Sawa’s Founder Meets with Hundreds of Leading Changemakers...

Sawa’s Founder Meets with Hundreds of Leading Changemakers in Paris

Sawa Founder, Daphne Nederhorst, shares ideas with changemakers in Paris.

There were no shortage of innovative projects at the Ashoka Changemakers Week in Paris from June 18th to June 23rd. Ideas ranged from training rats to detect landmines and diseases such as tuberculosis, establishing mobile schools for street children, to employing thousands of visually impaired people to lead meetings in the dark with visually able people.

This was the mission of Ashoka; “To bring together the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, business leaders, influential public figures and key media players who have found solutions to some of the world’s most urgent problems.”

“Everyone can be a changemaker; all it takes to change the world is a person who recognizes a problem, finds a solution and can articulate their solution with an infectious passion and intelligence,” says Ashoka Founder, Bill Drayton.

In recognition of her innovative approach and vision to solve extreme poverty across 50 countries, Sawa World’s Founder, Daphne Nederhorst, became an Ashoka Fellow in 2009.  This year, on June 16, Nederhorst joined over 1,000 leading social entrepreneurs and 500 Ashoka Fellows in Paris to find ways to collaborate and accelerate social change.

Ashoka Fellows came from all over the world and shared their ideas and new ways of approaching problems with one another. “The work of the Ashoka Fellows was breathtaking,” said Daphne. “I had the unique opportunity to interact with them as part of small group and one-on-one sessions with Fellows from all around the world. We shared our visions of making a systemic impact in the world and supported each other with tips on how to overcome important challenges.”

Daphne is excited to bring her new lessons and findings to the Sawa World Team. Financial advisors and capital investors from the UK, South Africa and the USA will help review and advise on Sawa’s innovative ideas for developing an income model for the next three to five years that does not rely on charity.

Francesca Fionda,
Program Coordinator, Communications Team