In January 2018, we came together with old and new friends at Goodman Derrick, to support non-profits driving social change.
The first pitch was from Drum Works, who raised £6,700 to expand their music groups for school-aged children to improve confidence and skills.
With the funding, DrumWorks was able to run music groups for 19 young people in schools in Lewisham. Project Leaders and staff noted significant improvements in the self-confidence and social skills for students involved, with development of new friendships and independence.
By the end of the project, children who were extremely shy and withdrawn at the beginning were able to perform things they had created together to an audience.
The next to pitch was Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEN), who raised over £8,300 to fund their Catch-up Education project for unschooled teenage girls in Rajasthan, India.
Since pitching, GEN has provided a 1-year intensive catch-up education programme to 101 illiterate girls aged 10-18 covering literacy, numeracy, health, and other subjects, enabling students to join formal schooling.
Student Sumaiya attending class.
Sumaiya aged 15, from a family with little means, heard about the programme from a neighbour and decided she wanted to attend. Her family is overjoyed that she has learned to read, write and count through the programme.
With the remaining funding, GEN also started a pilot project to train 9 former teachers from the programme to start their own tutoring classes, who are currently teaching 43 girls.
We then heard from Kiteka, who raised £10,300 for their project to improve gender equality in Uganda through business and skills training using smartphone technology for disadvantaged women.
Since pitching, Kiteka has trained 120 women through their smartphone business and skills training programme. In a survey, over 90% of women cited increased business profits, access to services and communications skills.
The last non-profit to pitch was Grit, who raised £6,000 to support their work with EBN Acedemy to provide coaching services to positively transform the lives of excluded young people in East Birmingham.
Due to personnel changes at EBN Acadamy, Grit chose to work with Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley, training 4 school staff members and 30 community adult volunteers in their coaching methodology, reaching 50 young people.
Amani in year 10 -
“Before Grit, I had never really considered university as an option for me after school. Now I want to go to University to study law”.
A big thank you to our host Goodman Derrick and to all the generous supporters who joined us to support these inspiring projects on the night.