Every project we create is open source and designed to be owned and operated by the community, thus allowing its people to be the drivers of their own progression.
Project Our Heroes provides security, stability and critical support to the most committed and best-positioned change makers in communities. The program pays the Heroes a basic salary so they can focus on addressing the urgent problems around them without distraction or hardship.
Gift Augustine: End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
A natural organiser and leader, Gift has committed her life to saving others. A trained nurse, she has founded Cesved (Centre for Social Value and Early Childhood), a non-profit organisation based in Suleja, Nigeria, with the vision of a just and peaceful society were all lives are respected regardless of cultural and traditional believes.
Cesved supports and empowers women to fight practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Breast Ironing, which leave young girls in horrific pain, unable to develop naturally and at risk of losing their lives. Cesved also protects the rights of orphans, widows and pregnant women.
Cesved trains community volunteers who then travel to the villages to educate men and women about the dangers and injustices of those harmful practices—and to stop them being executed. This one-to-one approach has been very successful, and countless girls and women have been saved from these terrible, traumatic and life-threatening practices.
As part of the End FGM Global Media Campaign by The Guardian, Gift has become an ambassador for Nigeria.
End of 2016, Gift attended the Summit on Female Genital Mutilation at the United States Institute of Peace. Here she talks about how the media have helped her fight to #EndFGM in her home country:
Aisha Sani: Justice for children
"I am very sad to say that Aisha Sani has died, a tireless and brave activist. She will be much missed by the women and children whose lives she saved. Projects For All provided financial aid to the eight orphaned girls that were living with her at the time of her death. We will miss her."
- Katrin Macmillan
Horrified by the prevalence of sexual assault in her community, Aisha was determined to fight it. With no resources at all, she became a volunteer vigilante police officer. She persuaded government and police officials to let her travel in the police vehicle whenever a child or woman was arrested. This simple act of bearing witness prevented the women and children from being raped in police custody.
Aisha also fought for justice for children who have been raped. She raised money (by begging) to pay medical examiners to examine victims as well as lawyers to prosecute on their behalf. Often, Aisha took rape victims into her own home. When Projects For All met Aisha, she had a 12 year old rape survivor living with her and was prosecuting a case on behalf of a 3-year old boy. Her work has put her in personal danger but she was never intimidated. Aisha kept fighting until the day she died to protect children who otherwise would have had no one to fight for them.
F. Sylvanus: A School for Kidubuli
The village of Kidubuli is situated 300 km from the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Although there is a school in the community, it is small and the grounds are on loan. In addition, too many children have so far been deprived from any form of formal education. The reasons for that are manifold: Often families, some of them are single parents, can’t afford the school fees. Some children are orphans and have no one looking after their educational needs. And children with special needs and those who are affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS are historically denied a chance to study.
All children deserve an education, it is a birthright. There is no more lasting legacy than giving the gift of a school to the children of a community – regardless of their faith, abilities, medical health, or family income.
Projects For All has a strong and personal connection to Kidubuli, where the organisation has built a Hello Hub in 2015. Knowing that with modest funds many hundreds of lives, over many generations, could be improved, the organisation has decided to build a school for the community.
In order to achieve this goal, Projects For All has partnered with Being the Blessing Foundation to raise the funds needed to design, build and maintain a new, fully equipped primary school – a school that is inclusive, offers quality co-education for boys and girls, and can also cater for special needs.
The Work done to date:
- A piece of land has been donated which is secure and safe for the children, and a temporary school has been built on these premises. It has temporary classrooms made from plastic sheeting.
- Eight qualified teachers have been employed, with one of them being trained in special needs education.
- Tree seedlings have been planted on the playground, which will, eventually, provide shade for the children during their breaks.
- The level of involvement from the parents in the education of their children has been increased by organising community gatherings to discuss the school, as well as outreach to parents.
- Some children who are HIV positive or have AIDS, as well as those with other physical challenges, have been allocated their own teacher, and they fully integrate with other children.
Please support us so we can build a school for the children of Kidubuli. For more information how, please contact us or send a donation. Thank you.
