agenda for sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which stand as urgent calls for action.

The following list outlines how Nosapo’s current and future projects fulfill the realization of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals that apply to our mission.

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Continued conflict and human rights violations are risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-based mental illnesses. Nosapo’s Facilitation Guide instructs educators on the use of mindfulness practices to connect with learners who have experienced upheaval and dislocation. A mental health angle of migration and human rights is also envisaged for Nosapo’s Freedom House project, which will provide onsite mindfulness exercises, such as yoga, to Central American refugees along with traditional healthcare, first aid, and childcare supplies. In addition, Nosapo produces health literacy materials for at-risk populations, such as children at the U.S./Mexico border, educating on health safety and transmission of diseases in plain, trauma-informed language, designed for community settings and small-group learning environments. At the USA/Mexico border and in Italy, Nosapo also distributes human rights information and resources for vetted, no cost, healthcare services for undocumented migrants or asylum seekers arriving in the United States of America and in Italy.

Nosapo works to ensure safe migration through our asylum information materials. In Italy, these materials encompass pertinent information for individuals arriving as refugees or asylum seekers to Italy, and may or may not wish to relocate to another country in the European Union, information is followed by lists of contacts and resources. Abbreviated information is distributed in a physical Booklet which is essential information for asylum seekers to navigate the current policies as well as receive support from trusted organizations throughout Italy providing legal aid, healthcare, education support, and more. Similarly, the information distributed at the USA/Mexico border lists crucial information regarding how to apply for asylum safely, with the most accurate direction and current news on United States policies as well as policies in Arizona, California, and Texas.

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Inclusive education, particularly for refugees, is a cornerstone of Nosapo’s mission. Nosapo’s curricula (Human Rights, Women’s Rights, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) materials, and Facilitation Guide for Mindful Teaching) are informed by the realities of life for refugees around the world.

The average amount of time refugees spend away from their homes is 10 years, which represents a sizable disruption in education. Refugees are often hosted in unfamiliar cultures, and many experience mental health issues stemming from prior trauma - these elements alone, accompanied by numerous other obstacles, create a challenging setting for learning.

Bearing this in mind, Nosapo’s curricula are designed to be culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and effective for diverse classrooms, and are written in multiple languages using plain expression, allowing them to deliver quality learning to diverse audiences that are often excluded from traditional education.

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Rights-based, education can be a means to attain gender equality. Otherwise, gender inequality will be transmitted to the next generation. Rights-based education is a passkey for full and equal enjoyment of all human rights, which adds a qualitative dimension to the existing global focus on quantitative targets [Rights in Action].

The Women’s Rights Curriculum is Nosapo’s flagship project to expand human rights education to female refugees, a population that is highly susceptible worldwide to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and other human rights violations [Donnelly and Muthiah].

By employing plain English, mindfulness components, stories of female human rights activists, and reference to current events, the Women’s Rights Curriculum allows facilitators to communicate self-respect, empowerment, and knowledge of basic rights to women of all ages, and individuals of any gender, expanding access to quality education in areas where it is needed the most.

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Over 2 billion people are currently affected by water stress. Alongside the challenge of managing the world's largest resource is the need for adequate sanitation. Sustainable, sanitary, and accessible water management is not only important to conserve the health of our watersheds, but it is also a major health concern. There is also a direct correlation between the climate crisis and the refugee crisis; by 2050 there is predicted to be 200 million refugees and displaced people across the globe; those most effected by climate change and lack of basic needs such as clean water will be those that did the least to cause the issue. Nosapo is working to crystalize that correlation through our human rights research, shared at no cost to readers, reporting on the cornerstone of migration causes and human rights violations and actions to be taken to combat the problems addressed. Also, Nosapo’s health literacy documents educate those who may be endangered by waterborne diseases. Nosapo also works to ensure access to safe drinking water, along with other emergency medical services, by encouraging volunteerism with organizations that distribute these items, such as No More Deaths

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

In a globalizing world, people who are able to speak English, the international language of commerce, experience higher salaries and a better standard of living than non English-speakers [EF EPI]. Nosapo’s English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learning materials are specialized for (but by no means limited to) refugee populations, which, by nature, are often excluded from formal language education and the economic opportunities it affords. The Nosapo ESOL education materials maintain a number of qualities, such as non-age specificity and cultural sensitivity, that broaden access to language-learning for marginalized groups, advancing their chances at financial stability in the modern economy.

