The Butterfly Project is a Social Enterprise Africa initiative.
The Butterfly Project provides disadvantaged youth in Uganda with skills, support and resources for being the change themselves.
As evidenced through our work in The Butterfly Project, young people can achieve far more, with just some additional investment in their personal development and education. When given tools and support to believe in ourselves, it's amazing what we can do!
Addressing issues related to education, nutrition and communication in helping to transform the most deprived areas of Uganda into areas of inspiration, innovation and youth enterprise, our work is about bringing opportunity to village and slum-based teens – not only to increase their own wellbeing – but that of their communities too.
Facilitating the development of Uganda’s social entrepreneurs and changemakers, everything about what we do is geared towards positive-thinking, empowerment, capability, talent-development. Our intention is to be a guide for the young people (the youngest of the Butterflies is 13; the eldest is 19) of Uganda as to care about their fellow community members, ethics, international issues, human rights and how to “BE THE CHANGE”.
Housed through a small centre based in Kampala, Uganda, The Butterfly Project'sChrysalis Centre presently has 40 – 50 regular members, and last year worked with over 200 students. However, this centre is only available until December of this year.
With a target to more than quadruple the number of those we can help within the next year, next steps are:
- To build of a new centre – The Chrysalis Campus – for housing members;
- Facilitate a Video Journalism Program;
- Develop a Communications Platform.
It's this 3rd component for which we're seeking Co-op Funds. To be built using CM's tool for building a distributed network of sites – a place where Butterfly members will be able to share and promote what they do – The Butterfly Project Network will not only enable us to enhance what we do, but will equip us with a scalable community oriented model, through which to embark on similar programs throughout Uganda, Africa and beyond.
What is the problem this project will help to solve?
Why will this project be successful?
Video Journalism Program
What is the problem this project will help solve?
Schools throughout Africa are overcrowded, the teachers only have a few books and the students have none at all; neither the students nor adults in the community have access to outside reading material, basic or specialized education. Every child who attends school is required to pay a fee, which the majority of families can simply not afford.
Perhaps in part a result of these challenges:
- Methods of schooling tend to be based on rote learning, and lack integration with the community;
- Students are not given the support they need to realize their talents
As a result, as they get older, children who are able to attend are not provided with broad enough insight for turning their education into meaningful ways for helping themselves.
How does this project help overcome these challenges?The Chrysalis Initiative
is about giving youth a chance to create a better life.
Focused on providing young adults from the most deprived communities – most of whom are unable to afford school – with specialist training in leadership, social enterprise and co-operative development, aimed at helping them to recognize and nurture talent, to build confidence and skills in a way that will develop aspirations and insights for finding a means to increase their wellbeing and move forward with a sense of dignity and pride – The Butterfly Project provides a scalable form of education where little stimulation would otherwise exist.
BRIDGING THE GAP
Presently working alongside an existing school system (some of the Butterfly Students attend school, but most do not), allows us to provide teachers with tools and inspiration for realizing new methods of teaching for unleashing a student's potential, without which would remain unseen.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
By working with international changemaker iDE, and connecting their communications network with the one we propose herein – enabled through demonstration and use of the latest tools and opportunities for empowering local enterprise, and facilitation of mobile interaction that engages Butterfly Students in conversation with agricultural workers throughout Africa – The Butterfly Project will develop awareness of available tools and opportunities for establishing a means for realizing a locally produced, sustainable food supply.
CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED
By connecting students to a global, interactive communications platform for sharing what they do, The Butterfly Project will both develop inter-relational understanding and facilitate shared 'community' learning with each other, local peers and beyond. Helping them to unveil their potential, the communication needs being met through this proposal will help our students to gain new perspectives on what they can do with their lives.
Why will this project be successful?
Targeted at giving the youth of Africa tools they need to help themselves, The Chrysalis Initiative
provides a complete solution that can be replicated in communities throughout the world. Uniting strong community teams, in taking a collaborative approach that directly engages the people we serve:
- It builds upon existing initiatives, which are already impacting much needed change (both The Butterfly Project and Bicycles for Humanity, are already in action making a difference as you read);
- By linking technology and conversations on made available to their respective networks, the communications hub enabled through The Citizens Media®, it provides an easy means for connecting people and communities involved in this project with other initiatives, such as the Farm Business Advisors conversing through iDE's;
- It offers a complete solution that once established can be replicated to help empower education and entrepreneurship potential of deprived youth in communities throughout Uganda and beyond.: (i) Wireless technology of SEC's; (ii) Mobility through Bicycles for Humanity chapters; (iii) Open source, mobile-enabled communications hub as facilitated through The Citizens Media®.
