Airtel Touching Lives beneficiary wins 2015 World of Children Award
Airtel Ghana’s Touching Lives beneficiary, Winnifred Selby, President of Educational Empowerment Initiative, EPF, and doubles as co-founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes has been recognised with the prestigious World of Children Youth 2015 Award in New York, USA.
This award comes due to her impressive and exceptional work and dedication to support youth in deprived communities in Ghana who stands the risk of dropping out of school. She has under her supervision and intervention provided educational supplies, clothing, and shoes to needy school children to encourage them to remain in school.
Airtel Ghana, through its multiple – award winning CSR television series Airtel Touching Lives supported Winifred who was fast changing the lives needy students in the Bunkpurugu Yunyo District in the Northern Region of Ghana who had to walk for over eight miles to school often on bare foot with cash prize and bales of clothing for distribution to these needy children and also support her charity work.
The young entrepreneur also featured in The Airtel Catapult Your Business Competition, a transformative start up accelerator program and competition that guides companies from validated products to fundable business open to women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) of which Winifred came third with her business called ‘Afrocentric Bamboo Bikes’, a technology for adding value to raw bamboo by producing bicycle frames for export and fully assembled ones for the local market.
She told the media in an interview that she was happy and honoured to be recognized in such a manner. This is a testament that I am doing a great job together with all those who have been supporting me in this endeavour. It has always been my passion to strive to impact on lives of the needy especially children. I express my profound gratitude to all individuals and organizations who have shared in this vision and supported me to get to this far and I will entreat them to continue to support this initiative”.
The World of Children Award, often referred to by the media as the Nobel Prize for Child Advocates, searches the globe for the most effective change-makers and provides funding and recognition to support their life-changing work for children.
It is the only global recognition and funding program for people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children.
The award is dedicated to identifying and leveraging the efforts of those working on the ground to improve children's lives, the World of Children Awards has recognized some of the most promising change-makers for children worldwide, World of Children Awards set the gold standard for child advocacy and to receive a World of Children Award today, is to be honoured with a coveted badge of merit.
Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $7 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide.
Winnifred, along with the prize has been given a $35,000 grant to aid projects closely associated with the young entrepreneur’s area of dedication.
Airtel Ghana was recently recognised at the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards as the Best CSR Company for Education for its instrumental role in promoting education and community empowerment in Ghana.