Impact Report 2019

One Young World is proud to share the fifth Impact Report produced for the Ambassador Community, based on the Social Return on Investment methodology inspired by Social Value UK and devised in discussion with PwC.

Fifty Ambassador-led initiatives were chosen for evaluation to represent the diversity of the One Young World Ambassador Community. They were selected to represent all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and eight geographic regions – Europe, Asia, MENA, Africa, North America, Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania.

The average Social Return on Investment ratio for the One Young World community is 1:15, meaning that an investment of $1 delivers $15 value in terms of positive social impact.

In addition to the Report and in celebration of the organisation's 10th Anniversary, One Young World produced a short film highlighting a decade of outstanding impact by the Ambassador Community.


people directly impacted by projects measured in 2019


people directly impacted by Ambassador projects since 2010

sroi 2019

In 2019 for every US $1 invested, One Young World Ambassadors deliver US $15 of social value.

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Skate Brothers

SkateBrothers has built the first-ever skate park in Honduras providing young people with a safe haven, free from violence and the pressure to become a gang member.

Skate Brothers - Honduras

Jessel Recinos
Ambassador-led Initiative



At the age of 16, Jessel fell victim to gang violence when he was shot in the back and almost killed. After recovering from this horrific incident, Jessel decided to use his experience to make a positive change in his community. He founded SkateBrothers, a youth club with the purpose of engaging young Hondurans into a supportive network that rejects gang culture and promotes community cohesion. SkateBrothers has been running for seven years, and it has built the first ever skate park in Honduras. The park provides young people with a safe haven, free from violence and the pressure to become a gang member.

Honduras has one of the highest rates of homicide per capita in the world, often resulting from gang violence. The threat of violence has forced many people to flee their homes, with families migrating north in the hope that they will be provided refuge in the United States. At least 700 young people have been positively engaged through SkateBrothers. The park has given them a place to meet and collaborate in a social setting they can call their own. Young people are able to develop both their sporting abilities and their social skills, whilst gaining a support network that shuns violence. SkateBrothers is also working on a nutritional programme that will help low-income families gain access to food.

Madiba & Nature

Ismael founded Madiba & Nature to help preserve the livelihoods of fishermen whilst also addressing the issue of plastic pollution. 

Madiba & Nature - Cameroon

Ismael Essome Ebone
Ambassador-led Initiative



Ismael founded Madiba & Nature in 2016 to help preserve the livelihoods of fishermen whilst also addressing the issue of plastic pollution. Madiba & Nature collects waste plastic bottles and uses them to create eco-boats. Plastic waste is collected through using eco-bins. In total, 37 boats have been made so far, with each boat needing 1,000 plastic bottles for construction.

Ismael grew up in a fishing town in Cameroon, where he saw that fishing was becoming less profitable due to pollution driving down the numbers of fish. As a result, young people were forced to move to cities to find alternative work. Trained as an engineer, Ismael was shocked to see that the only organisations working to protect the environment in Cameroon were international and foreign organisations. He founded Madiba & Nature to address the issue of pollution, using his professional skills to design a plastic boat that promotes the circular economy and reduces pollution through utilising recycled plastic bottles. These plastic eco-boats are cheap to build and repair, while costing less than half the price of traditional wooden boats. Fishermen can also use these eco-boats to access hard to reach fishing waters that are not accessible by wooden canoes. Eco-boats are also used to give boat rides to environmentally conscious tourists. This helps to generate income for the project, helping them collect more waste plastic and provide more boats to people who can benefit. Madiba & Nature also runs programmes coaching young students and engineers on entrepreneurship in green business. The organisation has also installed eco-bins, made out of plastic bottles, to help collect more plastic waste.

Ismael was a delegate speaker at the One Young World Summit 2018 The Hague. After returning home from the Summit, fellow Ambassador Carlotta L. Giacché got in touch to offer support and began providing pro bono business planning and funding application advice to Madiba & Nature. Media outlets in Cameroon also approached Ismael to recount his experience in The Hague upon his return. Due to the increased visibility gained from the Summit, Madiba & Nature was also invited by the regional directorate of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation to present its work and hosted a scientific seminar to local business leaders and politicians.


