Current Projects

 

WPC Nepal | Hetauda House
Hetauda, Nepal

For 14 years, Women’s Protection Center Nepal (WPC) and Hetauda House have been fighting to eradicate human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children.  Major programs include advocacy, healthcare, educational & preventative workshops in surrounding Nepali towns and villages, safe housing, and HIV/AIDS awareness & training.

 

The Project:
CfC and WPC aim to rebuild the Hetauda House, a safe house in the Makwanpur District of Nepal that was damaged by the earthquake. This new facility will provide a secure home for women and their children where case management, advocacy-based counseling, tutoring and educational development, and vocational skills training programs are available.

Communities Served:
WPC Nepal targets women and children who have been rescued from human trafficking, or from abusive or abandoned homes.  WPC Nepal seeks to empower women and girls by providing:

  • a safe environment with consistent routine;
  • financial resources to complete their education through the 12th grade (Nepali schools are not free, and students who can afford it typically complete after 10th grade);
  • one-on-one and group tutoring;
  • computer literacy training;
  • culturally appropriate counseling and therapy;
  • six month vocational training program (sewing & hand crafting skills), and subsequent employment/subsidized marketplace access through the Nari Alliance

Impact:
WPC Nepal, Hetauda House and Construction for Change have a shared vision that this facility will inspire and empower women and girls to take an active role in changing attitudes and culture in Nepal.  

Early intervention through high-quality and consistent education will combat exploitation and decrease marginalization.  Equally important, it will give women and girls the tools to find and express their self-value and their independence.  The home we seek to build will provide safety, solace, hope and promise.  It will undermine the efforts of human traffickers by expanding current agriculture programs, a chicken farm, clean water, and sanitation.  These provisions will alleviate the desperation driving so many Nepalese parents to trust that a stranger can promise their child a better future than they can.   

With an expansion of the vocational training program, women will have the opportunity to move beyond the caste they were born into, and take their place in the world as educated, capable, confident, and employable.  This program will break the cycle of poverty. 

Flying Kites
Njabini, Kenya

In the foothills of Kenya’s Aberdare Mountain ranges, Flying Kites students receive access to a highly-competitive education in a nurturing environment that prioritizes their health and well-being. The LaunchPad initiative helps to prepare secondary students to enter adulthood as self-sufficient leaders, ready to multiply their impact as agents of change in their communities and beyond.

 

The Project:
A new dormitory will allow Flying Kites to provide a safe and nurturing home environment to students who would otherwise have nowhere to turn.  As residents of the boarding school, primary school aged students will have access to a holistic and supportive environment both in and outside of school.

They track students progress individually through self-assessments administered at the beginning and end of every term, in addition to utilizing data from exam scores, report cards, teacher and mentor feedback, and on-going evaluations that monitor students’ evolving knowledge and attitudes on finance, reproductive health, self-efficacy, and personal responsibility.  Currently, our team uses the Casey Life Skills assessment tools, adapted for cultural relevance.

Communities Served:
Flying Kites ignites the potential of orphaned and critically-poor Kenyan children; they make long-term investments in time, care and resources to ensure profound impact in the lives of young people with great promise. The new building will accommodate 25-35 female students from the ages of 1-14 years.

Impact:
Flying Kites is already elevating the standards of care and education in the Kinangop region of Kenya and their school is consistently ranked among the top schools in the district. They currently serve over 80 students across three programs and employ 27 local staff. Their long-term vision seeks to position Flying Kites at the forefront of Kenya’s education sector nationwide, a space in need of critical innovation. Their plans for growth include facilities expansion and a capital campaign to double the impact. This begins in early 2016, with a vision to expand their campus to serve 180+ students.  Their newly expanded Primary School will transition from one that is competitive on a district-level to one that is competitive on the national and international stage.  In addition to increasing enrollment at the school in the next five years, they aim to expand the LaunchPad Program to be able to provide scholarships, internships, vocational training, and college counseling to more secondary students.

30/30 Project

Optimize Health Clinic
Madhya Pradesh, India

This is a 30/30 project and together with our partners at Optimize Health our goal is to create five clinics that will serve the 235,000 people in the Raghogarh region of Madhya Pradesh.

Communities Served:
The pilot clinic, which broke ground in November 2015, in the village of Ramnagar, will provide care for over 5,000 people. 

Impact:
Currently in India, 70 percent of the 1.3 billion people live in poverty, and with that abject level of poverty comes a great need for affordable and accessible healthcare.

Utilizing a combination of dedicated Community Health Workers, innovative technology (such as mobile apps, interactive cloud-based medical records, and more portable diagnostics), and streamlined protocols, this clinic will be able to provide high-quality care in one of the poorest states in India.

READ MORE ABOUT THE OPTIMIZE HEALTH CLINIC HERE

Parkwood Tech Centre
Cape Flats, South Africa

 

The Parkwood Primary School is a no-fee government school located in the Cape Flats of South Africa. The school has historically performed low on national assessments in numeracy, literacy, and other subjects. Recently, our partner BottomUp Nonprofit installed a new computer-based numeracy program at the school and greatly boosted academic performance.

The Project:
The Parkwood Tech Centre is a project to expand on a computer laboratory at the Parkwood Primary School in the Cape Flats. 

Communities Served:
The new Parkwood Tech Centre will serve the 500 students that attend the Parkwood Primary School.The expanded computer laboratory will provide space for new technology and education initiatives at Parkwood Primary School, as well as a space for Parkwood residents to acquire technology-related skills. Parkwood Technology Centre will benefit the students and educators at the school and in the larger Parkwood community, an area known for high rates of gang violence, drug use, and unemployment.

Impact:
The Parkwood Tech Centre goals are to:

  • extend affordable computer access and training to members of the school and greater community. 
  • renovate the computer laboratory and furnishing it with technology
  • provide a pillar of hope for community members
  • encourage community  involvement in the design and construction process
  • design an aesthetically pleasing building

 

 

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

– Nelson Mandela