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No Limit Generation's Global Child Well-being Platform

We equip caregivers on the font lines with critical guidance to better protect, support, and heal vulnerable and displaced children.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

There are over 35 million displaced and refugee children in the world today (the highest number since WW2); and the number of children in conflict zones has doubled since 1990. There is a crisis of care when it comes to children's protection, resilience, and healthy development, and only 0.5% of global humanitarian aid is currently allocated to address their protection and well-being needs. Experiences and environments of extreme or prolonged stress (toxic stress) take a tremendous toll on children’s physical and mental well-being, including: -Increased physical health impairments and disease -Impaired brain development -Early onset of mental health disorders -Difficulties forming and maintaining healthy relationships -Impaired decision-making and risky behaviors (stems from self-soothing efforts) -Increased likelihood of victimization and abuse The individual impact of extreme or prolonged stress holds life-long consequences for the child. Collectively, the impact to an entire generation (or generations) of children exposed to toxic stress and extreme experiences contribute to the propagation of violence, social instability, poverty, and conflict. Through No Limit Generation’s (NLG) global child well-being platform, we equip aid workers, educators, and caregivers with the critical guidance they need to better care for, protect, and support the children they serve. In this way we can strengthen their resilience, reverse the negative impacts caused by environmental stressors, and set them on a trajectory to become the change-makers for the kind of world we all would like to inherit. The NLG platform is: * Open-access and designed to support any organization working with children * Accessible in online and offline modes * Developed in partnership with the world's leading child well-being experts * Trauma-informed and evidence-based * Translated and dubbed into local contexts * Distributed through local partners

Geography of focus (500 characters)

While our work began in the Rohingya refugee camps of Bangladesh, since our platform launch at the American Psychiatric Association annual conference (May 2019), we are working with 20+ organizations to leverage NLG's child well-being content. Many of these organizations reached out from around the world, including: Syria, Venezuela, the US Southern Border, Malawi and Nigeria, to name a few.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Faced with upheaval and loss of supportive structures and loved ones, displacement takes a significant mental, physical, and psychological toll on the lives of refugees. NLG serves as a critical bridge through which caregivers and aid/social workers can better support, nurture, and heal displaced and vulnerable children. In this way, children will be better equipped -- emotionally, physically, and socially-- to adjust and adapt with greater ease into their new community.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

In our work with organizations supporting thousands of refugee children, we have observed that aid organizations prioritize programs and interventions focused on survival needs, such as food, shelter, and medical care. This de-prioritizes mental health and child well-being programming. Our training programs are designed to holistically treat the child and focuses on three core pillars. Taken together, they reduce the impact of toxic stress and sets the child on a healing trajectory: 1. Design safe, structured, and inclusive environments for children 2. Stay engaged in children's lives as caring, trustworthy, and supportive adults 3. Believe in a child’s potential to heal, grow, and succeed With the proper care and supportive environments, every child can heal and succeed in life. By shaping children’s minds and hearts during the critical ages of childhood, they have the opportunity to rise and thrive into their potential, and become change-agents for a better world.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The NLG's training content provides critical guidance necessary for caregivers to: 1. Create safe, structured, and healing environments for children 2. Engage children as caring, trusted, and supportive adults 3. Believe in a child's ability to heal, rise and thrive into their full potential Built into our program is an evaluations process that measures the impact of NLG’s training. Our pilot study (April-May 2019) results showed: 1. Caregivers adopted more informed and supportive interaction styles; admitted that the content caused them to re-think how they work with children; and requested additional training via the platform 2. Children noticed positive behavioral changes in their caregivers; reported higher quality experiences; and observed that caregivers began to share healing guidance with their parents. NLG also measures platform engagement metrics such as: 1. Number of caregivers and orgs accessing the platform 2. Frequency of use 3. Geographic reach

