Following some 6 000 applications, Facebook has selected 116 people from around the world to join its Community Leadership Program.
Announced in February, the Community Leadership Program aims to give current and aspiring leaders the tools they need to build meaningful communities on Facebook and in the real world.
These individuals receive training, support and funding to further their social impact and 11 of these leaders are from Africa. In terms of funding the leaders will receive $50 000 that will be used for their initiatives.
The 11 African leaders, or fellows as the firm refers to them, selected by Facebook and their initiatives are:
- Felista Wangari, 52-Week Savings Challenge (Kenya)
- Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals (Kenya)
- Asha Mweru, #WomenWorkKE (Kenya)
- Caroline Kihusa, Still A Mum (Kenya)
- Truphosah Monah, Women And Realities of Disability Society (Kenya)
- Anike Lawal, Mamalette (Nigeria)
- Mamadou Sy, Docteur Nakamou (Senegal)
- Gabriel Hoosain Khan, LGBTI community, Human Rights (South Africa)
- Lusanda Magwape, Dream Factory Foundation (South Africa)
- Nadine Maselle. Salt River High Tutoring (South Africa)
- Savio Lule Mark, The Youth Hub Uganda (Uganda)
“Our group of African fellows and our resident represent diverse perspectives from different parts of the continent, but they share a common goal of helping their communities thrive. We know they will do great things over the next year and we’re excited to get them started,” vice president of product partnerships at Facebook, Ime Archibong said in a statement.
The African resident selected by Facebook is Noah Nasiali from Kenya. With the group Africa Farmers Club, Nasiali has brought together some 100 000 farmers who share critical information with each other.
“Africa Farmers Club was formed to help farmers come together to access credible, reliable and applicable farming information that will help them develop their skills and most importantly help them to get a market for their produce and in the end get returns for their hard work. I invite group members to share their stories both positive and negative through pictures so that we can learn together. Whenever possible I personally visit members face-to-face to see for myself their challenges and we discuss how they can overcome and at the same time and improve. Our community aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal which is to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture,” the leader said in a statement.
As a Leader in Residence, Nasiali will receive $1 million to fund their initiative.
[Source – Facebook]