The acquired land will become the base where the project agenda will be carried out. During Phase 1, The key focus will be on education and needs assessment. Education will be a theme that carries on throughout this and other projects led by the Foundation. Early in the process, the Foundation will work to establish a fellowship program that brings the brightest young minds of AFRICA to the Parcel. Once there, they will have the opportunity to learn from global mentors, do hands-on training, experience each other’s company and ideas, and begin formulating their own projects and solutions.
Meanwhile, the Foundation will start working on a needs assessment analysis conducted by experienced consultants and/or organizations, to elucidate the most pressing needs of the people (such as housing, healthcare, access to water, etc.) and potential solutions. The process will put an emphasis on inclusion of local voices needing to be heard.
The Foundation fellows will have the opportunity to study the results of the needs assessment and prepare ideas, inventions, projects and programs that will address those needs. The fellows with the best ideas will receive a grant from the Foundation to implement their ideas under assigned mentorship oversight.