CYC announces the awardees of its historic #CYCCares Mini-Grants

The Commonwealth Youth Council thanks everyone for applying to benefit from the programme. Today, we are proud to announce winners of our historic #CYCCares COVID-19 Mini-Grant to support the rapid response to the global pandemic. Though difficult to select, after more than 2000 applications, we were able to award 2 recipients from each region of the Commonwealth. Each recipient will be given a 250 GBP grant towards their initiativeS. CYC is proud to be able to plant this seed in this lives of many young people across the world.

 

AFRICA

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Kongnyui Collins Molar/ Molar Respiratory Aid (MRA)

Cameroon/Ndu

Invented Respirators (Molar Respirator Aid) to facilitate transportation of critically ill covid-19 patients from rural to a well-equiped health facility.

“Our prototype has already been tested and confirmed in Cameroon. Our invention will go a long way to limit the number of COVID-Related deaths in Rural areas. The Molar Respiratory Aid will provide more air to infected patient who are at the stage of dying mostly in rural areas where these respirators are limited. Our main objectives is to help sustain infected patients in rural areas as the transit to better hospitals in town”.

Dr Charles Umeh/Mobile Clinic

Nigeria/

Onitsha

A medical doctor who runs a mobile clinic through which he renders home-based healthcare services, tests Covid-19 and patients monitoring for elderly ,chronically ill and people living in remote areas.

“In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as a Medical Doctor, I operate a mobile clinic. The project supports in the fight against coronavirus by delivering basic healthcare services at the doorstep of elderly, chronically ill and people living in remote areas. We plan to do coronavirus testing and as part of our project, we remotely monitor the healthcare states of our patients using a central monitoring system”.

 

 

EUROPE

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Yetunde Fadeyi/ Renewable Energy, Environmental sustainability Initiative

 

United Kingdom (Cardiff)

Renewable Energy, Environmental sustainability advocacy and action programmes

 

Our aim is to teach these communities proper hygiene and localize the importance of our intervention via door to door engagement, share a relief kit containing reusable cloth face masks, sodium hypoclorite solution and detergent. With these solutions, this will ultimately impact our environment and help people observe what is needed to curb the spread without it affecting their buying power

 

Jarrell Fenton/WI Kulcha

 

United Kingdom

Mental Health Campaign

WI Kulcha would create a digital mental health campaign educating our community on ways they can improve their mental health. The campaign would provide support for persons that feel isolated and would include articles, infographics, short videos and Instagram live discussions.

 

 

ASIA

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the innovation

Siddhesh Sakore/ AGRO RANGERS

 

India

Empowering farmers and young people through sustainable agriculture

We want to form a group of youngsters in our community where they will collect the vegetables from farmers and get packed in boxes with taking care of all hygiene. These boxes will get delivered to the vulnerable areas from urban places. That’s how we can solve the both problems at one place. Farmers will get assured income and vulnerable peoples will get vegetables.

Shah zeb Ali/ TEHA

 

Pakistan

READ and WIN

READ and WIN is a programme where our team members are delivering books to the students of community without any charges and this is door to door process. We are following all the precautionary measures of COVID-19 during this program. After delivering books, we are giving the students time to read; after which, we assess those students on the basis of their reviews. Based on the reviews done by the students, we will distribute prizes at the end of this pandemic. This initiative promotes education and assist with the managing the anxiety that students are presently under.

CARIBBEAN & AMERICAS

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Tyrhonda Knowles/FEM STEM Bahamas

The Bahamas

Internet Connectivity for students

As a youth-based organization whose mandate is focused on students, it has been difficult as students are not able to attend classes physically. Many of the parents of our student are no longer employed and left without funding. This greatly affects them as most of students come from vulnerable communities with low-income. Well currently we try to engage students as much as possible from their mobile device. However as stated before they do not have internet or money for data.  We are a non-profit therefore we do not have the resources to provide them with laptops for their assignments. Our aim is to use the grant funding to increase our internet connectivity programme by providing wifi-boxes from the local telecommunications company to assist students in their assignments as well as any other tech resources to enable to succeed.

 

Ricardo Burke/ Yute4Change Foundation

Jamaica

Enabling youth and community livelihoods through humanitarian efforts

The community has been severely impacted as residents are from the vulnerable sections of the society, most working low-income jobs which has been subjected to the most lay-offs across the island. As such, many families now have no source of income and are finding it difficult to cope under the financial constraints in acquiring necessary items such as food and medicine. Whilst many of the persons in the community are low-income earners many are industrious. As such, we will be providing support through the issuance of care packaged particularly to the homes of the elderly, disabled and those with young children. This kind of humanitarian effort is not new to us as through our flagship programmes, we have been offering breakfast to school children from the community, a homework and activity centre to aid in academic pursuits, and training and development programmes for youth, parent support, initiatives among others.

