Ewelle - KidsRights
“I hope to see young people lead the creation of a free, safe and educated world.”
Name

Ewelle

Country of origin
Liberia
Current country
Liberia
Age
23
Theme:
Loves: Reading

Ewelle is a human rights activist with a passion for children’s rights. He wants every child and youth in Liberia to feel safe and have the opportunity to visit school. Ewelle loves art, volunteer work, reading, and sport.

He is youth coordinator of the 100 Million Campaign which focusses on:

  • Youth support: every young person has a right to safety, education, and freedom.
  • Attitude change: a change in the attitude of the population will end illiteracy and violence against children.

Every December the organization organizes a campaign against child labor. The aim is to inform the school and village leaders, parents, children, youths and the government.

Ewelle collaborates with several different youth organizations in Liberia. For instance, he works with ANPPCAN (African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect), KidsRights’s Liberian project partner. ANPPCAN aims to improve child protection by strengthening the community, families, professionals and the government.

Ewelle hopes for a safe, educated and free world with young leaders. 

Highlights

Environment
Subasana’s Eco-Clubs
What is the problem? Many schools in Nepal do not teach personal hygiene and the importance of a clean environment. Because of this, children pay little attention to the cleanliness of schools and have little knowledge about taking care of themselves. Because all children have the right to clean surroundings, Subasana wants to take action. What is Subasana’s solution? Subasana wants to set up Eco-Clubs at schools where children are taught about personal hygiene and the environment so that they themselves can inform other children about this. She would like to start with one Eco-Club at a school to see if it works. After that she hopes to apply that to other schools in Nepal. Subasana lives in Germany, where she will think up a plan for the project, set it up and direct it. Sumi and Tsering are two young girls who Subasana has known for some time and who have experience with training programmes. They will train Eco-Club members who will be able to give information to other students. During these information sessions the Eco-Club members will tell their fellow students more about the importance of clean surroundings and personal hygiene. Together they will clean the school grounds and the interior of the school such as the school playground and the toilets. What is the goal? Subasana hopes that by training Eco-Club members, future leaders, who are aware of the environment and who can inform others about this, will be created How does Subasana work? One school will be approached whereby a number of students will be selected as members of the Eco-Club. Subasana will write a letter to this school to ask if they want to cooperate with her project. Besides that teaching material will be developed, results will be monitored and reports will be written. She will direct the project from Germany. Who does she need? Subasana’s father and cousin are also involved in the project and will report to Subasana. A Nepalese partner organization that has experience in training and workshops will support her project. What does Subasana need? Teaching material to train the Eco-Club members. Workshop material for Eco-Club members so that they can inform other students and be able to clean the school.
Poverty
José's ecological bank
What's the problem? José grew up in poverty. His classmates often came to school without breakfast and had no money to buy school supplies. Many children in José’s neighborhood could not even go to school. What is José's solution? José was 6 years old when his father taught him about money. How do you save? How do you spend it? What is the value of money? José saw that his classmates did not know how to deal with money. If they even had any. He therefore decided to set up an ecological bank for kids, using recyclable waste as payment. Kids collect and bring in their recyclable waste and José gives them money for it. He gets this money from organizations that collect the recyclable waste. This way, children learn to take care of the environment and they learn the value of money. The children can, for example, buy school supplies at José’s store. José also gives the students a microcredit, which is a small loan. This allows children to eat every day and go to school, even if their parents do not have money or are unemployed. Children and their parents pay José back in small amounts. In addition, José provides financial information. With this he teaches other children how to use money. What is the goal? Thanks to José's ecological bank, 2,500 children can now pay their school fees. His goal is to makes it 20,000 children. He hopes that children will have no money problems when they grow older, and do not have to live in poverty anymore. How does José work? José started saving money at an early age. This allowed him, with the help of his parents, to open a small shop. Kids could buy their school supplies here, not with money, but with recyclable waste. Later it became possible for children to exchange recyclable waste for money. José then deposited this money into their savings account. Who does José need? Recycling companies pay José money for the recyclable waste. He has special agreements with these organizations. He gets the highest price for the waste, so that he can save money with the kids. Students support José in different departments of his ecological bank. Such as finances, providing information and helping students. A children's committee that supervises and cooperates.
Health
Kicking Child Malnutriction Out of Uganda
What is the problem?  Malnutrition is a world wide problem, every year 2.6 million children die because of this. The effects of Malnutrition is most dangerous in pregnant woman and children. Ananias has seen that the woman in his area do not know how to feed themselves or their babies during or after pregnancy. It has to do with nourishment with low nutrients and high calories. This is one of the reasons too many babies are born underweight. It is important for the health of pregnant women and children that they are knowledgeable of malnutrition. That is why Ananias wants to become active. What is Ananias’ solution? Ananias wants to spread the knowledge of malnutrition in children and pregnant woman via an educational campaign. This campaign will focus especially on mothers and caregivers/nurses. He truly believes that by doing so malnutrition and underweight will decline. What is the goal?  Ananias’ goal is to see the total amount of malnutritional children sharply decline. How is Ananias going to do this?  Firstly, Ananias will ask youths (younger than 24) at his University to participate in his project. He will then participate in 6 local radio station to talk about malnutrition in children and pregnant women. After that, he wants to go together with his group of students to various neighborhoods and fugitive camps to spread the word on malnutrition. He will lead up the whole project himself and the planning and make sure that the goal is reached. 
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