Kyrgyzstan: Videos about Human Values
The project is handled by a youth volunteer center located in Karakol, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. It is a series of short videos made by young volunteers about community life in Kyrgyzstan. Each video puts forward a human value and explains why it is important: peace, solidarity, democracy, health, environment. All the videos will be shown to children and teenagers in various places in Kyrgyzstan, like orphanages, schools, kindergartens, and on internet.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
We will work with local volunteers aged from 13 to 19 years old and Kyrgyz people willing to participate in the videos.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
We have grown-up volunteers who will help supervise the activities and give some trainings.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The project is a series of short videos. Each video is focused on one of the human values promoted by our organization (i.e. solidarity, health, environment) and has its own story, usually a short tale with a development and a message at the end.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
We work with other local Kyrgyz organizations such as Forward and Issyk-Kul Alliance Branch for Reproductive Health.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
We will involve about 20 volunteers who will work for free. We provide them computers, projector, furnitures. We may be able to provide them basic training given by grown-up volunteers. We need money to sustain better trainings, to buy one or two professional cameras and to pay for the volunteers’ transportation.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
We provide computers, projector, furniture, work facility (the volunteer center), basic software and a short training about how to film and edit held by one of our volunteers. We need one or two cameras and maybe some more training held by professionals. We want our volunteers to make videos because we think it learns efficiently how to communicate about a message, and because we think this is the best way to grasp people's interest, especially young people.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The workshops will be held in the volunteer center. We have a large room, tables and chairs, 2 laptops, 3 computers, a correct wifi internet connection.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
Our youth volunteer organization, Leadership, exists since 1991. In addition to international volunteers we host every year, we have many regular local volunteers who participate in our workshops and who get involved in the causes we fight for. We think we are the most appropriate organization to hold this project because we have a very close bound with our local volunteers, and together we share the same objective of promoting human values in our country, Kyrgyzstan.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
We will have 3 main challenges to face:
– Training the volunteers,
– Planning and holding the shooting sessions,
– Promoting the videos on internet.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
This project will allow our volunteers to enhance their communication skills and somehow help us to spread our values and causes in Kyrgyzstan. If the videos are a success, the regional community will benefit a new look from wide Kyrgyzstan and maybe out of our boundaries. We consider we reach success if our videos have an impact on the local people who will watch them, if they understand and share the message, and if they spread it after themselves.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
The activities would take place in June 2014 (studying, filming, editing).
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
We already have the computers and a projector. We will pay for basic fees (electricity, internet connection, lunch). We need money for the following items:
– 1 to 3 training lessons about filming and editing, held by professionals ($250 each);
– One Go Pro camera ($400)
– One professionnal camera ($1000)
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
Help us put forward the videos on the web.
Youth Volunteer Organization “Leadership”