Support The First Web Matching Programme
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Help the First Web Foundation to fulfil its goal of amplifying and supporting the work of small and medium-sized under-resourced nonprofit organizations (NGOs) in Africa (mainly in the sub-Sahara).
The meteoric rise of the social media frenzy and other digital technologies offers unprecedented opportunities for small nonprofits in Africa to multiply their impact in their communities. It is much easier today to reach communities, duty-bearers, and other strategic stakeholders with a fraction of the resources that would have been required in the past, creating an opportunity to maximise or channel the savings to other pressing community needs.
Yet most of the small nonprofits do not have the basic capacity and technical know-how to leverage these groundbreaking technologies.
In some instances, there is strong evidence of the phenomenal impact small nonprofits are making in their respective countries, despite the fact that they face significant financial challenges to be able to learn and constantly keep pace with the technology changes. There is still more potential to impact communities even more with the right application of these technologies, but this can only be possible if they can receive support from those they have the capacity and experience.
While the First Web Foundation has the capacity to donate hosting space and domains to 1000 organizations, the organization does not, at present, have the human resource capacity to enable the development of the sites and mentoring of the representatives of the beneficiary organizations on how to sustainably maintain their sites on their own. Or who they can effectively manage the social media platforms.
It, therefore, in this context that we have developed a Matching Program that seeks to identify either a volunteer or pro bono WordPress developer/designer from any part of the world who can be paired with any qualifying non-profit/NGO in Africa selected under this program. For only five (5) hours per week (that’s just one hour per day on average), a volunteer / pro bono WordPress developer/designer interested in contributing their time and skills may be requested to be matched with one (or even two if they like) selected non-profits/NGOs.
We help these under-resources community-based nonprofits with technical support, tailored information, news, tips, and resources related to the internet and mobile technology; online and mobile fundraising; online communications and social media; and non-cash grants for website domains, hosting, and development; and tailored training on web maintenance using WordPress, as well as general digital literacy to ensure sustainability. in so doing, First Web Foundation strives to contribute towards achieving sustainable development goals.
We do this by leveraging the new web-based and mobile technologies, helping these under-resourced organizations to connect with potential donors, sponsors, supporters, well-wishers, and many other stakeholders who may be interested to support their missions and to double their impact in the communities.
Consequently, it is the livelihoods of the community members that will be impacted significantly in the long term.