Getting started is no small task and the team at The Market Project has been busily creating a partnership network and identifying potential collaborators. Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve been up to.
- Collaboration with William Davidson Institute, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, launches.
- Collaboration begins with Enactus Chapter, Strome School of Business, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
- Executive Director and Business Director engage with potential handcraft trainer based in Kampala, Uganda.
- Executive Director participates in NGO Forum and Commission on Status of Women meetings in New York City; International Women’s Day Celebration March organized by New York City, UN Women and civil society partners; and US Premiere of “India’s Daughter” recently banned in India.
- Executive Director speaks on “Human Trafficking Challenges in the 21st Century” at Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions Program series (Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy).
- Engagement with business collaborators in Portland, Oregon.
- Executive Director and Business Director conduct field research in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Identify workshop opportunities in the vicinity of long-respected care organization working with Native communities. Discussions centered on the vision of local Tribal Council, the current focus on vocational training in secondary schools, and the widespread needs for gainful employment.
- Executive Director co-leads trauma healing course with trauma survivors from Africa, Latin America and the United States.
- Business Director conducts meetings in Yangon, Myanmar, with potential workshop partners and care organization, and identifies potential livelihoods workshop opportunities.
- The Market Project classified as 501(c)3 public charity by the IRS.
- Executive Director travels to Rwanda, completing certificate program in complex trauma and meets with potential care partners, entrepreneurial trainers in the region, and community-based trauma healing trainers.
- Business Director and Executive Director engage with potential business collaborator based in Kampala, Uganda.
- Executive Director engages potential care partner and conducts field research in Uganda, meeting potential business partners, identifying potential markets, and fostering relationship with therapeutic, psychosocial resources with whom The Market Project will engage.
- Business Director and Executive Director meet with potential marketplace collaborators in Chicago, IL.
- Executive Director travels to Myanmar, meeting with trauma care organizations, advocates working to end exploitation of men and women, potential workshop partners, and training institutions.
- Executive Director addresses topic “Human Trafficking: International Crime with Local Roots” as keynote speaker for The Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations in Birmingham, AL.