Green Villages are established in regions away from the big cities, and offer a pedagogy that is specially tailored for Youth living in rural communities. In the future, each new country in which LP4Y operates will benefit from several Training & Development Centers, and at least one Green Village.
A Green Village is an ecovillage built using natural and traditional building methods that respect the environment and aim at a circular economy. A Green Village is a home for the Youth and for the supervising team, and the infrastructures are made available to the local community.
Each month, the Youth organize activities designed to raise awareness within the community. Soon, all Green Villages will be equipped to organize events to raise awareness about environmental protection and the professional integration of Youth.
CALAUAN - PHILIPPINES
The Green Village of Calauan is situated at a relocation site where more than 12,000 families from the slums of the capital have found refuge. The lack of infrastructure and isolation make living conditions very difficult.
In 2020, after 4 and a half years, the construction and development of this unique ecovillage built entirely from bamboo, were completed. A tremendous job accomplished by nearly 300 Youth and 20 artisans, rediscovering the traditional techniques of bamboo construction and the use of natural local materials.
The center has been closed since the summer of 2020, but the maintenance and security of the center have been carried out in total autonomy by a team of 3 local community members, with coordination from a Catalyst working remotely. In anticipation of the transition to the new Green Village pedagogy, all the Youth in the program achieved professional integration in June 2020 and the new batches are awaiting the project relaunch.
In 2021, a new team of Catalysts will join the field as soon as the situation allows, welcoming up to 240 Young women in this exclusively female program, to revive and develop the ecosystem in order to make the Green Village Calauan an Entrepreneurial and Sustainable Center that will be the place of reference in the Philippines.
Management Step, Eco-construction program
“Before joining LP4Y, I took care of my son and from time to time I did odd jobs to earn some money. I heard about LP4Y from young people from Eco-Construction. I have a few months left before I finish the program and realize my dream of becoming a computer technician. With the team, our challenge right now is to build a house by ourselves. This will be the first house built without the help of trainers. We manage the planning and we make all the decisions. It allows us to learn a lot. My message to other Youth is to never stop dreaming and to do everything they can to make their dreams come true. This is what I do every day. "
CHHATTISGARH - INDIA
In July 2015, the Indian government launched "Skill India", a national campaign to facilitate young people's access to short professional technical training. Despite this political will, the professional integration results on completion of the training are unsatisfactory. In Chhattisgarh, the majority of young people come from farming families and live in very rural areas: they have no connection to the world of work and are not used to working in a professional environment. In partnership with the government and the professional training centers, LP4Y accompanies them towards professional stability. Thanks to a strong network of partners, more coaches to support young people and an intensive residential program, the Youth quickly find their bearings, start taking responsibility, become autonomous in their search for employment and once integrated into a company, work to facilitate the integration of successive LP4Y graduates by means of an active Stars Club.
The Green Village Raipur, in rural Chhattisgarh, opened its doors in July 2018. Since then, more than 200 Youth have been accompanied by a team of trainers, coaches and 180 local partners who generously provide professional exposure and support professional integration. During a 3-month residential program, they develop confidence and professionalism, learning to manage 9 eco-friendly micro-businesses that operate as a circular economy.
Coach, Green Village Chhattisgarh
"I come from the Indian middle class. Working with LP4Y gives me an extraordinary feeling: from the beginning, LP4Y has allowed me to use my experience to good use. I started as a community mobilizer, then ecosystem coordinator and finally coach. I learned to be patient, convincing and to believe in my own work as well as that of others. Seeing the development of 7 micro-economic activities has given me a different, more meaningful, cross-cultural and ecological vision. The Youth show a fighting spirit: in all the difficult situations they find themselves in, they are able to pick themselves up. If they motivate themselves, they can go very far. Also, they are quick to learn; in less than three months, they can speak English and communicate. As coach of the third class, I had to learn sign language. 2 of the Youth are deaf and I am very proud to be able to accompany them. I am proud to be part of this movement for a better India."
KATHMANDU - NEPAL
Young women, from various regions of Nepal, are recruited thanks to the involvement of partner organizations. Victims of geographic exclusion, they have little access to education or professional opportunities.
The Budhanilkantha Green Village welcomed the 1st batch of Youth in January 2020. After a 4-month hiatus, all the Young women of batch 1 are back to focus on their job search. In August, the first integrations (journalist, nurse, receptionist, sales manager, etc.) took place and the Stars Club was created.
The new pedagogy was implemented in September, and 10 new Youth are welcomed and trained each month. The Catalysts are actively searching for a larger building that will be able to take 60 young people simultaneously and to open up Micro Economic Initiatives to the community. GV Budhanilkantha, will function as an entrepreneurial and sustainable hub, bringing together companies and institutions at events focused on development and professional inclusion.
19 yo, Management Step, GV Kathmandu
Through LP4Y I have learned that I have to believe in myself. I know that life doesn’t always go according to plan but after coming to LP4Y I have learned to be prepared for any challenges in life! With LP4Y I have learned practically to be calm when challenges occur. I am a new ‘me’ with LP4Y and I feel like it has given me a new perspective to look at life. LP4Y has opened my eyes to really recognize my capabilities and work on them. I know with determination and hard work, I can lead the life I desire. I am the main actor of my life and I am capable of helping others in the journey of life. I had limited expectations from this project but I have received much more than I had anticipated. Truly, the knowledge I learned in LP4Y will be very useful in my personal and professional life. In LP4Y, you learn by doing, you learn about your skill, qualities and moreover your capabilities.
KULAI - BENGALE OCCIDENTAL
At the beginning of 2021, Catalysts started leading researches and setting up a survey for the opening of a new Green Village in West Bengal. In march, the team decided to focus their attention on the village of Kulai, at 30 km from the TDC Howrah in Kolkata. The area is facing multiple challenges such as human trafficking, women exclusion, and a limited access to resources due to its rural location. Close to Kolkata’s slums, it could also answer the urban challenges of extreme poverty. In this small-sized village (3,000 inhabitants), an ancient family house, abandoned, was presented to renovate to the LP4Y Catalysts. In two months the renovation works of the building begun and from a desolate building, was born the Green Village West Bengal. An entrepreneurial sustainable hub that will support and encourage the professional inclusion of 240 Young Women per year. This community of Youth & Catalysts whom gather in this new eco-village has impactful objectives. The Youth will host events and organized trainings with the community to share best practices about professional decent world’s integration, about digital technologies and environment preservation.
Coach Green Village West Bengal
Launching a Green Village is for sure a big challenge, and you always have to keep in mind that everything you do, you do it for the Youth. My mission was about preparing the pedagogy and integration of the Youth, as well as focusing on the plumbing part of the renovations. My tasks would vary from finding suppliers, to drawing plans of bathrooms, to meeting future partners. Needless to say, I never got bored! The Green Village opened less than two weeks ago and I am now a coach. The renovations are (almost) behind us, and it's quite amazing to see the Youth living and working in the Green Village everyday, and to think that without our hard work they would not be here!