1. Facilities and Resources
i) BRIEF DESCRIPTION The purpose of both the Chrysalis Campus and Skill Empowerment Centres is to provide a place to hold classes, social enterprise activities, and to meet the project's technical needs.
A. The Chrysalis Campus
Providing basic funds for supporting our work, and providing existing staff with a central base, The Chrysalis Campus will be a youth empowerment facility comprising:
- Senior School for the Education of Young Social Entrepreneurs
- Centre for the Empowerment of Children, which provides fun activities and sports for children, as well as training them in social skills and care for others.
- Training Centre, which provides specialist training in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, ecology and environmental issues, poverty alleviation techniques and co-operative development
- Ethical Business Centre, which will be a hub for Ethical business in Kampala
For the building of this school to proceed, The Chrysalis Campus needs to raise GBP $50,000 by October, 2012. If you are interested in helping them achieve this goal, please visit this Indiegogo fundraising page, or send an email to: email@example.com.
B. Skill Empowerment Centres (SEC's) Providing a more scalable means to hold classes and fulfill technical needs, working in collaboration with a Bicycles for Humanity initiative, the project will be supported through 3 CommunitySEC's.
Equipped with technology – such as iPads, mobiles, recording equipment as well as demonstration tools e.g. a microwave – the centre will be powered with solar energy, and will source a partnership with the local mobile company to give them access to wireless internet connection.
By doubling as a movie theatre – a place where students can share and promote what the do and learn with fellow mentors and peers – it will be used to inspire and help educate an entire community into discovering new ways for manifesting opportunities for establishing local enterprise and in so doing, themselves. PDF of SEC brochure.
C. Youth Mobility The purpose of providing the students with mobility is to both help them develop their social enterprise, and to provide an accessible means for connecting, inspiring, learning and educating fellow members of their communities.
With Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BEC's) already in place in communities throughout Uganda and beyond, Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) is a global grassroots movement of local chapters in developed countries that aims to empower the people of Africa and the rest of the developing world by helping them solve the problem of mobility. Enables through B4H Chapters, BEC's offer a complete package that addresses bicycle delivery to remote areas, access to tools, training and spare parts. To learn more about B4H, please visit their site, or see Bicycles for Humanity Brochure: Starting a Chapter.
D. Agricultural Products For information on the sorts of agricultural tools we seek to provide, click here.
ii) HOW IS THIS BEING FUNDED?
Estimated cost for each SEC $30k. This includes 25 tablets, container (the physical space where everything will be housed), server, back lit projector, solar energy supply, and access to internet too. Total set up and administration costs for 3 units will be $150,000. Funds for facilitating SEC's are being raised by Bicycles for Humanity.
Video Journalism Program
i) DESCRIBE THE REQUIREMENTA. Video Editing (immediate need)
B. Community Skill Workshops and Support
- Students of The Butterfly Project have lots of material for telling their story, but lack the editing skills required to get them to a point that's ready to share. If you think you can assist with this immediate need, please send an email to Ben Parkinson (project founder)at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDITIONAL NOTETutorials, Workshops and Applications (see Communications Hub below) will be oriented towards exploring ways of removing some of the barriers to information acquisition. "I know even the older kids like Teletubbies, but I would like to see how we can harness this style of learning to help establish different and more self-confident mindsets in children, without it being too 'Hollywood'. I want to see them achieve their potential, and video is a way of replicating inspiration through film and learning more easily." – Ben Parkinson, Project Founder.
- Two 1 week Workshops (6 months apart) designed to mentor, inspire, enthuse, train Students (referred to as 'Butterflies') over video filming, presentation and editing skills.
- Production of simple Online Tutorials proving students with ongoing support for revising and developing skills.
- Production of two Promotional Videos designed to publicize, share and inspire others into empowering the youth of today.
ii) HOW MUCH FUNDING IS REQUIRED?
Communications PlatformThe Citizens Media's® will work with staff and Butterfly Students identifying needs for a "connected" worldwide youth hub, which will empower itself to raise money for its own development, and will facilitate their learning process both in terms of: (1) Having a place to communicate and grow entrepreneurial projects; (2) Connecting with community elders able to share ideas, to provide advice and offer their expertise (such as iDE Farm Business Advisors).
How will Microsites be used?
To promote the students projects. View Examples
What sort of platform tools and applications are required?
- Mobile-enabled video presentation and sharing tools that can be used excite, educate and inspire village children across the world;
- Mobile enabled Microblog forums;
- Interactive (video and audio) applications which can assist in learning english.
How much will the Discovery Project for identifying network needs cost?
Enabling us to visit Kampala and work directly with the Butterfly Students in identifying how we can best suit their needs, projected costs are as follows: