Aurora Foundation https://aurorafoundation.is Aurora Foundation Thu, 08 Jul 2021 07:28:05 +0000 is hourly 1 Collaboration with Save the Children Iceland https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/collaboration-with-save-the-children-iceland/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/collaboration-with-save-the-children-iceland/#respond Thu, 08 Jul 2021 07:28:05 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005909 Barnaheill – Save the Children in Iceland and Aurora recently signed a collaboration agreement about producing hand-crafted bracelets under the Sweet Salone project in Sierra Leone. The bracelets will be sold by Save the Children Iceland in order to raise funds for projects implemented in Sierra Leone.

Aurora is delighted to be collaborating with Save the Children for such a worthy cause. Aurora has contracted nine local artisans in Freetown, of which seven are women, to produce the bracelets. In the beginning, Aurora invited artisans already working in the Sweet Salone project to compete and design a bracelet for the fundraising campaign. Hanna Samura, an artisan and saleswoman at the Lumley Beach Market in Freetown, designed the bracelet chosen for the campaign. Eight other artisans of the Lumley Beach Market were offered to join the production team. This work comes at a critical time for the artisans, as the rainy season of the summer months has just begun, when all regular business slows down significantly. Therefore, they were exceptionally excited to get this large order, which will generate a substantial income for the artisans at the Lumley Beach Market.

The work started with all the artisans coming together with Aurora and planning and discussing the production.

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Byte Limited and Aurora Foundation sign MOU https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/byte-limited-and-aurora-foundation-sign-mou/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/byte-limited-and-aurora-foundation-sign-mou/#respond Mon, 05 Jul 2021 10:54:23 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005893 We are delighted to have recently formalized our collaboration with Byte Limited by signing a Memorandum Of Understanding.

Byte Limited has been our partner in organizing different ICT courses over the past couple of years. We recently started expanding the offering of ICT courses to meet the demand for digital skills amongst young Sierra Leoneans. By doing so, we aim to both enhance their skill set as well as to spark their interest in exploring the field of ICT.

We are looking forward to the upcoming years and the new courses that will be organized!

 

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The first graduates of our new Web Development Course https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/the-first-graduates-of-our-new-web-development-course/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/the-first-graduates-of-our-new-web-development-course/#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 07:36:10 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005883 Over the past two weeks, we have enjoyed being surrounded by eager students participating in our new web development course. Together with our partner, Byte Limited, we recognized the need to enhance the digital skillset of young people. As a result, Byte Limited developed a short course in WordPress website development. Throughout this hands-on course, participants learned first-hand how to use WordPress, create a website to their likings, and move the website online.

From the feedback that we received from the students, we are confident that there is a demand for courses that focus on digital skills, and we can promise you more courses are in the pipeline! With the rains starting in Freetown, we will take it a bit slower for now and get back to you with new courses in few weeks!

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Another Ideation Programme wrapped up https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/another-ideation-programme-wrapped-up/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/another-ideation-programme-wrapped-up/#respond Wed, 09 Jun 2021 14:43:43 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005812 Over the past four weeks we have facilitated eight sessions for the students of the Ideation Programme. In a nutshell, they got an introduction in entrepreneurship and used the design thinking process to identify a (social) problem and find a suitable solution.

Even though the Ideation Programme is short, we can confirm that the students who participated put in 100% of their efforts to identify a social problem and came up with a product/service in a short period of time. We hope they will use the methodologies they learned in the programme and apply them to their business ideas, as many of them showed a keen interest on developing their business ideas.

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Sweet Salone markaður https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/sweet-salone-pop-up-market-2/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/sweet-salone-pop-up-market-2/#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:47:02 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005787 Á föstudag og laugardag héldum við annan „pop-up“ markað í Freetown. Þar sem síðasti markaðurinn okkar „get-ready-for-Christmas“ gekk svo vel ákváðum við að halda annan markað áður en að rigningartímabilið hefst af fullum þunga.

Humu og Foday frá Lettie Stuart keramikverkstæðinu voru einnig á svæðinu og sýndu og seldu nýjustu vörurnar sínar. Yasmin Metz-Johnson (Yasmin Tells) var með póstkortin sín á sölu og á föstudeginum var Uman Tok með okkur að selja margnota tíðavörur þeirra.

Fyrir þá sem búa í Freetown og gátu ekki komið á markaðinn þá er ykkur alltaf velkomið að koma og versla á skrifstofuna okkar, alla virka daga á milli 10:00-16:00. Fyrir þá sem ekki eru búsettir í Sierra Leone er ykkur velkomið að versla á www.aurorawebshop.com

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Mat á áhrifum Sweet Salone https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/impact-assessment-for-sweet-salone-project/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/impact-assessment-for-sweet-salone-project/#respond Fri, 21 May 2021 11:08:41 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005719 Aurora hefur nú gefið út yfirlit sem sýnir áhrif Sweet Salone verkefnisins undanfarin ár. Verkefnið, sem tengir saman erlenda hönnuði og sierra leónískt handverkafólk, hefur vaxið jafnt og þétt frá því það byrjaði árið 2017. Frá árinu 2019 höfum við metið áhrifin sem verkefnið hefur á samstarfsaðila okkar hér í Sierra Leone. Þetta gerum við með því að safna saman mismunandi gögnum um framleiðslu og svo efnahags- og félagsstöðu samstarfsaðilanna. Áhrifamatið gefur þar með yfirsýn yfir stöðu fólksins og sýnir vöxt framleiðslunnar á hverju ári, auk nokkurra vitnisburða frá handverksfólkinu sem taka þátt í verkefninu.

