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. ...

Transforming division through human encounter

Northern Ireland endured armed conflict between 1968 to 1998. This period, often called “The Troubles”, was characterized by bombings, shootings and armed conflict between a range of state and non-state ...

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 ...

Assisting isolated indigenous women to access justice and improve their lives

Over 40% of the population of Guatemala are indigenous peoples, of which 75% are living in poverty. Indigenous peoples in Guatemala were repressed for centuries following Spanish colonisation. During the ...

Justice for people living in one of the most polluted places on earth

In July 2004 a group of residents living in “Villa Inflamable”, one of the worst-polluted informal settlements in the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, filed ...

The movement protecting indigenous lands from destructive dams

The Amazon holds the largest volume of water of any river in the world. Spanning the width of Brazil, and with tributaries in Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, it ...

Without an ID, accessing justice is impossible

An estimated 1.1 billion people around the world are prevented from accessing legal and social protections because they lack a secure legal identity. People without a secure legal identity are ...