Learn more about Solid’Africa, an organization working with 3,000 patients across two hospitals in Kigali.

Solid'Africa - Rwanda

Isabelle Kamariza
Ambassador-led Initiative



Isabelle founded Solid’Africa to help provide an integrated service to patients in hospitals in Rwanda.

Solid’Africa works with 3,000 patients across two hospitals in Kigali. Solid’Africa runs several different projects to help people without adequate access to healthcare.

The Gemura project provides meals for hospital patients from low income backgrounds, feeding 400 people on a daily basis. The food for this programme primarily comes from the two farms run by Solid’Africa. Hospitals in Rwanda do not provide food as part of their basic care, so Gemura is an essential lifeline for people unable to buy food daily.

Gombora is a project that supports people to pay off their hospital bills as well as providing subsidies for outpatient appointments, and travel to and from the hospital. Solid’Africa also supports people with specialist treatment needs by helping to fundraise for their treatments. Isabelle wants to promote a holistic approach to healthcare that includes access to food, water and hygiene as well as medical oversight.

The organisation has also installed three water tanks in two hospitals to help people have reliable access to clean water. In addition Solid’Africa has provided patients with basic hygiene necessities such as soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper, sanitary towels and blankets. Solid’Africa plans to build a kitchen on site that will have the capacity to feed 1,000 patients three times per day. Solid’Africa also engages in advocacy work, lobbying the hospitals to provide better conditions for patients.

Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT)

Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT) provides young people with skills training and to promote peace in northern Nigeria.

Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT) - Nigeria

Imrana Alhaji Buba
Ambassador-led Initiative



Imrana founded the Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT) in 2010 to provide young people with skills training and to promote peace in northern Nigeria, directly impacting 6,000 people to date.

The organisation aims to unite young people against violent extremism in the country through its Security Awareness Campaign.

According to the United Nations, terror organisations such as Boko Haram have displaced more than 1.7 million people from their homes in recent years. The Security Awareness Campaign helps to educate people about signs of extremism and violence to help prevent radicalisation. This campaign has reached 1,500 people so far. Having experienced trauma in the past, Imrana established counselling services and training programmes to help victims of violence overcome emotional trauma and reject reactive violence. This is done through the Peace Education and Mentorship for Students (PEMS) programme, which supports survivors of Boko Haram attacks, helping them embrace peace as a solution. 2,000 people have been educated through the PEMS programme.

YOCAT also conducts preventative campaigns by providing training and development opportunities to help unemployed young people find jobs. Extremist groups often utilise economic incentives when recruiting. By increasing the employability of young people in recruitment hotspots, this decreases the likelihood of these individuals being radicalised by such groups. YOCAT also works to provide entrepreneurial training and source start-up capital to encourage young people to start their own businesses when job opportunities are scarce. So far, YOCAT has provided skills training for 2,000 young people in northern Nigeria. The organisation also runs community dialogue sessions to reduce tensions between security personnel and community leaders.

Hasoub - Israel

Hasan Abo Shally
Ambassador-led Initiative



Hasan founded Hasoub to empower young Arab entrepreneurs and technology specialists by equipping them with technical skills and providing them with community support. More than 12,000 people have attended Hasoub lectures, workshops and festivals to date. A further 200 people have developed their technological skills through attending regular training courses. Beginning in his parents’ basement, Hasan wanted to create a community of tech entrepreneurs that could foster innovation and creativity amongst young Arabs. Hasoub has hosted more than 300 events, activities and projects since its inception.

Israel is often referred to as the ‘Startup Nation’, however Arab Israelis are often underrepresented in this space. Arab Israelis comprise only 1.4% of all people working in Israeli high-tech, despite making up 17% of the country’s workforce. Hasoub runs specialist tech events in Arabic, with a level of cultural awareness and inclusivity that makes these events accessible. The organisation has two main strands of programming: Hasoub on Campus and Hasoub in Town. Hasoub on Campus works with university students to create campus based chapters. Five Hasoub chapters have been established across five different universities so far. Hasoub in Town runs regular discussions and annual festivals for people in the local community to become more involved with tech entrepreneurship.

