Biju Simon

smiling image of BijuCountry: India
Theme: Education
Goal of the project: Biju has been working with children in shelter homes for a long time and has experienced the lack of adequate education, especially in regards to communication skills. Through relevant and fun methods, games and interesting experiences, he wants to prepare children for a better future.
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Chiamba Joshua Anyeah

smiling image of JoshuaCountry: Cameroon
Theme: Education
Goal of the project: Joshua started his Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) many years ago. Its mission is to seek means to support underprivileged people and communities in rural Cameroon with specific focus on orphans, widows, and teenage mothers/single mothers. He empowers its beneficiaries through workshops and collaboration with village schools.

Imkong Wati

smiling image of ImkongCountry: India
Theme: Empowerment / Education
Goal of the project: Imkong comes from the North/eastern state Nagaland. He had studied in a priest seminary but was eager to leave to be there for the many youth who are alcohol, drug and internet addicted.
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Participant Name: Rahel Zegeye Zewudu

smiling image of RahelCountry: Ethiopia, lives and works in Lebanon
Theme: Advocacy and raising awareness in regards to Human Right
Goal of the project: Being herself a migrant worker in Lebanon, Rahel, has experienced firsthand unfair and inhuman treatment for many years. Her dream project is to build a network to strengthen the work of the migrant community leaders who want to improve the lives of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
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Henry Mkare

smiling image of HenryCountry: Kenya
Theme: Advocacy in regards to education
Goal of the project: Henry has experienced unfair treatment as a young man wanting to gain knowledge. The youth in Kenya doesn’t get chances according to their achievements but only according to their means to pay. Many parents in Kenya are not able to afford school fees for their children.
Henry’s vision is to collaborate with like-minded friends to start the Bamba Ward Students Association (BWUSA) which will tackle the educational crisis in Kenya.
We came together to have a strong voice to demand our rights in bursary allocations, source for funds from well-wishers, conduct fundraising to make sure no one remains at home due to high school fees.
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Pannavat Veeraburinon (Palm)

smiling image of PannavatCountry: Thailand
Theme: Advocacy and awareness in regards to education
Goal of the project: Peace is simple is a global youth community of peace-builders. Pannavat Veeraburinon, or better known as Palm, is part of this initiative which targets youth around the world who are passionate about improving their communities.
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Manita Vivatsethachai

smiling image of ManitaCountry: Thailand
Theme: Environment
Goal of the project: Manita worked in a dairy company where she suggested zero waste management and self-sustainable solutions. But her suggestions were ignored. She quit and started her own social venture that serves as a model center focusing on producing healthy soil. Manita Vivatsethachai wants to promote recycling of organic waste.
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Sherin Noordheen

Smiling image of SherinCountry: India
Area of interest: Advocacy and awareness in regards to prevention
Goal of the project: Sherin has experienced mental health challenges. Catch Them Young – Make them Self Sufficient!
Sherin’s project works on awareness aimed at detecting any emotional, behavioral, and/or psychological problems in children and young adults.
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Gbemisola Bamiduro

smiling image of GbemisolaCountry: Nigeria
Theme: Entreprenuership
Goal of the project: Gbemisola is an artist herself and earns an income through her art work. Over the years, she experienced that her peers don’t have the same opportunities. This is something she wants to change. Solving the problem related to unemployment and reducing the crime rate of adolescents, Gbemisola’s social venture is aimed at youth empowerment, capacity building and skill development in the area of painting and arts in general.
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Emmanuel Kilaso

smiling image of EmmanuelCountry: Nigeria
Theme: Environment / agriculture
Goal of the project: Emanuel comes from a farmer’s family and therefore he knows farmers most urgent needs. His concern towards the environment inspired him to start an initiative with the following goals; keeping the environment clean, generating income for poor rural farmers and to providing support to produce healthier agricultural produce. Additionally he is using organic waste to generate bio gas.

Peter Adeeko

smiling image of PeterCountry: Nigeria
Theme: Advocacy in regards to support
Goal of the project: Peter lost his father, an injured soldier, when he was only nine years old. His mother passed away not long after she fell ill after the loss of her husband. He was then raised by his teenage brother, who himself succumbed to alcohol abuse and became violent. Accessing education was tough. Despite these challenges, Peter managed to be educated and is now creating and distilling a message of peace and solidarity through his organization Soulace Africa. Soulace Africa helps young people to find peace and contentment through peace building training, participatory advocacy and empowerment of families affected by war. This initiative is community based and works on a scalable project that is anchored on  restorative peace building and social justice.  The long term vision is the establishment of Soulace Peace Village, an eco-friendly, green campus, a centre for Peace building and Nonviolence training, Advocacy and Research.
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Gumbo Majubwa

smiling image of GumboCountry: Tanzania
Theme: Environment
Goal of the project: When I was 24 years old the forest of my happy childhood in Bagamoyo District, on the East coast of Tanzania started to be degraded. Every time, I see trees being cut, anger haunts me so much, I could cry. Between 2005 and 2008 I studied environmental planning and management at the Institute of Rural Development Planning Dodoma Tanzania. I work at the Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership – Pwani Project. Then for the short period of time work at Prawnto organization, Wildlife Conservation Society Tanzania in research work, and volunteer with Saving Africas Nature – Sana. Now I started ambakofi, an organisation that creates an eco-friendly community surrounded by an agro-forest which will be a source of livelihood and a start to revive our valuable forest land in Tanzania.
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Phorntip Limpichaisopon (Im)

