Sparks of Hope

#WalkTogether is building a bright web of hope made up of stories of Sparks of Hope. These are communities building a movement for the freedoms we value - and which Mandela dedicated his life to the achievement of.

Solar energy saves time, money and creates opportunities for income generation in Mozambique

Only 24% of the population of Mozambique have access to electricity. This falls to only 6% in rural areas. Increased access to electricity improves education, health, comfort, protection, and productivity. ...

Radio helps young people across Africa get their voices heard

Radio is a popular communication channel around the world, even in the digital age of television, social media and the internet. This is particularly the case in Africa where even ...

Africans Rising for peace, justice and equality

In 1884, during a process commonly known as the ‘Scramble for Africa’, European powers negotiated their claims to African land, which were then formalised and mapped – demarking the countries ...

Confronting injustice in the American criminal justice system

The United States has 5% of the world’s human population, yet nearly 25% of global prison population. The US incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the ...

An inclusive Ethiopia for people with disabilities

According to the World Health Organisation, there are an estimated 15 million people living with disabilities in Ethiopia, representing 17.6% of the population. For many, the inaccessibility of built environments ...

Equipping the youth of Guyana for the digital age

In the Caribbean, youth unemployment rates are among the highest in the world. Guyana, the fourth smallest country on mainland South America, has some of the highest rates of youth ...

Proximity Designs

Proximity Designs, a social enterprise based in rural Myanmar, proves that empathy and design can be used to identify opportunities for creating genuine social impact. They have been designing and ...

Girls Not Brides: Ending Child Marriage Globally

During a trip to Ethiopia in early 2011, the Elders learned of the devastating impacts of child marriage and how it perpetuates cycles of poverty and oppression. They met girls ...