Environmental Educational Social Upliftment

Environmental Educational Social Upliftment

South Africa
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Positive environmental change and empowering people locally and globally through education and skill development, making a difference to the lives of people and the environment, funding training and community projects.

Breaking past segregation issues and boundaries.

The restaurant will promote a healthy way of living and eating, and demonstrate that we all can make a difference to lower our carbon footprint.

It would also be a stepping stone for other businesses to observe and adapt the way they build and start their businesses to create a more globally green business network.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The permiculture training centre will be situated in the of Noordhoek/ ocean view area, as the schools that I am targeting to get involved are Ukhanyo in Masiphumelele (informal settlement), Marine/Kleinberg in Ocean View (previously disadvantaged area), Sunvalley Primary in Sun Valley (middle class area). There are some other smaller schools I would like to get involved at a later stage. The project is a twinning programme, two schools of different ethnicities working together on a garden at the same time... creating their garden together. Making friends of different religions and races, breaking the boundaries of past segregation. Noordhoek is a more expensive farming type area, but the water is safe to pump by borehole. As there is a pollution problem of a lake in surrounds of Ocean View and it would be best not to pump this water. People are to fearful to send there children into Masiphumelele, therefore it would not be a good place to start the training centre in. There is much growth for this project and the kids in the communities it will benefit. I hope to create something that can be taken to different areas, so more people can benefit from this project in the long run.

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

It is a cultural green environmental project. Innovative because there are not many training centres that are for both adults and children’s that education on permiculture, environmental and nutrition issues. The project is also about bringing children of different cultures and races together, forming a strong friendship while working together in their garden. The building method in which the restaurant will be built is out of recycling, plastic bottles and wastage building materials. The business will be run on renewable energy sources. This is a very exciting project and its findings can be used to further other businesses green building principles. Its wonderful that both aspects, the permiculture training centre and the environmental concious restaurant run hand in hand. There is great potential for the full project to be replicated and taken to other areas. Creating more job opportunities and skills development. This project is about breaking the boundaries of the past and moving forward. Creating a new way of business and environmental responsibility acceptance. Realisation will come that 'new green' is better that 'golden old' methods. Green is the new gold... An investment for the future for all.
Impact: How does it Work

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

An environmental friendly restaurant run on renewable power and made out of recycled materials, with a permiculture training centre for kids and adults. The permiculture training centre will offer a place for adults from previously disadvantaged areas to come and learn at, as well as it will be a place where different schools from the area can come together to learn about green living, share cultural experiences with each other and work hand in hand towards a better and greener South Africa, through learning about going green, growing their own garden at the training centre and looking after the earth and each other. Skills they can take forward with them in life and implement in their daily lives at home. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays will be for adult education/training and Tuesday and Thursday for the schools training/education programme. The restaurant will be built in a green environmental manner from renewable/ recyclable material with green building principles being implemented. Run on renewable power sources and offer healthy food to the public. The building process will be documented and taken and shown to others so that they can use this building method. Showing people that a business run on green power and made of recycling can be successful and sufficient. The Permiculture training centre and environmental restaurant will work hand in hand, the produce of the permiculture training centre will be sold to the green environmental restaurant (after of course the kids involved get something to take home) creating an income for the training centre. Both working together to create positive change and education opportunities.
About You
Organization:
HT LIFE
About You
First Name

Eva

Last Name

Adams-Hart

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HT LIFE

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Through many years of working with local communities (privellages and underprivellaged), children and adults of differnt ethnicities and many recycling and green projects, I found that there is still fear between people of different skin tones and ethnicities. There is also a great lack of awareness in the underprivelaged areas about global warming and reducing our carbon footprint, recycling and not littering.

Also there are great problems with lack of nutrition in underprivellaged comunities. I have found that there is training needed for adult and children in environmental issues, nutrition issues and agricultural skills, as agricultural skills will help towards better nutrition and job creation, as trainees can sell there produce and start their own agricultural projects.

Housing in townships, there is always a lack of material to build homes out of, The building process I want to bring to the communities is a building build mainly from recycling, waist that is normally just thrown away on an everyday basis.

The project I want to start will help towards all of the above mentioned problems finding a common place to be solved, a place of equallity, education, and building a better future for all. I am highly motivated and cant wait to get this project up and running, and making a positive difference.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

This project is still in the start up stage.

