Social Impact Analysis

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    For every $1 of value invested, One Young World Ambassadors deliver $16 of social value, based on a Social Return on Investment analysis of 39 Ambassador-led initiatives addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2021

    Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities

    Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities advocates for the human rights of LGBT people in that country, eliminating barriers to social protections for them.

    Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities - Swaziland

    Melusi Simelane
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Melusi had been working in LGBT spaces in Eswatini for a while, but he found that the question of LGBT rights was only ever framed through the lens of HIV intervention rather than through a more holistic approach. He founded Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities (ESGM) to shift the conversation away from an entirely sexualised framework. Same-sex intimacy remains illegal in the country, making a broader conversation around LGBT acceptance difficult. Eswatini is the first country in Africa to reach 95-95-95 status so that 95% of people living with HIV know their status, are receiving treatment, and have a suppressed viral load. With these achievements in mind, Melusi has been determined to broaden the conversation despite immense systemic challenges, bringing a case before the High Court arguing that the LGBT community have been being denied their right to free association.

    The 2019 One Young World Summit introduced Melusi to a huge network. He found it fascinating that One Young World puts young people centre-stage, with young people coming up with ideas and taking on leadership roles. He spoke about the impact of poverty on the LGBT community, which opened a space for dialogue in Eswatini and connected him with global partners. As a membership-based organisation, ESGM focuses on policy, as well as advocacy and mobilisation at a community level.

    With over 300 active members, ESGM has organised community visits and sensitivity training, reaching a wider audience through workshops and hybrid training. The conversation around LGBT rights has steadily progressed over the last few years. ESGM has worked on human rights, domestic violence, and with community caregivers on LGBT inclusion. During the pandemic, it also distributed 150 food parcels and 1,000 sanitary towels. Melusi has since stepped back from his role, with a young queer woman becoming executive director of the organisation.

    “What I found fascinating about One Young World was that it was the young people in charge of everything and it was the young people coming up with ideas. The final word was young people talking about what needs to change”

    IMARA Comoros

    IMARA Comoros has pioneered STEM and robotics education in Comoros, an education that even privileged schools in the country often cannot offer.

    IMARA Comoros - Comoros

    Haïna Keke
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Haïna left Comoros for Madagascar when she was 17 to attend university, as tertiary education remains underdeveloped in her native Comoros. She returned to discover that little had changed on the islands in terms of educational attainment and the dominance of traditional gender roles. Comorian girls have higher repeater and dropout rates in primary and secondary school than their male peers [1]. Frustrated by this persistent lack of opportunities in the country, Haïna began supporting local children through educational games before founding IMARA Comoros with a like-minded colleague in 2015.

    The 2015 One Young World Summit in Bangkok was Haïna’s first exposure to people from all over the world. Discovering so many people who cared about the issues she cared about proved to be a profound moment and a constant source of inspiration for her. She realised that being fully transparent with her students at IMARA was the best way to change the culture of a corrupt society. Her goal is to help create a generation of young Comorians who not only dream big but who are capable of action, by showing them what action looks like and giving them the tools to achieve it. Haïna incorporates aspects of traditional Comorian learning into the curriculum so that parents can participate in their children’s education. This inclusivity has helped IMARA gain wide acceptance in a conservative society.

    IMARA has organised fairs and workshops on STEM subjects and robotics with help from consultants in the US, and its pioneering curriculum is the first of its kind in the country. It was also the first organisation on the islands to introduce the production and use of reusable sanitary pads. This initiative has been such a success that international organisations have received training from IMARA-educated children on the issue.

    "If I had to summarise my experience with the One Young World Summit, that’s when the world was brought to me and that’s when I realised I wasn’t an island. Three years later I was selected for a leadership academy thanks to One Young World, which was also a life-altering experience for me"

    Change 1's Life

    Change 1's Life is a charity that assists people in Angola by supplying them with food, clean water, clothes, medical aid and education through digital, ecological villages.

