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  • Gram Makwarimba, Zimbabwe

    My primary mission is to empower and transform the lives of marginalised widows and single mothers. Inspired by first hand economic and social discrimination that my mother and my family went through after the death of my father, I developed a heart and a culture of helping widows at the age of 11. As my passion was growing, I became interested to start a walk of motivating widows using the little that I could get from my small shoes selling business. My vision: A world where marginalised widows and single mothers turn into game changers. The ingredients and recipes I’m getting from the dream factory KANTHARI will enable me to change the taste in the lives of widows and single mothers

  • Charles Degold Gomez, The Gambia

    My project Jump high!, aims to create a social change in society. My vision is to see A Gambia were it is normal that the president is blind.

  • Erick Matsanza, Kenya

    It angers me to see a society that keeps depriving women of having the same opportunities as men. This needs to be challenged and I want to be on the forefront. When I was about to miss my secondary education, it was my mother and my sister who despite their meagre resources, stepped in when no man in the family was willing to take up the responsibility. This has inspired me to see the woman empowered with the necessary skills that will foster creative and critical thinking so that they are able to transform society. I have worked as a social activist and therefore I came across kanthari on the internet, I made an application knowing that this is the place that would spice up my passion and while here, I have never regretted my decision to quit my job and come. My dream is to start a creative hub for women to learn media skills and critical thinking skills in order to become more aware of injustice behavior towards women in Western Kenya.

  • Felix Iziomoh, Nigeria

    Coming from a country that is ranked as one of the most cyber fraudulent countries in the world, I have come to kanthari to learn how to start a project that will redirect ex-convicts who have been convicted as a result of cybercrime. Due to my own experience having been active in cyber criminal actions I have written two books on leadership 101: 7 Secrets for the African Renaissance and The Way Forward: 5 Effective Steps to Achieving your Life Goals


  • Tapiwa Gwenlisa Marange, Harare Zimbabwe

    I am a person with Albinism, and I have a dream. I want to open a center that can be seen as a lighthouse for people with albinism. In Zimbabwe people with albinism are marginalised, stigmatised and are subjects to superstitious beliefs. It is my dream that one day people living with albinism will have equal opportunities. I have seen and experienced abuse, but this strengthened me and thus I feel more prepared and ready to help transform the lives of my peers so that they come out of their shells as I did. It is against this background that my project will not only touch lives but will change the life of albinism people forever.

  • Lillian Aero Olok, Uganda

    Born and raised by a single mother, little did I know that this would catch up with me in the near future. I was raped by a family friend. As a result I became pregnant. In October 2000 I gave birth to my baby girl. This whole experience changed my life, and I developed passion to create change in my community. I want to support single mothers, widows and teenage victims of domestic violence to have income generating jobs that help them to become independent. This is the reason why I am in kanthari today. The skills that I am learning in kanthari help me to change the lives of many. Especially victims of domestic violence have low self-esteem, they are not confident at all, I want to build a center where they will have a chance to learn freely even if they are pregnant, learn how to interact and be confident, public speaking, hands on straining in skills and also formal education. I believe in: “Teach me how to fish and I will feed myself for the rest of my life”

  • Mini MR, India

    MMy name is Mini. I know the word Mini means small, but so is a spicy kanthari chilli which makes a lot of impact. Being born in a tribal community of Paniya where I was subject to discrimination in my school days, I couldn\\\'t stand such treatment and had to drop out of school. I only could overcome the impact of discrimination when I joined Kanavu, an institution providing alternative education to tribal children. Today I have a dream to create social change by giving school dropouts like me another chance by creating an environment such as kanavu in Trivandrum where many tribal communities live. This is the reason I am at kanthari, to be empowered so as to go and spice up the world out there by changing the perception of drop-out kids.

  • Nagendra Rijal, Nepal

    Ten years ago I fell in love with a girl who was from a marginalised community. We loved each other, understood each other and we wanted to marry but due to some conservative norms and values my parents and relatives did not accept it. I tried a lot to convince them but all efforts were in vain. Despite many challenges I left my home and married her and decided to fight against the conservative norms and values of our society. This was a turning point of my life. Since that day I have been working in social sectors. The difficulties changed into opportunity and challenges. Strong determination, integrity and hope became the principle of my life. Currently our society is missing ethical norms and values. Our local government is not effective and transparent so I want to change their mind into ethical and critical thinking attitudes and behaviors through capacity building training and practice. It is my dream to learn new skills and techniques for social change so I have applied for kanthari to be a part of this organisation and explore new possibilities.


  • Nana, Ghana

    Growing up in a rural area, i saw many people carrying firewood on their heads, weeding with hoes and cutlasses. In schools, the only punishment I knew was weeding, which made me perceive farming as a punishment. I never liked farming because it was for men and old women. When I completed the university, farming was not an option for me and most of my friends despite easy access to land because of the negative perception. Traveling outside my country became a part of my life. I saw the other side of life when I saw the relevance of farming and the opportunities available, i couldn’t keep quite anymore, i had to do something. The average age of a farmer in my country is 55. Where are we going to get food in the next 10 years when these farmers are no more. My country faces high youth unemployment because we all are in search of white collar jobs. I want to make a generational impact hence my passion for my job, thus to transform the mindset of the young woman on farming and equip her with the relevant entrepreneurial skills that will help her to be able to provide for herself, family and the community at large. My dream is to see a Ghana where the young woman embraces farming as a means to sustainable livelihood. In 2012, I founded an organisation called DIF which has two major successful on- going projects under the Impact Ghana initiative, the” Leading Models” and the “Pupils world”. In my search for ideas, solutions and skills to be able to be an efficient and effective leader, i came into contact with kanthari. I become happy when someone looks at me and says “because of you, I didn’t give up”.

