Be The Change aims to support and encourage micro and small initiatives that work with: eradication of poverty and hunger; basic education for children; promote gender equality, empower women; and environmental protection. We seek to contribute to sustainable community development in regions of low HDI through partnership where we contribute to the started initiatives. The focus will be on transformation and the impact of these realities.
For a community development to be sustainable, community participation itself is crucial, since sustainability is only achieved when this process belongs to the community and is managed by them (the people that live there). For that reason, our proposal is to establish short-term partnerships with micro and small organizations and initiatives to contribute and influence their self-management and sustainable development in the community around them.
To ensure an effective change and a healthy sustainable community transformation, each project will have a different focus; however our focus will be on:
• Expand public policy in fighting hunger in regions with low HDI, through actions and investments in education, health, environment and entrepreneurship;
• Partnerships with other organizations and initiatives for accelerated and sustainable community development in these regions;
• Having a focus of work: children, young people and women more vulnerable to social exclusion.
How we act?
1º We encourage and challenge people to share grassroot initiatives that are aligned with our goals and have a positively impact in their community;
2º Together with every initiative that we choose to support we will involve, local social actors and volunteers to participate in its development;
3º Fundraising for target implementation of the project;
4º “Start” project implementation;
5º Follow-up and monitor the project together with the initiative. Through continuous and an integrated process, we intend to observe and measure the following indicators:
• Achievement of goals and objectives;
• Contribution of material resources;
• Compliance with the processes necessary for the effectiveness of the project;
• Observance of deadlines for completion of actions / activities;
• Rational use of financial resources;
• Number of people committed and involved in the continuity of the project;
• Level of participation and interest from the community in the project.
6º Assessment. After one year from the date of the “start the application”, evaluate each project throughout the process, the outcome and the social impact.