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.
Somiari Fubara Demm, Lead psychologist for the Chibok girls who were kidnapped (and escaped captivity) by Boko Haram, featured on the NLG child well-being platform. View her series at www.nolimitgen.org.
Steve Gross, Chief Play-maker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation explains how to show up as an inspiring role-model and make a life changing difference in a child's life. View his series at www.nolimitgen.org.
Lara Zakaria of the Syrian American Medical Society breaks down the proper nutritional requirements for children. View her series at www.nolimitgen.org.
UNICEF and DRC's Child Protection and Psychosocial Support Lead, Wayne Blier addresses the most pressing child protection issues for displaced and vulnerable children. View his series at www.nolimitgen.org.
Global health communications expert, and Harvard University's Fmr. Assoc. Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Meera Seshadri. View her series at www.nolimitgen.org.
Columbia University Professor and Psychologist Dr. Richard Brown breaks down the impact of trauma on a child's life. View his series at www.nolimitgen.org.
Psychologist, Professor, and Author, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg addresses the emotional impact of displacement and vulnerability. View her series at www.nolimitgen.org. View her series at www.nolimitgen.org.
Example of a NLG training video dubbed in Rohingya language, dubbed by members of the affected community. More, including the English versions of this video at: www.nolimitgen.org.
June 2019 Platform Launch annoucement
See our mission in action in the Rohingya Refugee camps of Bangladesh, where we got started.
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
NLG's high level Theory of Change
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
See our work in action, and hear from our partners in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh
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.
Child well-being experts and local partners discuss the impact of displacement and vulnerability on a child's life; and how NLG's mission addresses current challenges.
Training on NLG's Platform during our April-May 2019 Pilot in the Rohingya Refugee camps of Bangladesh. We studied the progress on 40 teachers and facilitators in child friendly spaces and presented the findings at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference in May, 2019.
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
-The Bangladesh Foundation
-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
Type of submitter
We are a registered Non-Profit Organization
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