Skoðaðu matið hér!

 

 

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3. frumkvöðlaárgangurinn er kominn af stað! https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/cohort-3/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/cohort-3/#respond Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:32:36 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005572 Eftir að hafa farið yfir tugi umsókna, haldið fjölda viðtala og rætt fram og til baka um sprotafyrirtækin sem sóttu um, erum við spennt að tilkynna nýju sprotafyrirtækin sem byrja þessa viku í pre-accelerator prógraminu okkar!

 

Sprotafyrirtæki 1: HBB Photography,

Ljósmyndun og heimildamyndagerð.

Stofnandi: Hickmatu Bintu Leigh

 

 

Sprotafyrirtæki 2: BREathe Yoga & wellbeing

Jóga og heilsusetur

Stofnendur: Ramatulai L. Jalloh & Edward Kekura Kamara

 

 

Sprotafyrirtæki 3: Tasty Plates

Matargerð sem býður upp á rétti frá Síerra Leóne

Stonandi: Olive Henrietta

 

Sprotafyrirtæki 4: Youths Empowerment Forum

Lífsleikni þjálfun fyrir fátæk ungmenni í Kono héraði

Stofnendur: Adama Finda Borway & Mohamed

 

 

Sprotafyrirtæki 5: Salone Agric Makit

„Beint frá býli“ – Stafrænn vettvangur sem tengir bændur við kaupendur

Stofnandi: Bayoh Turay

 

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Aurora gefur boli til barna í Susan‘s Bay https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/aurora-donates-t-shirts-to-children-in-susans-bay/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/aurora-donates-t-shirts-to-children-in-susans-bay/#respond Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:25:36 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005556 Fyrir nokkrum vikum varð hræðilegur bruni í Susan‘s Bay, fátækrarhverfi við sjávarsíðu Freetown. Í síðustu viku heimsóttum við staðinn til að gefa börnum á svæðinu stuttermaboli. Hverfið er heimili rúmlega 4,500 manns og eitt stærsta óformlega hverfið í borginni. Húsakofarnir eru mjög þétt byggðir, mannmergðin mikil og nánast engar götur, því átti slökkviliðið í miklum erfiðleikum með að nálgast staðinn. Talið er að um 200 heimili hafi eyðilagst og í kringum 7000 manns hafa orðið fyrir áhrifum brunans á einn eða annan hátt..

Bolina fengum við gefins frá Íslandsbanka.

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Annað „Ideation Programme“! https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/another-ideation-programme/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/another-ideation-programme/#respond Fri, 16 Apr 2021 15:39:45 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005524 Þar sem fyrsta prógrammið gekk svo vel gátum við ekki beðið eftir að halda nýtt námskeið!

Umsóknir fyrir prógrammið hafa opnað og mun það hefjast 17. maí. Hægt er að skoða skalið fyrir neðan fyrir frekari upplýsingar, eða senda skilaboð á WhatsApp á +232 (0)79 72 85 74!

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Síðustu sjúkrarúmmin fóru til Allen Town Community Hospital í Freetown https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/sidustu-sjukrarummin-foru-til-allen-town-community-hospital-i-freetown/ https://aurorafoundation.is/frettir/nr/sidustu-sjukrarummin-foru-til-allen-town-community-hospital-i-freetown/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 11:29:28 +0000 https://aurorafoundation.is/?p=10005508 Aurora donated the final five beds, on behalf of Akureyri Hospital, to the Allen Town Community Hospital, located in the eastern part of Freetown. The Hospital is a very small hospital run by the community and has several nurses working at the Hospital. Occasionally they do get a visiting doctor. Its primary function is to serve expecting mothers and lactating mothers and infants. They lack the most basic equipment and were extremely thankful for the hospital beds donated, as they didn´t have proper hospital beds for their overnight patients before receiving the beds.
The Chairman of the Community Hospital, Mr. Idris Kamara, expressed his thanks to Aurora Foundation and the donors from Iceland, Akureyri Hospital and SAMSKIP and hope that some future donations will be made possible of other hospital equipment.

Thereby concluded the donation of hospital beds, given to Aurora by Akureyri Hospital and shipped to Freetown by SAMSKIP. Aurora administrated all the deliveries and took care of all costs related to customs and other expenses involved in unloading the container and distributing the beds.

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