed at youth empowerment, capacity building and skill development in the area of painting and arts in general.
Focus group: Youth | kanthari colour: Red/green | Area of interest: Advocacy and awareness in regards to education | Project Brief: Peace is simple is a global youth community of peace-builders. Pannavat Veeraburinon, or better known as Palm, is part of this initiative which targets youth around the world who are passionate about improving their communities.
Focus group: Rural farmers | kanthari colour: Yellow/orange | Area of interest: Environment/agriculture | Project Brief: Emmanuel comes from a farmer\'s family and therefore he knows farmers\' most urgent needs. His concern towards the environment inspired him to start an initiative with the following goals; keeping the environment clean, generating income for poor rural farmers and to providing support to produce healthier agricultural produce. Additionally he is using organic waste to generate bio gas.
Focus group: Rural communities and environment | kanthari colour: Green/red Area of interest: Environment | Project Brief: From a young age Gumbo has been growing trees. Later he studied environmental management and planning. He is currently running Trees Tanzania Restoration Initiative (TTRI), an organization that practices reforestation in barren and degraded woodland areas. Gumbo aims to bring back nature to his community that was once covered by green forests.
Focus group: Women and girls with low income | kanthari colour: Green/orange | Area of interest: Education/environment | Project Brief: Joy Tony lived near a community that finds their means of livelihood on a dump site. Joy Tony trains and engages women and girls in rural communities, especially around dump sites, into transforming waste to value added products. Her work serves two important parts: In addition to generate income, also the local environment is getting cleaned.
Focus group: Blind and people with physical disabilities | kanthari colour: Green/orange | Area of interest: Disability | Project Brief: Alfred, blind himself, was trained by Hive Uganda Limited to become a beekeeper. Hive Uganda was founded by 2012 kanthari Ojok Simon. Alfred\'s idea is to bring the training of the blind forward to other people with disabilities as well. Next to bee keeping he wants to provide training in daily living skills and farming.
Focus group: Children and youth with special needs | kanthari colour: Green/orange | Area of interest: Entrepreneurship | Project Brief: Danijela experienced arthritis and thus can identify with the challenges of persons with disabilities in Serbia. Danijela plans to organise creative workshops that will motivate children with a special need to be professionally oriented and learn more about design from professional designers. Focus points will be: modelling, tailoring and garment making.
Focus group: Rural farmers | kanthari colour: Green | Area of interest: Agriculture/education | Project Brief: Lingala Naresh is the son of a rural farmer who currently has no means to be digitally literate. More than 65% of people in India are still depending upon the farming sector and the results of the digital revolution are not reaching this sector. Lingala\'s project is to provide digital education to farmers in India. Additionally he provides financial support so farmers can purchase laptops.
Focus group: Children and youth with disabilities | kanthari colour: Red/green | Area of interest: Education and advocacy | Project Brief: Manju is physically disabled due to an accident she had as a flight attendant. She also experienced the difficulties that children with disabilities face. Manju has a deaf sister who struggled with her education, therefore she wants to promote inclusive education and advocate for better infrastructural facilities for the disabled. Her dream is to establish an educational institution where disabled citizens get equal share of knowledge thus being enabled to gain better and have more suitable employment opportunities. It\'s we who make the society. The stereotypes need to be challenged to bring people from the disabled and marginalised sections into the mainstream, thus contributing to economical, ethical & social growth of our society.
Focus group: Women suffering from domestic violence | kanthari colour: Red | Area of interest: Gender empowerment | Project Brief: Sadhana has experienced physical and mental violence and escaped her house together with her small son. She now wants to advocate for a society that stands for zero tolerance on domestic violence. Family counseling and connecting victims of domestic violence with the existing governmental welfare schemes are the focus of her project idea.
Focus group: Street children | kanthari colour: Orange/green | Area of interest: Agriculture | Project brief: When Anumuthu\'s father passed away, he was not able to go to school until his mother received a little goat. That was the turning point. Raising the goat and selling milk gave Anumuthu the opportunity to go back to school. He now wants to empower children and youth in the streets of Pondicherry, engaging them in poultry and goat rearing. Homelessness is not only to have no home built of bricks. It is being rejected, unwanted and thrown away by their own family as well as society.
Focus group: Young girls from rural areas | kanthari colour: Red/green | Areas of interest: Advocacy | Project brief: Arthanas\\\' sisters were married off at the age of 14 or 15. Many girls in Zimbabwe face child marriages and often even become HIV positive. To keep young girls in schools and to save them from too early marriages, Arthanas wants to start a program that advocates against child marriage and offers alternative opportunities.
Focus group: Youth | kanthari colour: Purple | Area of interest: empowerment through art | Project brief: Chris feels that the African youth is voiceless. Thus he founded Fatuna, a platform for youth to express their ideas and critical thoughts through poetry and music. Fatuna is a 50 years old woman who was born without a voice. She, so Chris, must have a million words stored in her, just like African youth. Chris Mukasa wants to open the door for these hidden voices.
Focus group: addicted youth | kanthari colour: green | Area of interest: empowerment/education | Project brief: Imkong comes from the North-Eastern state Nagaland. He had studied in a priest seminary but was eager to leave to work with many youth who are alcohol, drug and internet addicted.
Five years ago, Im, together with her friends established a small volunteering group called the Can Do Team. After that, they went a step further by initiating Café Can Do, a social entrepreneurship, that provides delicious healthy food and interesting workshops. Now it is going to be the - Volunteer Center for Happiness - to mobilize people and utilize resources for meaningful community service.
Next kanthari course starts in May 2017
Don't miss your opportunity to become a leader of social change! Applications welcome for 2017 kanthari course that will start in May 2017. Deadline: 31.03.2017