23 staff, 150 volunteers, 6500, young people, 300 projects, 650,000 young people.
The Butterfly Project focuses on institutionalised care homes – 150 children so far have been impacted in the three years it’s been running. They work with these kids because they have the least amount of ability to voice their opinion and voice. They work with the children in a participatory approach to help them learn about their subjects such as gender discrimination. They do this by training them in the video making process. The kids then produce their own videos to express how they understand the topic. Now these same kids, 3 years later are holding workshops and talking with other young people to help them. They've become what YP calls Community Peer educators.
Example of one of their programs
YP addresses girls' empowerment via several projects and channels. Their '
Know Your Body, Know Your Rights' program focuses on
Women & Girls Empowerment & Safety
Peer Education, Understanding Gender, Health, Sexuality, Rights and HIV/AIDS.
Also their Right to Information program focuses on getting communities registered, often overcoming the challenge that many slum communities have – a lack of a qualifying address to register to vote or to apply for a job.
How they measure success
- These metrics are purely for the Butterly program, one of many that YP run, but are indicative of their others:
- The video is not the end result
- Have the conditions changed in the care homes changed?
- Have situations changed at home?
- Have new people started contributing within care home?
- Is violence reduced and is negotiation being used instead?
- Goal is everyone having a space to express
After the class was over, we got to meet some of the children (see photos). I’ll follow up with a separate post on what we learned from them. But suffice it to say that it was incredibly moving to learn that the children of this community didn’t know how to treat each other with respect before YP foundation started working with them, they didn’t even have a place to learn, and no one knew about sanitation so infectious diseases were rife. What YP Foundation is doing is truly remarkable.
What’s really interesting about their work:
- Help young people realise they have rights
- Works with each community, but doesn’t focus on one issue: instead they help develop the community across five areas in an integrated manner
- Doesn’t stick to one funder but works with many different organisations
What other examples of more intergrated and holistic approaches to development have you seen? (blending education, health, tech skills, rights etc)