    Change 1's Life - Angola

    Edmilson Angelo
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Angola has markedly lower rates of electrification and literacy than many of its neighbours in Southern Africa, with less than 40% of its population currently able to access electricity and its youth literacy rate falling behind in recent years. Through Change 1’s Life, Edmilson has stepped in to help solve these almost overwhelming problems and the many gaps in the country’s infrastructure.

    Edmilson attended the One Young World Summit at the Hague in 2018. He found it to be a deeply motivating experience, broadening his horizons and giving him a platform to develop the network necessary to build his projects. Change 1’s Life began with a series of smaller initiatives, including education in rural areas and distributing alternative light sources to discourage kerosene usage. These early projects gave Edmilson and his team the community exposure, momentum, and data they needed to begin their main initiative: the transformation of rural communities through the creation of digital, ecological villages. His objective is to provide rural communities with the digital infrastructure they need to accelerate their educational attainment while also protecting the environment.

    To these ends, Edmilson and his team have organised the transportation of 20 forty-foot long containers with the help of international donors. They have successfully installed the first medical centre in the village, providing regular checks and ambulances for local communities and increasing the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in the area. Change 1’s Life also installed a solar-powered mobile food bank and a handwashing station during the pandemic. The mobile food bank allowed for a degree of sociability but the project was also predicated upon encouraging street cleanliness and recycling by users. Construction is underway on other aspects of the village, with the first playground for local children having recently been built.

    "I feel like a representative of the One Young World Community. I think the Summit really broadened my horizons, in terms of how much I can do and how much I can have access to if I continue to do it the right way."

    Florence Energy - Australia

    Aushim Merchant
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Whilst still an intern, Aushim visited a landfill site in 2009. He was appalled to see a mountain of waste being climbed by children who dangerously scavenged anything of value to sell to be able to feed themselves for the day. This sparked an idea within Aushim for a waste-to-energy solution that could solve the issue in front of him, as well as the issue of energy access that continues to hinder development in South and South-East Asia.

    Aushim, whilst studying at the University of Adelaide, started Florence Energy (2010) to establish a decentralised waste management system that produces fuel from plastic wastes in landfill sites. The systems are installed at landfill sites to convert waste to petroleum with zero emissions. The organic component is converted to compost which is given to farmers to reduce their dependence on fertilisers. The technology was optimised in collaboration with MK Aromatics Limited and the University of Adelaide. The company works with government-run landfill sites and directly with packaging companies to source the materials. It directs this waste to large facilities in Chennai and Goa, where their technology is used to safely and sustainably process plastic waste into crude oil. To date, the company has managed to transform 27,000 tonnes of plastic waste into 21+ million litres of petroleum.

    In addition to the environmental benefit of creating a circular economy, Aushim is also focused on improving the labour market in the waste management sector. In the industry, labour is traditionally informal, but Aushim ensures that all staff are set up with a bank account into which they receive their salaries directly; and assistance is provided for labour to acquire their government-issued identity cards to access the benefits they are entitled to. This financial inclusion unlocks greater opportunities for development as individuals and participants in the economy.

    Florence Energy is seeking strategic partners to assist with the listing of the company on Sustainable Market Indices to leverage the carbon credit savings being generated from its business.

    “Florence Energy is advancing human security at pace and at scale, and the clarity with which the company continues to grow can be attributed to the life-changing opportunity of the prestigious One Young World Summit. The world we live in is like a ship and we, as a generation, carry the greatest shared responsibility to serve and protect this ship of humanity for ourselves and the generations to come.”


    Fundación Barranquilla+20 educates young people on environmental sustainability, water. and biodiversity. It has implemented over 50 initiatives in its 9 years of existence.

    Barranquilla+20 - Colombia

    Xiomara Acevedo
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Founded by Xiomara Acevedo in 2012, Fundación Barranquilla+20 is an educational initiative promoting climate awareness and action to children and young people. Colombia is a country suffering from reduced freshwater, land instability and increasing sea levels, making it highly at risk of future climate disaster. Barranquilla+20 began as a decentralised movement of young people campaigning for climate action, water and biodiversity protection and conservation, before formally becoming an NGO in 2018.

