Romania: I Got Better – Mental Health Recovery Stories
The proximal scope of the project is to empower individuals with mental illness to speak out about their illness. The distal scope of the project is to reduce mental illness stigma in the general public. To meet these aims, we propose to train five individuals with mental illness, proficient in computer and internet usage, to generate original and search engine-optimized content for a blog that will insightful present the individuals behind the derogatory labels and their recovery stories.
Nepal: Hamro Voice, Hamro Media
According to a study by Babita Basnet, only about 14% of the media industry in Nepal is comprised of women. In a country of over 50% females, nearly half of the country is being unrepresented. Our project aims to empower the female youth to rebuild this representation. Hamro Voice, Hamro Media is a 9-week, program focused on empowering young women with the necessary critical thinking skills to consume targeted, modern media responsibly. Participants will create their own media messages—using computers, software, cameras, audio recorders and printers—to be shared globally from the Kathmandu.
Mexico: Proyecto Ja'ab: Youth News From Mayan Area
From February 2013, Joan Serra Montagut is coordinating a book edition project that is building – through a collective work of 500 young people from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador – a collection of 12 books about 12 important aspects of the human life (heritage, art, identity, women, etc.). Each one is made in one different city from San Salvador to San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The aim of the project is to strengthen nets through books and new medias in the youth from this geographic area made of 5 countries promoting reading, the knowledge of the own identity and freedom.
Madagascar: Blog Awards
Madagascar is a country where Internet takes bigger and bigger place. Betwen 2007 and 2011, the number of internaut has quadriplued. People look after informations, jobs and several opportunities. Blogs can respond to these several needings however blogging word is quiet weel-known yet. There are bloggers whon leaved adventures because of a lack of motivation and recognition. That's why the idea of a “Madagascar Blog Awards” to contribute in the spreading of freedom of expression.
Nigeria: Grassroots Women's Tech Voice for Peace Building
The training of trainers workshop will focus on equipping indigenous women living in the front lines of conflicts (who are involved in peace efforts and or victims, survivors or witnesses) with digital knowledge and citizen media skills that will help them document and share their stories on and best practices in conflict resolution and peace building, with a global audience. These women are the most vulnerable in conflict situations and they lack time, skills and opportunities that will amplify the efforts they are making to promote love, dialogue, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.
Guatemala: Kemok – Weaving Indigenous Communities and Networks
The initiative aims to boost www.kemok.com a online platform to democratize the right to freedom of expression of indigenous peoples in Guatemala, making use of the Castilian language, Xinka, Garifuna and the 22 Mayan languages. The project will provide training opportunities, using the methodology for trainers in the use of digital tools to provide feedback on the virtual platform with the idea of constantly updating the content. After receiving the training, beneficiaries using the same methodology for trainers, they replicate the the knowledge acquired in their respective communities.
Cameroon: Climate Change Messenger
The project Climate Change Messenger is a community based initiative that seeks to empower youth leaders in digital environment activism and human rights related issues. 25 youth leaders shall be empowered on blogging and blogs set up for them to publish environment related stories to create awareness. They will also be empowered on how to create messages on the effects of plastic bags which shall be published in the blog “Climate Messenger” to create awareness. It will stimulate more youths to get involved in environmental protection and the mitigation of climate change at community levels.
Colombia: Critical Focus – Young Citizens Engaged with Storytelling
To train 39 young people from different “comunas” of Medellin in a co-creative storytelling process related with a formative electroacoustic music community project that involves musician children. The idea is to guide participants in creating stories with multimedia formats like video clips, audio and video streaming, online radio and photography, made with free software and low cost tools so these young people can replicate what they learned. This project will also train participants in creating a citizen blog in which they will publish the stories and connect it with social networks.
Macedonia: Roma Culture Online
Nowadays, the internet started to become a multicultural storage place containing information of various nations, cultures, customs and identities. Living in the age of the internet, vulnerable groups such as Roma face the risk of losing their own cultural narrative, identity, customs and tradition, without participating in 2.0 web interaction or in other words to store digital information about their culture. Our aim is to build the capacity of young Roma to collect, store and upload their own cultural information using open source technology and challenge society.
Slovakia: Keeping Solidarity Alive – Mapping the Field of Women’s Rights
The project seeks to create an open online platform (blog) for mapping, sharing and exchange of knowledge and experiences about women’s rights by presenting facts, news, data, stories, and video and photo documents in social and online media. The project creates the conditions for building skills in digital competences among young people with aim to boost women’s activism. We accentuate the intense work with young leaders from marginalized Roma communities, young people with migrant and LGBTIQ background whose visibility is dramatically unrepresented in public life including public media.