Since the start of the crisis in Syria, more than 2.3 million children have fled the violence in their home country. They now live in refugee camps across the Middle East and Europe waiting to seek asylum in a country where they can be safe and reclaim their right of being a child.
These children have fled war with nothing but fear and uncertainty. Most live in abject poverty without sufficient food or shelter – but also without access to education, or the ability to connect with the family they left behind, play and share their story.
"Giving Refugees a Voice"
Project Hello World, together with their partners, war artist Arabella Dorman and crowdCaster, will support and encourage children in refugee camps across Europe and the Middle East to tell and share their story – and that way, give them a chance to rebuild their identity. Using painting, photography and audio recordings, the project will establish multisensory art programs so the children can share their past, their present and their hopes for the future with the global world.
The children’s art projects will create an enduring testament of their past and present struggle, but also their vision of the future. The mission of Project “Your Past and your Future: Refugee Voices” is to build a foundation for future personal regrowth and development for millions of children who would otherwise not be heard. The work in Phase 1 of the project will be designed to be scalable to reach a much larger constituency over the following 12 months.
ART: Renowned war artist Arabella Dorman will lead the children through a therapeutic art programme giving them the skills, confidence and materials that they need to express their hopes, fears and stories in the most immediate, accessible and universal language of art.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Project Hello World will teach the children in the refugee camps how to take photographs in order to document their lives in pictures and imagine their futures.
AUDIO: crowdCaster will send their team to the refugee camps to record and share the children’s thoughts, stories and sounds with the world – in their own voices. The audio content can be shared directly on the crowdCaster web-based and mobile audio sharing platform and on other broadcast and social media. The audio casts may support the art and photo elements of the project, but may also contain stories and experiences in their own right.
Projects For All will host a website for “Your Past, Your Future: Refugee Voices”, on which the children’s photos, artwork and audio recordings will be published. This will allow the global online community to finally hear from the refugee children directly, and put feelings, needs and dreams, faces and voices, to what are currently only numbers and statistics.
The website is aimed to become a reference point for those, who wish to connect with the children and help address the current human crisis. It will also support a movement to bring tangible and immediate support to these distressed communities.
Access to the Communities
A central factor for the effectiveness and authenticity of the project will be to gain access to the community in a trusted and respectful way.
Through careful interaction, the team of Refugee Voices will get to know the community, and then help them craft their stories into effective and material, i.e. art, photography and audio. Leadership and structure may need to be sensitively introduced initially. However, the view of the project is that, as time goes by, this will be less of a requirement and the community will take ownership of the project and use it in a way most beneficial to them.
Ultimately it is the passion of the community around the narrative that will take the messages forward and make them effective. Social Media (i.e. Twitter and Facebook) will then share the messages with an even wider audience.
Project Hello World is the education project of the UK/US based non-profit organisation Projects For All. Hello World builds outdoor, solar powered Internet kiosks ("Hello Hubs") with large touch screen monitors, rugged keypads, cameras and audio equipment. They are loaded with educational software and games. They are connected to the Internet so that children can explore the world’s body of knowledge without limitation, and share their stories with the world.
crowdCaster is a UK based social enterprise launched in 2015 by Online Radio Broadcasting Limited. Its mission is “Giving People a Voice” through its revolutionary social broadcasting web-based and mobile applications. It’s an informing, uplifting and empowering human experience, which brings communities together in every part of the world, offering the human voice as a force for good. The platform provides in-app recording and sharing of audio casts in an easily discoverable format.
Arabella Dorman is an internationally renowned portrait painter and war artist whose work hangs in public institutions and private collections around the world. Arabella’s conflict art is drawn from first hand experience of working with British forces in Southern Iraq (2006) and Afghanistan (2009–2014) and more recently, with refugees in Lesbos (2015). Arabella’s recent installation, “Flight” at St James’s Piccadilly, received global critical acclaim and raised over GBP 14,000 for Doctors of the World and Starfish Foundation. Her last exhibition, “Before the Dawn” at La Galleria Pall Mall, raised over GBP 30,000 for charities Afghanaid and Walking with the Wounded.
For more information and to support this project please contact us or send a donation. Thank you.
Photos and images by Arabella Dorman