Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Proposal to Build a Countrywide Community Learning System for Somaliland

Download Proposal :http://api.ning.com/files/f3Cpy2Teci3W0C9FV7vjbo1nWag9KsLjW2SL0qhxUA3k*xrzFQMfJy40stj4xeQ19BCyEMTVnVo0bCqrsd8lO6kZ*s3vMb7N/SomalilandCommunityLearningSystemUSAIDFinal.pdf

We are trying get a countrywide Internet learning community off the ground in Somaliland. When I was search for contacts I though it might be helpful for you with some ideas.

We are trying to launch a country wide Community Learning System for Somaliland that should be ground breaking platform for other developing countries to use. I thought you might be interested in looking at it for some ideas and perhaps point us in the right direct to locate some grant funding.

Here is an intro to the program and copy of the proposal.
We are looking to embark upon building a Somaliland country wide Community Learning System with the help of both Amoud University and Somaliland University of Technology. We have sent a request into USAID DIV fund but I thought you might have some guidance for us. 
This be a bold project that could unite the academic, business and community influences in Somaliland. It would also be a remarkable case study for other countries.
Here is the information on the program.

We are about to embark on developing a countrywide Internet program for Somaliland that integrates Social Networking with global: eLearning, cyber library, community development workshops. This unique country collaborative sytem will be free to the Somaliland people, NGOs, K-12 education, Higher Ed and Adult Learning programs. Although historically this would be an impossible quest with today’s preexisting technologies it will be relatively easy to accomplish.

While the technical part is easy we will concurrently launch community development workshops and curriculum available to any not for profit and for profit organizations.

Unlike trickle down programs this will be a Democracy of Education imagined by John Dewey on a countrywide scale. We will also train community leaders how to solve community problems and launch economic development using collaborative Project Based Learning methods for community development.

We have chosen Somaliland for its size, need and support of the two leading Universities. Amoud University has already pledged faculty support for phase one research and workshops. Somaliland isolation will also facilitate accurate research on the program’s impact. We are also looking at Lesotho, South Sudan, Nigeria and Kenya as target countries after this program is build within a year. We will share our development and materials worldwide.

Please take a moment to review our proposal and reflect on how your organization might help with phase one of the planning and prototype process.

Richard C. Close CEO
Chrysalis Campaign, Inc.
Cell: 1.860.248.5424

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apply for Grants on Values Impact on Surviving Trauma

Request Funding for Education Research

This is a request to fund a one year study on the impact of how values from poverty, war and trauma impact learning and success in life. More specifically to uncover the values of those who beat the odds of trauma and excel in life. Our target group is the 2,000 Lost Boys of South Sudan transplanted in the US. We will open the study to other groups. Upon completion of the research generate online curriculum on transformation of survivors for educators, counselors and volunteers. The research from Chrysalis Campaign and SSHO is for 50.000 USD.


Core values from personal experience, culture, religion and education systems greatly impact our motivation to survive and grow when presented with adverse conditions. Time and again remarkable evidence of survival/success from war and poverty surface. From President of the US, sport stars to simple becoming a good parent and provider people beat the behavior odds of social statistics. Even entire organizations such as Sony Corporation surface from the ashes of Hiroshima. Our research is to identify the values that set people free of negative social patterns in order to identify methods and techniques that can help others to beat oppressive conditions. For this we will research the Lost Boys of South Sudan and other groups willing to participate.
It is our intention to team up with South Sudan Health Care to research the narrative histories of the Lost Boys of South Sudan for common threads of values and beliefs that contributed to their survival and success. The Lost Boys’ history spans across multiple wars along with racial injustice in the US. Based on discussions with Lost Boy Jacob Atem (a PhD Candidate at University of Florida and TEDx speaker we would like to examine the deeper driving values and forces (Mentors etc.) that help so many of the Lost Boys of South Sudan (and other surviving trauma) thrive in the US, UK and other locations.
This research would take a year to compile and contain both quantitative and qualitative date. Recording of life testimonies would be posted on the UNESCO seed portal “I am the Story at http://i-am-the-story.ning.com.

We feel that this body of research would provide an invaluable methods for both NGOs and public school system counseling and curriculum development. It would also serve as an encouraging guide-roadmap for other who must pick up the pieces of broken lives and carry on.