We build the capacity, or in other words, the skill set of NGO staff so that they can reach more remote communities and have a greater, longer-lasting impact. OMPT visits NGOs in-country to deliver a four-day, hands-on, training workshop as well as the necessary equipment for making, editing, and disseminating video. The workshop is customized to fit the needs of the NGO and prepares the staff to gain the skills necessary for producing and disseminating culturally sensitive and locally relevant material.

OMPT has done extensive research and development to come up with the most comprehensive workshop material as well as equipment that is portable, self-powered, and affordable.

Browse through the projects below to see some of our work:

International Rescue Committee – Ethiopia

In Ethiopia there are more than 630,000 refugees from South Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia. Conflict and instability drive these people from their homes into camps across the border. There are many obstacles to normal life in these settlements, including sanitation — one of the most important due to its cascading effect on health. In November of 2014, the International Rescue Committee invited OMPT to train its hygiene and sanitation staff to make and show videos using simple cameras and cordless video projectors. The trainees all worked in the Northern part of the country supporting Eritrean refugees in four camps. Program Coordinator, Claire Pelley and and two Local Video Trainers taught 10 staff members to create simple sanitation and hygiene videos. They also delivered cameras, projectors, and recharging solutions. Their videos, all in the Tigrinya language, cover topics like handwashing promotion and safe water management in the home.

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Save the Children & World Vision – Ethiopia

In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of children attending school is on the rise, however many children are lacking basic reading and writing skills. Among low income countries, Ethiopia has one of the highest illiteracy rates of youth. In 2011, roughly half of the youth population in Ethiopia was illiterate, the adult literacy rate is even lower – around 40%. Not only is it important that school children are provided with the appropriate tools, but also that children are engaged to learn. In October 2013, OMPT partnered with Save the Children Ethiopia on their project – Literacy Boost. The video production training took place north of the capitol in Ambo. Matt York, Claire Pelley, and two Local Video Trainers facilitated the workshop for 20 staff members. In addition to staff from Save the Children, three participants joined from World Vision who also implements Literacy Boost activities. OMPT delivered four projector kits, three camera kits and four alternative recharging kits. Using the battery-powered projectors, Save the Children staff will be able to give professional development training to teachers in rural locations which will improve learning outcomes for thousands of children.

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Plan International – Guatemala

Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chronic malnutrition fuels higher infant mortality rates and developmental issues. Fifty percent of Guatemalan children under the age of five experience stunting or the inability to adequately grow and develop. Malnutrition is a community issue which can be linked to health care systems and food insecurity, therefore multiple sectors need to be addressed to cause significant impact in this area. In partnership with Plan International, OMPT conducted a nutrition and food security project in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. Mike Wilhelm, a member of Videomakers Without Borders, and two local video trainers facilitated a video education workshop in which 20 Plan staff members were trained to create video. The videos created reflect the importance of fulfilling nutrition guidelines for children and families as well as emphasizing food security practices. OMPT delivered 13 projector kits, two camera kits and four recharging kits. Plan staff will continue to create video and disseminate them into the local communities throughout the next year.

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World Health Organization – Liberia

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 created a demand for improved health communication practices in Liberia. A 2015 study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Liberia noted that only 26 percent of healthcare facilities met the minimum standards for safe water storage and use. The report then identified healthcare water management as a significant challenge in Liberia, specifically relating to the segregation of waste, handling, treatment, and final disposal. The proper disposal and care of medical waste is crucial to preventing the outbreak and spread of highly infectious diseases. Additionally, community knowledge about sanitation and hygiene is lacking. There is a need to create community demand for critical health care services such as having a baby in a health center instead of at home. In October 2016, OMPT traveled to Monrovia, Liberia to conduct a project to improve health communications in partnership with WHO. Claire Pelley facilitated a workshop supported by three local video trainers. Together, they trained 20 WHO staff members to create videos relating to topics such as safe disposal of medical waste, immunization promotion, and child maternal health. Typically, the trainees at these workshops, are broken up into two-to-three groups to collaborate on producing a video. For this workshop, each participant created their own unique video resulting in 20 completed videos by the end of the four-days. OMPT delivered 30 camera kits, 30 projector kits, and 30 recharging kits. Each of the participants brought a set of the equipment back to their posts to allow them to continue creating video projects on a variety of topics. They will train and include their colleagues in video production. WHO Liberia will be tracking their progress over the next year.