Hasoub also works to develop an appetite for investment amongst young Arab business owners. Through guidance workshops and networking events, Hasoub opens up new avenues of funding for potential emerging tech entrepreneurs by connecting them with second generation business owners interested in new ways of investing. This approach compliments the Hasoub Startup School, which teaches budding entrepreneurs the basics of starting a business. These two groups are then connected to facilitate both an appetite for funding and opportunities for investment in Arab communities across Israel. Hasoub also has plans to open an innovation centre that will service 250,000 people, consisting of a coworking space, educational programmes for children and support for budding entrepreneurs.

Lumni Peru

Read here Lumni Peru, a social investment fund that helps low-income students to complete their university studies.

Lumni Peru - Peru

Felipe Valencia-Dongo
Ambassador-led Initiative



Felipe is the CEO and Fund Manager for Lumni Peru, a social investment fund that helps low-income students to complete their university studies. Lumni Peru has provided higher education funding to more than 1,500 students, mobilising $11 million USD worth of investment. Lumni Peru carefully handpicks high potential students from top tier universities who are facing financial difficulties during their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. It then offers to pay term fees or living expenses for these students using money from the collective fund. In return, selected students agree to pay back a certain proportion of their salary, typically 10-15%, once they begin working. Thus, Lumni Peru has a sustainable long term finance model. This helps investors by generating returns in the long run, whilst also providing struggling students with funding to complete their education. This system enables low income students to secure higher education. That will in turn lead to better employment opportunities that may not have been otherwise accessible.

According to the Peruvian Ministry of Education, in 2014 enrollment of students in urban settings reached 75%, compared to the 30% enrollment rate of students from rural settings. To address this, Lumni Peru can help students from rural areas to pay their fees. This model of human capital investment suits students better than traditional loans because the students are only required to pay back the money once they have a job. This then allows students to make better career choices, since the threat of missing loan repayments does not factor into their outgoings if they are not yet earning.

Lumni Peru also runs programmes to develop the employability skills of their students, further improving their job prospects. The organisation typically funds students studying subjects that are lacking in the job market such as engineering and management. Lumni Peru also teaches students how to manage their finances both during their studies and once they enter the working world.

Fundación Aspirantes - South America [coordinating region]

Felipe Calvo Cepeda
Ambassador-led Initiative



Felipe co-founded Fundación Aspirantes in 2010, with the aim of increasing access to higher education for underprivileged young people in Colombia. Fundación Aspirantes has a network of more than 16,000 people, with 100 people having enrolled in the programme over the past year. The foundation helps individuals to develop their emotional and social skills, as well as their academic capabilities. Fundación Aspirantes focuses on teaching academic skills in preparation for college, with a curriculum covering mathematics, critical reading, social sciences, natural sciences and abstract reasoning. Students are also given socioemotional training to develop their soft skills through activities such as community service, art projects and other extracurriculars.

Due to the visibility provided at the One Young World 2017 Bogotá Summit, Fundación Aspirantes was profiled by a range of media and news outlets within Colombia. As a result of this, more than 500 young people reached out and expressed interest in enrolling in their college preparation programme. Felipe and his team have partnered with other social enterprises to design the syllabus of a course for the reintegration of ex-combatants in order to boost their academic skills and help them access higher education.

Felipe also joined forces with other Colombian One Young World Ambassadors to design Lidera el Cambio, a new platform to inspire, boost and connect initiatives of emerging leaders in Colombia.

Casa Voluntaria

After the devastating earthquakes that shook Mexico in September 2017, Estefania formed a network of voluntary architects and designers to help vulnerable people reconstruct their homes called Casa

Casa Voluntaria - Mexico

Estefania Henkel
Ambassador-led Initiative



After the devastating earthquakes that shook Mexico in September 2017, Estefania co-founded Casa Voluntaria.

Along with fellow architects and engineers, they formed a network of voluntary designers to help vulnerable people reconstruct their homes. Their aim is to reach populations in places affected by disasters, focusing primarily on elderly people and those with mobility issues. Casa Voluntaria primarily works in the small town of Asunción Ixtaltepec, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region.