    Xiomara has worked with One Young World extensively since first attending the Summit in 2017. She feels that having the support that One Young World can offer is important when working in difficult environments, insofar as it demonstrates that young leaders are not alone and that they can be part of powerful conversations. Barranquilla+20 has gone from strength to strength, organising projects alongside prestigious partners like the Gates Foundation to highlight the importance of gender in climate justice and strengthen the capacity of young women leaders in the climate space. Other projects include Guardians of Bocas de Cenizas, where Barranquilla+20 trains and supports local communities to protect biodiversity in a critical region, and Youth for Climate Emergency, a course and campaign for activists and citizens on climate change management. It has also organised climate marches involving 10,000 people.

    Barranquilla+20 has worked to transform school infrastructure in an environmentally sustainable direction, creating a circular model of education which integrates water solutions, energy efficiency, climate curriculum, food waste, and community. The project, known as Low Carbon Schools, has also expanded its reach, working with partners in Paraguay and Bolivia and with hopes to extend their work across Latin America. Xiomara believes in downscaling the conversation around climate change in order to make it more approachable, so that local communities with deep territorial knowledge and climate memory across generations can contribute to the solutions the world needs.

    "One Young World has helped me a lot with leadership because it is a Community of leaders, and this shows me that I am in the right community. It is a Community of doers, and One Young World fuels me.”

    China Hope School

    The China Hope School provides a fast-track curriculum to children from an impoverished, rural community in southern China, so that they can pursue further education afterwards.

    China Hope School - China

    Stanley Mo
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    China’s massive internal migration from rural to urban areas over the last few decades has resulted in a large population of left-behind children, numbering as many as 69 million [1]. These children are usually left in the care of their extended families and often suffer from developmental and emotional challenges as well as poorer educational outcomes [2] due to a lack of adequate support networks and public infrastructure. Stanley co-founded the China Hope School alongside three colleagues in rural Guangxi Province to do what he could to address this growing problem.

    Stanley attended the One Young World Summit at the Hague in 2018. He was deeply moved by the event and was inspired by its networking aspect. Though he had an extensive background in corporate social responsibility initiatives before attending the Summit, his One Young World experience helped him build upon and upgrade his philanthropic vision. The connections he made through One Young World also opened new opportunities for him, and as a result, he now mentors MBA students in leadership and coaching.

    The China Hope School project has received support from Tencent and Kellogg’s, with the latter providing cereal products so that the children can have access to school meals and snacks. The school also received extensive support from people in China through donations of school supplies and equipment. The curriculum at the school is tailored to the specific needs of rural children and functions as an accelerated programme. It has proven itself to be a place where left-behind children can develop into well-adjusted adolescents who have the ability to pursue further education elsewhere once they have completed their time at the China Hope School. Since 2018, between 200-300 children have passed through its doors.

    "I was really touched and moved by the One Young World Summit. I got connected to people from different companies and accomplishments, from Nobel Prize winners to CEOs. Charity and CSR work was a mindset for me but One Young World accelerated and upgraded my vision to a new level"


    Seastainable supports marine conservation in Southeast Asia by creating more environmentally conscious populations and channelling funds to organisation working in the field.

    Seastainable - Singapore

    Samantha Thian
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    In 2013, Samantha began to explore the challenge facing 'life below water' when she travelled around rural communities in South-East Asia and noticed the environmental damage first-hand. Her advocacy began and today Samantha’s work is more vital than ever in the region where “marine governance has been a casualty of strategic competition”.

