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Western Education Advocacy & Empowerment Program (WEAEP)
The Sustainable Beekeeping Empowerment Program (SBEP) empowers women by providing them with a sustainable source of income. In a community where women are often marginalized, it is hard for them to find good, consistent work. By building beehives on their living compound and completing training on the art of beekeeping and honey harvesting, the women of this Indian community have achieved financial independence and built a strong base of support for each other in addition to building up their own self-confidence. This successful demonstration of community participation and use of existing resources is a great example of sustainable development.
Municipality of San Lorenzo
The Municipality of San Lorenzo’s Environmental Education Program in Salta, Argentina holds workshops and distributes educational booklets for students and teachers on the importance of environmental preservation and conservation. The workshops are serving as a pilot test for future educational workshop programs as well as a supplement to an upcoming, large-scale restoration and management project of Finca Las Costas Nature Reserve. This project directly tackles the major deforestation increase occurring in Salta over the last decade. Incorporating preservation and conservation practices into the daily lives of Salteños will greatly affect the long-term health and sustainability of Salta’s environment.
El Centro de Rehabilitacíon Infantil Nutricional (CRIN)
SaludAdelante is an initiative to make children’s healthcare in Anzaldo sustainable by equipping parents with skills in enterprise, gardening, health, and sanitation as a means of standardizing the nutritional goals in the community. The initiative is spearheaded by El Centro de Rehabilitiacíon Infantil Nutricional (el CRIN), an organization that rehabilitates local malnourished children. Malnutrition has been a pressing issue for Anzaldo, and community members are the primary actors in putting this eclectic, multi-angle approach to child malnutrition into action.
The project, Pequeños Pasos, Grandes Transformaciones, was designed to support Changuito Dios, a community daycare in an area where violence and drugs are prevalent. By creating training workshops for the daycare staff, the goal is to foster the best possible learning environment for the local children, offering them a safe and engaging space for them to develop as well as an alternative to life on the streets. The workshops were led by a local expert and covered educational methodologies and classroom management skills. To ensure the project’s sustainability, the most tenured Changuito Dios employee is writing a manual based on the workshops which will be used in training new staff members.
The Prayas Centre for Research & Action
The Prayas Centre for Research and Action, a local NGO in Udaipur, India, developed a project to curb human trafficking in the surrounding rural villages. Through the use of research proposals, on-the-ground mobile teams, and public seminars, participants will work with community members to identify and implement concrete solutions to this human rights abuse.
Eco-Ethics International- Kenya (EEIK)
This pilot project works to improve the safety measures, technical knowledge, and fishing practices of artisanal fishermen in a Kenyan community through the use of beach management units. The program, supported by Eco-Ethics International - Kenya (EEIK), will provide boat maintenance and safety training to local fishermen to increase their operational capacity and foster communication and cooperation between beach management units. This project’s all-inclusive look at an issue and its multi-dimensional approach made it a great candidate for grant funding.
Total War Against AIDS Youth Foundation (TWAAYF)
One intern took a three-pronged approach to addressing issues facing orphaned and disenfranchised youth in Mombasa, Kenya. With the help of partner NGO, Total War Against AIDS Youth Foundation (TWAAYF), Bali hopes to use poultry farming to enhance nutrition, provide professional education and training, and generate revenue to support TWAAYF's ongoing efforts. The grant proposal was particularly well-crafted, and TWAAYF agreed to donate nearly all the necessary resources to construct and maintain the coop. Moreover, the implementation of curricula, training, and feedback systems are a paradigm of the sustainable model that FSD promotes.