Casa Voluntaria initially consults the families in need, and then matches them with an architecture studio that has registered its interest in participating in the project. They design the house based on the family’s needs, make final arrangements with a structural engineer, and then build the home with a team of volunteers at a fraction of the cost the family would have otherwise paid. This helps families to build structurally sound, well designed properties that will be more resistant to similar natural disasters in the future. The organisation also helps local businesses to reconstruct their premises by helping to rebuild and repair damaged brick manufacturing units after an earthquake.

Casa Voluntaria has also helped to make useful connections for institutions in the local community, such as connecting a large organisation with a school in Asuncion Ixtaltepec, which resulted in an investment of 16 million pesos to rebuild the school. The school was completed in January 2019 and welcomes children from five nearby communities.

Estefania has also been involved in a project to design small temporary shelters in Mexico for immigrants from Central America travelling to the United States. Casa Voluntaria built and designed a small module of bathrooms in a base along the travel route, helping to provide safe facilities and to protect the privacy of migrants during their stay in Mexico.

Village Health Action

Read about how Village Health Action is preventing the spread of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through education and empowerment.

Village Health Action - Burundi

Egide Haragirimana
Ambassador-led Initiative



Egide co-founded Village Health Action in 2012 to help prevent the spread of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through education and empowerment. Village Health Action provides clinical services to drug users, helping the rehabilitation process and facilitating social reinsertion. Village Health Action has treated 2,800 drug users to date and conducted sensitisation and education training sessions with a further 6,000 people. Many of these drug addicts are young people, so Village Health Action helps them to overcome their dependency and return to school to complete their education. The organisation also conducts mobile education sessions, where the team travels to communities with high rates of drug abuse to educate locals about the dangers of drug use and how to minimise the risk of spreading HIV. The rate of HIV infection in Burundi remains high and can be easily spread through the improper use of needles. Village Health Action thus works to increase education and minimise the risk of spreading NCDs whilst also helping people to overcome drug dependency and become active members of society.

Egide also works on a project called Empower Youth through Vocational Skills to help young people to develop their skills and become productive participants of the national economy. Burundi is one of the 15 countries in the world with the highest unemployment rates, according to the UN International Labour Organization. Therefore, it is critical that young Burundians are trained to be competitive internationally, as well as having the skills to create their own jobs. Young people are taught skills such as English language and computer literacy.

The Youth Empowerment project started off as an initiative to help medical students to learn medical English to help them access opportunities abroad. From this, Egide saw the need for students in other faculties to have access to language and development skills to improve their competitiveness both domestically and abroad. Egide also co-founded the Burundi Medical Journal to help young doctors to publish their work with a view to improving the quality of research.

Wheeling Happiness

Read about Wheeling Happiness and their incredible work improving the lives of disabled people around the world.

Wheeling Happiness - India

Devika Malik
Ambassador-led Initiative



Devika co-founded Wheeling Happiness to promote inclusion and to advocate for better access to opportunities for people living with physical and mental disabilities. Wheeling Happiness has impacted more than 10,000 people through advocacy work, sports inclusion programmes and providing accessibility aids.

As an international para-athlete with eight national & three international medals, Devika and her team work to encourage people with disabilities to take up sports by connecting them with accessible facilities and providing sporting aids when necessary. People with disabilities have a difficult time finding sporting facilities or equipment that is inclusive, and so Wheeling Happiness has built a network of local providers and sports players who are willing to help. Almost 40 people have been introduced to the world of inclusive sport, with 500 accessibility items having been provided to people unable to fund their own specialist equipment.

Wheeling Happiness also works to facilitate greater societal change in India through outreach and advocacy programmes and consulting projects. Devika works with major corporate entities across India to advise them on inclusive hiring practices and customer service. One example of this is working with Indigo Airlines for over a year to train all ground staff and porters nationally on how to best interact with disabled passengers. This sensitivity training is crucial to ensuring that all passengers receive the same level of customer service, regardless of their disability or mobility issues. Wheeling Happiness also conducts accessibility audits for corporate offices to show businesses how to make spaces more inclusive for staff and customers.

