BUILDING A SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE POOR.

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BUILDING A SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE POOR.: END POVERTY AND UNEMPLOYMENT NOW!!! ASK US HOW?

Accra, GhanaACCRA, Ghana
Year Founded:
2012
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Devio Arts Centre is a Non-profit Skills Training Art Centre that offers vulnerable and underprivileged young people in slum areas of Ghana creative life skills to have a new life out of poverty and underachievement.With about 60% of young people who are unemployed and 25% who face abject poverty.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we create an opportunity, so that all young people can earn a living.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem we are solving is about the high rates of poverty, unemployment and underachievement of young people in Ghana because of the lack of creative life skills in them, with currently about 60% unemployed young people, and also 25% children living in abject poverty.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our Solution is to establish a Skills training Centre and organize community workshops that focuses on offering young people in the poor communities of Ghana with creative life skills to make household items and sell them to earn a living.Our Outcome is to reduce the high rates of poverty and unemployment among the youth by 30% in the communities that we operates in.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This Solution helps young people to a better future and to fulfill their potentials,for instance if a young child drops out of school because of financial problems from the home, the child will be able to use the life skill gained from the creative arts program we offer to develop products and in the process earn a living out his /her skill gained. Also children who are not educated, have hope through my art centre because they know that there is an opportunity for them to gain creative life skills to become independent and not victims to abject poverty,nor to do jobs that are detrimental to their health.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

This Solution helps young people to use the benefits of creative arts to enrich their lives and also help create their own jobs and in effect reduce the rate of unemployment in Ghana. This also helps young people to become highly skilled for the labour market and to acquire life skills needed to become better people in society as well as exercise their rights to be visible, heard and have artistic experiences as stated in the article 31 of the 1989 united nations Charter of the rights of the child and also the 2005 UNESCO Cultural Policy.Our Vision is to Impact 2million young people's lives by the year 2025 with the highest level of creativity and innovation in Ghana possible to eradicate poverty and loss of creativity in Africa especially Ghana.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To ensure financial sustainability in the future 1.We have a gallery where we exhibit and sell the artworks the children make,2.I want to have alongside a children's museum which will have lots of games and explorations for young people who can afford to pay and come and have fun whiles we use the money form that business to sustain our idea3.I also want to introduce the Devio Bead Factory and sell the accessories we make for income.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Unfortunately in Ghana there is no Organization addressing this problem, even though it is the root cause of most of our problems since various researches like the China Africa Report has indicated that our educational System is not fashioned on the level of creativity. Devio Arts Centre is actually the first Children's Art Centre in Ghana. In the past , a group called Love volunteers tried to establish one but now use the place as a children's library and hub.This is why I am really advocating for support to help our young generation in Ghana to have a great future of unlimited possibilities.
Team

Founding Story

Lily Kudzro was once was a victim to school drop out because of poverty, but today I have a good life because I am talented in creative writing which drew me closer to good people who touched my life. I want to use my background and Story to help other young people facing poverty and unemployment today, to have a new life out of their fears and problems.

Team

We are a team of three committed and outstanding young people who work full time on the program. The Founder Lily Kudzro as the executve director, Barnabas Akwadei as the Accountant and Secretary and the Office Supervisor Joyce Kudzro. We all have lots of experience in the Non-Profit Sector and also have worked with other for profit organizations more than 5years.
About You
Organization:
Devio Arts Centre
About You
First Name

lily

Last Name

kudzro

How did you hear about this Competition?

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Devio Arts Centre

Organization Country

, GA, ACCRA

Country where this project is creating social impact

, GA, Accra

Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Sustainability
If your venture is not yet break-even or generating a surplus from sales, how are you covering the financial gap currently? What are your plans for breaking even in the future?

Yes we have not broken even yet, because our space is very small so it is difficult to get more hands on board, but we seek for donations and sponsorships from organizations to buy raw materials, we also use a lot of natural and local materials which is very cheap and affordable. This month we tried to involve the Assembly men and women representatives in the communities that we operate in to lease us free lands to work on for at least 3 years.

Tell us about your partnerships. What partnerships are critical for your solution’s success? How are you forming these partnerships?

We value Partnerships with Organizations and People in the arts and crafts industry because we want to build customers and make most of the worlds home items whiles bringing a new life to those who make those things.We also need partnerships with committed individuals who can link us with International partners to support us build this Centre.Through Conferences and Social Media platforms we communicate to potential organizations and people.

What, if any, corporate partners have you worked with regarding your solution? What is the nature of your relationship with these corporate partners (e.g. career/internship placement of your participants, financial sponsorship or donations, program development, etc.)

Currently we are in Partnership with Reach for Change Africa, a Sweden based NGO that gives us salary funding to help us work full time on this venture.

Barriers and Beneficiaries
U.S State(s) where your solution is creating impact

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The barriers that might hinder the success of this project is the location, but I want to tell everyone out there who would read this project to understand that we are all one people and that one's place of location and birth should not be a disadvantage.

The Participants: Tell us about the people who are benefited by your solution, including demographics and a qualitative description of the population you are serving.

The Participants in our program are young unemployed people who are poor and cannot afford a daily meal, they do have dreams like we do, but do not know how, until they found us Devio Art Centre, they do not need food, nor clothing nor shelter from us, all they need is a life skill to work with so they can fight poverty themselves and reach their dreams. They are people who have never been educated, school drop outs and victims of bad situations. We need you to Help us to bring a new life to them.