 

 

PACIFIC

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Lavetanalagi Seruiraduvatu/ Alliance for Future Generations

Fiji

Innovative farming

AFG intends to partner work with an established Livelihood partner organization to host a series of training on food security. This training will assist affected members in setting up backyard gardens/farms, targeting both, those who have land areas and also those who don’t [living in flats/ housing]. Innovative farming practice is something that is relevant to be to be covered in the training, and then afterwards – the members will be provided seedlings and plant cuttings to enable them to start their backyard garden/farms. There will be on-going support for members that will be provided by the livelihood organization that we intend to partner with.

 

By doing this, we are ensuring that affected members and their families are strengthening their resilience in the face of COVID-19, ensuring that they have sustained food for the mid-long term, eliminating to some extent degree the anxiety and worry they might have because of food shortage/less income to purchase food. Surplus from what they harvest can be traded to earn them some cash to purchase other household basic good.

Carmenita Solaese Lepou/ Samoa Victim Support Group Juniors

Samoa

Humanitarian effort

We are a youth group who coordinates project targeting underprivileged families and youths. Our activities are as follows: conduct youth empowerment programmes for youths in rural areas, unemployment training in helping how to write a CV among other things and helping families that don’t have access to clean water by looking for donors to buy water tanks and set up mini-libraries in rural communities. Through this mini-grant, we will be piloting our socio-economic food distribution system by helping the elderly people that have been isolated and their children have been laid off from work; which has resulted in not being able to afford food to support their senior citizens family members.

CYC announces the winners of its historic #CYCCares COVID-19 Mini-Grant

The Commonwealth Youth Council thanks everyone for applying to benefit from the programme. Today, we are proud to announce winners of our historic #CYCCares COVID-19 Mini-Grant to support the rapid response to the global pandemic. Though difficult to select, after more than 2000 applications, we were able to award 2 recipients from each region of the Commonwealth. Each recipient will be given a 250 grant towards their initiative. CYC is proud to be able to plant this seed in this lives of many young people across the world.

 

AFRICA

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Kongnyui Collins Molar/ Molar Respiratory Aid (MRA)

Cameroon/Ndu

Invented Respirators (Molar Respirator Aid) to facilitate transportation of critically ill covid-19 patients from rural to a well-equiped health facility.

Our prototype has already been tested and confirmed in Cameroon. Our invention will go a long way to limit the number of COVID-Related deaths in Rural areas. The Molar Respiratory Aid will provide more air to infected patient who are at the stage of dying mostly in rural areas where these respirators are limited. Our main objectives is to help sustain infected patients in rural areas as the transit to better hospitals in town”.

Dr Charles Umeh/Mobile Clinic

Nigeria/

Onitsha

A medical doctor who runs a mobile clinic through which he renders home-based healthcare services, tests Covid-19 and patients monitoring for elderly ,chronically ill and people living in remote areas.

“In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as a Medical Doctor, I operate a mobile clinic. The project supports in the fight against coronavirus by delivering basic healthcare services at the doorstep of elderly, chronically ill and people living in remote areas. We plan to do coronavirus testing and as part of our project, we remotely monitor the healthcare states of our patients using a central monitoring system”.

 

 

EUROPE

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Yetunde Fadeyi/ Renewable Energy, Environmental sustainability Initiative

 

United Kingdom (Cardiff)

Renewable Energy, Environmental sustainability advocacy and action programmes

 

Our aim is to teach these communities proper hygiene and localize the importance of our intervention via door to door engagement, share a relief kit containing reusable cloth face masks, sodium hypoclorite solution and detergent. With these solutions, this will ultimately impact our environment and help people observe what is needed to curb the spread without it affecting their buying power

 

Jarrell Fenton/WI Kulcha

 

United Kingdom

Mental Health Campaign

WI Kulcha would create a digital mental health campaign educating our community on ways they can improve their mental health. The campaign would provide support for persons that feel isolated and would include articles, infographics, short videos and Instagram live discussions.

 

 

ASIA

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the innovation

Siddhesh Sakore/ AGRO RANGERS

 

India

Empowering farmers and young people through sustainable agriculture

We want to form a group of youngsters in our community where they will collect the vegetables from farmers and get packed in boxes with taking care of all hygiene. These boxes will get delivered to the vulnerable areas from urban places. That’s how we can solve the both problems at one place. Farmers will get assured income and vulnerable peoples will get vegetables.

