What has been the impact of your solution to date?
In Movement has held over 5,000 hours of classes and activities over 75 months, and has directly served over 1,500 students in our core program, and hundreds more in our outreach program. A testimonial given by our Form Six student Habiba Namusoke, says that because of In Movement’s program, she has overcome shyness and has improved self-confidence and public speaking/performance skills, she has discovered talents she never would have imagined she possessed, her English skills have improved, and she has taken on a leadership role as the Head Girl at Banunule Primary School. In addition, by challenging our students to think critically, and through the promotion of empathy, understanding and positive communication, In Movement is helping to shape future change-makers in Uganda like Habiba.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
In Movement plans to continue working with approximately 270 young people per year in our program, as well as partner with organizations from different areas of Uganda to spread our approach through trainings and collaborative events. We also plan to share our approach with 500 local primary school teachers, providing them with new methods for transferring knowledge using creative and imaginative techniques, new behavior modification strategies, and by sharing best practices. We will also be improving upon a new monitoring and evaluation system implemented in 2012 so that we can better assess the impact of our program on our students.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The primary barrier to In Movement’s success will be failure to sufficiently diversify our funding sources. Up until 2011, the majority of our funding came from a private donor in Spain, as well as the Spanish government. Due to the current economic crisis in Spain, however, In Movement is currently pursuing other sources of funding, including corporate social responsibility contributions, grants, and small donor campaigns.
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An “Empathy Arts Challenge” that will task the students with creating an art piece on a gender role-reversal scenario
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Students will create a "Walk in Someone Else's Shoes" installation and performance
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Begoña Caparrós studied the use of the arts in social development and served as a research scholar at Stanford for a project involving human movement. Her experience working with vulnerable groups through her studies and her interest in Africa led her to Uganda to research, along with local artists, the impact of creative exploration on disadvantaged communities. In her 3-month pilot project, there were many transformational moments with the children and artists in which she felt positive impact. There was a particular moment, however, in which a boy, who had been extremely quiet and withdrawn throughout the activities was able to show her a terrible wound on his back, and ask for help. To her, these activities allowed him to find his voice.