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2017 Awards List
GoMakeADifference has this year been expanded with a total of $30,000 being awarded to 30 UWC projects to go and make a difference immediately after they graduate.
2017 will see UWC students deliver community projects to make a difference in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Applications were received for the first time from UWC Waterford Khambhala, UWC Robert Bosch and UWC Changshu showing that GoMakeADifference is now reaching across the UWC movement.
There were a significant number of applications to choose from and deciding on which projects should be worthy of an award proved difficult. Applications were awarded on the originality of the project, the level of impact and sustainability they will have, the level of personal development and challenge for the students and their likelihood for success.
The founders, Colin Habgood and Jill Longson, were impressed, as Colin said, “Jill and I were moved by the diversity and quality of projects and the obvious commitment from students. We looked at all the applications in great detail before deciding which projects should be awarded. It is really humbling to see the ideas students have and their desire to go and make a difference. Whilst it is not possible for every application to be awarded a grant, we hope somehow that everyone who applied can use this process as a catalyst to deliver their projects in some way”.
In true UWC spirit, some projects were delivered by students coming together across more than one school/college.
- "Solar Salone" led by Abubakarr Sidique Konneh from UWC LPC and Dominic Hindolo Said from UWC Mahindra seek to provide sustainable and reliable solar panels for school students affected by power shortage in Sierra Leone.
- "I am Malawi" is a project giving youth access to information, internet services, promoting entrepreneurship and teaching skills such as sewing. The project will be delivered by Mungo Casper Ligoya from UWC Dilijan and MaBlda Mchazime from UWC Maastricht.
- "Kenyan Youth for Peace" aims to help youth overcome violence in relation to elections and will be delivered by Nawal Abdulrahman Ali from UWC SEA and Shamim Mohamed from UWC Pearson College.
- "Giving Back Strength" will be delivered by Hadjaratou Gado Alzouma from UWC Mostar and Abdoul Nasser Bounia Yahya from UWC USA, they will be working with women who suffer from obstetric fistula, how to sew and sell their products.
One project worthy of note for interest to potentially all UWC alumni and students is, “The Journey Much Desired” a planned autobiographic novel from John Michael Koffi a UWC Robert Bosch student. The novel follows John Michael’s refugee life in Malawi and later in Swaziland, focusing on the struggles of being a refugee youth with the constant disruption to education and friendships.
Special mention must go to Drishika Dugar and Elizabeth Dowell from UWC Atlantic College for their "E2" (Electronic Education) application. This project plans to install sustainable online libraries powered by solar panels in communities in Nepal that do not have access to books or internet, improving academic performance of the students. This project was perceived as the top application received this year achieving the highest marks against all the assessment criteria. As such, the students will be receiving a $1500 donation in recognition of this.
Everyone at GoMakeADifference looks forward to posting the reports from the successful applications as the projects are delivered and would like to thank everyone who applied and the local UWC co-ordinators who help with the application process.
Hopefully 2018 leavers can be inspired by these projects and can start to think about how they can make a difference in the near future!
|Project Title||Project Leader(s)||College(s)||Project Location|
|Project Title: Veterans' Stories Documentation||Project Leader(s): Brett Robert Fafata, Richard Cheung||College: Li Po Chun UWC||Project Location: Hong Kong SAR, China & Sapporo, Japan|
|Project Title: FAM (Fight Against Malaria)||Project Leader(s): Taibatou Bintou Adamou Garba, Chung Cheuk Ying Audrey||College: Li Po Chun UWC||Project Location: BARA village, Niger|
|Project Title: Resettlement Support for North Korean Defectors||Project Leader(s): Janice Lee, Shermaine Choi||College: Li Po Chun UWC||Project Location: Seoul, South Korea|
|Project Title: Sarawak Heart 2 Heart Entrepreneurship||Project Leader(s): Muhammad Zakwan Bin Haji Mohtadza, Mohamad Irfan Bin Mohamad Azwardi||College: UWC Atlantic College||Project Location: MRSM Betong, Betong, Sarawak, Malaysia|
|Project Title: Solar Salone||Project Leader(s): Abubakarr Sidique Konneh, Dominic Hindolo Said||College: Li Po Chun UWC, UWC Mahindra College||Project Location: Bo, Sierra Leone|
|Project Title: Joy In Action (Burkina Faso)||Project Leader(s): Bamouni Landry Bertrand, Joseph Brew||College: Li Po Chun UWC||Project Location: Bondoukuy (Burkina Faso)|
|Project Title: Boldly Taking Action||Project Leader(s): Desire Uwera, Ketsitseng Tsolo||College: Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Maseru, Lesotho|
|Project Title: Girl Empowerment Swaziland||Project Leader(s): Stella Dlamini, Sitsandziwe Simelane||College: Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Swaziland|
|Project Title: Adriatic Aid - Reaching out to Kibera||Project Leader(s): Ahmed Faiz Hassan Hussein, Anguyo Augustine Michael Modi||College: UWC Adriatic||Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya|
|Project Title: Inspiration for her||Project Leader(s): Nelson McEwen, Hoody Abdul Ballah Kargbo||College: UWC Maastricht||Project Location: Sierra Leone|
|Project Title: Sustainable Itacaré||Project Leader(s): Maria Eugenia Perera Visconti||College: UWC South East Asia||Project Location: Itacaré, Bahía, Brazil|
|Project Title: I am Malawi||Project Leader(s): Mungo Casper Ligoya, Matilda Mchazime||College: UWC Dilijan, UWC Maastricht||Project Location: Malawi|
|Project Title: Save Village Teens Tororo Project||Project Leader(s): Abbo Jackline, Mariasofia Zanoni||College: UWC Atlantic College||Project Location: Nyakesi A, Nyakesi Parish, Rubongi Sub-county, Tororo District|
|Project Title: Dreams and Inspirations||Project Leader(s): Zharina Nikko Tomas Casil||College: UWC Maastricht||Project Location: Luzon and Visayas, Philippines|
|Project Title: The Color of Peace||Project Leader(s): Ofelya Baghdasaryan, Silviya Hovnanyan||College: UWC Dilijan||Project Location: Ukraine|
|Project Title: Love and Care for Ignored Children||Project Leader(s): Su Myat Noe||College: UWC in Mostar||Project Location: Myanmar|
|Project Title: Lasso Fyafulla||Project Leader(s): Anita Tamang, Hari Bahadur Tamang||College: UWC Mahindra College, UWC Red Cross Nordic||Project Location: Nepal|
|Project Title: E² (Electronic Education)||Project Leader(s): Drishika Dugar, Elizabeth Dowell||College: UWC Atlantic College||Project Location: Baglung District, Nepal|
|Project Title: Creating a Sustainable Naija||Project Leader(s): Melie Ekunno||College: UWC Adriatic||Project Location: Abuja, Nigeria|
|Project Title: Kenyan Youth for Peace||Project Leader(s): Nawal Abdulrahman Ali, Shamim Mohamed||College: UWC South East Asia, Pearson College UWC||Project Location: Nairobi|
|Project Title: Aagahi English Workshop Chupo||Project Leader(s): Khuda, Siraj Yash||College: UWC in Mostar||Project Location: Chuporson, Gojal, Gilgit|
|Project Title: Give Back Strength||Project Leader(s): Hadjaratou Gado Alzouma, Abdoul Nasser Bounia Yahya||College: UWC in Mostar, UWC-USA||Project Location: Niamey, Niger|
|Project Title: Harvest For Life||Project Leader(s): Luis Antonio Cervera Bojorquez, Nalina Ali||College: UWC Dilijan||Project Location: Mérida, Yucatán, México|
|Project Title: The Triple R Project||Project Leader(s): Gabrielle Branche, Judith Benk||College: UWC Robert Bosch College||Project Location: Trinidad and Tobago|
|Project Title: Book Book Tuk Tuk Project||Project Leader(s): Socheat Pol, Mean Pring||College: UWC Red Cross Nordic||Project Location: Takhmau Town, Kandal Province, Cambodia|
|Project Title: The Journey Much Desired||Project Leader(s): Koffi John Michael||College: UWC Robert Bosch College||Project Location: Germany|
|Project Title: Construction of a Greenhouse at “Pytoc – Chillaray” School||Project Leader(s): Edson Cadenillas Ñaccha, Juana Nataly Melendez Martos||College: UWC Red Cross Nordic||Project Location: Ayarmaca, Pucyura, Anta, Cusco, Peru|
|Project Title: Wash4Peace||Project Leader(s): Akomea Richard Owusu, Lamine Sega Male||College: UWC Red Cross Nordic||Project Location: Sakyikrom, Eastern Ghana|
|Project Title: Vijana Imara (Resilient Teenagers)||Project Leader(s): Shamim Mohamed Ibrahim, Hannah Brendell||College: Pearson College UWC||Project Location: Mukangu, Kenya|
|Project Title: ASAP Mini-UWC Summer 2017||Project Leader(s): Huahao Zhou, Yuxiang Chen||College: UWC Changshu China||Project Location: Changshu, China|
GoMakeADifference Initiative really allowed me to make a difference somewhere as well as allow me to understand how collaborative work and social engagement can be used to make a positive difference in the world. GoMakeADifference fosters that creativity that you've gained from Atlantic College and makes you understand that you can make a difference and an impact if you put your mind to it.
— Scott Dwyer (AC12), Clara Gurreso (AC12), Siobhan Weber (AC13), Zoological Enrichment of Animals with Nanjing Zoo