After attending One Young World 2018 The Hague Summit, Devika’s foundation has started a campaign to educated people with disabilities about the Sustainable Development Goals. The Disability Awareness Outreach Program in Rural North India aims to acquaint over 5,000 rural people with disabilities with the SDGs as well as their rights and provisions as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act India 2016. The pilot workshop has already impacted 200 individuals.

Project FUEL

Learn about how Project Fuel is collecting and sharing life lessons to motivate and empower young people across the world.

Project FUEL - India

Deepak Ramola
Ambassador-led Initiative



Deepak founded Project FUEL as a way of recording and sharing life lessons in an impactful way. Project FUEL has collected more than 100,000 life lessons, sharing them with more than 300,000 people so far. Humans learn a great deal through lived experience, but this knowledge is not formally written or taught anywhere, so Deepak started Project FUEL as a way to collect and share the knowledge that people have gained throughout life. Project FUEL has both collected and given lessons to people around the world, including those living in refugee camps in France, Germany and Greece. Wisdom learnt from life lessons is often transferable and can benefit all learners. Project FUEL seeks to build a community of young adults who live, learn and share to make meaningful psycho-social and emotional contribution to themselves and to society at large.

The Project has four main pillars: education, art, media and events. The education strand crafts modules and curriculums out of life lessons to pass on in a more structured fashion. One example of this is using the experiences of sex workers to teach business students about the art of negotiation and bartering. Project FUEL also uses art to spread messages through life lessons. One such project, coined ‘The Wise Wall’, brings abandoned villages to life by painting brightly coloured motifs on empty buildings. This has the double effect of both spreading the lessons learnt by fellow man whilst also bringing media coverage and external support to the few families left in these abandoned villages. The media and film element of the project showcases personal stories through film documentaries, shows and written and spoken blogs. Deepak believes in the power of unconventional educational methods to keep the stories in the minds of the learners. The fourth strand consists of live experiential events where the concepts of life lessons are shared through conversational dialogues and guided discussions.

The Clothing Collective - South Africa

Daniel Machlup, Natalie Bentel
Ambassador-led Initiative



Daniel founded The Clothing Collective in late 2018 as a way to both recycle unwanted clothes and help provide unemployed women from underprivileged areas with opportunities to generate income. The Clothing Collective has received 100,000 South African Rand worth of donated clothing in five months. Daniel, who was later joined by Natalie, was inspired to start the Collective after seeing the effective use of large clothing banks in public places across other countries.

Second-hand clothing is donated into large collection containers, which is then sorted and redistributed, for resale, to unemployed mothers in the informal settlements in Johannesburg, South Africa. The women that receive the clothing are trained and guided with the appropriate business skills so that they are able to create businesses for themselves. The goal is to empower these women with sustainable businesses. Daniel and the team decided to place these collection containers in prominent public spaces such as shopping centres and workplaces so that the scheme would be visible and attract donations. The containers feature posters that show the benefits generated by donating used clothing. The Clothing Collective has installed one collection container to date, with plans to expand to new locations in local businesses and public buildings over 2019. The Clothing Collective partners with The Clothing Bank, an organisation that trains unemployed mothers on how to start a business and manage finances. The Clothing Bank collects the donated clothes and sells them to women at a competitive price, allowing these women to sell these items in the informal economy to make a profit. The money generated by the Clothing Bank is then used to train more unemployed mothers in business management, whilst the women are able to use the money that they generate to manage their businesses and homes.

Chicas en Tecnología - Argentina

Carolina Hadad
Ambassador-led Initiative



Chicas en Tecnología is closing the gender gap in technology by inspiring teenage girls to become creators and problem solvers instead of just consumers of technology. More than 1,600 girls are part of the Chicas en Tecnologia community. Some projects have been selected for corporate or government sponsorship, while others have been featured in the broadcast media.

