Smile Together Partnership
The Smile Together Partnership is a program launched by the Work Together Foundation of Korea in 2011 with the intent of supporting the establishment and operation of social enterprises in developing countries, thereby creating locally-based sustainable jobs for low-income families, alleviating child poverty, and improving quality of life.
The program assists the heads of low-income households in finding employment and engaging in productive activities towards independently raising and educating their children.
The program also provides character-building education and occupational training for under-educated youth towards their becoming a capable part of the workforce and bringing pride to their local communities.
Through the Smile Together Partnership, the Work Together Foundation seeks to increase quality jobs, support effective parenting, childcare and education for children in poverty, and promote and protect human dignity and social inclusion in developing countries.
Key questions when selecting enterprisesorganizations to benefit
- Is the enterprise/organization embedded in the local community and does it work with local people?
- Does the enterprise/organization support the development of leadership in local youth to lead enterprise/organization projects in the future?
- Does the enterprise/organization run on a sustainable business model that does no harm to local culture, society, or the environment?
- Does the enterprise/organization contribute to alleviating the fundamental problems behind child poverty?
Smile Together Partnership Call for Proposals
Between summer and fall every year, the Work Together Foundation is recruiting four to six partner organizations and enterprises to work together towards resolving child poverty in developing countries by establishing and/or running effective social enterprises/organizations. For the newest information of STP, you can go to the ‘our news’ page of this website.
Core funding period
The fund support can be renewed for up to three years depending on the given organization’s performance.
Organizations in or outside Korea that seek to eradicate child poverty and other related issues in developing countries by establishing and/or running social enterprises/profit arms attached to organizations.
(1) USD 30,000 to USD 50,000 provided for each organization per year on average;
(2) Non-financial support and assistance to enhance the social impact and financial autonomy of given social enterprises/organizations (including technical resources, marketing support, and management consultancy services); and
(3) Opportunities for given enterprises to promote themselves through participation in international events (assistance with travel costs provided through the Happily Ever After Project).
(2) and (3) provided upon request by the given enterprise, and according to the availability of matching resources from the Work Together Foundation.
Smile Together Partnership Partners
CAMP Sewing Center by CAMP Asia Inc.
CAMP Sewing Center strives to alleviate poverty among the urban poor and single-parent families in Towerville, Bulacan,who were relocated from Metro Manila from Metro Manila, and also provides meals for undernourished children and childcare. Location: Towerville, the Philippines
Craft Peace Café by Banteay Prieb
Run directly by JSC Banteay Prieb, the Craft Peace Café in Cambodia supports producers with disabilities and their families towards economic self-sufficiency. The Café also provides wheelchairs and housing assistance for disabled children and youth. Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Café ZumSun by Phoudindaeng Youth Center
Café ZumSun is part of the Phoudindaeng Youth Center, which supports youth leadership in Laos. The Center works to improve the living standards and education for children and youth living in poor rural areasLocation: Vang Vieng, Laos
Lotus Hope & Beauty Center by Lotus World
Lotus Hope & Beauty Center supports children and youth in Cambodia from poor families towards independence through beauty care training for youth and living assistance, and connecting them to donors and volunteers from one of the well-known beauty salons in Korea, Lee Chul Hair Ker Ker.Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Friends ’n’ Stuff by Friends-International
Established by Friends-International as a program to support home-based production and handicraft manufacturing among low-income Cambodian families with children, Friends ’n’ Stuff runs retail outlets where local producers can sell their goods, and assists low-income families with training, production, and sales of hand-made products.Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sapa O’Chau is a travel agency that helps to improve quality of life for ethnic minority families in the Sapa region. STP support helps with running the travel agency, a café, and the Sapa O’Chau Training Center.Location: Sapa, Vietnam
HoshiZora Tour & Travel by HoshiZora Foundation
The HoshiZora Foundation aspires to educate and improve the living conditions of children in poor neighborhoods through its social enterprise travel agency as well as scholarships and financial assistance. Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Oasis of Life Center by On Eagle’s Wings Development Foundation
The Oasis of Life Center strives to create jobs and improve the living conditions for local farmers through assistance with production and sales of goat milk. Location: Quezon City, the Philippines
Timorgator Cookie by Global Civic Sharing
Global Civic Sharing encourages local communities to set up neighborhood enterprises to bake and sell cookies, and provides nutrition education and meals for 1,000 children living in poverty.Location: Lautem District, East Timor
Wakami by Grupo Saqil
Wakami provides jobs, through hand-made accessories, for over 500 mothers living at isolated locations. It seeks to develop communities with diverse projects and holistic methods. With STP, Wakami supports the manufacture and sale of fashion accessories by improving the channels of supply and distribution and developing a certification procedure for such products.Location: seven regions in Guatemala
Hand Made Café by Eldany Charitable Foundation
The Eldany Charitable Foundation supports over 6,000 people with disabilities through occupational training. At the Café, it sells organic food and provides art classes for all, while providing on-the-job training for youth with disabilities.Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Spouts of Water
This venture provides ceramic water purification filters for two dozen schools, allowing over 10,000 local children and teens to study in a more sanitary environment without the worry of waterborne diseases. The program also enhances access to clean drinking water through sales of purification filters, with a variety of affordable payment methods offered to the local population.Location: Katale, Uganda
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