Third World Community Sustainability


Third World Community Sustainability

Student Artist: Shayla Osuorji
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Researcher: Rebecca Raymond, Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment

Project Description
For this project I collaborated with Rebecca Raymond of the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment. This is a nonprofit organization that works to provide sustainable living in third world communities. Currently their two locations are based in Africa, where they create organizations that provide numerous opportunities for the local citizens.  After meeting with Rebecca Raymond, I realized how big of an impact FCDE has on citizens in Africa and it truly inspired me; it was a joy to not only learn more about their data but also to talk with her and see the passion she has.

Representation of Project Data
The project’s data consists of the amount of grant money the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment gave to each organization in comparison to the number of focus areas and number of workers per each organization.

The above dataset represents the organizations involved in their grant program and the amount of money FCDE provided them with. The chart below is an example of one of the multiple charts I used in order to determine the number of focus areas and workers for each organization.

The following is my collection and organization of all of the data I would be using.

The process for this project involved research within FCDE’s grant program. Rebecca and I realized that within FCDE there is a lot more qualitative data than quantitative data; this is great because it is interesting to hear the stories from within, but for the sake of this project it seemed a little difficult at first to brainstorm what data to work with. FCDE provides grants to the organizations in Africa and within each organization there are different amounts of volunteers and staff. My project shows the amount of money that they granted to the organization, the amount of focus areas each organization had, and the amount of volunteer vs staff that they each held.

Project Outcome

This visual ultimately could be used as a poster with the second page serving as a key. The dots were organized by decreasing amount of grant money (left to right). The color for the large dots represents the number of focus areas that the specific organization has. Examples of the focus areas are health, HIV/AIDS, small business development, etc.  The small green circle with the human icon represents 1 volunteer member and the blue icon represents 1 staff member. It was extremely interesting to see if there was any correlation between the amount of focus areas/staff and the amount of funding.

One Reply to “Third World Community Sustainability”

  1. I really love this project. I think that the simplicity if the design makes the information really clear. I feel like it would be cool to see this data represented over multiple years and linked to the testimonies of some of the staff and volunteers so we can have the data be emphasized by the passion of the people involved with the project. This is awesome.


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