Komera empowers scholars to start their own organizations.

After frequently hearing Komera scholars ask for business and non-profit skills training, Komera joined with Global Grassroots, a non-profit that supports vulnerable girls and women in developing their own micro-NGOs that address pressing social issues. Together, we launched The Girls’ Academy for Conscious Change to give all of the scholars the chance to further improve their knowledge, economic standing and develop the capacity to become mindful change agents in their communities. The Girls’ Academy for Conscious Change offers the following high-engagement support services in three phases:

  1. Intensive, interactive 40-hour training program incorporating conscious leadership and personal growth practices, mind-body trauma healing, social entrepreneurship and non-profit management skills
  2. Two months of hands-on non-profit venture development facilitation
  3. Seed grants for implementation

The results have been extremely inspiring as the Komera Scholars have launched their own non-profit projects within their communities. Check out their amazing projects below!

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Members: 18
Issue: Street Children
Mission: To reduce the number of street children, ages 8-14, by educating them in performances using songs, plays and poems. This team will mobilize these children to leave their street life, and bring them back to school and to their families.
Success Story: This team has reintegrated seven children back into their original families and helped three children find families to adopt them.

 

 

NEW LIFE
Members: 17
Issue: Overpopulation
Mission: To fight overpopulation by providing 400 people with training on family planning, performing educational plays, songs and poems that show the public the effects of overpopulation and mobilize them to use family planning.
Success Story: New Life has created strategic partnerships with nurses from the local health center who helped them provide comprehensive family planning training to local women.

 

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Members: 9
Issue: Violence Against Women and Girls
Mission: To reduce poverty among women and girls by fighting their lack of self-confidence and teaching them marketable skills.
Success Story: Hard Workers organized basket weaving classes that take place under a tree. Women gather in the shade to weave, while hearing the girls talk about self-confidence and valuing their skills.

 

STEP FORWARD
Members: 9
Issue: Child Abuse
Mission: To reduce domestic violence faced by children, ages 7-20, by conducting training among 300 parents to reduce the ignorance of child rights. They also aim to help children return to school and acquire health insurance.
Success Story: Step Forward facilitated conversations between parents and children at a local municipal office. They discussed children’s rights, how parents can help children achieve a bright future and worked to develop a “culture of conversation” between parents and children. They also gave school materials such as notebooks, pens, school bags and soap to 10 of the most vulnerable children.

 

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Members: 5
Issue: Hunger
Mission: To reduce hunger by increasing farm yields using fertilizers, anti-erosion techniques and smart water usage.
Success Story: Invincible has approached local leaders who have agreed to partner with them, bought four pigs to give to families and will be training the families on using fertilizer from the pigs to benefit the crops.

 

WITHSTAND
Members: 12
Issue: Lack of day care centers that result in children under age 7 playing on the streets and getting into accidents.
Mission: To solve the problem of lack of day care centers by teaching parents and local leaders about the importance of these centers, and to build and register pre-school children in those centers.
Success Story: Withstand has approached local leaders who agreed to raise this issue at community meetings and help mobilize the population to build nursery schools. They also led two public discussions about the importance of day care to more than 100 people.