    Seastainable is a social enterprise that supports marine conservation in South-East Asia by creating more environmentally conscious populations and channelling funds directly to organisations addressing issues on the frontline. Before 2020, the organisation sold sustainable products such as reusable straws to fund frontline conservation organisations. However, Samantha became concerned that this was contributing to overconsumption. Now, the organisation raises funds from Samantha’s educational talks, and donations from core partners such as Microsoft, The Philip Yeo Initiative, and HSBC. This has funnelled $43,065.61 into 49 different grassroots initiatives. In July 2020, the organisation started the #EASTCOASTBEACHPLAN. Through this, it coordinates weekly community cleanups to prevent marine pollution and provides a space for awareness-raising activities. More than 16.7 tonnes of beach litter have been collected and recycled by a network of more than 1,000 volunteers at 413 different clean-ups. The organisation also partners with fellow Ambassador-led organisation CarbonEthics, helping to plant 2,387 mangrove seedlings and train 16 farmers in environmentally sustainable practices.

    Alongside Seastainable, Samantha is part of the leadership team of Stridy, an online platform that has created global a community of “Striders” who collect waste whilst exercising. The app has allowed these participants to track their collections and has gamified litter collection. More than 40,000 pieces of waste have been collected as a result, and for every 500 pieces collected a mangrove tree has been planted.

    “Being a One Young World Ambassador has been wonderful as I've had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other like-minded Ambassadors to develop more opportunities to support marine conservation. We partnered with CarbonEthics to further grow our sustainability programme, and hope to continue to work with other partners.”

    Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative

    MANI raises awareness around mental health in Nigeria, where the subject remains taboo. It provides free mental health assistance to vulnerable people in the country.

    Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative - Nigeria

    Victor Ugo
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Victor co-founded Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) with a group of friends in 2016 to combat the stigma around mental health in Nigeria. Mental health is a neglected public issue in the country, outdated legislation continues to frame the crisis and 80% of people with serious mental health requirements are unable to find appropriate care. Victor has first-hand experience of this situation, he was able to access psychiatric services when he needed them but he noticed that many of his friends and peers at medical school could not. MANI emerged as an online campaign, but the group quickly developed a text-based service to broaden their reach amongst vulnerable demographics.

    At the One Young World London Summit in 2019, Victor learned practical lessons of leadership that would have been difficult to find elsewhere. The event itself proved to be an inspiration for him, helping to scale his vision for the mental health conversation in Nigeria through his efforts to engage influencers in the country. MANI has worked to simplify discussions away from the seminar-workshop model, in the process building an image of itself to which young people can relate. It has also increasingly focused on policy advocacy and government engagement to tackle the structural determinants of mental health challenges.

    Since 2016, MANI has delivered more than 108,000 free sessions, impacting 40,000 people. During the End SARS campaign against police brutality, MANI had counsellors active at protest sites providing guidance and panic attack cards. Through social media, the organisation reaches over 3 million people monthly, and every month it shares a toolkit on a particular mental health condition with insights on risk factors and support in five languages. It also runs conversation cafes in 18 Nigerian states, training over 35,000 people on mental health awareness.

    "Before the One Young World Summit I wasn’t thinking about how to engage people who are influential to further the conversation in the country. It gave me a vision to look forward to and inspired my change in strategy to more advocacy based"


    Lonepack provides mental health assistance in a country where the cost of therapy is unaffordable to most. It also maintains a directory of mental health professionals.

    LonePack - India

    Siddhaarth Sudhakaran
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    While seeking help himself, Siddhaarth learned how difficult it can be to find therapy in India. The process is expensive, while the shame and stigma attached to mental health issues exacerbates the challenge of accessibility. The country only has 43 government-run mental health hospitals, and only three psychiatrists per million people, but an estimated 70 million people with debilitating psychosocial illnesses. Siddhaarth co-founded LonePack to make mental health resources accessible to all young Indians.

