Reach for Change Africa helps social entrepreneurs develop innovations that create a better world for children, youth and women in Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. Earlier this week, the global non-profit recognized Paulina Robert, a 17 year old student from Tanzania, as the winner of the Reach for Change Africa contest.
The contest, aligned with the Day of the African Child on June 16, challenged contestants to solve an issue affecting children. In her winning entry in the Reach for Change Africa contest, Paulina Robert pledged to empower girls between the ages of 10-17 with information to help curb teenage pregnancy and to help them understand their rights when it comes to topics like sexual assault. Paulina will use the $500 prize fund to link girls to health and legal experts who will provide answers to their questions about reproductive health.
For the past two years, Reach for Change Africa has organized the innovation competition to encourage and empower African children and youth to take the initiative to address issues for children that they observe in their communities. The contest is part of a broader mission to mobilize a global movement of smart, brave and passionate change agents building a better world for children.
As a part of winning the Day of the African Child contest, Paulina will not only receive money to help her get her initiative up and running, she will also be connected to a mentor in Reach for Change Africa’s network of social entrepreneurs to help ensure that her project will be a success.
To learn more about Reach for Change’s Day of the African Child events visit africa.reachforchange.org/african-child
Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema