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2018 Awards List
GoMakeADifference is delighted to announce grant awards for 31 projects to support UWC students, to live the UWC mission after they graduate this summer. 2018 will see UWC students making a difference in Africa, Asia, Americas, Middle East and Europe. The total value of grants awarded for 2018 is $30,000.
81 applications were received from 17 UWC schools and colleges. For the first time students from UWC Costa Rica, UWC Thailand and UWC ISAK Japan will be receiving GoMakeADifference grants.
Talking about the grant scheme, co-founder Colin Habgood said, “Jill and I were overwhelmed by the number of applications we received this year. With more than 80 applications to consider it made the process of assessing which projects should be awarded a grant very interesting and challenging. The standard of applications was high - innovative projects, with well-thought through and budgeted plans, demonstrating significant levels of commitment from students to live the UWC mission immediately after they graduate”.
Jill Longson (co-founder) added: “It is inspiring to see the initiatives UWC students have proposed to GoMakeADifference this year. Applications were so thought-provoking and reading each one of them was a truly humbling experience. Unfortunately, it is not possible for every application to be awarded a grant, but we hope that those students we couldn’t support, can somehow use their planning and thinking as a catalyst to fund and deliver their projects in another way”.
From the 81 applications received, 31 UWC mission aligned and diverse projects will be supported across the following regions: 15 in Africa, 9 in Asia, 4 in Americas and 3 in the Middle East and Europe.
Examples of projects awarded grants:
- “Less Tear Drops, More Water Drops”, to be run by Pelin Turkmen (UWC Mostar) - providing a sustainable function of clean purified water for 600 families in Jinja, Uganda. The project consists of building a solar water pump that will include a water treatment system.
- “Project Krishna” from Apoorba Misra (UWC ISAK Japan) - providing basic living necessities of clean water and electricity, to a rehabilitated village of tribal communities in India who lost their lands to coal mining.
- "I am not a criminal” will be run by Hei Kiu Au and Gwyneth Goh (UWC LPC). They plan to raise awareness in various schools (Hong Kong and Malaysia), regarding the issue of refugees in Malaysia.
- “Let's give them the power” by Kiswendsida Yvonne Mathilde (UWC Robert Bosch College) - assisting women, in particular widows, in rural areas, providing skills and essentials to start local chicken farming on a small scale.
- “B for Bricks” led by Roba Anna Wani Justus Lobworong (UWC Thailand) - creating sustainable projects to support educational development, rebuilding schools that have been affected by natural disasters one brick at time through the sales of customised bags, straws and covers.
- “Revitalizing the Extraordinary Seeds of Swaziland”, led by Vanessa Chonyera and Angelo Kristian Dumaraog (UWC Waterford) - implementing a sustainable agricultural plot for the Motjane Hope House orphanage in Swaziland to help provide basic needs for the Motjane community, of 150 children.
Everyone at GoMakeADifference look forward to receiving the insightful end of project reports from UWC projects leaders on how you get on, what you have learnt and what you then reflect on. We wish you well! We would like to thank all who applied and the local UWC school/college coordinators who helped promote the award scheme.
And of course we hope next year’s graduating UWC students will be inspired by these initiatives and will start to think about how you too can make a difference in the near future and as Jill says “live the UWC mission!”