    Given the complexity of the country and subject he is working in, Siddhaarth occasionally found himself demotivated and unsure if he was really helping. The 2019 One Young World Summit in London was an opportunity to learn from his peers in the mental health space, and it gave him the positivity and inspiration he needed to keep going. It was after this experience that Siddhaarth and his team decided to launch LonePack Buddy, a free and anonymous peer support programme where trained volunteers offer their time and skills to people struggling with mental health issues. LonePack received help from the Mind Foundation to develop a 5 hour course to train these volunteers.

    LonePack Buddy has directly helped over 1,400 people cope with their mental health and, based on before and after assessments, participants have seen a significant improvement in their mental well-being. LonePack is not just about directing people towards volunteers or even professionals through its directory, it also seeks to build upon community-led initiatives. In collaboration with UberEats India, LonePack Letters reached 95,000 people across 8 Indian states, spreading positivity and raising awareness. Through workshops and webinars, the project has reached a further 9,000 people, advancing the cause of mental health throughout the country.

    “The One Young World Summit inspired me to keep moving, and I would say a large part of making LonePack Buddy into reality was the Summit. When I heard stories of people trying wildly different things, some younger than me, I felt that it was worth a shot”

    Yayasan HAkA

    HAkA is a collective, democratic organisation advocating for the Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia. It educates local communities living within and around the ecosystem.

    Yayasan HAkA - Indonesia

    Farwiza Farhan
    Ambassador-led Initiative

    Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem is a vast 2.6 million hectare forest that has increasingly come under threat from illegal poaching, logging, and palm oil plantations. The area boasts an impressive range of wildlife, but between 2001 and 2014 lost more than 145,000 hectares of tree cover, putting immense pressure on the forest and its inhabitants. Farwiza co-founded Yayasan HAkA to advocate for the conservation, protection and restoration of this important landscape.

    Farwiza attended the 2019 One Young World Summit in London on a scholarship with The NewNow, which proved to be an invaluable educational experience and source of inspiration for her. She previously worked for the provincial government’s taskforce for the Leuser region, but upon that agency’s dismantlement, she had her colleagues founded HAkA as a collective, democratic organisation advocating for the ecosystem. HAkA emphasises the importance of educating local communities living within and around the Leuser region on their rights under Indonesian law. The organisation also has an intersectional focus, supporting the establishment of the first-ever group of female rangers in the area.

    Since then HAkA has succeeded in winning several legal battles against exploitative companies, has supported the creation of two anti-poaching patrol teams, advocated for and supported the implementation of two provincial wildlife protection laws, and prevented the destruction of over 6000 hectares of forest in partnership with other organisations.

    Farwiza is also currently pursuing a PhD, with her research focusing on the political economy of natural resource management in Aceh, Indonesia and a particular focus on the Leuser Ecosystem.

    [Information accurate as of interview, 11/01/2021]

    “One Young World was probably one of the biggest youth summits I have ever attended in my life. There is a pathway for everyone to think of the way forward. I was encouraged by the youth who attended, how they took ownership of initiatives and took it back to their workplace.”


    ParlAmericas promotes parliamentary diplomacy in the 35 national legislatures of the Americas and the Caribbean, with projects to increase youth political participation and good practices.

    ParlAmericas - Canada

    Emilio Rodriguez
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Until December 2021, Emilio was a Program Officer for Gender Equality and Youth at ParlAmericas, the institution that promotes parliamentary diplomacy with the 35 national legislatures of the Americas and the Caribbean. There, he supported the implementation of projects to increase youth political participation and promoted good practices around gender-responsive legislation. In addition, Emilio’s work focused on the planning and delivery of youth political leadership programmes.

    A notable example is Impacto Legislativo Joven, a 4-month programme organised with the National Assembly and the National Forum of Women in Political Parties of Panama, that trained 25 young Panamanians in intersectional, gender-responsive and environmentally sustainable political leadership. Learning and working alongside experts from parliaments, civil society organisations, and international organisations, participants explored what it meant to pursue positive change through civic engagement. They collectively worked on a citizen’s bill – a democratic mechanism that allows Panamanians to submit legislative proposals to their National Assembly – to promote and regulate ecotourism in the country. The citizen’s bill was presented to Panama’s National Assembly on September 15, 2021, on the International Day of Democracy, and incorporates provisions for the inclusion of women, local communities, and indigenous peoples in the development of ecotourism.