Co-founded by Carolina, Chicas en Tecnología runs intensive ‘hack’ style events, as well as longer term after-school programmes. In both cases, girls team up to form groups of three to identify and execute a technology solution to a social problem under the guidance of a mentor. One example of a successful app created through the programme is 5ntar. The 5ntar app aims to reduce street harassment by allowing users to record instances of harassment on a map to identify unsafe areas and increase visibility of the crime. This app was incubated by the Argentine Government and received an award from the Buenos Aires Congress, resulting in substantial media coverage. Other successful projects include the app StopBull, aimed at helping victims of bullying, and InstaStudy, a productivity app that blocks access to distracting applications on your phone. Chicas en Tecnología currently operates 134 weekly clubs in 14 provinces, impacting 1,420 girls. There have been seven editions of the intensive Programming a Better World hack with a total of 192 participants.

Members of Chicas en Tecnología attend regular community meetings where students learn programming, leadership and entrepreneurship with help from the pool of mentors. The older members of the club often return to mentor the younger members once they have become university students. Chicas en Tecnologia is set to expand its programmes to reach more regions in Argentina. The organisation plans to create an ecosystem of schools, mentors, companies and institutions that want to close the gender gap in technology, by providing both the knowledge and tools to close the gap

Men Na Nekk - Senegal

Brice Dier Koue
Ambassador-led Initiative



Brice leads the Men Na Nekk project to reduce the risk of violent extremism spreading into Senegal. Men Na Nekk has taught 900 school children and 450 school leavers about countering violent extremism, and equipped them with practical skills that will help them to be financially independent in the future. Senegal is a relatively peaceful country, but neighbouring states including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali have experienced political unrest and terrorist attacks in recent years. Brice’s work focuses on cities bordering Senegal, such as Kedougou, located near the Mali border. Mali suffers from violent extremism, thus this work acts as a preventative measure to ensure young people in these border communities have access to opportunities and resources which can support a sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. As a result, young people in the region are less susceptible to being radicalised, and this contributes to the prevention of extremism in Senegal.

Men Na Nekk focuses on education and employment training to ensure young people in South East Senegal have access to economic opportunities that can provide a stable income. This region is rich in natural resources, however, the local population lacks the access to them as they are often sold to foreign companies. Many of these jobs and opportunities are then granted to foreign employees, restricting locals from reaping the economic advantages that these companies offer. Men Na Nekk seeks to bridge this gap by providing local young people with the knowledge and experience they need to survive in the local economy, reducing the risk of recruitment to extremists groups through promises of money and opportunities. Brice attended One Young World 2018 The Hague as a Peace Ambassador, where he was able to learn how different people define extremism in their own countries, and about alternative approaches to CVE which he later implemented in his work


Learn more about WSV's innovative 'business in a box' model for international development.

WSV - United Kingdom

Bradley Heslop
Ambassador-led Initiative



Bradley co-founded WSV as a sustainable approach to international development. With the support of Enactus and the University of Southampton, WSV has developed three main business models that have enabled people with low economic prospects to generate income, whilst providing a service that benefits the community.

The three ‘business in a box’ models have impacted more than 30,000 people to date. Right Light aims to provide low income families with solar lighting solutions that reduces their dependence on kerosene. Solar lamps, for example, are often too expensive for low-income households, so Right Light works on a rental system where families can temporarily rent out lamps. This allows them to benefit from access to clean renewable energy without having to put forward funds they cannot afford. Currently, 2,000 Right Light lamps are in circulation, preventing more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through the use of kerosene. The second project, Roots, converts human waste into liquid and solid fertilisers, helping farmers to increase their crop yields by three-fold. Through this project, toilet cubicles are constructed in areas without adequate access to sanitation. The waste is then collected and converted into fertiliser, which is later sold on to farmers. This helps to address hygiene and sanitation needs whilst also increasing agricultural productivity. The Petal initiative enables budding entrepreneurs to make their own reusable sanitary pads which can then be sold. Petal entrepreneurs have sold 35,000 packs of reusable pads to date. WSV also has plans to roll out a new business initiative called Jua Maji, that distills drinking water from fish pond water, purifying water through the passive distillation process.

After attending One Young World 2017 Bogotá, Bradley joined forces with The Circle of Young Intrapreneurs and Enactus to organise the Action Accelerator programme at the Enactus World Cup in October 2018.