One Young World is working to ensure that grants are reaching young leaders as quickly as possible to address the urgent needs emerging from the Covid-19 crisis.
Find out more about the young leaders who are receiving funding from the Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund and stay tuned for more impactful stories.
EVERY INFANT MATTERS, INDIA
Every Infant Matters has coordinated a response in collaboration with partner organisations to provide essential protective resources to front-line care givers and at-risk staff in Indian hospitals. It organises the distribution of essential groceries to low-income, slum populations in the outskirts of Nairobi.
REFUGE FOR THE REFUGEES, MALAYSIA
Refuge for the Refugees organises weekly grocery deliveries for migrants and refugees who are unable to leave their homes. Each grocery bag can feed a family for up to one month. The organisation also translates vital government health directives, shelters victims of domestic abuse, and runs a rent relief programme.
HAPPY SPACE, UNITED KINGDOM
Happy Space has created the #HappySpaceAtHome campaign, distributing mental wellbeing guidebooks to support disadvantaged children during the school closures. The team is also designing a curriculum with partner schools to assist their back-to-school transition once schools re-open.
LOCAL YOUTH CORNER, CAMEROON
Local Youth Corner Cameroon transformed its offices into a rapid response lab, producing bottles of home-made hand sanitiser. It is set to launch an initiative to distribute preventative products and run education courses for the staff and inmates of four prisons which are especially vulnerable due to congestion, misinformation, poor hygiene and poor healthcare access.
SMART FARMS, FIJI
Smart Farms Fiji has responded to the devastation caused by three cyclones, and the socio-economic and health consequences of lockdown, by designing the “Growing Essential Greens Homekit System”. The kits safeguard the food security and nutritional health of vulnerable families, while recipients stay safe from the virus in their own homes.
WASH FOR ALL WASH FOR LIFE, COLOMBIA
An initiative founded and led by Jenifer Colpas directly supporting the most vulnerable people in Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean communities who were displaced by Colombia’s civil war. It provides access to drinking water, hand washing facilities and educational workshops to minimise the spread of the Covid-19 virus in these marginalised communities.
FUMEBO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FUMEBO arranged to donate face masks, face shields, protective googles, glove boxes, and disposable gowns to frontline healthcare workers to protect them from dangerous exposure to the virus. The organisation has also committed to supply and distribute ‘Vital Boxes’ of food and basic hygiene essentials amongst these rural communities, allowing them to remain safely in their homes.
360DEGREE HEALTH NETWORK, NIGERIA
360degreeHEALTH NETwork is working to ensure Nigerian, frontline healthcare providers are safe and supported despite the recently announced 40% cuts to healthcare spending. The initiative provides healthcare workers with essential resources to tackle the pandemic, primarily through the production and provision of Personal Protective Equipment. The initiative also aims to educate over 500,000 healthcare providers on emergency preparedness.
EBTAKAR INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURS, AFGHANISTAN
The organisation reinvented itself by converting Solar-Powered Food Carts into Solar-Powered Disinfectant & Sanitation Carts with support from the National Procurement Authority. The project offers a free hand-washing facility and disinfection service to impoverished people who are vulnerable to catching the virus. The team have also handed out brochures to educate the public on the importance of social distancing and distributed 72,000 masks to impoverished people.
SURVIVOR SAFE HAVEN, USA
Amanda Nguyen, CEO of Rise, established the Survivor Safe Haven initiative to provide the increased people at risk of sexual and domestic violence with access to resources and information during the government enforced lockdown. Survivor Safe Haven partners with restaurants, grocery stores and other essential establishments to provide access to rapid response for survivors of domestic abuse.
FIGHT CO-VI INITIATIVE, MAURITANIA
As part of a collaborative of OYW Ambassadors and with support from her organisation AFPHY, Dickel Dia has established the Fight Co-Vi Initiative. The project will use the grant to coach 10 victims in soap production, with the aim of producing and distributing over 5,000 bars of soap to vulnerable communities. They will also train a further 35 victims of violence to run their own water distribution cooperatives, reaching a further 5,000 people with handwashing facilities in 5 target localities.
MOTHOTLUNG NETWORK, SOUTH AFRICA
Lebogang Bogopane, as Founder of the Mothotlung Network Against Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, established the Sello Sa Mosadi project to protect victims of domestic violence and child abuse during lockdown. It provides trauma counselling, accommodation, food and transport to victims of abuse. It also operates a reporting service, and remote counselling services over the phone or online.
The #AmWithHer initiative, run by “Zenith for Young Women Achievers”, has established a one-stop-centre that receives and documents complaints of gender-based violence, refers victims for care and support, and reports violence with the social department, police station and judicial court. It also collaborates with five Girls and Women Protection Committees in Blantyre’s townships, to orientate women in laws to ensure child protection and to protect victims of gender-based violence.
SHE WRITES WOMEN, NIGERIA
She Writes Woman is a women-led movement tackling the stigma against mental health in Nigeria. She Writes Woman is partnering with Women At Risk International to provide a 24/7 toll-free, crisis counselling helpline, serving as a first point of contact to ensure that survivors of GBV, as well as those living with mental health conditions, have access to confidential psycho-social support and counselling during the pandemic.
FUNDACIÓN EL ORIGEN, COLOMBIA
Fundación El Origen works to reduce school dropouts in indigenous communities across LATAM designing education programs and working hands on with teachers and students in rural schools. Partnered with La Guajira government, it has distributed an offline learning app for 2,900 indigenous children to date. With this grant the organisation will improve its capacity for distribution and make the platform even more accessible for isolated communities.
LOTUS FLOWER FOUNDATION, KURDISTAN
Lotus Flower’s initiative supports Kurdish conflict survivors living in refugee camps in Iraq's Duhok region. The initiative comprises three main aspects: increasing community awareness of Covid-19, increasing community awareness and education on domestic, and raising psychological support for those impacted by Covid-19 through one-to-one counselling or remote sessions via telephone. It aims to reach an additional 2,000 individuals with these interventions because of this funding.
INCLUDE 2020, USA
Include2020 is a project from A Global Voice for Autism, which operates in Jordan, Turkey, and Palestine to address the needs of conflict-affected families of children with autism, and the teachers that support them. The initiative launched an inclusive education application for 5-13 year-old Arabic speaking learners with special needs, runs an emergency fund to support families in dire situations, and provides families of children with special needs with access to specialised trainings to address challenges that have escalated during the pandemic.
REFÚGIO 343, BRAZIL
Refúgio 343 is currently running two emergency initiatives in Boa Vista, Roraima, where there is a high concentration of Venezuelan refugees. The goal is to provide emergency assistance to 804 families in 14 occupancies, lacking infrastructure, electricity or drinking water, and health access. The organisation is also supporting a temporary emergency hospital with hospital equipment and IPE.