1M1B expanding its reach to underprivileged children in Vietnam

'Lend them a hand in need, show them the world so green
Let them prove others, they are brighter than the stars that shine with the light of others.'

Each day, thousands of children in various orphanages in Vietnam wonder what their future will look like? Orphan Impact, an organization working in orphanages towards teacher's professional development and integration of technology in curriculum, is diligently working for these children who have limited support. For a child who has felt the isolation of orphanhood, simply providing food and shelter is not enough to help them regain a footing in life. These children and adolescents need to be assured of their self-worth, need to be educated and more importantly made jobs ready.

1M1B worked with volunteers from Team 4 Tech (a non profit based in Redmond, California) and Orphan Impact, to make children graduating out of orphanages jobs and entrepreneurship ready. This was done by executing a small idea which has the potential to develop an entire new level of thinking amongst teachers and the community at large in Vietnam.

The children in these orphanages are provided assistance with basic schooling but are not able to pursue higher studies in universities. The reason not just involves affordability but also, lack of confidence due to lack of proper resources, mentoring, guidance and of course absence of a family. These young adults, graduating out of orphanages, specially girls face a huge risk of getting trafficked out of Vietnam as they leave the orphanages or they are at risk of getting into low skilled, very long hours' jobs that leave them with no time to do anything meaningful.

Working on the 1M1B operating principle, "Small is the new big" the team started off with training a few teachers of Orphan Impact based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The teachers were trained first on demystifying entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurship is a skill required today in most jobs - the simple fact that "Entrepreneurship is not just for entrepreneurs" was established. After getting trained these teachers then did training of students in an orphanage in Ben Tre (a small town in Mekong Delta). Before doing the training, 1M1B trainer and cofounder, Manav Subodh went for an exploration visit to an orphanage in Vung Tau and interviewed teachers and Orphan Impact staff to identify the exact requirement and the gaps. Based in the need assessment, requirements and the gaps in Vietnam, 1M1B and the team of volunteers from Team 4 Tech came out with a curriculum which laid emphasis on developing an entrepreneurship mindset to enhance the employability of both boys and girls in search of jobs and opportunities in the Vietnam IT industry. At first when introduced with the term "Entrepreneurship" people didn't accept it and thought of it being related to starting up a business, investing lot of money and resources. They considered it to be a far out dream not even existent. Hence, 1M1B embarked on a mission to first decode the meaning of "Entrepreneurship", change the mindsets of the people towards this term and then leveragethis term to help them accomplish their dreams.

The training focused on demonstrating through heroic stories and role models, that Entrepreneurship is all about solving problems, getting work done with minimum resources in hand, effectively handling workload, timeline and delivery pressures all at the same time. Crisply and effectively communicating an idea, developing a team, also forms part of this term, called Entrepreneurship. In the training it was emphasized that all these skills in an individual serve as a foundation of growth and makes a person employment ready. Such a person can bring a change in the world we live. The training was named "How to develop an Entrepreneurship mindset". The teachers undergoing this training interpreted entrepreneurs as heroes, the change makers of the world.To further simplify, the team established the local cartoon character, Doraemon,and the famous Spiderman and Superman as heroes or entrepreneurs and renamed the training as "How to develop a Hero Mindset". The training was then delivered to the students by the trained Orphan Impact teachers with continuous mentoring from Manav Subodh, from 1M1B. It was through this small idea a big change was brought. The Orphan Impact team is now getting ready to scale the "Hero's mindset curriculum" to various orphanages in Vietnam.

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1M1B announces the '1M1B Fellowship Program 2015-2016'. Last date for submission of application is 30th November 2015.

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October 14, 2015: '1M1B Change The World Internship' winners from Caribbean Islands, India and the United States present their work to DC ArchAngels at Washington DC (Click here)

September 12, 2015
Winners of the 1M1B 2015, Change the World Internships announced:

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