Tweet tweet…The top 10 most innovative projects have been announced!

The results are finally in! Our judges have spent the last couple of days reviewing a variety of projects submitted by our partners and have finally selected the top 10 most innovative projects from the lot. We are excited to announce the project that receives the £500 bonus award! 


The Winner is...

Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to restore forests 

How do you think your project uses an innovative approach?

"Breakfast comes before conservation", guides our enterprise-based approach to help farmers adversely affected by the formation of the Makira Protected Area in northeastern Madagascar. Drawing on our learnings in biology, ecology, sociology and marketing, we have introduced innovative practices for the sustainable production of wild silk: innovations that both improve the surrounding ecology and satisfy the demands of the subsistence farming that is the only reliable source of food in the remote villages that border the park. We attribute our success ( 50% compound growth in number of participants over the past 5 years) to our reliance on social capital, generated from mutual trust, local governance and from rewarding performance not just participation. Specific innovations include the use of farmer networks and the distribution of a monthly newsletter (in two languages) to disseminate best practices and triumphs, commissioning of locally produced baskets for collecting and rearing the caterpillars, implementation of farmer-suggested competitions, our “cocoon bank” that serves as a saving mechanism and, most recently, a farmer-suggested purchasing cooperative to moderate price fluctuations in school supplies. We guarantee a market for the wild silk and have devised innovative products and manufacturing techniques suited to the immediately available level of skill and infrastructure.


The Top 10


Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
In East Africa, millions live in crowded slums. Youth survive but don't thrive. At Hot Sun Film School youth develop talents, tell their stories on film, become role models for peace and transform their communities. project reportread updates from the field
6 Safe, Eco-Friendly Homes for Pine Ridge Lakota
Your donation buys materials to construct secure, sustainable housing for and by Lakota women and families in Wounded Knee, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in the US's own Third-World Country. The worst of the flimsy mold-infested toxic shacks are replaced with straw-bale, eco-dome, cob, or palette homes for 6 or more Lakota families this year in this 4-year-old, Lakota-organized project. As tribal youths build the homes, they develop skills in the high-demand building trade -- a double benefit. project reportread updates from the field
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
This project provides basic health care and health education in the least developed area of Nepal. There are no roads or infrastructures in Humla and the government health system is disfunctional. Maternal and child mortality rates are some of the highest in the world (<30%). More than 45000 people live in the district. The project is integrated with renewable energy and income generation projects to promote a healthier lifestyle and a secure future for, particularly, women and children. project reportread updates from the field
Change Lives with English Education
The English in Mind (EIM) Institute is a non-profit, Haitian led English school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The school teaches English as a vocational skill to help students find the long-term employment they need to build a secure future. The school has around 200 students and also boasts a teacher training programme and networking facility to help students find work and develop essential job skills. project reportread updates from the field
Home and Community for Orphans in Nepal
This project assists orphanages and children's homes to provide orphans and abandoned children with a family, a home, education, and status in the community. (A family is a trained "mother," up to 8-10 siblings and community grandparents.) project reportread updates from the field
Safe Drinking Water for 40 schools in Bolivia
Teachers and students of 40 schools in Bolivia will be trained on how to obtain safe drinking water and improve hygiene conditions at school. Simple and affordable technologies like Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) will be promoted. project reportread updates from the field
Invest in Muslim youth volunteering for peace
The project mobilizes young Muslims to be a volunteer for peace, enabling them, especially women, to participate in the peace process and decision making, and encouraging them to become future leaders project reportread updates from the field