Shah zeb Ali/ TEHA

 

Pakistan

READ and WIN

READ and WIN is a programme where our team members are delivering books to the students of community without any charges and this is door to door process. We are following all the precautionary measures of COVID-19 during this program. After delivering books, we are giving the students time to read; after which, we assess those students on the basis of their reviews. Based on the reviews done by the students, we will distribute prizes at the end of this pandemic. This initiative promotes education and assist with the managing the anxiety that students are presently under.

CARIBBEAN & AMERICAS

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Tyrhonda Knowles/FEM STEM Bahamas

The Bahamas

Internet Connectivity for students

As a youth-based organization whose mandate is focused on students, it has been difficult as students are not able to attend classes physically. Many of the parents of our student are no longer employed and left without funding. This greatly affects them as most of students come from vulnerable communities with low-income. Well currently we try to engage students as much as possible from their mobile device. However as stated before they do not have internet or money for data.  We are a non-profit therefore we do not have the resources to provide them with laptops for their assignments. Our aim is to use the grant funding to increase our internet connectivity programme by providing wifi-boxes from the local telecommunications company to assist students in their assignments as well as any other tech resources to enable to succeed.

 

Ricardo Burke/ Yute4Change Foundation

Jamaica

Enabling youth and community livelihoods through humanitarian efforts

The community has been severely impacted as residents are from the vulnerable sections of the society, most working low-income jobs which has been subjected to the most lay-offs across the island. As such, many families now have no source of income and are finding it difficult to cope under the financial constraints in acquiring necessary items such as food and medicine. Whilst many of the persons in the community are low-income earners many are industrious. As such, we will be providing support through the issuance of care packaged particularly to the homes of the elderly, disabled and those with young children. This kind of humanitarian effort is not new to us as through our flagship programmes, we have been offering breakfast to school children from the community, a homework and activity centre to aid in academic pursuits, and training and development programmes for youth, parent support, initiatives among others.

 

 

PACIFIC

Name of applicant

Country/

City

Name/nature of project

Brief description of the project

Lavetanalagi Seruiraduvatu/ Alliance for Future Generations

Fiji

Innovative farming

AFG intends to partner work with an established Livelihood partner organization to host a series of training on food security. This training will assist affected members in setting up backyard gardens/farms, targeting both, those who have land areas and also those who don’t [living in flats/ housing]. Innovative farming practice is something that is relevant to be to be covered in the training, and then afterwards – the members will be provided seedlings and plant cuttings to enable them to start their backyard garden/farms. There will be on-going support for members that will be provided by the livelihood organization that we intend to partner with.

 

By doing this, we are ensuring that affected members and their families are strengthening their resilience in the face of COVID-19, ensuring that they have sustained food for the mid-long term, eliminating to some extent degree the anxiety and worry they might have because of food shortage/less income to purchase food. Surplus from what they harvest can be traded to earn them some cash to purchase other household basic good.

Carmenita Solaese Lepou/ Samoa Victim Support Group Juniors

Samoa

Humanitarian effort

We are a youth group who coordinates project targeting underprivileged families and youths. Our activities are as follows: conduct youth empowerment programmes for youths in rural areas, unemployment training in helping how to write a CV among other things and helping families that don’t have access to clean water by looking for donors to buy water tanks and set up mini-libraries in rural communities. Through this mini-grant, we will be piloting our socio-economic food distribution system by helping the elderly people that have been isolated and their children have been laid off from work; which has resulted in not being able to afford food to support their senior citizens family members.

CYC COVID 19 RAPID RESPONSE MINI-GRANT

 
The WHO declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, and recommended communities take social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Globally, COVID 19 is more than a public health challenge-it has laid bare the consequences of persistent systemic inequalities and is threatening our social fabric , trust in our institutions and the economic security of billions of people.

More than 390,000 confirmed cases have been reported worldwide with more than 17,000 people having died from the virus. Most of the Commonwealth countries have also been affected by the pandemic, which is expected to have dire social and economic consequences as well.

The Commonwealth Youth Council believes it the role of young people in addressing this pandemic and its consequences and is launching a rapid response grant process to help young people within the Commonwealth lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19. Mini-grants of 250$ shall be given to two organisations from each of the Commonwealth regions namely, Africa, Europe, Asia, Pacific and the Caribbean. The small grants will target grass root youth-led organisations.