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International Medical Corps – Ethiopia

Ethiopia met its Millennium Development Goal target of getting 57 percent of the country access to safe drinking water in 2015, but access to improved sanitation remains discouragingly low at 28 percent. Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is still a critical area of development for this country and continues to impact the health and nutrition of Ethiopians. Diarrheal disease, a consequence of poor sanitation and hygiene practices, is one of the leading causes of under-five mortality. In August of 2016, OMPT conducted a health and sanitation project with International Medical Corps (IMC) in the Woyaita Zone of Ethiopia. OMPT trained 15 staff members from IMC and local community organizations to create and disseminate video using cordless video projectors. Program Manager Claire Pelley and Research Assistant Kristin Henderson facilitated the workshop with the help of two Local Video Trainers — Beka and Michael. The Local Video Trainers were able to conduct the workshop in the national language, Amharic. The videos created highlighted the importance of using latrines and safe hand washing techniques. OMPT also delivered 8 camera kits, 10 projector kits and 10 recharging kits. The participants were excited to use the equipment and have a sustainable plan in place for their continued video production. OMPT will be working with IMC over the next year to track their progress and success.

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Catholic Relief Services – Guatemala

Many children living in poverty suffer from malnutrition and high mortality rates, and Guatemala is no exception. Guatemala’s high infant and maternal mortality rates are a result of inequities in access to healthcare. Moreover, Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Central America, with half of all preschool children malnourished. Chronic malnutrition and poor healthcare increase infant mortality rates as well as impact school performance and overall development. In January of 2016, OMPT partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on a maternal child health project. The workshop took place in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and trained 21 CRS staff members. OMPT also delivered 2 camera kits, 10 projector kits and 10 recharging kits. Catholic Relief Services staff members will utilize OMPT’s training and equipment to talk with communities about proper breastfeeding techniques, sanitation, diversifying diet and emphasizing the importance of prenatal and infant health care.Read more

Concern Universal – Guinea

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 continued well into 2015, when OMPT, in partnership with the CDC and State Department, brought it’s training and technology to combat the disease. The West African nation of Guinea, was declared Ebola free and has remained so largely due to prevention efforts and increased emphasis on sanitation and hygiene. By the end of that year they had confirmed over 2500 Ebola casualties. In January of 2016, OMPT returned to Guinea to partner with Concern Universal to facilitate a workshop in Forécariah, Guinea. Program Manager Claire Pelley administered the training with the help of Local Video Trainers. There were 27 participants who received training and equipment, including camera and projector kits. Concern Universal’s staff learned basic video-making techniques culminating in the production of their own videos. The video content stressed the necessity of remaining vigilant against Ebola, modeled handwashing and sanitation techniques, and addressed the stigmatization of Ebola victims.Read more

U.S. Embassy – Liberia

By November 2015, Liberia had over 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola. Due to the unprecedented number of victims, aid organizations and volunteers were overwhelmed and unable to provide the necessary care and education to all communities. OMPT helped to ensure that the communities were able to sustain the fight against Ebola by providing the technology and training to organizations with the goal of mobilizing local community members and fostering the development of new hygienic behaviors in at risk populations. OMPT and the U.S. Embassy partnered in December of 2015 to address the needs of Ebola victims in Liberia. Executive Director Matt York and Program Manager, Claire Pelley, worked with four Local Video Trainers to administer a workshop for 37 individuals from 31 organizations. OMPT also delivered camera and projector equipment. The participants were trained in video production so that they will be able to further spread the message to sensitize and engage communities in the fight against Ebola. Stop Stigma - Liberia Ebola Vaccination in Liberia, Myths and RealitiesRead more

Catholic Relief Services – Senegal & Guinea-Bissau

The West African Ebola outbreak of 2014 was devastating for the affected nations. Moreover, there was fear that the outbreak would continue to spread to neighboring countries and cause further casualties. There was particular concern that Senegal and Guinea-Bissau could face a potential outbreak due to their geographical proximity to Guinea. OMPT partnered with Catholic Relief Services in October 2015 to prevent the spread of Ebola into Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Executive Director Matt York, Program Manager Claire Pelley and two local video trainers administered the trainings in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau for 29 organizational members. OMPT delivered 9 camera kits, 142 projector kits and 151 recharging kits to the training participants. Catholic Relief Services trainers will use the videos to increase hygienic practices and sanitation procedures of community members in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau to prevent the transmission of Ebola. CRS Guinea-Bissau: Bush Meat and Ebola Prevention - Ciclo De Transmissao Do Virus Do Ebola CRS Senegal: Handwashing Promotion for Ebola PreventionRead more

Room to Read – Cambodia

In March 2015, OMPT partnered with Room to Read to facilitate a workshop aimed at training literacy development skills to local teachers. The workshop took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia and included  staff from 9 different countries. Executive Director Matt York and Videomakers Without Borders member Matt Winne, and one Local Video Trainer administered the training. OMPT provided 20 camera kits, 10 projector kits, 10 recharging kits and 10 additional projector batteries to the training participants. Using their newfound skills, Room to Read staff will disseminate the videos in their home countries to empower teachers and strengthen literacy development.Read more
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