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Sparks of Hope are grassroots organisations that embody the change The Elders want to see in the world. Each one tells an inspirational story of how incredible people across the globe are working for peace, health, justice and equality.

These organisations were brought together to honour the 100th anniversary of The Elders’ founder, Nelson Mandela. They form part of the #WalkTogether movement and The Elders continue to amplify their amazing work as shining examples of the values Madiba held dear.

Discover them all here.

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Mae Tao Clinic

Providing free primary healthcare for newly arrived migrants allows them a productive start to a new ...

Green Girls

Invest in local, decentralised sustainable energy schemes in poor communities, designed and run by trained women ...

Corrymeela

Systematically create immersive experiences that enable difficult conversations between divided communities, to heal the wounds of ...

MicroJustice Argentina

Make citizenship and identity rights accessible from birth, to ensure no-one is excluded from vital services ...

Project 189

Advocate for policy in the middle east to protect marginalised low-paid workers from abusive employment practises ...

Pilier aux Femmes Vulnérables Actives

Empower survivors of sexual violence in conflict zones to take action against perpetrators securely, and end ...

Afrika Youth Movement

Strengthen the impact of local youth-led campaigns by creating forums for decentralised movements to connect their ...

Namati

Provide a platform for effective collaboration to deliver legal aid and access to justice for all ...

Forum for Nation Building Nepal

Provide legal assistance for the poor to access their right to reconstruction support following natural disasters.

Last Mile Health

Government investment in community health workers, particularly in remote communities, provides proven economic, social and primary ...

The Maharishi Institute

Ensure access to quality higher education is accessible for young adults disadvantaged by historical inequities in ...

Possible

Invest in the distribution of health tech platforms that allow patient information to be stored and ...

Rien Sans les Femmes

Build the visible leadership of women in roles of authority to rapidly shift culture.

People's Health Foundation

Target resources at public awareness and public health policy to combat the lifestyle choices that increase ...

SAPCONE

Ensure peace-building activities integrate acknowledgement of shared environmental resources and encourage economic cooperation.

Level

Embed training for law enforcement and justice workers into justice systems to overcome embedded inequality and ...

Fossil Free

Connect campaigners and build support around the world to shift public and private finance flows from ...

The Equality Trust

Attack the root causes of economic inequality through public awareness of the explicit reforms required to ...

Girls Not Brides

Use collective power across cultures to fight the long held cultural beliefs and practices that keep ...

Corporación Justicia y Libertad

Organise and educate itinerant agricultural workers on their employment rights so that they have the collective ...

The Florence Project

Provide free legal aid to ensure incarcerated migrants, especially children, realise their rights to fair treatment ...

Breaking the Silence

Provide safe platforms for soldiers to express their experiences and grief, to encourage forgiveness and reconciliation.

African Youth Initiative Network

Establish replicable grassroots mechanisms to give victims of war direct influence on post-conflict rebuilding priorities and ...

National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Review legislation that criminalises same sex relationships to ensure all people have equal rights under the ...

B'Tselem

Empower citizens to use documentary evidence to ensure international conventions and human rights law are upheld ...

Front Line Defenders

Leverage international pressure to protect and support human rights defenders at risk in their home countries.

Rachel House

Provide resources, capacity and training for poor communities to access palliative care where health systems don't ...

Loja de Energias

Scale and systemise the building of sustainable energy microsystems, run by rural women, creating jobs and ...

Nossas

Use technology to empower all people to take action against state violence, by providing tools for ...

Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative

Build public awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues to remove social stigma, and encourage ...

GirlTrek

Encourage and create spaces for self-organised networks to inspire poor and overlooked communities to exercise collectively ...

Food for All Africa

Scale and systemise food redistribution schemes to direct unwanted food products to those in need, reducing ...

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

Guarantee the livelihoods of local subsistence communities by strengthening policy and providing resources to enforce limitations ...

Crisis Text Line

Provide trained psycho-social counsellors via mobile text-based platforms to increase the likelihood of younger generations seeking ...

Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development

Fight rising inequality in Asia by ensuring policy places the burden of environmental and social risk ...

SeeBeyondBorders

Improve the quality and value of education systems in all countries through supportive networks of teachers ...

City Health Works

Invest in networks of paid community carers in developed countries, targeting poor and isolated chronic illness ...

Search for Common Ground - Nigeria

Create opportunities for genuine social interaction between Christian and Muslim girls to empower them to change ...

The Children’s Radio Foundation

Give young people public platforms to be heard on the local political, civic and social issues ...

The Guerrilla Foundation

Empower grassroots activists with greater autonomy on the direction of funding to support movement building and ...

The Women’s Law Centre

Disrupt the culture of silence surrounding violence against women in patriarchal societies, by providing free legal ...

All Out

Connect oppressed LGBT groups to a larger global movement to create international pressures that helps to ...

The Equal Justice Initiative

Direct criminal justice policy and practises to remove racial biases from criminal justice systems to overcome ...

My Choices Foundation

Devise community based safe environments to bring survivors, perpetrators and law enforcement together to agree holistic ...

The Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development

Consider people with disabilities in all aspects of society and public services, so that their needs ...

Movimento Ipereg Ayu

Educate, consult and connect indigenous groups with decision makers determining environmental policy and land use in ...

Remote Area Medical

Invest in the basic health needs of poor communities in all countries using the legal aid ...

NEPHAK

Ensure that people living with HIV are integrally involved in the development of the services and ...

IMPACT Kenya

Secure resources for legal empowerment of indigenous peoples to address their land, water and cultural rights ...

