WeSeeHope works with schools to help students engage with the challenges faced by their peers in Southern and Eastern Africa, and resources them to be part of the solution. Partnering your school with WeSeeHope will empower your school to create hope and opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children on the planet.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS PROJECT (SEP)
Students taking part in SEP have already developed businesses generating £265,000 of profit! This money has gone to the WeSeeHope charity to enable children isolated by poverty to create a better future. 72 schools across the UK have taken part in this unique and inspiring experience so far.
The SEP project gives students an insight into the world of business and offers vocational skills that will be useful after leaving school.
The SEP challenge is for school pupils to take £10 ‘seed capital’, create a business (either individually or in small groups) and make a profit! The students make all the decisions, and lead on the creative ideas for the business and marketing, test their financial and business skills and try to outperform their classmates.
Some of our favourite SEP business ideas so far include:
Printing a school calendar, making jewellery, producing personalised mobile phone covers, creating an online game, selling smoothies, providing craft workshops, creating a t-shirt service, running a fashion boutique, hosting a cinema night, curating an art exhibition, managing a fashion show, putting on a roller disco and making seasonal decorations.
“Having been involved in the Social Entrepreneurs Project, I can recommend the scheme as a great way of learning and developing new skills, whilst at the same time helping to make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.”
Karen Millen, fashion designer and entrepreneur
WeSeeHope was founded as a start-up, following a challenge just like the Social Entrepreneurs Project (SEP)! In 1997 our Phil Wall met Zodwa, a little girl orphaned and isolated by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. He was inspired to raise as much money as possible to help other children like Zodwa and with his wife Wendy, he created The 10/10 Challenge. They cashed in their savings to £10 notes and gave them out to people along with a challenge inviting them to turn £10 into £100 to help orphans like Zodwa!
They raised £2 million which enabled the start of our charity and since then we have raised £15 million, in 15 years, to help children across Southern and Eastern Africa.
Funds raised by SEP go to support young people in Africa like Philip:
When Philip’s parents passed away and he was now head of the household, he had a big responsibility to care for his elderly grandmother and his two younger siblings. He tried to earn a living selling products to passing trucks on the busy roads of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where he lives. He earned just enough to survive, but he was lucky to meet one of WeSeeHope’s project partners who gave him free training in business skills and offered him a start-up loan. He used this loan to set up his own packaging business, and now all the street sellers in the area come to him to get their products bagged and sealed. He was clever to think of a business service that he knew others had a need for.
Philip repaid his loan, and was offered a second loan to help him expand his business. He set up a bike hire company right next to his packaging hut, as he recognised that some customers needed both services. His business has been successful enough for him to employ one of his siblings, and to pay for the other to go to school, so he is helping them develop skills too. He has saved enough money to buy two plots of land and one day hopes to build the family a house.
Together with hundreds of young people taking part in the SEP challenge across the UK, WeSeeHope is raising funds to help offer free business training and schooling to vulnerable young people across Southern and Eastern Africa, who rely on their own small businesses to feed themselves.
SCHOOL CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Choosing WeSeeHope as your school’s Charity of the Year would give you the chance to focus all your school’s fundraising efforts on enabling vulnerable young people in Southern and Eastern Africa to create a better future for themselves.
How you do that is up to you, there’s no set formula. You could opt to hold a Charity Day every half term, with different activities each time such as non-uniform days, bake sales or school discos. Or you could concentrate all your fundraising into one week culminating in major events such as talent shows, auctions, quizzes, or sponsored walks.