From the beginning we’ve been using micro-fundraising and peer-to-peer connections to raise funds. We always focused on supporting grassroots projects led by local, community members who wanted to increase access to basic health for their communities. We focused early on engaging young people and utilizing connections within a network in order to make change and replicate it. Many of the strategies that made our organization exciting, innovative, and successful have spread across the non-profit community. Now there isn’t an organization out there that skips a beat talking about peer-to-peer fundraising, network utilization, campus chapters, or the need for local control of international aid projects.
As times have changed and the needs of our members have evolved, we have been flexible and have grown our organization with those needs. This year marks our 10th anniversary of the start of an Eagle Scout project in 2001, led by a 14 year-old, that raised funds to purchase an ambulance for a health center in rural Uganda. Since the successful completion of that project in 2002, we have supported projects in 5 different countries with health issues ranging from access to medical supplies, nutritional needs, and HIV prevention. Check out our 10 year impact!
As our organization has evolved we have been uniquely able to adapt and implement various methodologies and theories of change. One that has been a cornerstone of our member training is a focus on “Allies in Development.” This training was developed from a range of resources to bring understandings of privilege and international development to our members. Being an ally means that our members recognize that there is a degree of detachment that comes from the privilege of activism on a campus to the health realities on the ground.
We are students and young people, but we can’t save lives. We CAN utilize our knowledge and resources to better support the work of projects and organizations that CAN implement community-based solutions.
That is why SCOUT BANANA is restructuring as a member-owned international development cooperative organization. There is no reason that a non-profit should collect your donations, but you have no participation beyond donating. Likewise, there is no reason that members and donors should be disconnected from the people implementing the funds they donate.
Our goal of engaging young people in meaningful international development efforts to improve access to basic health across Africa can best be accomplished with a strong network of invested individuals working within their campuses as Allies in Development and partnering with grassroots projects in need of resources and support. Become a member today and impact our work!
Learn more and Become a Member at: http://scoutbanana.org/activate