The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, are annual cash prizes totaling $200,000. The grand prize is $100,000 with two semi-finalist prizes at $50,000 each. The awards are presented by Alex Waislitz and Global Citizen and recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty.
Wailsitz Global Citizen Award winner
Koketso Moeti, Founder & Executive Director of Amandla.mobi
Koketso Moeti saw the potential of cell phones to amplify the voices of poor women to hold government to account. Working to turn every cell phone into an active citizenship tool, Koketso founded amandla.mobi, a movement of over 200,000 active citizens across South Africa who campaign against poverty.
Waislitz Global Citizen Youth Innovation Award winner
Caitlin Barrett, CEO of Love Mercy Foundation
Love Mercy Foundation runs two main programs; an agricultural loan program with women called Cents for Seeds, and the Kristina Health Centre. Cents for Seeds is a sustainable and scalable micro loan agriculture program that empowers women to break the cycle of poverty in their communities in northern Uganda after suffering through two decades of civil war. Over 13,800 women have received a start to loan of seeds, tools, and education to begin earning an income and providing for their families
Waislitz Global Citizen’s Choice Award
Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri, Founder & Executive Director of EDJA Foundation
EDJA combats sexual violence and domestic abuse in Sub-saharan Africa, by providing FREE medical, legal, and counseling services to survivors. Tabitha (Founder/Survivor) is continuously challenged by that still voice that got her to start EDJA “Why do you get the luxury to wait, when they are hurting now?”
Wilma Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste believes in persistence and practicality. Wilma has had a diverse career path – from being a tour guide and German language translator in the eighties, to a business journalist in the nineties, and for the past 16 years a pioneer in the Waste Management Industry. When not at work, Wilma likes to spend her time planting and nurturing trees, making compost and being around family.
Clarisse Uwineza, whose Environmental Protection and Organics organization focuses on converting organic waste into fertilizer in Rwanda, said that her project will “help reduce waste and empower farmers to produce more food.” Her BIORGOFERT project converts bio-organic waste into an environmentally friendly and clean fertilizer.
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, won the 2015 prize for his work in making education more accessible to AIDS orphans in Uganda. This includes developing schools but also helping the women - or “grandmothers” as he calls them - who raise these orphans.
Anoop Jain, the founder of Humanure Power, won the 2014 prize for his work in rural India building sanitation facilities. Anoop believes that building toilets addresses the underlying causes of poverty, which affect broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.
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