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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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