Present Each SOW team is in the process of editing, a short documentary film on it's partner NGO,in collaboration with 501 Post. These short films will depict the CGI commitment and the effects that these organizations have on the communities, issues and people with and for whom they work. These films, along with their photography and writing, will be used to spread awareness of solutions being provided around the world.
May - June 2007
In the second year of the SOW commitment, five SOW teams partnered with five new CGI commitment organizations. These partnerships include the following:
1.The University of Michigan SOW team partnered with Doc to Dock, traveling to Benin to understand and document the direct effects of their organization, which collects unused sanitary medical supplies from the United States and ships them to hospitals in Africa.
2.The University of North Carolina SOW team partnered with the Balkans Children and Youth Foundation, traveling to Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria to understand and document their work to support youth-led political and business development organizations in the recovering, post-communist states in the Balkans.
3.The University of Texas SOW team partnered with Vital Voices, traveling to Thailand to document efforts in combating human trafficking through education, job skills training, and protection of vulnerable populations, also learning about the impact of public-private partnerships on anti-trafficking efforts and the importance their collaboration has on creating a sustainable and effecting solution to trafficking.
4. A combined SOW team of University of Michigan, University of Texas, New York University students and SOW Alumni partnered with New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood to understand and document how the CGI commitment initiated by the Shorenstein Company has harnessed the power of public-private partnerships to empower and support Broadmoor's redevelopment plan.
5.The Columbia University SOW team partnered with AFRICARE, traveling to Tanzania, focusing on and documenting the efforts of their Community-Based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment (COPE) project, which seeks to increase local communities' ability to provide support and care for vulnerable children.
May - June 2006
Five SOW teams partnered with CGI Commitment organizations, traveling to and documenting stories of solutions on the ground. These partnerships included the following:
1. The University of Michigan SOW team worked with the Sehgal Foundation to learn from and document how they use a multi-platform approach to developing rural villages in India.
2. The University of North Carolina team worked with Van Mujeres to learn from and document how they are transforming women's lives and communities through a micro-finance program.
3. The Duke University SOW team worked with EMBARQ to learn from and document how Porto Alegre, Brazil's future transportation system will be both environmentally sound and help bridge the rich-poor divide.
4. The University of Texas SOW team worked with Playing For Peace to learn from and document how they use the game of basketball to bring together Palestinian and Israeli children.
5. A joint team of Brown and Columbia University SOW students worked with African Services Committee in Ethiopia to understand and document how they have implemented a vast and successful HIV/AIDS testing and treatment program.
July - December 2006 - Each SOW team produced a short documentary film on it's partner NGO, describing the CGI commitment made and the solutions in progress. The student films and their photography were shown and used at the CGI Summit in September. Furthermore, each team did outreach advocacy on it's own campus, through multi-media exhibits, articles, documentary festivals, among other initiatives.
Partnerships with CGI commitments spanning the four focus areas (Poverty Alleviation, Religious Reconciliation, Climate Change, and Governance) have been established. Project assignments are as follows:
Now that four SOW teams are committed to the CGI partnership, by January 30th each team will select, with the guidance of CGI, their specific commitment site and begin preparation for their May/June trip.
- Traveled to a CGI commitment site for one month, gaining knowledge of and documenting - through film, photography and writing - the stories of success on the ground:
- UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - Playing for Peace, Project Site: Israel
- UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - Van Mujeres, Project Site: Tabasco, Mexico
- DUKE UNIVERSITY - EMBARQ, Project Site: Porto Alegre, Brazil
- UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - The Sehgal Foundation, Project Site: New Delhi, India
- BROWN & COLUMBIA UNIVERSITIES American Jewish World Service and African Services Committee, Project Site: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Produced a short film that will be screened at the annual meeting of CGI.
- Planning campus advocacy and outreach work for Fall 2006.