Research, compose and provide culturally sensitive and demographic specific human rights, health and education resources.
The vision is to shock the system of forced migration with education. By providing indispensable knowledge on human rights, healthcare and language, we will disrupt the cycle of displacement, dependency and refugee warehousing.
Nosapo, inc. is a newly founded, growing nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. The future for Nosapo is to maintain teams of curricula writers and field educators. The idea is to research, create, and educate. Our writers will research and create curricula. Educators will train and educate in the field and in our classrooms. We are also reliant on educators to research and return information from their field experiences to continue to create working educational materials.
Why we do it
Among individuals involved in displacement and forced migration, long-term dependency amidst climates of distress, distrust, fear and isolation wage a detrimental impact on mental health. This growing phenomenon of refugees living in limbo with restrictions on the ability to be productive — denying these individuals the opportunity to make positive contributions to their host communities and their home states — frequently causes feelings of despair and hopelessness. The only way to end this cycle is through individualized education outreach.
How we fulfill Our Mission: research - create - educate
Research: The research is imperative to the growth of the programs as well as the purpose we serve to our communities. It is important to continue to cultivate materials from like-minded organizations and corporations & writers and journalists that align with our mission. By providing a network of these resources in one place—on the website, we reach a multitude of individuals. The components to create and educate are contingent on research to reinforce the programs and continue their sustainability and outreach. Research takes place both in the end and beginning of the fulfillment of Nosapo’s programs.
Create: Writers will compose demographic specific and culturally sensitive curricula and education
materials that target the highest needs for communities and populations. These materials will focus
on the 3 programs of Nosapo: human rights, health care/health literacy, and English language.
Educate: To support and promote education defenders within communities, we will train local leaders,
activists, and educators in human rights and international legal advocacy, health literacy, and
language education. In the field our educators conduct lessons, workshops, and execute curricula
alongside local educators and community leaders.
The volunteer program is a unique and integral part of the programming. We will have critical partnerships with like-minded organizations for volunteer deployment in numerous locations. Importantly, volunteer educators will work in field locations in groups with a supervisor. The supervisor has knowledge of the area and the population, will train the volunteers, and stay with them for the duration of their stay (minimum 3 weeks). We will also accept volunteer writers, as well as individuals that would like to provide assistance in marketing, community and media relations, grant writing, research, and development. The program will foster growth in our volunteers in the areas of critical thinking, civic responsibility and leadership.
Building an Online Community
Nosapo shares information via its website, e-Newsletter, and social media. The online setting is used as a cultivation of information, resources, materials, and contacts for any individual aligned with our vision, programs, and purpose.
Extending our Reach: Nosapo looks forward to affirming partnerships with a specific and critical list of organizations that
share in its mission to expand access to education in language, health and human rights among underserved displaced populations. We hope to deepen these partnerships in the years ahead, so that more individuals are moved to work and volunteer with Nosapo, and together reach greater populations with a substantial impact.
We also hope to increase our visibility at human rights oriented conferences and summits particularly throughout America, so that leaders, educators, students, and persons from diverse communities are familiar with Nosapo and its programs. As our fundraising and staffing increases, we aim to have a greater presence at regional conferences and summits as well as within the human rights community internationally via online communications and priority programs-related travel.
Budget and Fundraising Priorities
Currently, this is a very small, new organization with a long-term goal of expanding our staff and programs. Our critical priority is to increase and diversify our fundraising by identifying and attracting private donors as well as grants to ensure that we are sustainable into the future. To do this we will expand on a comprehensive annual calendar of prospective corporate, private and government funding opportunities. At this time, all fundraising and donations supports our Freedom Project-Bringing Free Distribution of our Educational Materials to individuals around the world.
Board of Directors → Executive Director → Volunteer Teams
- Alexandra Johnson, Board Member, West Coast Ambassador
- Renae Williams, Secretary
- Jim McCann, Treasurer
- Caroline Evans, Board Member
- Samantha Noderer, Board Member
- Melanie McCarthy, Executive Director
ORGANIZATIONAL WORK FLOW
Research→ Create→ Educate
- Programs Research: Research educational materials in the areas of Human Rights, ESL, and Healthcare to reinforce Nosapo’s own educational materials, as well as provide chosen researched materials on the website.
- Demographic Research: Research what is essential and desired by demographic to reinforce Nosapo’s program materials and build educational materials that are demographic specific.
- Facilitation Research: The first piece of facilitation research is research modes of execution of educational materials on field. The second piece of field research takes place during facilitation and quantifies successes and failures when facilitating programs, as well as absent intelligence & information and materials.
- Curriculum Development and staff writers will compose fundamental educational materials for each of Nosapo’s programs: ESL, Healthcare, and Human Rights. These educational materials will then be adjusted to reflect the demographic research per location and population.
- Curriculum Development Volunteers and staff writers compose demographic specific and culturally sensitive education materials that target the essential needs of communities and populations.
- Nosapo will deploy a group of volunteers to an area in which we have thoroughly developed educational materials and research. With a lead facilitator, the group will conduct lessons, workshops, and executive curricula alongside local educators and community leaders. The lead facilitator and volunteer educators will stay a minimum of 3 weeks on-site. When possible, Nosapo will partner with critical like-minded organizations for volunteer deployment.
- During facilitation, a research volunteer, educator volunteer, or the lead facilitator will conduct and accumulate facilitation research to further improve Nosapo’s future programs.