Muso

Build proactive healthcare outreach systems to treat primary health issues, monitor health needs and offer education ...

Breakthrough

Model new norms for valuing women equally by engaging young people in mixed gender social and ...

"The Awakening"

Promote policy to outlaw violence against women and provide access to care and legal protections for ...

Open Street Map

Develop practical pathways to build young people’s active role in improving civic life.

The Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes

Invest in immersing aspiring health professionals in developing countries during their training years, to retain them ...

Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice

Extend the protection of employment law to seasonal migrant agricultural workers employed in the USA and ...

Management Sciences for Health

To fight the danger of anti-microbial resistance, regulate, train and certificate sellers of essential medicines in ...

Women’s Justice Initiative

Invest in training and building paralegal networks to reach remote communities, ensuring all people can access ...

Search for Common Ground - South Sudan

Create a platform and knowledge base to codify arts based peacebuilding techniques that can be embedded ...

SEWA

Organise and empower women working in the informal sector to build their leadership, collective strength and ...

Syrian American Medical Society

Target a percentage of peacekeeping resources to fund accessible medical and psychological care for victims of ...

National Association of Youth Organisations

Strengthen youth engagement in democracy by removing obstacles to voting and offering ongoing voter education and ...

Homes of Hope

Provide resources and capacity to care for women and children with HIV/AIDS in safe spaces, where ...

Kav LaOved

Provide legal aid services to assist migrant workers in redressing exploitation by employers and authorities, and ...

Agrupación Defensa y Conservación Maule Mataquito

Bring all sectors together to value conservation of areas of unique biodiversity and build equitable administration ...

Child Rights and You (CRY)

Provide funding and capacity to ensure all children complete their education before entering the labour force.

Groundswell

Build networks of peer advocates to support vulnerable groups in urban communities to access free healthcare ...

Young Urban Women’s Movement

Allocate public services and social security to recognise unpaid care work undertaken by women.

MamaYe-E4A

Scale the capability for crowd-sourced local evidence collection to be used to inform regional and national ...

Safe Hands for Girls

Change cultural norms in all countries and diaspora communities practising female genital mutilation by convening survivors ...

RWAMREC

Engage men directly to change the cultural norms that prevent women from realising their full participation ...

Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Incorporate safe environments within refugee and host communities, where children learn non violent techniques for conflict ...

Tanzania’s People’s Health Movement

Coordinate civil society movements within countries and internationally, to make the case for directing resources toward ...

Partners in Health

Create networks of doctors and community health workers, integrating hospital care with home care for vulnerable ...

White Ribbon Alliance

Empower citizens to demand healthcare systems prioritise their most pressing needs and advocate for health budgets ...

Camfed

Build national systems to provide high quality, free education for all girls, including mechanisms for alumni ...

Moms Rising

Activate citizen participation platforms to lift the voices for those who are alienated from decision making ...

Earth Guardians

Provide young people with the tools to demand climate justice through legal action and advocacy targeting ...

Proximity Designs

Engage the rural poor in building human centred systems that meet their needs and empower them ...

IRPAD

Empower small-scale farmers and sustainable agro-ecology, ensuring they can access land and markets, to build equality ...

Medic Mobile

Scale up technology solutions to monitor patient care and connect patients with their healthcare providers, even ...

Guyana Animation Network

Create new learning ecosystems that empower young people to find creative routes to employment in roles ...

Magamba Network

Encourage disaffected youth to engage in civic and political processes through pop-culture and the arts.

HAkA

Bring local communities, government and technical experts together to enforce the law, and restore and protect ...

Iraqi Centre for Negotiation Skills and Conflict Management (IQCM)

Provide resources and training to build a sustainable network of grassroots conflict mediators, ensuring all communities ...

Centre for Natural Resource Governance

Empower local communities in resource rich areas to enforce reinvestment and environmental governance by extractive industries.

EarthRights International

Ensure there is clear regulation on natural resource use that explicitly respects the links between human ...

Refugees Welcome

Training and resources for local hosts to help integrate refugee arrivals into new lives harmoniously.

Hope Through Health

Distributed healthcare clinics, run by trained community health workers, even in the absence of a well ...

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia

Provide funding and capacity to empower poor communities to hold polluters accountable for actions that impact ...

District Six Museum

Create a platform and knowledge base to codify arts based peace-building techniques that can be embedded ...

Bobbi Bear

Provide training and resources within health, justice and education systems to identify, protect and care for ...

I-Dare

Provide resources to scale youth-led online initiatives replacing violent extremism and hate speech with alternative narratives.

Al Bedaiah

Support robust, secure platforms to give voice and international exposure to journalists and human rights defenders ...

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Open new Arab-led forums for dialogue on the difficulties of applying international human rights laws within ...

Africans Rising for peace, justice and equality

Leverage networks to strengthen the voices of ordinary people in Africa, creating space for civil society ...

Search for Common Ground - Yemen

Build networks of students and teachers within secondary schools that offer youth a voice in decision-making, ...

IRA Mauritania

Expose modern day slavery and use international courts to challenge the impunity surrounding this injustice against ...

Voice of Libyan Women

Use religious teaching and texts to promote gender equality and break the cycle of violence against ...

Women Wage Peace

Support and scale networks of women mediators, connected to share practices nationally and internationally.

Callisto

Scale up the prevalence of sexual assault reporting platforms that empower victims to take control of ...

Aspen Management Partnership for Health

Build capacity by embedding international experts in developing countries' health ministries to roll out effective community ...

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