2018 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards Winners
KOKETSO MOETI, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AMANDLA.MOBIANNOUNCED AS
WAISLITZ GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD WINNER
CAITLIN BARRETT, CEO OF LOVE MERCY FOUNDATION, AND TABITHA MPAMIRA-KAGURI, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EDJA FOUNDATION, RECOGNIZEDAS WAISLITZ GLOBAL YOUTH CITIZEN INNOVATION AWARD WINNER AND WAISLITZGLOBAL CITIZEN’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER
NEW YORK (July, 2018 ) — Today, international advocacy organization Global Citizen recognized Koketso Moeti, Founder and Executive Director of amandla.mobi as the 2018 Waislitz Global Citizen Award winner. They also announced Caitlin Barrett, CEO of Love Mercy Foundation, and Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri, Founder and Executive Director of EDJA Foundation, as winners of the Waislitz Global Citizen Youth Innovation Award and Waislitz Global Citizen’s Choice Award, respectively. More…
The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, presented by Alex Waislitz and Global Citizen, are annual cash prizes of $200,000 recognizing the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. Alex Waislitz, Founder of the Waislitz Foundation, and Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, served as judges for the award, selecting the winners from a group of ten finalists based on their ability to demonstrate global citizenship, use of innovation, and potential for impact.
“We are thrilled to recognize this year’s Waislitz Global Citizen Award winners,” said Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen. “Koketso, Caitlin and Tabitha are leaders in the field of international development, and we could not be more proud to support the work they are doing in their communities to end extreme poverty.”
This year’s winner received a grand prize of $100,000, while the two semi-finalists received $50,000 eachfor the Waislitz Global Citizen Youth Innovation Award and the Waislitz Global Citizen’s Choice Award. Awardees will also be brought to New York City during the UN General Assembly in September and will be invited to attend the 2018 Global Citizen Week events where they will receive their awards, culminating with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29 in Central Park
Earlier this year, Global Citizen and The Waislitz Foundation announced a ten year partnership and an additional one million dollars in support of the expanded Waislitz Global Citizen Awards. Since 2014 The Waislitz Foundation has committed almost $2 million to the Waislitz Global Citizen Awards and their efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030. On top of this personal commitment, Alex Waislitz has also secured an additional $1.35m support for the awards from private sources.
“We are excited to partner with Global Citizen for the next 10 years to identify and support the best global organizations fighting to end poverty.” said Alex Waislitz, Founder of the Waislitz Foundation. “We know we need to lift up global organizations who are on the ground championing issues of health, education, gender equality, and environmental protection. They are critical in our efforts to achieve a poverty-free world by 2030.”
Amandla.mobi works to turn every cell phone into a democracy-building tool so that those most affected by poverty, violence and corruption can access cutting-edge tools to organise their communities in numbers that incentivise accountability and deliver change to people’s lives. Their office is based in Johannesburg, with staff in both Gauteng and the Western Cape. They have active members in every province of South Africa.
The Love Mercy Foundation was founded in Sydney in 2010 by Barrett, and was the result of three global citizens who united behind the vision to restore northern Uganda after decades of civil war. Its goal is to see northern Uganda be transformed by simple solutions to extreme poverty by empowering women and girls to increase access to education, healthcare and income generation.
The EDJA Foundation works towards combating child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. It envisions a society where every woman and child is safe and protected from abuse. It establishes coalitions of advocates for victors and enforces prevention measures providing medical, legal, counseling and outreach services. EDJA Foundation is the first program of its kind in southwest Uganda.
Previous Waislitz Global Citizen Award winners include Wilma Rodrigues, Founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste; Clarisse Uwineza, for her work converting organic waste into fertilizer in Rwanda; TwesigyeJackson Kaguri, the director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project working to make education more accessible to AIDS orphans in Uganda; and Anoop Jain, Founder of Humanure Power for his work in rural India building sanitation facilities.
As of June 2018, Global Citizens have taken more than 14.2 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in $37.9 billion in commitments from world leaders that are set to affect the lives of 2.25 billion people around the world. To learn more about Global Citizen, visit: www.globalcitizen.org
For more information about the 2018 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards please visit: www.globalcitizen.org/en/programs/waislitz-award/
About Global Citizen:
Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On our platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.
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