I have been networking with local NPO's and environmental projects in the area I want to start the project in, as well as networking with other people who have projects that relate to this project, as collaboration could benefit both organisations. For example there is a local recyling project that makes items out of waste, it would be great if we could work together.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1,001-10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Going into schools and giving lectures on green living and healthy living and eating.

Start a healthy packed lunch program for schools.
As an extra source of income into the business, there will be a healthy packed lunch meal delivery system in place for local schools. There is also potential for expansion into delivery of pre packed meals to other local businesses.

Keeping people informed about green business principles through a blog.

We will collect customers email address details and send out news letter.

Start our own recycling depo, to collect materials that can be used in building projects etc.

Involving and teaching other recycling product production skills, for example- scarcrows, plant holders, hats, craft projects.

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

The main hinder at present is start up capital for this project. As renting or purchassing land to start the project on is crucial.

Also a hinder would be if I am not able to find contributors of solar panels and wind turbines as this is an expensive part of the project set-up.

Logistic hinders would be:
Exam times at schools, therefore the programme will have to work around these times in the year.
If trainees drop out of the programme, we would have to find new candidates.
Transport for the children and trainees to and from the project. It would be advisable to organise and cover the cost of their transport. Also trainees will get a basic salary, so that they can support their family while busy training.
If the training centre can not produce enough produce for the restaurant, we will have to purchase from outside farmers until we can expand our crop/land.
Start up capital for our trainees to start their own projects when completing our training, for example: tools, seeds, compost, place.

Hopefully the trainees will become our staff at our projects. The decision will be theirs to make, as some will go onto their own farming projects. Collaboration would be great.

Tell us about your partnerships

No partnerships at present, business project in start up stage.

In process of approaching companies to use this green business as a study, example donate solar cells or wind turbine etc. to measure how well it would function on an everyday business capacity under business conditions. And post the findings on our and their web page and freely advertise their product (as long as it adheres to our principle of conduct) on our web site. Promoting others to purchase from their company and thanking for contribution to a better greener more empowered world.

Also to create partnerships with other environmental green projects and agricultural projects, aswell as to create partnerships with government green enititives.

Explain your selections

It is not surpported financially at present, it is in start up stage. I am working on getting start up capital at present.

I have had great feed back from other NPO organisations and individuals/friends about their willingness to be involved in the project. There has been amazing networking. But still no money available, people I have networked with only have time and amazing skills to share.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

It will strengthen by adding more schools to the programm and a larger amount of trainees to the programme, creating more awareness about going green.

To expand this project to other disadvantaged areas, sending our past tranees to start projects, locally and internationally.

In time turning the restaurent side of business into a franchise. Creating a more global recognised enterprise, which would be able to fund more training centres and different training projects from the companies profits and other green projects.

Aproaching companies to use this green business as a study, example donate solar cells or wind turbine etc. to measure how well it would function on an everyday business capacity under business conditions. And post the findings on our and their web page and freely advertise their product (as long as it adheres to our principle of conduct) on our web site. Promoting others to purchase from their company and thanking for contribution to a better greener more empowered world.

For other businesses to observe and adapt the way they build and start their businesses to create a more globally green network.

Challenges
Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Underemployment

SECONDARY

Lack of skills/training

TERTIARY

Lack of access to information and networks

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

1- Underemployment: The training centre will create more job opportunities through different projects that it will run, recyling workshops and green building methods. Skill development and job placement is an essential part of this business.

2- Lack of skills/training: There will be training in environmental friendly building methods and permiculture, both of which people can take home and impliment in their own business projects and at home.

3- Lack of access to information and networks: The restaurant will promote a healthy way of living and eating, and demonstrate that we all can make a difference to lower our carbon footprint. People will be able to access information on our web site.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

SECONDARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

TERTIARY

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

1- Setting a 'no green boundaries' awareness and demonstrating the potential to lower our carbon emissions by just being considerate of our business practises and by promoting a healthy way of living and eating.

2-Start a healthy packed lunch program for schools and involving and teaching other recycling product production skills.

3- When we are established, to spread our knowledge through our trainees to other areas, starting projects there, and expanding our restaurants and building methods to other areas.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, NGOs/Nonprofits.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

This project is still in the start up stage.

I have been networking with local NPO's in the area I want to start the project in, as well as networking with other people who have projects that relate to this project.

I have been in contact with our local government as to find out criteria to get this project up and running.

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