  • Nelson Apochi Owoicho, Nigeria

    I want to see a Nigeria where every child has the ability to dream and to fulfil their dream. I identify with the many children in Nigeria who are out of school because their parents cannot afford the fees. These children live without any hope and aspirations for the future. Additionally they also have various learning and social challenges. My project is focused on creating a platform to help these children ignite their passion, enhance their confidence and spur their latent potential by equipping them with useful life skills. I want to support them in the integration process into main stream schools as ambitious, creative and confident people so they can fulfill their dreams.

  • Odion Anavhe, Nigeria

    My dream is a Nigeria where women survive child birth and are healthy. I have sweet memories of me and my sister sharing the arrival of her baby. Unfortunately on December 17, 2012 I lost my sister due to pregnancy complications which could have easily been avoided if she had adequate knowledge on safe motherhood practices. She had passed away also due to lack of trained health professionals in the hospital when she got there. After going through months of depression, I decided to turn pain into the idea to help women especially those in rural communities.

  • Saisi Nelson, Kenya

    I want to see a society where every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams for the future. We are helping them to rise above circumstances by giving them access to education, health services, nutrition and empowering them to use their life skills and resources. Coming from a village where the abject poverty has taken toll, forced me to drop out of school. Because of the challenges I went through in life, I developed a passion to support and empower orphans and vulnerable children to overcome their challenges. Most orphans live in rampant poverty and can’t care of themselves. These children apart from an inability to raise school fees are also unable to meet their basic needs. Therefore this project was founded as response to these problems faced by these children.


  • Samuel Odwar, Uganda

    Diagnosis of disability of a child is initially a shocking moment for most parents. Beliefs about disability are planted very early in life. It\\\'s evident from the experience of any person who has a disability. I really feel that I must make a contribution. Not only to the disabled community, but to my neighbors and the society as well. I want to see inclusive societies where diversity is valued. Where disabled people receive equal treatment and inclusion in schools, homes, and in public places. I want to change the attitude of parents who have disabled children by creating parental self-help groups and providing awareness trainings so that children receive all they need. I am a parent of three children, a special needs teacher, a 5th born child in a polygamous family of 11 children. It was challenging to attend schools, I suffered torture atrocities during the war at the hands of LRA. At the age of two months, my first born child suffered malaria and he became profoundly deaf. What affected me the most was the attitude of the community toward my family with a disabled child, they mocked, laughed at me and some said it was a result of my parent’s sin. I noted that children with disabilities are suffering by their own parents, they are locked indoors and have no freedom of participation.

  • Sanoj NT, India

    As a child, I had many privileges; the love of a family, the right to education and shelter. My name is Sanoj N T from Chathisgarhh and I completed my masters in social work. Traveling is one of my passions. Traveling helps me to get more knowledge about India. I often use train as a means of transportation and I get amazed when I see kids who are eating and begging in railway platforms. On most occasions, I interact and play with them and I realize how different and vulnerable they are. This has created a desire in me and a drive to change their situation. To achieve this, I created a social project called “Child In Rail”. This project aims to educate these children who live on railway stations through different programs like mobile child education school, assemblies, children’s bank etc. I came to kanthari to gain the necessary skills to help me run my project effectively.

  • Sarita Lamichhane, Nepal

    I have a dream to open a consulting center where visually impaired women are able to receive employment related skills, learn self-defense, and gain confidence. My name is Sarita Lamichhane, a visually impaired woman from Nepal. A while ago while I was commuting via public transport across Kathmandu, a male harassed me physically and worse accused me of lying and said, “You blame me for cannot see. If you have eyes then you can only speak the truth”. I was taken aback by that man’s words and vowed to take action against it. I maybe visually impaired, but I have the determination and capability to overcome physical barriers. In Nepal most visually impaired women are unemployed. Also, they face sexual harassment in public transport. So my goal is to change this situation.

  • Steven Wambi, Uganda

    My mother was a victim of rape, my sister was a victim of rape and so are many other women in my country. I developed a dream to start up a rehabilitation center for sexually abused women to provide them with medical treatment, psychosocial services, self-defense techniques, and support of legal advice from legal experts .The words of my mother have broadened my desire and motivates me a great deal and calls for my action.


    • Tracey Clare Tendai Musindo,  Zimbabwe

      Empowerment not charity, sustainability not dependency is the vision I have for children from child headed families. At an early age I faced the responsibility of being the head of a home. I was yearning to experience love, protection and support, a sense of self-worth, belonging, and I struggled with alcohol and sexual abuse. I have a passion to nurture young bread winners of child headed families with useful life skills to make healthy choices and stir their creativity through media and fashion to build a sustainable livelihood.

    • Yamin Ohnmar, Myanmar

      I want to introduce new vocational training to visually impaired ladies. These days, medical massage is the most popular job among blind people in Myanmar. Many people believe that this is the only job blind people can do. My project is to establish a bakery training center for visually impaired ladies so they are empowered to generate income and to be employers. My training center name is A Lin Yaung. This means “different colorful lights”. We cannot see light but we can create light/job opportunities for others starting bakery businesses. My training center teaches how to make bread, cake and cookies as well as mobility skills.

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