Since 2003, Video Volunteers has been creating programs and projects that empower poor and marginalized communities with a voice to address poverty, inequality and injustice. Below is an overview of Video Volunteers’ main programs, projects and partners.

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Community Video Units
Community Video Units (CVUs) create platforms for communities to dialog and find solutions, and empower people to take action on local issues. CVUs are local production entities, created by Video Volunteers in partnership with different NGOs, that are run by up to 10 community members trained in all aspects of video production and distribution.
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So, they are taught not just about how to shoot or write a script, but also about how to sell the videos that they make. This is why the trainees are also learning how to pitch story ideas to TV industry and other clients. These young people are learning how to develop their entrepreneurial skills by using their difficult background as an asset.
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Community Radio
Video Volunteers’ programs have created great impact and have helped local communities find solutions to their specific problems, and we continue to find ways to empower more communities to raise their voices and lead, connect and change, to not only better their lives but also to make this world a better place for all.
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Videoshala E-CVUs
The Videoshala (literally ‘videoschool’) project is a unique and innovative intervention that trains local community members to produce educational videos and screen them to students across their marginalized communities. The initiative is funded by the QUEST Alliance and the International Youth Foundation (IYF).
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Videoactive Girls
Under this program, Video Volunteers partnered with The Global Fund for Children(GFC), The Nike Foundation, and local NGOs Kolkata Sanved and Mahita, to train adolescent girls in video production, teaching them to capture their stories and share their stories with a wider audience.
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SCMRP
Video Volunteers, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad – the most prestigious business school in India, has undertaken a project to meet the biggest challenge for community video units (CVUs) – Financial Sustainability.
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Other Projects
Between 2003 and 2005, 17 different NGOs invited us to give them technical assistance on media projects in six different countries, all of which helped us learn how media can be most impactful, sustainable and empowering for communities and organizations.
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