Sawa World Celebrates Fourth Birthday!

Sawa World Celebrates Fourth Birthday!

Four years ago, Daphne Nederhorst acted on her desire to live in a world based on equality for all and created Sawa World. Over the last decade, she has travelled to over 20 countries; visited remote villages in India to film community projects; worked with nomadic tribes in Kenya to study the impacts of foreign aid projects; and developed innovative tools to identify sustainable water supply for urban slums in Tanzania and South Africa. She has also collaborated with international organizations such as the World Bank and the World Health Organization; worked with neglected children in Colombia; conducted media workshops in the remote islands of the South Pacific; and traveled to earthquake ravaged Haiti.

Most importantly, Daphne has built a committed team of staff and volunteers in Canada and globally who work with Leaders around the world to end extreme poverty. The organization has enabled Leaders in impoverished countries to systematically share their successful methods for ending poverty with surrounding communities through short videos and local media created by vulnerable youth in the focus countries. Since its inception, Sawa has supported several Sawa Leaders who used their own solutions to help over 500,000 people living in extreme poverty in 7 impoverished countries. The organization has raised over one million dollars in cash and in kind resources over the last four years.

Finally, Sawa’s work has been presented to global dignitaries such as Ban Ki Moon, the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Yunus, Richard Branson and 300 Heads of State. Sawa continues to accumulate awards and recognition around the globe, from an Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur Award of the Year nomination in 2010, to extensive media coverage. Over the next decade, Sawa will continue finding solutions to global poverty amongst those very people who live in poverty. Ultimately, the organization hopes to raise global attention to the unique leadership and successes of these local heroes and create new approaches for solving extreme poverty for one billion people. Staff and volunteers joined together on July 21, 2011 to celebrate Sawa’s accomplishments to date and desire for a poverty-free world. Lawn bowling, food and festivities gave everyone an opportunity to meet new team members and share one another’s passion and motivation for being a part of Sawa World.