Sharing intelligences and liberating the world.
May 31, 2018
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Idea (hoping to get started in the future)
1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."
I chose this idea to work on because I am passionate about intrinsic learning and social change. I am most passionate about enacting change for those without the necessary resources to do so. Furthermore, I have always been a steadfast advocate for women's rights and have significant experience working with women in challenging conditions worldwide. I believe that due to the vast variation of experiences and resources, every person has specialized knowledge to offer another that chooses to listen.
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We aim to mitigate international human trafficking. The exploitation and transportation of humans is an age old problem that has yet to solved due to its prevalence and circumstantial complexity. Much of the legislation and aid programs in place focus on affecting trafficking after it has taken place, by treating symptoms. Despite the importance of these methods, the root causes of trafficking persist and thus allow the enslavement of humans.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We are planning on helping to solve the problem of international and intercontinental human trafficking by affecting two of the primary drivers on its occurrence: lack of economic opportunity for women, and international disrespect for women and their bodies. Our initial target population is within the Asia-Pacific region where the women are trafficked the furthest distances and primarily to Europe and the United States. The underlying goal for this enterprise is to provide economic opportunity and access to education to those without it by providing a platform and trading network wherein life long learners can exchange knowledge within areas of specialty for knowledge in areas of interest. H2H recognizes that people all around the world have different access to formal education and experiences that are equally valuable. After the supply of internet services and required materials to women in rural villages (as necessary) H2H will connect women to an online network of international learners waiting to learn from their individual reservoirs of knowledge. Be it Thai cooking, rural farming, or language, these individuals can be their own entrepreneurs, while earning money and respect.
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
We will construct a hypothetical example from a customer perspective.
Kathy is an American mathematics professor from Kansas with a passion for cooking and a developing interest in meditation. She learns about Human2Human from a student who used it to learn how to make an authentic Indonesian dish for his partner's visiting family. She signs up for a trial lesson and connects with a Thai woman in Roi Et that teaches her how to make Pad See Ew. After completing the lesson and thoroughly enjoying her instructor, Kathy decides to sign up for a 4 month subscription with the instructor where she learns a new Thai dish once a week (numbers to vary). Also interested in meditation, Kathy sees an available class on meditation with another instructor and pays for one lesson to try it out. Kathy soon realizes that her background in math allows her to exchange math lessons for meditations.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
The approach that Human2HumanEDU uses differs from other organizations looking to help victims of human trafficking because it seeks to help victims before they become victims. It is proactive and attacks the root causes rather than symptoms. In approaching the issue in this manner, we can ensure that no woman or child ever has to endure the traumatic experience of entering a trafficking scheme. Further, in supplying a medium for education and entreprenuership H2H allows global and local communities to see marginalized women in positions of power, ultimately helping to empower them.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
As of now H2H is still in the early stages and has not created a beta. In order to satisfy the mission and social goal, an extensive amount of preliminary research was necessary to create the proposed model. As of now we have not started working on the platform but have done research on how to construct the platform in order to evoke the most good for all potential stakeholders and users. We plan to know we are making a difference as we see migration rates drop and rates of human trafficking as well. It is important to recognize that all data regarding human trafficking is to some extent incomplete due to the lack of ability to collect accurate data.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Our next step is to create the beta version and perform an initial launch. The initial launch strategy will be domestic to ensure quality and work out any bugs before continuing with the intended international launch. Given the convenience of Cornell and its unique international position in academics H2H plans to initially launch within Cornell by marketing towards students in need of extra money opportunities with complicated schedules and little time for on-campus jobs. The secondary launch for the international community will require more communication with policy makers and NGOs in order to guarantee access and equity.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
Because this is a new team there are still some deficits, we are looking for a website developer and translator as well as funding for: operational costs, a website domain, technology for rural women and travel expenses.
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.
We believe that the best way to learn is from other people and so H2H has engaged many friends and family members in the discussion of our model and adapted it with their feedback in mind. We hope to continue to grow and evolve with the aid and perspectives of other changemakers. In fact, we were particularly inspired by Derek Ellerman and the Polaris project. One of the top ways we hope to employ other young people as leaders in our project is by inviting them to volunteer their time to give virtual lessons themselves, this is especially targeted towards university students who may wish to donate or trade lessons in their field for those offered by women in Asia Pacific. However, young people may do the same and seek to earn money from from their expertise from other users within the U.S. (and Europe in the future). It is also important to mention that the target population within the Asia-Pacific region is young women, who by engaging in this network will become leaders within their households, local community and globally via their virtual interactions.
How did you hear about this challenge?
Participated in previous Ashoka challenges