– International Institute for Social
Dear supporters and friends,
would like to share the share the latest BWB / IISE news with you.
We are happy to inform you that the BWB projects in Tibet as
well as the IISE in Kerala are moving forward in full speed.
LHASA: The projects in Tibet are running well. Over the
past few months several construction/renovation work was initiated.
In Lhasa we have renovated the basement which now is split in three
parts; a library, a TV room and a music room. Also we have split the
Braille Book Printing room in two parts. The newly created part now
functions as the teacher’s room. Furthermore we have created new
toilets. New showers will replace the old toilets. A Chinese company
who makes Solar Hot Water systems is planning to donate several
solar systems to the school in Lhasa and also to the farm in
Shigatse. This will mean a great opportunity for the students to
enjoy hot showers and all that in an eco-friendly way
integration process is running well too. Several students have
entered Highschool. Sonam Bungso, one of them received 5 awards for
being the best student in 5 different subjects. The next big step
will be to open up the doors of the University for blind and
partially sighted students. Please keep your fingers crossed.
FARM: In the beginning of this year, a
five star Hotel opened its doors in Lhasa; the St Regis. Since then
they have been purchasing “Tibet Mountain Cheese” and the different
kinds of “Tibetino cheeses” that are produced in our cheese farm. At
the moment we are looking at ways how to further market the cheeses
in order to create more sustainable income generation. This summer a
Chinese marketing specialist will come to the farm to help us with
this process. She will also look at how to best market the other
products that are being produced at the farm: bread, vegetables,
knitted items and carpets.
the past few months six new students have joined the training at the
Pelshong facility. The last 80 km long stretch of the main road from
Lhasa to Shigatse was completely renovated. It nearly became twice
it’s width. Going into Shigatse now only takes about 15 to 20
minutes instead of app 45 minutes before the reconstruction. This
means that it will be a lot easier to market any kind of products
that are made at the farm in Shigatse itself.
At the end of June 2011 Kyila moved the students
of her Kindergarten class to the Pelshong Training farm. There she
has established "KIKI’s Kindergarten". Her initial dream has now
materialized! Over the past few months renovation and construction
activities have been going on in full speed. The courtyard,
buildings etc was completely renovated. At present new toilets,
showers and water towers are being built while at the same time
several trees are being planted. It is going to be a real nice place
where many kids will have all the space they need to explore life to
1. The big bang of act one
one, "the adventure of Nabulai," is the first phase of our 11 months
curriculum called "a journey in five acts". We always start in an
imaginative country in which participants are asked to create
theoretical social projects and parallel real internal business
projects. This year we chose the Kingdom of “Nabulai” as our
imaginative country. “Nabulai” is a developing country which
act ends with a big bang. An external jury tests the participant's
first business/project plans and critically observe their business
pitches. In the end of April act one came to a successful ending.
The four groups of Nabulai (Babu, Labinia, Munguun and Abassa)
pitched their social plans and their supporting business projects.
For the first time we video-live-streamed the final of act one and a
group of experts from different countries around the world
participated as jury members. They interacted in real time by asking
questions.The international jury was very
impressed and has handed out 6 awards:
Best Innovation Award went to Munguun
Munguun has created a mobile drama and music program against child
abuse in Nabulai. 80 highschool students should be trained in stage
craft and street theatre to promote the fight against child abuse.
As their business they started a much liked snack-bar and organized
Best Business Plan Award
This award went to Babu, a group that created the plan for a
children's farm for HIV orphans in the north-eastern babu-lake
region of Nabulai. On the IISE campus they started a very popular
coffee business. "Babu-coffee-shop", advertised with "Babulution,"
and "activate your senses!" Since Italian coffee is rather rare in
Kerala the IISE-babu-terrace was often visited by catalysts and
volunteers which boosted their business. When the coffee machine
broke down, Babu decided to focus on a new business: "Voices of
IISE" a CD with folk songs from around the world sang by former and
present IISE participants. This CD can be downloaded from the
www.bwb-iise.org website and donations to value the CD can be made
there and then as well. The proceeds will go to future projects of
The Best Presentation went to Labinia,
Labinia convinced the jury with a lot of energy, multi-media, music,
songs and a good stage performance. This group planned a
foster-program for orphans and street children. As a business
Labinia created a Telephone service for their fellow participants.
Unfortunately they haven't calculated Indian timing and therefore
their telephone connection only came a couple of days after act one
came to an end.
The Best Overall Plan went to Abbasa.
Abbasa created a special agricultural concept for country wide
organic farming. As their IISE business they operated a juice bar
with fresh vegetable and fruit juices.
The Best Q and A went to Babu.
Again Babu convinced the jury with very precise and knowledgeable
The Best Individual Presenter went to Marguerite from the United
- Marguerite, an African American, presented
with a lot of style, charm and charisma.
Start of act two
Act one gave the participants the opportunity to
gain skills in the areas of Public speech, Entrepreneurship,
Finance, Market research, Project planning, Creative/innovative
thinking, organizing events, writing grant proposals, finding
donors, and convincing them why they should invest in their project
two will give the participants a great chance to deepen their skills
by implementing all they have learned. Additionally they will
understand the challenges and opportunities of working in an NGO in
India, how to create effective and divergent campaigns and
experience the power of passion while creating positive social
change in our local community in Trivandrum Kerala.mKerala is one of
the most developed states of India. It is called `God's own country`
but it is still far from heaven. Poverty, discrimination, injustice
is visible everywhere. Due to overly complicated bureaucracy and due
to a fairly
society, progress is developing slowly. NGO’s and single visionaries
are struggling to create positive social change.
motivation and skills our IISE participants can help to exhilarate
social change through innovation. Participants become consultants
and ambassadors for local NGOs, assisting them to get harmful social
taboos publically acknowledged.
teams of two or three they either act as consultants for an NGO of
their choice or they create their own activist group with a topic
which needs to be addressed.
two will be divided into three major parts/phases: analysis of the
NGO/problem, creating innovative solutions and going public. In the
end we will organize, together with the participants and their local
partners, a public exhibition with local and national media,
innovative stalls, speeches and performances.
have built teams, created names for their teams and according to
their passion chose the following local NGOs:
created “Positive Connection” and works together with CPK+ `counsil
of people living with HIV aids in Kerala`
and Beatriz have created Sangamam and are working for "Chilla" (Home
for children of sex worker's )
and Femi named themselves "Wings" and are assisting "Disabled care"
(a cooperative movement of blind and disabled who produce Ginga
Juice and other items.)
and Vygas formed a team with the name "Focus". They help to create a
platform for Lesbiens in Kerala.
and Nicholas call themselves Harambee and continue last year's
"Better Bag campaign” together with Zero waste center Kovalam
and Taffi are engaged in “Action Council”, an environmental activist
group that fights against the destroying of a mountain close to
Tahreer and Nelson formed the team "Beyond the Ocean" helping the
Coastal Higher Education Society (CHES) of fishermen’s children, an
organization that offers alternative education
Lukette and Drolma formed “Beaming” and continued last year's "you
are you" campaign, a fight against whitening
OTHER IISE NEWS
FIRST INDIAN AWARD
A recognition was given to the IISE in the form
of an award from INCITE, (International Centre for Intellectual
Training & Empowerment). It was the "Incite Excellence Award in
Social Entrepreneurship 2011". One of the board members of this
organisation is Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India.