Sawa World has received renowned awards for their innovative approach to solving extreme poverty on a global level.

The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is a $100,000 prize that will be presented to an individual who best demonstrates global citizenship, impact, innovation, and potential.


Ashoka Fellow

Ashoka identifies and supports the world leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to the most press social problems. After an intensive selection process, Ashoka elects them as Ashoka Fellows into its global network of over 3,000 Fellows across 72 countries. Sawa World were elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2009.


Since 2007 Teach a Man to Fish in partnership with The Saville Foundation have been rewarding organisations that contribute to Africa’s long term growth and development through an entrepreneurial approach to education and training.



Daphne Nederhorst, Sawa World’s Founder, was nominated as a semi-finalist with a chance to present to the greatest philanthropists and business minds in the world, from Bill Gates to Warren Buffett at United Nations in New York at the 2013 Forbes 400 Summit of Philanthropy.


Univisi√≥n is an American Spanish language broadcast television network that partners with the Americas Business Council (abc*) Foundation, a think-do tank that supports high-impact leaders and initiatives in the Americas.  Daphne Nederhorst was one of the 12 Ashoka Fellows that spoke at the ABC Forum in 2012 received the Univision Award.


Entrepreneur Of The Year

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes Canada's most successful entrepreneurs that have improved the quality of life for people across the globe. Daphne Nederhorst was selected as a finalist in 2010 for the award.

2009 YMCA International Peacemaker

YMCA Peace Medals are given to local individuals who are working to strengthen our communities by promoting peaceful solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and justice. Through their actions, nominees have had significant impact on the lives of others, either locally or elsewhere in the world, without any special resources or recognitionSawa World were elected as an Ashoka Fellows in 2009.