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Life / Vocational Skilling

Providing vocational and on-the-job training is the first step in building a strong skillset for future work. Establishing and maintaining networks with potential employment bases then makes way to secure a transition through a bridging placement, a permanent job and a subsequent career. However, barriers to employment include

  • Illiteracy and poor education
  • Lack of specialisation
  • Morbidity
  • Language skills
  • Macro-level structural factors impacting job scarcity and oversupply of labour

Projects which seek to upskill individuals with intellectual know-how and practical aptitude empower them to overcome such barriers.

At-Risk Education
  • Category: Education, Health, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Vanuatu

At-Risk Education

Government funding for remote schools in Vanuatu is minimal, if not wholly absent.  Many families fall outside the radar of the public education system because they live too far out of town and cannot afford commute expenses.

Batik Artisans
  • Category: Life / Vocational Skilling, Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Adults
  • Country: Indonesia

Batik Artisans

Batik is an ancient cloth dyeing technique which has been practiced in South-East Asia for many centuries.  The traditional handicraft tells a long history of acculturation as intricate patterns reflect an array of cultural influences from surrounding regions.

Community Child Wellbeing Centre
  • Category: Child protection, Education, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Orphans
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Zimbabwe

Community Child Wellbeing Centre

Although Zimbabwe is ranked among the best in Africa for literacy rates, premature school dropout and subsequent income insecurity are rampant.  Credit facilities have little on offer for those who lack collateral security, thereby limiting their earning potential due to lack of investment.  Some are labour constrained, whilst others are labour endowed; but almost all destitute Zimbabweans are food poor and without means to support their household.

Community Empowerment
  • Category: Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Community Empowerment

As humanitarian crises have lifted in Sri Lanka, national development has shifted its focus toward building a strong economic core in the private sector and diversifying rural livelihoods.  Demographic transition that has accompanied the drive toward middle-income country status now poses some challenges regarding aged dependency.

Dalit Education
  • Category: Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: India

Dalit Education

The worldview of the Indian people towards the Dalit (lowest caste) means that they are denied the basic human right to education.  As global awareness has increased, international pressure has brought about some level of equality by reserving some places in educational institutions and government employment.

Deaf Education
  • Category: Disability Inclusive
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Philippines

Deaf Education

There are an estimated 100 000 people living in the Philippines who are ‘hard of hearing’.  This means they can only understand words when spoken very loudly close to the ear and have severe difficulties if there are ambient noises.

Deaf Education and Agricultural Development
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Disability Inclusive, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: People with Disabilities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Myanmar

Deaf Education and Agricultural Development

In a country devastated by years of guerilla militia and political upheaval, the rights and opportunities of children with disabilities have fallen by the wayside on governmental agendas.  This school project assists hearing impaired children gain skills necessary for productive lives.

Deaf Education and Vocational Training
  • Category: Disability Inclusive
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: People with Disabilities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Philippines

Deaf Education and Vocational Training

As is typical of most developing countries, the majority of deaf Filipino children are excluded from educational institutions because of economic, cultural or logistical barriers.  The choices for the poor are stark: they can either attend the local school where they are likely to fail unless concerted efforts are made to include them, or they can evade a formal education and accept little prospect of fulfilling a prosperous career.    

Deaf Education and Vocational Training
  • Category: Disability Inclusive, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: People with Disabilities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Kenya

Deaf Education and Vocational Training

Much work has been done to standardise Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) so that the deaf across the whole nation can understand and communicate with one another, from Kisumu in the West to Mombasa in the East.  Now KSL is taught to an estimated 2 600 deaf children in 32 specialty primary schools.

Education & Vocational Upskilling
  • Category: Child protection, Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Cambodia

Education & Vocational Upskilling

In some Cambodian communities, the importance of education is not fully realised.  Children follow their parents into the status quos of rice farming, building or begging that have been the only vocational options for generations gone by.

Education and Life Skills
  • Category: Education, Health, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Philippines

Education and Life Skills

In the Philippines the incidence of poverty is 50% for those who do not complete primary school, and less than 2% for those with a college degree.  Within urban poor settlements situations at home are rarely conducive to study due to noisy and crowded spaces, obligation for family responsibilities, lack of affordable tuition, and extensive unhealthy eating habits.

Education and Vocational training
  • Category: Education, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: India

Education and Vocational training

Casteism leaves no respite within Indian spheres of education.  The ‘untouchables’ are without rights and frequently subject to abuse and neglect from castes above.  Whilst growing international awareness has led to some positive intervention, it is from this group of people that the bulk of India’s unskilled and uneducated still come.

Ex-Prisoner Reintegration
  • Category: Life / Vocational Skilling, Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Ex-prisoners
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Mongolia

Ex-Prisoner Reintegration

Relapse back into the ‘underground’ is common amongst Mongolian ex-prisoners. Quite literally, they plunge beneath the surface through purpose-built manholes into a labyrinth of heating pipes and tunnels.

Female Empowerment
  • Category: Anti-trafficking, Child protection, Female empowerment, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Thailand

Female Empowerment

For years Thailand has unofficially been labeled the sex tourism capital of Asia, with Pattaya its most notorious hotspot, closely followed by the red-light districts of Bangkok and an assortment of nightclubs in Phuket.

Female Empowerment
  • Category: Education, Female empowerment, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Adolescents
  • Country: India

Female Empowerment

Although the Indian family as a social institution is well known for the emotional and physical support that it provides to its extended members, it sometimes fails to respond to the needs of women, especially for women in difficult circumstances.

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