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

NLG's global child well-being platform was born out of direct requests from the frontline workers in the Rohingya refugee camps and around the world. After my team and I built the "Safe Haven" (a healing, learning space that cares for 500 Rohingya refugee children daily) and Skyped in training from renowned child psychologists around the world, the caregivers repeatedly asked us: Can we make the training available on video, and in their language so they can refer to it as needed? Creating a video platform is no easy task, so my team and I began investigating the need further. The findings shocked us: We had no idea how inefficient, costly, and ineffective the existing training model is -- not just in the Rohingya refugee camps, but around the world. Further investigation revealed the lack of global humanitarian funding when it comes to early-child hood well-being, and the devastating impact this takes on the child's healthy development and prospects for a meaningful life.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Our in-depth research, interviews, and on-ground experience has revealed that: 1) Vulnerable and displaced children are: a) Vulnerable to child trafficking, sexual abuse, and other daily dangers. b) In desperate need of supportive people and environments to overcome their traumas. c) Feel stuck in a cycle of unpredictability, poverty, violence, and hopelessness. 2) The front-line caregiver training paradigm is broken. Consider the following: a) Caregivers are mostly non-specialists with little to no prior experience. b) Existing trainings can be costly, infrequent, and administered by specialists flown in for short periods (with little follow up). c) Caregivers are overloaded with information, stymied by language barriers. d) Online trainings are directed towards a professional audience and are difficult to access e) High field-staff turnover leads to knowledge drain and time-intensive/costly interventions f) Approaches are not always culturally sensitive

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Here's how NLG empowers its stakeholders and communities: 1. Caregivers: NLG has enabled healthier interactions with the children, and increased personal well-being which allows caregivers to show up as more engaged, empathetic, and supportive in their roles. 2. Vulnerable and displaced children: When we address a child's social and emotional needs, the benefits include: improved physical health; healthy brain development; ability to connect with learning opportunities; and formation of healthy relationships. Additionally, overall quality of life, and life-span is enhanced, as are the prospects for life success. 3. Vulnerable and affected communities: NLG's training platform enhances civil society and local capacity development by enabling access to knowledge for-public-good that is sustainable and scalable. The content lives beyond the initial surge of humanitarian intervention support as an accessible and lasting resource.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

NLG's stakeholders include social impact, humanitarian, and educational organization that work with displaced or vulnerable children. Since the launch of NLG's platform in May of 2019, we have partnered with the following organizations: -Translators Without Borders -Life is Good Kids Foundation -JAAGO Foundation -The Bangladesh Foundation -OBAT Helpers -AIM Foundation -AMURT/SKUS -Breath-Body-Mind -PeaceTech Labs -Halcyon -People to People -Rohingya Cultural Center of Chicago Additionally, there are 20+ global humanitarian and social impact organizations that have been on-boarded to leverage NLG's training content. Furthermore, NLG is in partnership discussions with distribution networks (ie Libraries Without Borders) through which its content can be disseminated to front line audiences. This includes the world's leading humanitarian response organizations, as well as organizations responding to the Syrian, South and Central American, and US border crisis.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

No Limit Generation

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

No Limit Generation is a non-profit start-up whose mission is to provide every child with the love and guidance to achieve their full potential, and become enlightened stewards of this world. Our team is made up of proven social impact and technology entrepreneurs who work in close collaboration with with leading humanitarians, child wellbeing experts, educators, and mental health professionals. We are the right team for the mission because we are innovative, agile, and leverage business best practices to impact a pressing global challenge with scale and efficiency. Here are some key milestones achieved to date: -Founded the Safe Haven for 500 child-survivors of genocide Feb'18 -Successful Pilot in Bangladesh May'19 -Launched NLG platform at the APA Annual Conference May'19 -115 training videos published to date -Awarded fellowships from PeaceTech lab (at US Inst. of Peace) and Halcyon -Partners have evaluated NLG's work at $500,000, a 10x ROI on funds invested to date

Website URL:

www.nolimitgen.org

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

USA

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Washington, DC

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Bonjour, une bonne initiative. Nous souhaiterions profiter de votre expertise pour améliorer nos projets qui sont réalisés en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).

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Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA J'aimerais discuter de la manière dont nous pouvons servir vos projets en RDC. S'il vous plaît pardonnez la qualité de traduction ici car j'utilise un service de traduction pour communiquer avec vous :) Faites-moi savoir comment je peux vous aider! Ravi de discuter.