To be considered for the small grant, the organisation must be:

1) Be a youth group,a team or a grassroot organisation situated in one of the 54 Commonwealth states.
2) Youth-led ( The Commonwealth defines youth as any person between the ages of 15 and 30)
3) Be a team, a youth group or a grass-root/community based organisation. Special focus will also be paid to youth-led organisations working in low-income communities, persons living with disabilities, rural populations and other vulnerable groups.

 
The project should focus on (but is not limited to) the following areas:

1) Digital mental health campaigns to support persons feeling isolated
2) Addressing stigma and reinforcing the sharing of accurate, youth friendly information.
3) Awareness raising and information targeting persons living with disabilities.
4) Community focused sanitation and prevention campaigns
5) Projects addressing SRHR and sexual and gender based violence

Application process:

Click here to apply.
 
Kindly apply by 28th April 2020, 11:59pm GMT.

The applications will be reviewed and successful applicants shall be notified in the week following the deadline. Successful applicants shall be required to implement the projects before 30th May 2020, and share their final reports by 15th June 2020.
 

International Youth Day 2018!

2018 International Youth Day.

International youth day is celebrated annually on the 12th of August. The day was declared by United Nations to campaign for the inclusion, development and empowerment of youth in building the world we want. It is also a day that youth across the globe renew their call to their national governments to honor and deliver on their promises to youth on inclusion, development and empowerment.

The Theme for this year’s International Youth Day is SAFE SPACES FOR YOUTH.
Young people need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth. Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces.

The Commonwealth Youth Council applauds the Commonwealth states for the work done to create safe spaces and inclusion of young people’s voices in governance and development. Indeed much has been done, and much is yet to be done.

We call on governments to ensure that young people have spaces to thrive, learn, share and truly create influence on matters that affect them. This includes addressing environmental challenges and climate change, ensuring that the regulatory environment is favorable for young entrepreneurs to thrive and tackling unemployment, ensuring that their human rights are respected including their freedom of speech and association among others.

The diversity of young people must also be taken into account. Intersectionalities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion must be taken into account and spaces should be created to include all including those that are differently abled, young women and girls, LGBTQI, young persons living in humanitarian and conflict situations and other minority groups.

Young people have the solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges and they must be given the spaces to contribute towards solving them.

#IYD2018 #SafeSpacesForYouth #CWYouth

Rough ride to road safety in Bangladesh.

The Commonwealth Youth Council is increasingly concerned for the safety of the  young people caught up in the recent protests over road safety in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh.
 
Young people have a right to speak out on issues of concern to them and have their opinion heard without fear of intimidation or the threat of violence. Freedom of expression is enshrined as a core value in the Commonwealth Charter.
 
It is a matter of concern that a number of young people taking part in the demonstrations in the capital have been injured this past week.
 
We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence and call on all for calm. The concerns expressed by youth about road safety are legitimate and a solution is needed to ensure the safety of all, including the young people.
 
In conclusion the Commonwealth Youth Council is affirming it’s mandate by

 urgently calling on all parties to ensure the safety of all people- including the young people- and their protection from any kind of violence. The CYC believes in creating safer space for youth development and will continue to champion youth cause within the Commonwealth.

Malawi & An End to Gender-based Violence

MAESTROS IN INAUGURAL EVENT FOR THE 16 DAYS ACTIVISM

Maestros Leadership Team joins the campaign to end violence against women and girls. #OrangeUrWORLD. Through a partnership with Ministry of Justice through the Blantyre High Court, Malawi Police & Women Judges Association of Malawi, Maestros Leadership Team took a leading role in the inaugural event for 16 Days activism to end violence against women and girls. Read more

Empowering through Assistive Technologies

A project by: Enable Lanka Foundation, Sri Lanka

In the evolution of approaches from a charity-based one to a right-based one concerning the process of addressing the issues of persons with disabilities, the omnipotent presence of charity-based initiatives have caused a lag in the sustainable development all over the world. Specially this trend is visible as highly prevalent in developing nations most of which are commonwealth member states. Enable Lanka foundation which is an organization pioneering to mainstream disability inclusion in Sri Lanka, has come up with an innovative solution for the upliftment of education and social independence with regard to the visually impaired persons who constitute a greater portion in terms of the entire realm of persons with disabilities.

Young and Combating Climate Change

Dillon is 27 years old and hails from the island of Bequia, an island that is just 18 square kilometres, and one of 32 islands and cays in the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Just a few months ago, he was awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Also, he recently attended the One Young World Summit in Canada and now serves as a One Young World Ambassador! Dillon is a cofounder of non-profit group called Rise Up Bequia, and he has also been doing work to bring awareness to climate change in his community not just through community projects but also through poetry.

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