    The focus on promoting youth leadership is something that Emilio took from the Summit, which he attended as a Peace Ambassador in 2019, and that he has sought to incorporate in all his roles thereafter. In a new position at Citizens for Public Justice, Emilio is building a rights-based political advocacy programme focused on refugee and migrant justice in Canada. This includes producing a book that presents the voices of leading advocates in this field – similar to "We Have a Dream”, which Emilio contributed to and was published by fellow Ambassadors. Emilio recently joined the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council – National Capital Branch, a leading forum for Canadian professionals in international affairs.

    “One Young World opened up networks and allowed me to connect with new partners. It allows me to make sure my work is connected to the larger eco-system, as it taught me there are already people doing work around it.”

    International Youth Ambassadors Forum

    International Youth Ambassadors Foundation seeks to improve societies in the MENA region through encouraging youth diplomatic participation and civic education.

    International Youth Ambassadors Forum - Jordan

    Abdel Rahman Alzorgan
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Abdel is currently employed in the office of the UN special envoy to Yemen, where his work is directed towards achieving lasting and sustainable peace in that country. However, back in his native Jordan, he is the co-founder of the International Youth Ambassadors Foundation (IYAF), an initiative training young people about diplomacy, international relations, and political engagement. Civic engagement remains low in Jordan in terms of membership of voluntary social organisations but Abdel and his colleagues at the IYAF are working to change this trend.

    The IYAF has worked with several universities and schools on how to lead model United Nations simulations, and to produce policy outcome documents that are sent to the concerned institutions after the completion of the simulation. The initiative works closely alongside the Erasmus Plus programme in Europe, facilitating student exchanges and training programmes. So far, 6 outcome documents have been sent to international organisations, and the quality of the work the IYAF does is apparent from the fact that these organisations are often surprised that the documents are produced by students and not necessarily people with a political science background.

    Following the 2011 One Young World Summit in Zurich, Abdel established a network of contacts with different One Young World Ambassadors from all over the world. He reflected upon the ideas he had and worked with another Ambassador to promote environmentally friendly strategies to the Jordanian government. The IYAF has so far held 8 conferences, 2 of which have been country-wide while 6 have taken place within different universities in Jordan with over 1,000 participants in total. A further 5,000 students have engaged with the IYAF through workshops, field trips, and roundtable discussions since its founding.

    "When I applied for a job at the UN, colleagues were very interested in learning more about what I had done and a part of that is One Young World. My connections with different Ambassadors through One Young World allowed me the exposure I needed to acquire new skills and make new professional and personal connections."

    Vision Care Givers International

    Vision Care Givers International provides free eye check-ups and treatment to vulnerable communities in Nigeria who would otherwise go without care.

    Vision Care Givers International - Nigeria

    Lucky Aziken
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    Lucky's journey with eye care began tragically when his father suffered visual impairment resulting from an armed robbery at his family home. Though the family lived in suburbia, the nearest eye doctor was 300 miles away and unreachable as Lucky’s father could not travel. Realising that many other Nigerians were also suffering due to a lack of quality eye care providers in the country, Lucky became an optometrist. Nigeria’s primary eye care services have proven untenable due to healthcare system challenges, and it was in this context that Lucky founded Vision Care Givers International, a non-profit with a mission to provide sustainable access to affordable eye care services.

    Lucky’s One Young World journey began at the 2019 Summit in London. The Summit built upon his belief in resilience and adaptive leadership and prepared him for the challenges of the pandemic. He has also been actively involved in other One Young World initiatives, including receiving mentorship, support and guidance through a One Young World coaching programme. Vision Care Givers International created 50 hand wash stations while providing 5,694 prison inmates with antiseptic soap and hand sanitiser as part of its COVID-19 response. Around 450 marginalised children in correctional facilities also received hygiene products at this time. 45 students were trained on how to make these products for both their personal use and for wider distribution.

