Exploring the potential for local community philanthropy in Chimoio
MICAIA’s ‘YouthBank Chimoio’ initiative is now well under way. The first 12 grants to youth-led businesses or social campaigns have been made and another 24 are in the pipeline. The grant funding that kick-started the project will end in September and it was always our plan to look at the possibility of sustaining YouthBank with locally raised money and volunteer effort. To help us explore this possibility, MICAIA invited Jenny Hodgson from the Global Fund for Community Foundations to spend a few days in Chimoio meeting business leaders, government officials and young people. Jenny and her team at the Global Fund work with emerging and establishing community foundations in countries as diverse as DRC and Nepal. The context may differ, but the message is the same: the more locally rooted our efforts to address local issues, the more effective we can be. In other words, it is as much if not more about the solidarity links and the local activism and governance as it is about the money (though that helps!). Follow the link for more on the Global Fund (www.globalfundcommunityfoundations.org).
Over her three days with MICAIA, Jenny met Provincial Directors, private sector leaders, and various NGO and youth group representatives. With the support from these individuals and institutions, MICAIA will continue to explore avenues to build this local fund for Chimoio’s youth.