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Since 2004, my aim has been to enable social and environmental initiatives to create a positive impact in the world by harnessing people's skills and the possibilities of technology and innovation.

About Flache.org

Welcome

I’m Mike Flache – an entrepreneur, business angel, and philanthropist. 

I believe in people, technology, and collaboration. And I see them as key factors to tackle challenges and to achieve positive change in our world together.

Backstory

After surviving the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, I began to reflect on my personal and professional life. With Flache.org, I’ve created the foundation to expand my entrepreneurial activities with social and sustainable projects.

As a co-founder or supporter, I’m committed to charitable initiatives to help them drive digital growth and create a positive impact in the world.

Mike Flache
Mike Flache

Focus areas

Education

Entrepreneurship

Environmental protection

Economic development

Organizations that have inspired me to support

Let me introduce you to some of the organizations that I support. The teams do a fantastic job in their focus areas to create a positive impact in our world.

MicroLoan Foundation
MicroLoan Foundation supports in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Photo: MicroLoan Foundation

MicroLoan Foundation is a women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation charity. They work with some of the poorest women in the world to create sustainable livelihoods and begin their journey out of poverty.

Since 2002, the charity has provided over 280,000 women in sub-Saharan Africa with financial literacy training and small loans to start their own business. As a result an estimated 1.12 million children in their care have increased access to healthcare, education and nutrition.

Over 150 local people are currently employed across 28 branches in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Over half of these are skilled Loan and Training Officers. Between them they support over 35,000 clients at any one time.

Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise – Building the Future
Photo: Young Enterprise

We believe that the potential of the UK’s young people is unlimited, and an academic education on its own is not enough. As a national charity we motivate young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the work skills, knowledge and confidence they need.

We work directly with young people, teachers, parents, businesses and influencers to help build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society at large.

Through our hands-on employability, enterprise and financial education programmes, resources and teacher training, we aim to reduce youth unemployment, help young people realise their potential beyond education and empower a generation to learn, to work and to live.

RFCx Rainforest Connection
Rainforest Connection – in the trees
Photo: Rainforest Connection

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has developed a global acoustic network for halting illegal logging, poaching, mining, and monitoring biodiversity.

RFCx is creating the world’s largest ongoing collaborative ecosystem management project that can aggregate acoustic data from various sources to enable deep learning models to ingest, analyze and interpret audio-data at scale to support research and conservation. Their AI-enabled acoustic monitoring system makes it possible to not only understand what’s happening within threatened ecosystems, but recommend conservation management action. Acoustics are a powerful way to understand the creatures that inhabit our living planet and the activities that threaten it.

RFCx has spent the last five years building the connective tissue to make acoustics a scalable worldwide approach to data collection and analysis for conservation management.

Lendwithcare
Lendwithcare work in Ecuador
Photo: Ana Caroline / CARE 2016

Lendwithcare is an initiative of global poverty fighting charity CARE International which enables people in the UK and around the world to make small loans online to entrepreneurs in some of the poorest parts of the world.

The entrepreneurs use the loans to start or expand their small businesses which in turn creates economic, health and educational benefits and helps to break the cycle of poverty. 100% of the money loaned through Lendwithcare goes to the entrepreneur.

CARE International UK is a member of the CARE International confederation, one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations.

Safe Water Gardens
People and technology are a powerful force to tackle social and environmental challenges. For non-profit organizations, unlocking their digital growth potential to achieve a greater impact is a key task.
— Mike Flache
Safe Water Gardens

Working together to tackle the global sanitation crisis

The Safe Water Gardens project was brought to life by a coalition of scientists, concerned people, and business partners. The non-profit organization is based in Singapore.

I’m incredibly proud of the entire team and what they’ve achieved so far. To help build this social enterprise is not an obligation, but a privilege.

The Safe Water Gardens team on Bintan Island, Indonesia
A few people from the 40-member team in Bintan, Indonesia
School group has built a Safe Water Garden
Students participate in educational programs
Safe Water Gardens educational program
People of all ages get involved in local community projects

Sanitation saves lives

Billions of people live without access to even the most basic sanitation services. Globally, 61% of the population (4.5 billion people) lack “safely managed sanitation” — meaning access to a toilet or latrine that leads to treatment or safe disposal of human waste.*

In Indonesia alone, where the “Safe Water Gardens” project originates, 370 children under the age of 5 die from contact with contaminated water every day.**

Sanitation prevents the spread of disease, promotes human dignity, and has a positive impact on the environment. “The right to water and sanitation is foundational to several sustainable development goals,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

* WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program 2017
** UNICEF report Oct 2016

About the project

Film by Dylan George

About the project

The Vision of Safe Water Gardens is to provide a safe and affordable sanitation system for every home in rural areas.

The project connects people around the globe who adapt the system to their region and needs. The goal of the organization is to build 100 million Safe Water Gardens by the year 2030.

Organizations working with Safe Water Gardens

Universitas Gadjah Mada
Damen Shipyards Singapore
University of Technology Eindhoven
Singtel
Sinarmas
Rabobank
LooLa Adventure Resort
Musim Mas
National University of Singapore
Shell
Credit Suisse
Luther LLP
Borouge
Brain Pool
AS-Schneider Group
Great Eastern OCBC Group

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