MAJOR LEAGUE DEVELOPMENT
THE CROSS ORGANISATIONAL PRO BONO TEAM:
COL ALLIANCE + LINS INSTITUTE
COL-LINS MLD TEAM
COL-LINS MLD Team is our pro bono cross-organizational team, pooling human resources from COL Alliance (i.e. senior team members and consultants working across the four divisions) and LINS Institute (team members and consultants from the applied-based research, education and learning categories) together with its COLLINS Network Leadership Team, Joint Advisory Board and Goodwill Ambassadors driving our empowerment programs and initiatives including the COL-LINS Serve & Return Interaction Program (SARI Program) works in partnership with Horizon Ecotourism to offer our social-minded and eco-conscious clients the unique opportunity to participate in humanitarian and conservation projects in a safe & rewarding environment while:
- Enjoying a life-changing experience,
- Improving heritage preservation & human rights awareness,
- Facilitating socioeconomic development,
- Empowering marginalized communities, and
- Supporting ecological conservation.
The COL-LINS SARI Program is delivered in association with our partnering grassroots organizations around the world (MLD Network of Grassroots Projects), projects vetted & approved by the MLD Team based on our sustainable criteria, feasibility studies and M&E processes.
SOME OF THE PRO BONO WORK THAT WE DO
MEDIA FOR DEVELOPMENT
SPORTS, ARTS & PEACE
COL-LINS 101 DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAMMES + INITIATIVES
In commemoration of the 101st anniversary of Michael Collins' death and celebration of his life, the COL-LINS MLD Pro Bono Team are spearheading a number of new programmes & initiatives working in partnership with like-minded CSR-focused corporations (Cycle of Life Partners) and development-focused organisations (Horizon Initiatives), to provide basic needs - food & water, shelter & clothing, sanitation & healthcare, rehabilitation & education, life-skills & youth development, etc. - in order to empower & enable tomorrow's leaders and break the downward cycle of poverty by creating an upward cycle of change:
COL-LINS SAFE HOUSE PROGRAMME
The COLLINS Safe House Program offers at-risk and vulnerable children and women a safe and secure environment to rehabilitate and flourish. Examples include rescue centers, academic/vocational academies and clinics for victims of FGM, domestic abuse, HIV/AIDs, etc. The COLLINS Safe House Program was created to support the MLD Network of Grassroots Projects, which include non-profit organizations recognized & supported by intergovernmental organizations, international NGOs and private foundations (e.g. USAID, U.S. Department of State, PEPFAR, FAO, World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada, Austrian Development Agency, Virgin Unite, Obama Foundation, etc.).
COL-LINS MEDIA FOR DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
The COLLINS Media for Development Initiative works to generate global awareness & support for the MLD Network of Grassroots Projects. The Initiative is driven through a partnership with our media unit, Roofbox Media, led by our veteran media team (BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Smithsonian, etc.).
COL-LINS APPLIED-BASED RESEARCH INITIAITIVE
Focuses on developing/sourcing and supporting low-cost sustainable development interventions/innovations in the developing world and least developed world. The Initiative is driven through a partnership with our affiliated research institute, LINS Institute, led by its Top-Tier University Graduate & Faculty Emeritus Team (Purdue University, Cornell University, University of Florida, University of Iowa, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin, etc.).
SPORTS, ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAMME
The COL-LINS SAM Initiative strives to organise scholastic opportunities for at-risk and vulnerable children/young people, particularly those demonstrating the potential and dedication to pursue a professional career in Sports, Arts and Media academic disciplines.
"MLD" stands for Major League Development, which represents our:
1.) association with U.S. international development organizations (Purdue University, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.); and
2.) combined expertise & experience across Sustainable Development, Media for Development and Sports for Development & Peace.