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Global inequality exists along many axis, including race, gender, age, sexuality, native language, economic circumstances, and religion. Equality may be defined in an appropriately broad manner, including in its metrics social, economic and political inclusion of people of all statuses and orderly and safe migration. All of Nosapo’s programs promote equality by extending practical human rights, language, healthcare, and legal knowledge to those who are disenfranchised, especially refugees. As is written in Nosapo’s Mission, “Knowledge of the existence and application of these basic human rights, although idealist and not consistently upheld, can provide hope, and holding hope is empowering to those whose rights have been violated.”

Nosapo works to ensure safe migration through our asylum information materials distributed in the USA and Italy.

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Refugee camps and post-conflict environments, such as human settlements, often face significant public health issues impacting the safety of their inhabitants. As Eric Noji observes, “For displaced people, damage to health, sanitation, water supplies, housing, and agriculture may lead to a rapid increase in malnutrition and communicable diseases.” The leading causes of death among refugees worldwide are measles, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, malaria, and malnutrition, which all exacerbated by failure of public health infrastructure.

Nosapo’s health resources, which it distributes through its Freedom Project partners, are designed to inform individuals about the ways in which they can protect themselves from disease, contributing, as a whole, to the safety and resiliency of post-conflict and refugee settlements.

Nosapo’s information for asylum seekers also provides pertinent information regarding how to apply for asylum safely, with the most accurate direction and current news as well as policy changes and restrictions in townships/states. Nosapo distributes this information at the USA/Mexico border and in Italy. These booklets of information, with extended information and resources available online, provides people arriving with the tools they need to move onward safely and with the knowledge of their rights to represent and protect themselves if needed.

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Sustainable consumption and production patterns are essential in promoting sustainable infrastructure, jobs, access to basic services, and a better quality of life [UN], and sustainable economies may also be those catering to the essential needs of all human beings while accepting the limitations of the environment [Lorek & Spangenberg] [IISD].

Nosapo creates and shares petitions which advocate for access to essential human needs, also against unsustainable economic transactions, within the bounds of respect for the environment. Specifically, Nosapo currently sponsors petitions to ensure migrant families are given basic essentials such as access to emergency medical services and adequate safety. 

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate change behaves as a “threat multiplier” for humanitarian crises. When combined with unstable and/or discriminatory political institutions, especially in countries dependent on agriculture, the effects of climate change can exacerbate violence, food insecurity, mass migration, and human rights violations [Busby and Von Uexkull].

Nosapo’s Freedom Project, which distributes legal, medical, and human rights information at no charge to the populations served, supports the growing number of those fleeing regions affected by climate change to find safety and stability in their destinations.

As climate change continues unabated, efforts such as these will become increasingly crucial as effects on civilization become more and more pronounced.

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

United States law does not provide a right to legal counsel in immigration and asylum proceedings “For even such vulnerable populations as unaccompanied immigrant children or immigrants with serious mental disabilities,” [Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute] which complicates refugees’ efforts to make a fair case for residence. Nosapo helps broaden access to justice for refugees seeking asylum in the United States, as well as in Europe, by publishing and distributing legal aid guidelines, which include lists of sources for pro bono legal representation. 

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships are needed at the global, regional, national and local level [UN ]. Nosapo partners with like-minded civil society groups around the world that work to promote human rights in their various regions. These organizations - including Border Kindness in the U.S. and Mexico and Differenza Donna in Italy - distribute Nosapo’s Freedom Project materials and benefit from Nosapo’s support in research and staff training. These reciprocal arrangements allow Nosapo to broaden its reach while strengthening other organizations that share its goals and values.

Via Nosapo’s Advocacy and Action Agendas we aim to also hold policy makers and violators of human rights accountable, rally people to protest for change by petition or in person, and to stay informed. Participants can read research, reports, un-biased and trusted facts-based news to stay informed (because the best form of advocacy is to stay informed); we share global events for people to take action by attending a rally, protest, discussion, sit-in, and more ways to confront face-to-face with issues; lastly, participants can incite policy change by signing onto our petitions for border efforts, freedom from abuse and torture, anti-gender based violence and discrimination, education accessibility, and more human rights protection initiatives.