Hello I am Maria Bello: actress, author, mother, ambassador to Haiti and co-founder of weadvance.org
What is weadvance.org? It is an online library with designated playlists of educational and entertaining short videos designed to empower women with relevant and critical information in their communities throughout Haiti.
The Need…Why? Critical information packaged in an entertaining relevant way and delivered via mobile phones is vital for any countries recovering from a crisis and/or any communities who don’t have the easy monetary or financial access to education or information.
How much are we raising? We are raising $200,000 and looking to you all to help us. Our focus groups have already shown a great success with the University. So much success in fact we are now bringing The We Advance Model and infrastructure to other developing countries around the world, but NOT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!
Who Founded It? I along with Barbara Guillaume of Haiti, Clare Munn of Zimbabwe, and Suzanne Lerner, of Michael Stars fashion brand founded this entertaining mobile site we call We Advance University.
Status today? Funded by myself, Clare Munn and Suzanne Lerner, The We Advance University platform already features 60 videos ranging anywhere from medical advice, care for children, basic technology and communication tips, entrepreneurial tips and how to connect with other communities.
The Organization History and Model? We Advance is a registered 501 © 3 organization. Originally founded over 4 years ago with our first grant from Clinton Foundation where the money went towards our first initiative – a clinic in the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere. You can read more on www.weadvance.org of our history and achievements.
Partnerships to-date have and include: These include Artists For Peace & Justice; Haiti University ESIH (Higher School or Computer Economics); Digicel; Patricia Arquette’s incredible sanitation program; Caroline Sada’s amazing school in Haiti, and many others. There really are good people on our planet earth.
Where are the funds going? All money contributed to We Advance University will go to developing additional content, implementing our brand worldwide, additional key partnerships and day-to-day operations.
What is the business model? As well as your donations, an organization or person will sponsor each video playlist. For example, Michael Stars is sponsoring the Women Empowerment Section.
How do communities learn about weadvance.org? In Haiti, Barbara Guilluame has huge grass roots community. In addition, for people who don’t have smart phones, bulk SMS texts will be sent out to women to invite them to various gatherings to watch We Advance videos. Partnerships like Apjnow.org will alert their communities. Social Media and the likes of all of you will spread the awareness.
Your generous donations are greatly appreciated by our whole staff and even more so by the people living in Haiti, and soon to many other areas around the world who require critical and concisely packaged information at the click of a button.
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Thank you so much!