These are the feedback of our survey of the IJD 2014, 2015, & 2016 project leaders. We asked them whether they think the publication of Impact Journalism Day articles had an impact on their project, and more specifically, what kind of impact.
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The Impact :The media coverage enabled by Sparknews largely contributed to Dar Si Hmad’s expansion in other regions of Morocco. Since IJD, the NGO recorded a huge increase in the number of publications abroad. The media coverage played a great role in connecting Dar Si Hmad to new partners and donors. “We were contacted by a South-African philanthropist who had read about us thanks to IJD. He came to visit our center in November 2015 and made a huge donation. We think that he plans to replicate our technology in South Africa” said Marouane Smaili, office manager of Dar Si Hmad.
The Project : Algopack
The Impact :Impact Journalism Day had a tremendous impact on the growth of the Breton company. The founder Rémy Lucas estimates that 80% of Algopack’s global visibility is due to IJD. This international coverage enabled the company to reach major investors and industrial partners: Algopack signed big contracts worldwide with car manufacturers, phone companies and food packaging firms.
The Project : Mano Amiga Academy
Published in :2 newspapers
The Impact :Institutional Development Manager Nina Liganor told us that IJD was great for Mano Amiga because the coverage enabled the school to become widely known in the Philippines. She said that it also helped to increase awareness of the problem. She told us that the academy gained a significant number of volunteers following publication (more than half of those they had before June 20th), and that Mano Amiga saw increased activity on its social media accounts (they gained many new followers and messages on Facebook). Donations also noticeably increased (she doesn't know the exact statistics).
The Project : Blood donors network
Published in :3 newspapers
The Impact :The CEO and Founder of Blood Donors Network, Joel Barquez told us that the media coverage offered by IJD had an important impact on his initiative. Various organizations contacted him to know more about his project. He received a lot of congratulatory messages from people in the Philippines but also from other countries, such as Kenya. He said that the initiative’s social networks saw an increase in activity following IJD: “To sum up, from the June 20th posting until today, it gathered 186 likes on Facebook - which is quite significant based on our historical data. Our web account gathered 110 new sign-ups.” He also said IJD created more awareness on the Blood Donors issue in the Philippines.
The Project : Rain CellA team of researchers has developed a technique to measure rainfall, based on information gathered by the mobile operators in the signal’s transmission between two pylons.
Published in :4 newspapers
The Impact :Following IJD, Professor Zougmoré and his team were contacted by new potential partners: AGRHYMET in Niamey; SMHI in Sweden, and UICN. Moreover, his team was contacted by researchers from Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Ghana and Benin - interested in developing the Rain Cell project in their respective countries. Rain Cell won the 2015 Energy - Environment - Climate Public Research Award organized by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). The project also took part in the World Efficiency Forum, on the 13th of October 2015 in Paris. Media coverage thanks to IJD, along with these prizes received in 2015 offered Rain Cell strong recognition; which encouraged the team and pushes them forward towards their goal of making the new method they developed operational.
The Project : L'Ecoute-recyclageAn association operating in the area of waste collection and recycling to fund activities for the hearing impaired, handicapped and those suffering social hardship.
Published in :5 newspapers
The Impact :Father Jean-Marie Chami was very enthusiastic about the direct impact that IJD had on his project. Since publication, he’s been contacted by Columbia University for an interview, and congratulated by the archbishop of Jerusalem. During the 3 days after IJD, the association received more than 400 calls, the majority from within Lebanon. He has gained a lot of contacts in Lebanon, especially people offering him material for recycling. His client base has increased significantly and the association now needs more money to develop the project. It started out twelve years ago with a sorting center at Father Jean-Marie Chami’s office inside his church, and he now needs to buy pick-ups to be able to collect all the recycling material that people want to give to his association. He thinks that the IJD article heightened awareness about the importance of the recycling issue. The association is currently working on replicating the project in Egypt.
