I started out searching for a solution on how to help members of my local community overcome the hunger crises brought about by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to help farmers with a more cost-effective way of farming, of which the long term benefit would cut across their personal health and the environment at large.
“We could actually see the impact! Over 5,000 young people have joined our online learning platform!”
Nobody tells you when to go and create impact in your community. Many times, you go out to create change because you have gone through the challenge or maybe, you have seen people experience the challenge first hand, and so it hits differently. For me,it is the latter. That has been the inspiration for my innovation journey with Vijana Tupo Initiative.
“The power of digital media allows youth to work with no limits. Our digital campaigns have reached more than 65,000 users.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as a youth volunteer from the Indonesian Red Cross, I was seeing many young people in Indonesia having more and more digital activities, all day long, including online school, and they were scrolling social media continuously. Some of them were becoming less productive, and some started having mental health issues. Social media became the youth’s top activity in the digital space.
“And the numbers continued to rise! Today, over 100 youths are now freelancers and earning a decent livelihood.”
After I joined the Limitless Youth Innovation Academy, I was confident enough that my initiative would lead to a positive change in my community, and I launched Cyber Limitless.
“As raw materials, we used non-disposable manufactured products. The initiative was a tremendous success!”
Have you ever turned your small idea into a local innovation? Here’s my innovation journey with the IFRC Limitless program to promote employment opportunities and environmental protection in my community during the pandemic.