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Rural Renaissance - An Economic, Social and Environmental Community-led Transformation in Brazil, India, and Africa

Scaling-up previous project International and inter-sectoral successes using a holistic integrated systems approach.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

This project focuses on prosperity and planet challenges and expands our combined successes of previous project efforts in other regions, implementing the best practices and lessons learned from projects on 3 continents. The communities were chosen because of their commonality (i.e., lack of internal expertise that can bring about their innovation, social inclusion, economic sustainability, and suicide prevention efforts) and to demonstrate the worldwide applicability of our previous project successes. This is a time critical need for these specific communities. They are faced with various constraints including natural resource limitations, water scarcity, desertification, climate change and serious psych-social implications. The project will improve farming options and access to markets for their products; provide community training facilitating region specific alternative employment opportunities; leveraging 3rd Party micro-finance programs; and providing access to appropriate, accessible, and ongoing psych-social care. Areas within this project´s demographic base have suicide rates of one every 41 minutes in India; the highest number of youth or family leader suicides in the entirety of Brazil; and in Africa, a 20% annual increase in the number of farmers over the age of 55 is occurring. This program will actively intervene by providing viable alternatives to reduce suicide as their primary choice. We will identify the existing gaps between policy and practice, develop reports, presentations, position papers and policy briefs to lobby the respective parties so that they can start incorporating the simple and innovative approaches necessary to bridge these gaps using a Human Centered Approach. These efforts will aim at influencing policy and practice change in each country. Please visit this project´s website-

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Rural small holder farmers are the beneficiaries and this grant and support (supplementing other ongoing projects and funding sources) will cover 1 )identified gaps, 2) help overcome past social inequities, 3) motivation to accept transformational changes (overcoming traditional mindsets) and 4) credence in new possibilities for the Community and themselves. • Funding will facilitate long-term impact enabling "change-oriented" programs that will have a broad influence on community-led economic development and significant GHG reductions & environmental impact (eliminating bi-annual burning of more than 260 Ha) • Community specific intervention to target the reduction of suicides • Statistics - The impact of this initiative directly benefits more than 3000 individuals - 1630 school children -300 families, their 1400 individuals and 26 communities • 39% are Women Lead • 26% are over the age of 55 • 35% are 15-25 years of age All just trying to survive

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The program provides proven systems and processes for communities to proactively determine their own futures, through Climate Smart Sintrópic Farming, MedNutraceuticals, Social, Psychological and Educational Mentorship enabling income generation, improved health, and sustainable futures. Our globally proven NLP techniques (with a 15-year success record) are incorporated in the courses, lectures and training, whose objective is the formation and integration of the human being, developing their skills, talents and helping them realize their potential for achievement of new and better results. We overcome cultural limitations and perceptions, fear of failures, unwillingness to try new methods, and views of hopelessness using existing community elders and youth trained in our vetted and community specific NLP methods. We transfer project successes under previous international programs and tailor those innovations and lessons learned to the unique situation of each target community.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The ABEVILA-H2CI Consortium is defined as “a global Consortium of NGOs, Commercial Partners, Government, Individuals and supporting Financial Instruments” helping communities in need- We seek out and find people who want to change the world, who believe this is possible and who want to begin immediately. Partners are listed on the attached file.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.
  • Other

