Those Making a Difference in Africa, Let Them Shine!
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Buumba Malambo

Buumba Malambo

Country: ZAMBIA - Project: Buumba is the founder of Buumbalambo Foundation established for the children in need and founded after identifying the gap in the education sector in terms of illiteracy ,it came to her realisation that the only way to curb most of the poverty and illiteracy problems the society faces holistically was to uproot the problem from the grassroots which in this case is child illiteracy by using the tactics of Education and Taping talent in vulnerable children in terms of sport that includes soccer and Netball. Buumbalambo Foundation envisions children living in an illiteracy free society. The foundation is based on the values of accountability, consensus integrity, fairness, equality, commitment, excellence, efficiency and effectiveness. Her GOAL: is to expand education awareness activities towards progressive reduction of child illiteracy. http://www.buumbalambofoundation.com

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Tolulope Sangosanya

 Tolulope Sangosanya

Country: NIGERIA - Project: LOTS Charity Foundation - Through the LOTS Charity Foundation, Tolulope transforms the lives of vulnerable children through providing education, health care, and training in life and leadership skills, while advocating on their behalf. Through the program, disadvantaged young people living in the Dustbin Estate, a slum community on the outskirts of Lagos, benefit from instruction in literacy, financial management, reproductive health, and computer usage, with one balanced meal provided per day. Emphasis is placed on intervening in the family lives of children who are at risk of living on the street. “Our goal,” says Tolulope, “is to prepare children to be world class leaders through education.” http://www.lotscharityfoundation.org

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Gawie Kanjemba

 Gawie Kanjemba

Country: NAMIBIA - Project: Gawie Kanjemba has been an inspiration to the youth of Namibia. With only a population of over 2.5 million, everybody has come to know him as an over achiever of the Namibian community. He has started up a group called CASTLE (children attending school to learn and educate) to try and empower the youth. This group is now an established society in the small town of Tsumeb in northern Namibia. It keeps a lot of learners if the street and ensures that they have extracurricular activities. Furthermore, Gawie was the mind behind the initiation of the first ever model United Nations for schools to be hosted in Namibia. He works closely with the Michelle McLean's Children's Trust and the Mshasho Trust fund for social outreach programmes. He is also an academic that continues to inspire thousands in Namibia.

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Samantha Sibanda

 Samantha Sibanda

Country: CHINA - Project: Appreciate Africa Network - Samantha T. Sibanda- Founder of Appreciate Africa Network China an organisation aimed to create awareness about Africa, African people and their culture seeking to bring the real and true Africa and the opportunity to create a relationship between Africa and Asia not only business wise but also in appreciating African people as well in Asia and give at-risk youth life-changing opportunities so they become proud of who they are and where they come from. Programs under AAN, Discover Africa Academy offers summer/winter/ after school classes to school from Kindergarten to High school teaching students about African Culture and its the 1st of its kind in China , Africa's got talent showcase talented and professional Africans here in China meant for employers who want to hire Professional Africans with the vision to be Leading recruitment network for Africans in China and Asia. http://www. africanightchina.com

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Diphus Kiprop Ng'eny

 Diphus Kiprop Ngeny

Country: KENYA - Project: For many years, Kiprop Diphus Ng’eny has been a youth development & policy enthusiast on democracy and governance and a social media buff. His experience spans across project incubation & execution, developing social media campaigns for social causes and policy development for youth organizations & government agencies. At Vijana Umoja Pamoja Foundation, Kiprop pioneered the highly successful Youth-Count Campaign dubbed “Beyond Democracies” - arguably one of the largest youth advocacy group in Rift Valley Kenya with a mandate of shaping the face of governance in Kenya and across the East Africa. Youth-Count Campaign served and still serves as an advocacy tool in ensuring that voices of young people are heard with capability of influencing government policies. VijanaUmojaPamoja Foundation (VUPF) is a Swahili word meaning “Youth United Together Foundation”. http://vupfoundation.org/

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Queen Baboloki Kgeresi

Queen Baboloki Kgeresi

Country: BOTSWANA - Project: Ms. Kgeresi is an aspiring rehabilitation and health psychologist, she holds a B.A with psychology and sociology as a combined major from the University of Botswana. Currently, she serves as a job placement officer, where she promotes the employability of University of Botswana Students. She is a motivational speaker, mentor, a very determined, leadership oriented, and inspired young woman who believes in changes and wants to make a positive mark in the lives of young people in Botswana. Ms. Kgeresi has recently been celebrated under National Achievement Awards as one of Botswana’s Top 20 under 30 Inspiring Youth and now Botswana’s Youth Ambassador. Ms Kgeresi has also been selected Among Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders by Moremi Initiative- Women’s Leadership in Africa.

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Felix Mwebe

Felix Mwebe

Country: UGANDA -  Project: He participated in the Sanitation Innovation challenge both at country and the world level representing UNICEF with the San-Trac system which he develop and headed multidisciplinary team, where they were Awarded as the Winner and People's Choice Award at national and international level respectively. http://www.sanitationhackathon.org/stories/congratulations-san-trac-winner-people-s-choice-award http://appcircus.com/apps/san-trac http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJnjQjwC8P8 He is an ambassador for the Malaria Free Uganda Campaign. This is now under the rotary club’s new partnership with pilgrim Africa. The team which includes medical experts and volunteers from the world’s largest Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Seattle, joining Government and civil society to wipe out Malaria in Uganda. Volunteered and supported for over two years, the development of the Digital Drum Kiosk a UNICEF Project- Computers for young People.

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Katy Digovich

 Katy Digovich

Country: BOTSWANA - Project: Positive Innovation for the Next Generation - Katy co-founded Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING) to develop and deploy mobile health and education tools with local government and private sector partners, while mentoring youth in IT skills, eventually enabling them to maintain deployed applications on the ground. PING uses technology to increase efficiencies and improve health and education systems in emerging markets through interventions that are sustainably designed and national in scope. Current PING products/services use SMS, USSD, and mobile sites for patients and the general population and Smartphone applications for healthcare workers. Develop, its for-profit arm, develops mobile applications for African telecoms to provide value added services to their target populations and trains and hires youth to support and maintain its tools. http://www.pingsite.org

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Marlene Joannie BEWA

 Marlene Joannie BEWA

Country: BENIN - Project: Joannie BEWA is a Medical Doctor from Benin and currently the Secretary General of the Benin Association of General Practitioners. In October 2012, she completed the Women’s Leadership, Public Service and Global Health program through Smith College/WPSP. Over the past five years, she has served her community in the area of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, women’s leadership and Youth civic participation and entrepreneurship. Joannie has been recognized as a top 30 inspirational and influential Young African Leaders by Youth Village, top 10 women leaders in Benin by Francophone International Organization and selected as a 2013 Moremi Initiative For women’s Leadership empowerment Development Fellows. Joannie is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA) focused on youth leadership, health and gender issues and entrepreneurship in Benin.

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