Seekna's 2017 Projects
Income Generation Projects
Seekna has a number of exciting income generation projects in the "pipeline" this year. Some of these "income generation projects" will not only generate an income for Seekna, but they will also create new opportunities for others to generate an income for themselves! They have the potential to make an impact on the issues we are burdened for and on the people and places we love. Keep reading for more details!
Project #1: Born Global doll clothes
Create a line of Indian-inspired doll clothes (and accessories) that will showcase the fashion and fabrics of India to the world. These clothes will help Indian kids living abroad connect with and celebrate their heritage, and will open doors for kids of all ethnic backgrounds to enjoy and explore a different culture. Beyond culture learning, these fun doll clothes will also create paths of discovery into the science, history, culture, art, and language. (Status update 8/24/17: First production run is underway. Products will go on sale in October.)
Project #2: English Teaching for Beginning Teachers
Create a set of materials that can be used by novice English teachers to help people learn and become fluent in the language. This product is in high demand in India. (First release will be designed specifically for the Indian context. Later versions may be released for a broader global/international audience of inexperienced English teachers—if I feel there is a market for it.) (Status update 8/24/17: research and information gathering going on; drafting of these materials will begin November and will continue on into 2018.)
Project #3: Learn English Anywhere
Create a set of distance-learning materials (smartphone app?) that can be used by people in remote areas of India to learn a little English. (Once again, the first release of this product will be tailored for the Indian-context, but future versions may be developed for a broader global context.) (Status update 8/24/17: drafting of these materials will begin in November/December 2017 and continue on into 2018).
To raise the needed capital to complete these income-generation projects, Seekna has started a crowdfunding campaign. By clicking the green Donate button below, you can help us fund our 2017 projects!
Pro Bono Projects
As a socially-minded business, Seekna offers our services on a pro bono basis to a limited number of clients each year who are unable afford to pay our fees. Our 2017 pro bono projects are listed below:
Pro Bono Project #1: Translate into Hindi, edit, design, proofread, and print a Sunday School curriculum for 5-7 year olds. (Status update 8/24/17: Ready for printing!!!)
Pro Bono Project #2: Create tri-language learning materials for an educational charity to use in various village tutoring centers to help rural kids gain a strong foundation in 1) their mother tongue, 2) their regional language, and 3) English. Many rural Indian children don't continue studying past 3rd or 4th grade because they aren't able to understand the language of instruction used in the classroom. These materials will help them to succeed in the classroom! (Status update 8/24/17: survey of village context and needs analysis underway. Drafting of the materials will begin in October.)
Pro Bono Project #3: Teach a 10-day intensive spoken English workshop in January and another 5-day workshop in May for teachers at very remote Indian schools. (This project was actually only a "partial pro-bono" project: in order to be affordable for the client Seekna reduced our service fees by 30% and paid for 50% of the workshop supplies.)
Pro Bono Project #4: Conduct a 10-day English workshop for the staff of a non-profit organization in November. (Status update 8/24/17: teaching team assembled, and student registration is underway. Registration deadline is September 15.)
Our pro bono services are free for our clients, but they still cost us something. A donation of any size to Seekna's pro bono fund will help us with the costs of serving clients who can't afford to pay us for the help they need. Giving to this fund is your way of saying "I'm sponsoring your services on behalf of someone who has a big vision and a small budget."