November 2015 Newsletter
Next Stop... Liberia
This December, OMPT will be returning to West Africa to continue its work on Ebola prevention and awareness activities. Although now declared Ebola free, more than 10,500 people died from the disease during the 2014 epidemic. Continued education and sensitization are key to preventing future outbreaks.
OMPT is partnering with the U.S. Embassy in Liberia to train 32 organizations on how to create video. Each participating organization will also receive equipment to integrate the intervention into their work. Stay tuned for videos and updates from this exciting project.
OMPT Gains Traction by Presenting at International Conferences
OMPT staff has been busy on the road attending conferences across the country to promote the brand and bring awareness for the need to alleviate poverty using locally originated video. Members of the OMPT team attended the ISembark (Independent Sector) conference in Miami late October where they met with CEOs and staff of community foundations, corporations and individual philanthropists.
In early November, the team headed to Washington, DC for two conferences hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The first, mEducation Alliance Symposium, focuses on the the space of mobile technologies for education in the developing world. It was an invite only event, and OMPT was asked to give a five-minute pitch about its work. The second event was the biannual USAID Global Education Summit. OMPT was also invited to give a lightning talk about its projects. The latter conference is attended by hundreds of international development professionals and leaders. The team looks forward to the collaboration that will be born out of relationships built at these two events.
OMPT West Africa Intervention Successful
The OMPT team headed to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau in West Africa mid October partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The aim of this intervention was to train extension workers on how to create video about Ebola and communicable disease prevention. With this being the largest OMPT interventions since the organization's inception, it is proving to be the most successful. OMPT is looking forward to receiving a quality monitoring and evaluation report from CRS; this report will change the conversation currently taking place with community and private foundations. To view a recap of the CRS intervention click here.
#GivingTuesday Creates the Perfect Opportunity to #Give
Through December 1, OMPT is participating in #GivingTuesday. This movement began in 2012 as an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Show your support for OMPT's work to alleviate poverty and participate in this online movement.
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OMPT is currently seeking volunteers in our Chico, California office or to work on virtual projects. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift giving is one way to ensure that OMPT will be able to continue to deliver projects to the world's poorest billion. To learn more about our Global Fellows Gift Giving Tiers, contact Jonathan King at email@example.com or by calling 530.343.7868.
- Workshops teach volunteers to create, edit, and disseminate community driven videos.
- OMPT supplies portable solar powered equipment such as projectors and camcorders.
- Videos are shown via projectors that increase the rate at which community members adopt life changing behaviors.
Your financial support allows us to continue transforming under-served communities around the world. Make an Online Donation Here or call +1-530-343-7868 for other options.
"OMPT envisions a world where electricity, illiteracy, location, language, and materials are no longer barriers to positive social change."
- Matt York, Founder