A portrait of ImCountry: Thailand
Theme: Entrepreneurship
Goal of the project: group called the Can Do Team. Now they went a step further by initiating Caf Can Do, a social entrepreneurship that is going to be the center for training volunteers for community work. Caf Can Do is a small restaurant in Thungkru District. It provides delicious food and convenient rooms for meetings or workshops.
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Joy Tony

A portrait of ImCountry: Nigeria
Theme: Education/environment
Goal of the project:
 Joy Tony lived near a community that finds their means of livelihood on a dump site. With she trains and engages women and girls in rural communities, especially around dump sites, into transforming waste to value added products. His work serves two important parts: In addition to generate income, also the local environment is getting cleaned.
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Danijela Veselinovic

smiling image of DanijelaCountry: Serbia
Theme: Entreprenueurship
Goal of the project: Danijela experienced arthritis and thus can identify with the challenges of persons with disabilities in Serbia. Danijela plans to organise creative workshops that will motivate children with a special need to be professionally oriented and learn more about design from professional designers. Focus points will be: modelling, tailoring and garment making.
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Alfred Okello

smiling image of AlfredCountry: Uganda
Theme: Disability
Goal of the project: Alfred, blind himself, was trained by Hive Uganda Limited to become a beekeeper. Ojok Simon, the founder of Hive Uganda Limited is a kanthari graduate of 2012. Alfred’s idea is to bring the training of the blind forward to other people with disabilities as well. Next to bee keeping he wants to provide training in daily living skills and farming.
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Lingala Naresh

smiling image of NareshCountry: India
Theme: Agriculture/Education
Organisation:  Tharunam
Goal of the project: Lingala Naresh is the son of a rural farmer who currently has no means to be digitally literate. More than 65% of people in India are still depending upon the farming sector and the results of the digital revolution are not reaching this sector. “Young farmers in the village advised me to stay away from farming and parents don’t like to see their children becoming farmers. I was born in a tribal village called Duginepally that is situated on the banks of the Godavari River, Telangana. I started an initiative called ‘tharunam’ to address agricultural crisis and climate change through food literacy programs.  Through these programs, 'tharunam' empowers individuals about healthy food choices and natural farming practices that are cost effective, climate resilient and healthy for farmers and consumers. Our healthy food choices impact both economic and ecological conditions. In the other side, understanding the role of farmers in environmental conservation and food security reduces the societal pressure on the farming profession.”
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Manju Sharma

smiling image of ManjuCountry: India
Theme: Education and advocacy
Goal of the project: Project Brief: Manju is physically disabled due to an accident she had as a flight attendant. She also experienced the difficulties that children with disabilities face. Manju has a deaf sister who struggled with her education, therefore she wants to promote inclusive education and advocate for better infrastructural facilities for the disabled.
Her dream is to establish an educational institution where disabled citizens get equal share of knowledge thus being enabled to gain better and have more suitable employment opportunities. It’s we who make the society. The stereotypes need to be challenged to bring people from the disabled and marginalised sections into the mainstream, thus contributing to economical, ethical & social growth of our society.
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Kapila Rathnayake

smiling image of KapilaCountry: Sri Lanka
Theme: Gender empowerment
Goal of the project: ‘Voice of Men’ is a theatrical experience about masculine and feminine culture. Through performance men and women speak out and challenge rigid gender stereotypes and they express their stories based on the stereotypical construction of their gendered self. It will create a dialog to motivate men to re-think their day-to-day practices leading to healthy relationships and not power-based relationships.
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Sadhana Nayak

smiling image of SadhanaCountry: India
Theme: Gender empowerment
Goal of the project: Project Brief: Sadhana has experienced physical and mental violence and escaped her house together with her small son. She now wants to advocate for a society that stands for zero tolerance on domestic violence. Family counseling and connecting victims of domestic violence with the existing governmental welfare schemes are the focus of her project idea.
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Anumuthu Chinnaraj

smiling image of AnumuthuCountry: India
Theme: Agriculture
Goal of the project: When Anumuthu’s father passed away, he was not able to go to school. Therefore, he and his mom started working as daily laborers when Anumuthu was only seven years old. He worked alongside adults in the hot sun and was expected to yield the same harvest like the grown-ups.
At 11 he was lucky to enroll into school and he became a filmmaker. He however quit his profession to work with homeless deprived people on the streets of Pondicherry, to edit and bring changes in their real lives. According to me, everyone is important and valuable. Having firsthand knowledge of poverty, hunger, rejection, loneliness and depression, Anumuthu's vision is to see a culture where deprived homeless people are accepted, valued, loved and live together as normal human beings in society. This is what his organisation Snehan is all about.
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Arthanas Matongo

smiling image of ArthanasCountry: Zimbabwe
Theme: Advocacy
Goal of the project: Arthanas’ sisters were married off at the age of 14 or 15. Many girls in Zimbabwe face child marriages and often even become HIV positive. To keep young girls in schools and to save them from too early marriages, Arthanas wants to start a program that advocates against child marriage and offers alternative opportunities.
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Chris Mukasa kivali

smiling image of ChrisCountry: Kenya
Theme: empowerment through art
Project Brief: Chris feels that the African youth is voiceless. Thus he founded Fatuma's Voice, a platform for youth to express their ideas and critical thoughts through poetry and music. Fatuma is a 50 years old woman who was born without a voice. She, so Chris, must have a million words stored in her, just like African youth. Chris Mukasa wants to open the door for these hidden voices.