Grassroots NGOs spring up whenever and wherever need meets willingness of devoted people to help. They are heavily reliant on donations and even the most meaningful projects take time to scale up. At the same time, ensuring donor support for projects can be difficult especially in emerging countries in Latin America. On 23 September, we will share thoughts with SchoolBOX, an NGO active in education in Nicaragua that started in 2006 with $7000 revenue and now brings in over $500K/year. What challenges did they face? How can we encourage major donors, such as the EU, to support grassroots projects?
During the practical part of the workshop you will brainstorm about how to bring projects in that part of the world, to the attention of the EU donor community. How would you win over hearts and minds for such projects?
Jon Tam, SchoolBOX Marketing & Business Development Director will walk us through his journey from the corporate to NGO world. He gave up his career in finance, got rid of all of his possessions and travelled to Nicaragua as volunteer for SchoolBOX. An inspiring story that won him CTV’s Amazing Person Award. SchoolBOX provides basic education to students in Nicaragua through various programmes. Activities include building classrooms, playing fields, washrooms, water fountains, providing school supplies and liaising directly with local authorities.
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