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Possessing local community knowledge, we were moved by the conquest of rescuing human sensibility and to a commitment to equality, freedom, dignity, social justice, financial independence, sustainability, and respect for human beings and the environment. Negative results from other organizations and projects attempting to address similar challenges, clearly reflected that unless the complexities facing our communities are addressed in an integrated fashion- failure results.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Our target communities have the largest gap between their belief in positive changes arising from new opportunities and their low level of capacity to pursue those changes. The project´s training, social, technology and agricultural programs “open the communities minds to the possibilities”and will strengthen their sustainability. We create an environment rich in exchanges where people learn by doing. Perhaps most importantly, our initiatives instil community-led participatory approaches incorporating appreciative diagnosis, solution design, leadership development, customization of training We materialize the community led collective dreams in a short period of time and fostering spontaneous action led by the beneficiaries of the process. Our BeFrienders Worldwide partner provides expert knowledge and local experiences to make positive choices regarding suicide intervention.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Individual Consortium members have successful Transformative Investment Project experience including 23-similar community projects/actions; The consortium members manage the complex community experience whilst orchestrating key performance indicators, and application of lessons learned from previous project experience. The project lead is the NGO Associacao Comunitaria e Beneficente Vila Ana Maria (ABEVILA) with a 28 year history of success and supported technologically and program managemently by the H2CI Instituto das Alagoas and H2CI Limited- Ireland. Our educational and social programming is jointly managed by the Instituto ELOS Brazil and the Instiuto parao Desenvolvimento das Alagoas (IDEAL). The project communities in Sindhudurg, India are managed and coordinated by Culture Aangan; Africa is managed and coordinated by Youths-in-country consortium of the iLabs@Mak Project, Makerere University, Farm Radio International and Befrienders International and their country associates.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our project teams step into the project communities people’s shoes, understand their lives, and start to solve problems from their perspectives. We have an ongoing relationship and provide them tools (view the video links) • The projects are led by Community and Tribal leaders assisted by our teams • Readily available labour resource pool in each community • Contributions in-kind from the Community and from the Consortium project partners

Geographic Focus

Northern and Eastern Uganda & Mozambique; Alagoas and Sergipe in Brazil; Sindhudurg in India

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project will be executed in multiple phases and completed over a 36-month timeline and within the funding scope of this program initiative.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

Our global Consortium program successfully exists thanks to an equation which involves partnerships with the communities in need, highly motivated individuals and organizations, and with one or more sponsoring partners. Inspiration for this project evolved from partners of the H2CI Global Consortium; Agenda Gotsch; Project members work with the various UN FAO Divisions and projects; Centro de Valorização da Vida (CVV); and the Program Directors of this project whose dedication and efforts combined to produce this response and the subsequent activities. The BridgeBuilder Challenge has facilitated new partnerships and project consolidation/cooperation with our program including: • Culture Aangan and their Bridge of harmony-Save the farmer, Save the Agriculture • Udhhar Org and their Suicide prevention of farmers! • DSM Holdings and their Trees for life • Linkages Consulting and their Community Innovation Programme (CIP) • PAMOJA IMPACT • Bridging the Divide • KoFarmer • FARFARM


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I think this is especially interesting due to taking a more holistic approach to community well being. Rather than just focusing on a single problem or dimension, such as boosting productivity for a specific agricultural commodity for a small holder farmer, this seems to me to view this as only one aspect to the overall well being of the community. Many areas that have suffered hardships, such as drought, conflict, and a lack of access to essentials, also would benefit and be reinforced by the psychosocial assistance (if this is done well) coupled with other community strengthening activities.

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Thank you Barrie for your comments. Our approach has been very successful. When we get involved with a community we have one team make initial technical assessments and then have a second (different people) team obtain the community inputs and their specific goals and needs. We then develop the engagement model, bring in our ELOS team to get the community fired up and assess their level of interests and motivations. Followed by our IDEAL team to help pull all the required organizations and support entities into the mix. It has been incredibly successful. This project has some of the most challenging communities and we intend to show how to scale this up across the world. We use technology to verify the processes and validate the sustainability progress. We have intentionally combined other OpenIDEO submissions from smaller organizations that have good ideas by lack the expertise and total resources to execute their IDEA themselves. Adding 11 other projects to our proposal enables all of the projects to be successful. In talking with each of the proposers, we have discovered their teams individual expertise and will realign the total teams expertise to focus on strengths rater than weaknesses of the various projects an proposers. Every person will work in their specific area of expertise and across three continents- global collaboration for a common good. If you have not had chance to watch any of the video links in the brief outline, please do. Also, we have a programme website you may find of interest.

It would be good to discuss your personal interests and perhaps to add you to this project.

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