Sunday, 17 March 2013
London, 13 March 2013 ‒ Four young development workers from Australia, Barbados, Kenya and Sri Lanka, were today awarded £14,000 between them for their projects.
Evans Wadongo, who won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region Commonwealth Youth Award, received a £5,000 grant for the charity he founded, ‘’.
At 19, Mr Wadongo designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials. Over 27,000 of these lanterns have been produced and distributed across Kenya, providing a safer, cheaper and environmentally-friendly lighting alternative to kerosene lamps. His programme has expanded to include building regional youth centres, which provide skills training for young people.
Regional winners for Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific each won a £3,000 grant.
Eco-entrepreneur Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne from Sri Lanka designed a programme that provides young people with skills to increase their employability, including training in how to write a resume, eco-tourism and computing. Her project is being replicated in Bangladesh and India.
As Chairman and President of , Kemar Saffrey provides access to food, clothing, shelter and rehabilitation for those in need.
Julian O’Shea, Director of the , delivers education and technology projects across South Asia and within Aboriginal communities in Australia. He also encourages engineering students to undertake research projects focused on technologically sustainable development.
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