|Project Title||Project Leader(s)||College(s)||Project Location|
|Project Title: A Second Chance||Project Leader(s): Joelle Powe||College: UWC Maastricht||Project Location: Kingston, Jamaica|
|Project Title: Keeping Our Future Generation Safe||Project Leader(s): Mojekwu Peace Chiagoziem||College: UWC Red Cross Nordic||Project Location: Benue State, Nigeria|
|Project Title: Rhi-Zone||Project Leader(s): Yuyang Wu & Jiaying Wu||College: UWC Dilijan||Project Location: Dilijan, Armenia|
|Project Title: Better Environment for Better Education||Project Leader(s): Novilhelha Moleni||College: UWC Red Cross Nordic||Project Location: Malawi, South East Africa.|
|Project Title: Pula le Nala ho bohle (Rain and prosperity to all)||Project Leader(s): Mamaswatsi Kopeka & Maduo Dijeng||College: UWC Atlantic College||Project Location: Leribe, Lesotho|
|Project Title: Less Tear Drops, More Water Drops||Project Leader(s): Pelin Turkmen||College: UWC Mostar||Project Location: Jinja, Uganda|
|Project Title: Vijana Imara- Resilient Teenagers||Project Leader(s): Amandine Goncalves & Kamene Mang'oka||College: Pearson College UWC||Project Location: Murang'a county, Kenya|
|Project Title: "I am not a criminal"||Project Leader(s): Hei Kiu Au & Gwyneth Goh||College: Li Po Chun UWC||Project Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Project Title: Give Them Hope||Project Leader(s): Johan Eudes Soussa||College: UWC Atlantic College||Project Location: Congo Brazzaville|
|Project Title: Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future (YLFSF)||Project Leader(s): Paul Gabriel L. Cosme||College: UWC Robert Bosch College||Project Location: Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Project Title: Project Krishna||Project Leader(s): Apoorba Misra||College: ISAK Japan||Project Location: Singrauli, India|
|Project Title: Give Nepali children a voice in a safe space||Project Leader(s): Eline Kormelink & Anastasija Stevanovic||College: UWC Adriatic||Project Location: Prasouni, Nepal|
|Project Title: EnDGas||Project Leader(s): Chia-Lun Yang & Eleftheria- Sofia Dragoti||College: UWC Dilijan||Project Location: Dilijan, Armenia|
|Project Title: Masigla Jeepney||Project Leader(s): Dominique Aluquin||College: UWC Costa Rica||Project Location: Muntinlupa City, Philippines|
|Project Title: B for Bricks||Project Leader(s): Roba Anna Wani Justus Lobworong & Sanam Tamang||College: UWC Thailand||Project Location: Phuket, Nepal|
|Project Title: Skills for Keeps, an Initiative for Innovation||Project Leader(s): Ingowari Erenyanate & Ifunanya Maduka||College: UWC South East Asia||Project Location: Lagos, Nigeria|
|Project Title: Britain’s Forgotten History: Zimbabwe||Project Leader(s): Madeleine Isobel Anstruther & Alexi Johnstone||College: UWC Changshu China||Project Location: UK & Zimbabwe|
|Project Title: Peace and Maya||Project Leader(s): Vitoria Andrade Carnier||College: UWC South East Asia||Project Location: Tanahun District, Nepal|
|Project Title: China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Youth Conference||Project Leader(s): Youngwoo Kim & Xueying Wang||College: UWC Changshu China||Project Location: Changshu, China|
|Project Title: Botho Connect||Project Leader(s): Saigopal Rangaraj & Sparsh Gautam||College: UWC Mahindra College & Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Gaborone, Botswana|
|Project Title: HEAL- Home for English Acquisition and Learning||Project Leader(s): Jaze Tran & David Dimech||College: UWC Maastricht||Project Location: Dak Lak Province, VietNam|
|Project Title: Let's give them the power!||Project Leader(s): Kiswendsida Yvonne Mathilde||College: UWC Robert Bosch College||Project Location: Saponè, Burkina Faso|
|Project Title: Balkan Leadership Initiative short course 2018||Project Leader(s): Joana Lame & Valdrin Halitjaha||College: UWC Maastricht||Project Location: Tirana, Albania|
|Project Title: Yalla Adriatic||Project Leader(s): Sara Abdel Malak & Mustafa Kharnoub||College: UWC Adriatic||Project Location: Lebanon|
|Project Title: La 72; que la conozca el mundo||Project Leader(s): José Ginocchio & José Luis Treviño Illsley||College: UWC Adriatic||Project Location: Tabasco, México|
|Project Title: Put your color! Mets ta couleur!||Project Leader(s): Takashi Yabuta & François Lépine- Cossette||College: UWC Atlantic College||Project Location: Québec, Canada|
|Project Title: Volleyball Revolution||Project Leader(s): Cecília Gomes||College: Li Po Chun UWC||Project Location: Luanda, Angola|
|Project Title: Keep it Flowing||Project Leader(s): Sparsh Gautam & Vishal Navin||College: Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Hawane, Swaziland|
|Project Title: CathuloLetibovu||Project Leader(s): Nomonde Nyathi & Phuthumile Nxumalo||College: Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Nkambeni, Swaziland|
|Project Title: Revitalizing the Extraordinary Seeds of Swaziland||Project Leader(s): Vanessa Chonyera & Angelo Kristian Dumaraog||College: Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Swaziland|
|Project Title: Metsi Arona (Our Water)||Project Leader(s): Vanessa Meyer & Tinaye Mawocha||College: Waterford Kamhlaba UWC||Project Location: Mahalapye, Botswana|
The Go Make A Difference initiative is one of the more progressive ways of helping the underprivileged. The GoMakeADifference initiative actually funds projects that truly understand the needs and desires of the local community. The GoMakeADifference funding has been beneficial in making a difference in improving lives across the world, in areas both near and far.
— Chizitera Njoku (AC12), Yam Production in Nigeria