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Photo of Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA
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Désolée de vous répondre en retard. Serait-il possible d'échanger à partir de janvier 2020, le temps de bien mettre en place le projet des jeunes. Nous souhaitons collaborer avec les autorités de la RDC et votre expertise serait la bienvenue. Nous pourrions vous contacter pour organiser des formations mais en collaboration ou en partenariat avec votre structure. Si cela serait possible, vous pouvez me donner votre adresse mail. Je pense que la langue ne pourra pas être une barrière. Nous espérons recevoir un retour positif de votre part.

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Very inspiring project, I hope you can also replicate throughout Latin America I had been working with a similar project in Guatemala for women's mental health with IsraAID.

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Thank you for your comment! We are currently in talks with orgs operating in Latin America who would like to see this content translated to support the refugee and migrant situation across the continent. I'm very curious to learn more about your work in this space, and the ideas you might have as we expand into Latin America.

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Sure I will be delighted to introduce you to IsraAID in Guatemala !

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We were about to summit a similiar proposal, I'm glad you guys did it !

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Hello Samier Mansur i am amazed by the works of No Limit Generation's Global Child Well-being Platform its really inspiring.

As a team of implementor with in the same field focusing on a different target group that is the youth, i see potential of quiping these youth with the same ability to care for the children. our dynamics in uganda is that also defined by a good number of teenage mothers and young parents.
As Bold Nation Agency we seek to empower the youth with mental health knowledge and assistance/services through creatively employing them and as result of the multipler effect have the same impact on their mental health be extented to children, adults, populations living with diabilities among other target groups as the project grows for both refugee and host communities collaboratively working together as one people.

As we look into areas of collaboration i want to wish you the very best and encourage you to keep on going and impacting life as well as inspiring the next generation we are eager to support you on this to achieve both our vision.

Best,
@Ikong James

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Thank you for your message Ikong James , it sounds like your therapeutic art model is something that we might be able to share on our platform as it would be help to many around the world. Would be happy to chat more!

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Thanks for the appreciation Samier Mansur will definitely be looking forward to talking more about the idea. You can reach me via my email as you can readily find it on my profile.

Thanks
James

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I appreciate what you are doing with children also this is a wonderful idea.I would like being the part of it in implementation.Hope you find tge room for one more.Looking forward hearing from you. sultan.hussein5@gmail.com

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Absolutely, Sultan! Thank you for your note. Which population groups do you work with, and what languages do they speak? I would be happy to discuss implementation with you.

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I am hoping I'll be dealing with refugees to start with but am planning on broadening my scope by helping people who face different challenges all over the world.Currently I'll be dealing with the Swahili speaking societies,hope you might find a way to fit in.

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Big thanks to the idea of "No Limit Generation". To me, it means a world without barriers and walls for all children. However, disabled children, especially the blind, deaf, and dumb are most vulnerable of all children. So, are there special provisions to cater for the needs of this set of children with impaired expression of their health conditions? Put differently, is there any provision for special training for health care givers to attend to the health complaints of this group?

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Uchenna, thank you for this comment, it's an important one. We are currently in discussion with 2 organizations who specialize in special needs to produce a module on how best to create spaces that are inclusive and engaging for them. This impacts 10%+ of populations, so it's an important area of focus. One of our key goals is to raise the the resources to produce this module soon, as the global need for this guidance is critical.

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Hi Samier Mansur  great to have your idea on the platform for the challenge. It's exciting and I really like your idea. It will be exciting for your to check out other ideas on the platform, provide some feedback and explore potential areas of collaboration with them. For example check out https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/review/creating-sustainable-livelihoods-for-migrant-communities-in-assam-through-ecosystem-restoration-bee-keeping-weaving-and-making-handicraft

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Thank you Bremley, it's been great seeing and engaging with all these incredible ideas this challenge has inspired!

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Hello. I think that empowering displaced children is an extraordinary mission. Your Idea reminds me of a peer support specialist model where there is an intermediate credential to work in mental health populations. I think one way to scale this ideas is opening the platform to being a general training for "peer support specialists" focus on children. There is a need that can be monetized in both the developed and developing world, which could make the platform more economically sustainable. I really support what your organization is doing!

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Brannon, many thanks for your comment and support! This idea is a wonderful one. We are exploring a monetized accreditation process (as a value-layer on top of the content, which, true to our mission, will always remain free); so I am glad you see the potential here for that as well. It seems you have good familiarity with the "peer support specialists", and I'd love to learn more about it!