Charles founded Maestros Leadership Team to inspire young people to develop leadership qualities by increasing the quality of the education they receive and improving their future employment prospects. Maestros currently operates in 18 countries across Africa, reaching almost 70,000 young people across several project streams. Maestros Leadership Team is the social impact branch of Maestros Leadership Company, an organisation that specialises in professional training and development.
SDG 13 - Climate Action
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.
As Deputy Director of Fundacion Para La Tierra, Joseph co-founded Voces de la Naturaleza in late 2015 as a forum to teach children and adults about the environment. In August 2018, the Foundation was running nine eco-clubs in six communities, teaching 150 children about the natural world each week. It had also hosted five seasonal winter camps to reach more than 250 children in communities that did not yet have access to regular club meetings.
Prince co-founded Coliba Ghana in 2016 to address the issue of plastic pollution and to promote environmental sustainability. Coliba Ghana currently operates 40 recycling centres in Accra plus 16 across Cote D’ivoire, and has recycled 700 tons of waste in total.
Salem started Accelerate EV in 2018 as a one-stop-shop for consumers in the United States to learn about the benefits of driving electric vehicles. The website compiles available resources so that consumers can easily access all the information they need to guide their buying decisions when considering purchasing a new car.
Donald co-founded Green’Act in Senegal two years ago in order to promote recycling in schools. 2,500 children have received two hours of education about recycling and they have collected over 500 kg of plastic. They have won $10,000 from two different competitions to put towards their work. Donald put in around 3,300 hours while setting up the organisation.
Rana founded “I Decide” to educate young people from disadvantaged demographics on a variety of topics including environmentalism, reusability, and skills training. Rana volunteered her own time teaching employment skills to a group of young Palestinians in a Lebanese refugee camp. She has provided a two day skills training workshop, plus a series of art workshops over one month to teach children under 10 years old about the environment and climate change.
In 2014 Aushim created MK Aromatics Limited in Thailand to help address the issue of plastic waste causing landfill and environmental damage. With the use of state-of-the-art technology, his company converts 6,000 tonnes of non-recyclable post-consumer waste plastics to 4 million litres of petroleum annually, saving 7,000 tonnes of greenhouse.
Working for Wildlife Works, Joseph uses novel ways to educate people in his local rural community in Kenya about environmental conservation and climate change. He lives in the Tsavo Conservation area of Kenya, a dryland forest of nearly 500,000 acres and home to over 20 species of bats, 300 species of birds and 50 species of large mammals, including IUCN Red List species such as Grevy’s Zebra, Cheetah, Lion, African Wild Dog as well as over 2,000 African elephants.
Yolanda helps Pacific Island communities to adapt to climate change and the erosion of their land due to rising sea levels. She co-leads the programme which ranges from a small six school pilot project in just one island to a robust 50 school program across eight islands in two different countries. Through this programme over 10,000 students have been taught about climate change and adaptation. Dozens of communities in all the islands are empowered to take matters into their own hands and develop their own community action plans.