The Project : SaferMom
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The Impact :The team at SaferMom have been following Sparknews for 2 years because according to them, IJD is a great initiative for social entrepreneurs. The start up’s founder Adeloye Olanrewaju told us that being published in the Nation was an amazing and unique opportunity, because it would normally cost more than $7,000 to get a product featured in a newspaper like The Nation (one of Nigeria's most widely read newspapers). He told us that the publicity was great for them: thanks to IJD, more people know about their services. Indeed, they've also been working hard to leverage such publicity for expansion, raising funds and scaling nation wide in the shortest possible time. The team received an email from a BBC correspondent based in Nigeria who wanted to know more about the project. They also got some interviews from local online newspapers. Adeloye told us that Sparknews is a blessing to the world and sent his thanks to our team. His message: You're part of our story. Keep innovating.
The Project : Prosthetics - Fundación Vida Nueva
Published in :5 newspapers
The Impact :The director of the Vida Nueva Rehabilitation Foundation Reina Estrada saw the article published by El Heraldo in Honduras and told me it had an enormous impact on the Foundation. The number of patients significantly increased: between May and June 2015, 9 prostheses and orthotics were made, between July and August 2015, 28 prostheses and orthotics were produced. This represents an increase of 211% following IJD. They also received a lot of messages, comments and positive feedback from Honduran people.ople.
The Project : Eaternity
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The Project : Women in STEM: Girls2Pioneers
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The Impact :Girls2Pioneers organiser Mrinalini Venkatachalam was very excited about the impact that IJD had on her project: Women in STEM has expanded in Singapore, the number of parents and volunteers who want to be part of the campaign has increased and she noticed much more traffic on their website. IJD also opened many doors for their activities: an organization called Discovering Without Borders read the article and contacted Girls2Pioneers to become a partner. Accenture, who came to them after seeing the article, has been actively involved in their employer engagement programmes and is considering sponsoring Girls2Pioneers next year.
The Project : Bamyan Media
Published in :6 newspapers
The Impact :Since Impact Journalism Day, David Elliot -- who is a member of the board of Bamyan Media -- reports that the group has expanded from 3 to 21 countries where he expects to develop the TV show. He has received offers from France, Italy, the Middle East and Latin America. He is amazed by all the positive opportunities that IJD created for his project.
The Project : Financially Sustainable Schools
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The Impact :Martin Burt, founder of Fundación Paraguaya which developed the Financially Sustainable Schools model, was extremely enthusiastic about the power of Impact Journalism Day and the impact it had on his project. His dream is to expand from 35 countries to 100 countries in 5 years and he is convinced that Impact Journalism Day has significantly helped him move towards this objective.
The Project : Barefoot CollegeBarefoot College trains illiterate mothers and grandmothers from rural communities in developing countries to become solar engineers. They return home to their communities where they install and maintain solar panels and lighting systems, bringing light to their communities and changing the lives of those around them.
Published in :10 newspapers
The Impact :The NGO Barefoot College attributes an acceleration in its development to Impact Journalism Day. The organisation saw an increase in donations of over 80% from May to June 2015 and its Facebook page grew by over 20,000 likes during the two months that followed IJD. The NGO also received more volunteer offers. Barefoot College has just finalized the opening of its Solar Training Center in Zanzibar and aims to expand further in the future.
The Project : Rainforest
Illegal deforestation ravages hectares of tropical forests everyday, and the damage often goes undetected until it shows up on satellite images. Project created by Topher White, Rainforest Connection has come up with an ingenious system for detecting and localising the sound of chainsaw cutters using revycled and adapted phones, allowing rainforest guards to catch illegal loggers red handed.
When the article was righting, Topher White was leading his projects in Amazonie.
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Founder and CEO of Rainforest Connection Topher White told us that Impact Journalism Day had an enormous impact on his project. He gained new opportunities for expansion in the Philippines thanks to the media coverage. He aims to continue expanding into other countries in the future.