Our projects

Sustainable Tourism Challenge

There a huge contrast between visitors of touristic sites and locals living in the touristic area. Also in South Luangwa National Park this problem arises. Locals feel disrespected, have no idea what happens with the pictures tourists make of them and communication remains superficial. Moreover, locals feel they are being exploited by international tourism organisations. They are happy they offer them jobs, however they have to work 6 days per week for a salary that does not suffice, leaving them no chance to develop themselves. The focus of the Challenge is therefore to create together with local stakeholders an intervention that improves intercultural exchange between visitors and locals based on mutual respect and equality and to improve livelihoods of locals living in South Luangwa National Park.

The Work Integration Project

The idea for this project is to make it easier for asylum seekers in Sweden to get to work. Even though the legal framework is in place to allow asylum seekers to work while waiting for a final decision, they face a lot of bureaucratic obstacles  that make it almost impossible. The focus of this project will therefore be on what kind of obstacles they face when looking for a job and what will be possible solutions to make it easier.

Father Involvement Challenge

In communities all over the world, one finds father-child dynamics to be complex, often problematic. In South African communities, young men, women and children state to be dissatisfied with the way fathers are currently involved in the lives of their children. Strangely enough, researches on father-involvement so far, rarely consider the point of view of the men and fathers themselves. Knowledge of their perspectives is necessary to be able to encourage fathers to become – and stay – involved in the lives of their children.  The Father-Involvement Challenge aims to contribute to the understanding of the behaviour, fears, needs and desires of men in South African communities in order to ultimately find a way to increase fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children.

Healthy Teeth Challenge

In South Africa there are few dentists in the townships. Dental health is found to be poor in these areas, with a large number of children experiencing toothache and consequently not going to school. The Healthy Teeth Challenge was set up in order to address this issue and find solutions together with inhabitants of Mfuleni Township and other stakeholders.

Maternal Health Challenge

The Maternal Health Challenge aims to improve access to maternal health for women living in the favelas of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Women Empowerment Challenge

The Women Empowerment Challenge is a PAR-project which originates from the outcomes of the Female Rights Challenge. During the Female Rights Challenge -about female circumcision and the right for women to make their choice in this- local women decided to focus first on enhancing economic independence as a first step towards the ability to make independent decisions on female circumcision. As such,in this Women Empowerment Challenge, we decided to look at the different self-help groups in Nyaribari Chache Constituency to identify opportunities for economic enhancement for women.

Save our Sharks

For the Save our Sharks project of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and the Dutch Council of State, SEVEN SENSES conducted Participatory Action Research on Saba for 7 weeks in July/August 2016, focusing on the fisheries component of the project.

Female Entrepreneurship Challenge

This Challenge was aimed at facilitating female entrepreneurs in Nairobi slums, Kenya in co-creating together with other stakeholders ways to empower female entrepreneurs in their financial challenges.

Education & Talent Challenge

Education is the most empowering way for people to find a way out of poverty. Bena Kyengo, founder of MTD, is proof of this. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in sustainable business in the Netherlands. She and many of her peers were given the chance to help themselves through education.

Female Rights Challenge

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Family Planning Challenge

In collaboration with VU University Amsterdam, students performed qualitative and quantitative research on family planning and contraception in Kampala, Uganda.

Healthy Cooking Challenge

With over 4 million deaths per year, lung problems due to indoor cooking is one of the major issues worldwide. Also in the slums of Kampala, especially among 0-5 year olds this is a problem. Through Participatory Action Research, we co-created together with local stakeholders low-cost interventions that western people could never have thought of: showing an awareness-raising YouTube video in a local cinema, building cooking shelters (made of wood and iron sheets) for outdoor cooking and training Village Health Teams in health-consultation. After a few months, lung problems were measured by local organization Revelation Life, concluding that no children have had lung problems since the introduction of the cooking shelters. Also the cooking shelter had been further developed to catch and purify (rain)water. In December 2015 the Healthy Cooking Challenge won the Albert Schweitzer Award, for its simplicity and impact. The prize value of  €5000,- was spent a few months later on monitoring, evaluation and upscaling of the project.

Nutrition Challenge

In collaboration with VU University Amsterdam, students performed qualitative and quantitative research on nutrition in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.

Street Angels Challenge

Slum dwellers of Kampala claimed that they feel neglected by government and other people outside the slums. Grassroots organisation Street Angels Uganda approached us to conduct Participatory Action Research with them on ways to increase connectivity between people inside and outside the slum. We facilitated the process in which the Street Angels co-created with slum dwellers the ‘Street Angels Slum Festival’, based on local needs and locally proposed solutions. Through several arts-based activities, such as community painting, arts galleries, the ‘garbage collecta’ and music performance, people from in- and outside the slums got connected. Slum dwellers now claim to feel more accepted and have more chances to develop themselves. Stichting DOEN has supported this project with €5.500,-. In 2015 a new Slum Festival was organized and the growing concept comes back yearly since.

Twekembe Water Challenge

This (research) project is about contaminated water and sanitation in the Kampala and Wakiso district, Bukijje and Ndikuttamadda zone. About 10.000 slum dwellers make use of one contaminated water well, causing waterborne diseases among many people, among which 0-5 year olds are mostly affected. The leader of the local organisation Twekembe stated that people want to keep the water well clean, but need a leader to guide them in this; yet nobody wants to be a leader. Through PAR, five new volunteer leaders were appointed to guide the -with community members and leaders- co-created plan to tackle water contamination in the area.