Your monthly list: 17 top initiatives you need to know about

In an effort to further share the incredible work of the OYW Ambassador community, we’ve launched our monthly list of top projects you need to know about.

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The Ambassador behind the global campaign #CaawiWalaal to relieve famine in Somalia

Caawi Walaal means “brother/sister help” in Somali and is the name of a remarkable youth volunteer movement that has delivered more than US$18,000 in aid to victims of the famine currently ravaging large parts of Somalia.

The project is rooted in social media and recognisable by its #CaawiWalaal hashtag but its achievements on the ground are very real, such as the recent provision of vital water trucks over a 30-day period to three camps in the stricken region of Baidoa.

Haitian Ambassador leads youth exchange platform between Haiti and the world

​ELAN Haiti is the very first international conference of young leaders in Haiti. It unites 100 young Haitians, diaspora and internationals who share a common desire to act positively for the development of Haiti. It aims to be a platform to channel inspiration, energy and passion that will lead to the creation of innovative joint youth-led action projects.

“They are branding us as terrorists.”

Young leaders from the seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens have been banned from entering the United States by Donald Trump have called on young people worldwide to make a stand against the controversial policy.

When Mr Trump made the controversial order, Libyan One Young World Ambassador Hajer Sharief was in New York City attending a high-level debate at the United Nations on sustainable development and peace. “This ban identifies me as a terrorist,” she complained.

Ambassador Erin Schrode shot at Standing Rock protests

Early yesterday, activist and journalist Erin Schrode was shot with a rubber bullet by police at the Standing Rock protests in Cannon Ball, North Dakota whilst interviewing a peaceful protester live on camera for Fusion.

She said, “I was standing innocently onshore, not making any aggressive gestures, never exchanging a single word with the police who fired at my lower back from their boat.”

Watch as Erin was shot live on camera. Warning: the contents of the video are graphic.

This Ambassador won $1 million in start-up capital

We at One Young World are proud of Ambassador Leslie Ossete of the Republic of Congo for receiving the internationally-renown Hult Prize, the world’s largest student social enterprise competition. Team ‘Magic Bus’, comprised of Leslie and three fellow Earlham College classmates, was selected out of a pool of 25,000 applicants to win $1 million in start-up capital. President Bill Clinton personally awarded the prize at the Clinton Global Initiative Final this week.