global pitch 2020
At this year's Global Pitch, 100% of our finalists' projects were awarded funding, thanks to the generosity of our judges!
Check out our winning teams below to learn about the impact they're making in their communities and around the world.
HUTCHINS 4 HOMELESS (AUSTRALIA)
The Hutchins 4 Homeless Changemaker Project is the creation and operation of a community garden in Central Hobart, with the primary aim of supporting our homeless community. We are in the process of developing this garden, which will generate income and fresh produce for homeless people working in the garden, while also improving the community. We have engaged with local businesses and council groups, hoping to expand our reach to local homeless shelters. Our project can and will make a change in the community but it is only one step towards solving the issue of homelessness in Hobart.
Our project addresses loneliness among elders. Certainly now during the lockdown in most countries due to Corona but also before many elders struggle with loneliness. Some main reasons are that they have lost people close to them or fallen out of touch with family members. The aim of our project is to connect these elders with each other and their families through a website where they can play games from their past and chat with friends. We hope that this website elders can reconnect with each other and feel like they can become a part of society again.
PROJECT RAKT (INDIA)
To address widespread anemia- a public health and gender inequality issue- in nearby villages, we incorporated inputs from social workers, non-profits, doctors, women-leaders, and government functionaries in our intervention, which has so far entailed administering a preliminary blood screening and commencing an awareness campaign. Currently, we work remotely to prepare for further steps such as open-discussions, workshops and curriculum development in schools, feasibly adapting local recipes to more nutritious versions, and establishing a system for regular nutritional supplement distribution through government workers, among other measures. Our model will later be replicated to encompass several other surrounding villages in the region.
POSTER GROUP (NORWAY)
The problem we want to solve is the lack of visual educational material for students at the Christian Advent School in Liberia. All they have are blackboards to support their growth and education. Our plan is to both buy and design educational posters to bring the students visual material in order to improve their learning and help them achieve their full potential at the school. This is something that they can benefit from later in life. To make this a reality we ask for 300 USD to finance the creation and locally print the material for the students to use.
CRESCENDO CONNECT (USA)
Music positively affects every life that it touches. Studies demonstrate that playing music on a regular basis can reduce stress and even raise IQ. Sadly, learning music is often expensive and is almost exclusively available to the upper and middle classes of America. With Crescendo Connect, we seek to offer everyone the chance to learn music. Crescendo Connect is a website which seeks to link students of all socio-economic backgrounds with music. Students can find local professional instructors or volunteers willing to teach for free. Not only that, but users can also access cheap or donated instruments in their area.
ALL CLEAN (GHANA)
All Clean is a project which was started by Gerald and Peter to address the sanitation needs of local market women in Ghana. We realized the need for better sanitation conditions for market women in these market areas. As a result, we interviewed some market women and noticed that there are some sanitation facilities available such as toilets. However, these facilities are outdated and are not very well maintained. We think this is important because bad sanitation would lead to poor health, increase tendency to gain diseases among others. Therefore, we decided to help renovate this place in line with good hygiene and to help run it in a sustainable manner.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER!
ARMENIA WITHOUT ABUSE (ARMENIA)
Domestic violence is a huge issue in Armenia. And little is being done. Many women who face such abuse are afraid to speak up because of the stigma around it. We want to raise awareness for the problem by producing a documentary, interviewing various stakeholders including NGOs, law enforcers, politicians, and the victims. We plan to screen the documentary in universities and community centers; sparking discussions and breaking the silence on this issue. We believe that by showing the truth about domestic violence, we can catalyze the necessary social changes required in Armenia. We believe in an Armenia Without Abuse!
NEW LIGHTS (ITALY)
We want to make a shade structure above a parking lot which has solar panels on top to power a streetlight. The solar panels will charge a battery during the day. A light sensor will control the streetlights at night. All the components will be connected by a circuit board. This will reduce the pollution coming from coal and be beneficial to the government as it would lower their current cost of electricity and maintenance per year.