    The organisation has generated a significant impact through its eye care programmes, with over 20,000 people having accessed quality eye care in Nigeria and Malawi. Under Lucky’s leadership, it has established sustainable vision care centres powered by solar panels in underprivileged communities. Vision Care Givers International also has a significant outreach programme, reaching 150,000 people in 187 countries through its online presence and accumulating over a million active listeners on its eye health radio show.

    "The key words for me during the One Young World Summit were resilience and adaptive leadership. Every session I attended reinforced it. It reinforced my desire to stand up for vulnerable groups and tailor all our project objectives to meet with the Sustainable Development Goals."

    Sickle Cell Cares Foundation

    The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation provides screening for neonates at risk of sickle-cell anaemia, while also providing support to parents of diagnosed children.

    Sickle Cell Cares Foundation - Dominica

    Kellyn George
    Ambassador-led Initiative



    The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation was founded by Kellyn George in 2013 to address the disconnect between the high prevalence of sickle cell disease in Dominica and its low priority in public health discussions and care. Sickle cell is a significant issue in the Caribbean region, with 15% of adults in nearby Jamaica at risk of having a child afflicted by the disease [1]. The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation initially focused on raising awareness and public education, before working actively to improve access to trauma and life-saving technology in 2015.

    Kellyn felt that the One Young Summit, which she attended in 2015 in Bangkok, solidified that she was on the right track and that her work was valuable. It gave her hope, renewed confidence, and an appreciation for other young leaders from across the globe. Since then, the foundation has developed a screening programme targeting newborns and young children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. Screening at this early stage provides healthcare professionals and families with the necessary information to lower lifetime costs significantly through the implementation of health and lifestyle changes.

    In 2021, the Sickle Cell Cares Foundation targeted 100 newborns. The process is parent-friendly and inclusive, with Kellyn personally providing support and guidance where she can. The organisation also continues to work with previous cohorts, with hopes to eventually establish a specialist clinic for this purpose. It has also provided health and hygiene kits to hurricane-affected areas, particularly areas where a high percentage of the population lives with sickle cell disease.

    "Attending the One Young World Summit solidified that I am on the right path and doing something well and something valuable because globally we live in a world where these things are not highlighted as much. It gave me hope and renewed confidence."

    Waste to Opportunity - Honduras

    Laura Palmese
    Ambassador-led Initiative

    Entire ecosystems and small-island economies are at risk from marine pollution, a fact that became apparent to Laura as she attended her first beach cleanup in 2009. Thirteen years later, she is a social entrepreneur with a proven track record of achieving impact, responsible for the Waste to Opportunity initiative in the Bay Islands.

    Upon moving to Roatán, Laura identified the various challenges faced by pickers on the frontlines of the waste crisis. She partnered with the Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA) to form the Waste to Opportunity initiative, to assist these informal recyclers in municipal dumps.

    In 2018, Laura was recognised for this by Mary Robinson and One Young World, receiving a $6,660 grant to expand her work.

    “Receiving the award from Mary Robinson herself gave me self-confidence and more trust in the project.”

    With the help of BICA, Laura provided 30 low-income recyclers with personal protection equipment, motorcycle trailers for transportation, and machinery to process glass. This has vastly improved their safety and working conditions. Laura and the team also adapted to new challenges posed by the pandemic and the resultant loss of tourism that significantly affected the work available to low-income recyclers.

    Laura helped to prevent starvation among the workers by providing them with essential relief in the form of emergency food bags. Laura and the organisation continue to generate impact, recently securing a new global grant with The Rotary Foundation for which she credits the recognition provided by Mary Robinson.

    “Attending the One Young World Summit gave me the opportunity to get to know other ideas and people working to improve the planet. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with other leaders, and that contributes to improving my leadership skills.”

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