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EP77: A 16 YEAR-OLD CHANGEMAKER SHARES HOW YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BEGIN CREATING CHANGE NOW | Mahika Halepete is a 16 year old changemaker. She started AYANA International, an organization to empower youth in developing countries to create sustainable solutions for their com...

According to Sida, over 5 million Tanzanians are affected by disability. Earlier this year, we were able to fund a youth-led disability inclusion project Ramps were created at multiple access points to the school building at one of the schools we work with in Moshi, Sh...

Youth in the Muhanga District in the southern province of Rwanda launched a campaign called GIRA ISUKU aimed at protecting the environment as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GIRA ISUKU campaign is a project developed by five youth among 20 that were...

33 teens taking global issues in their own hands convene in New York City

We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is proud to announce the 2019 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTLs), representing 14 countries on 6 continents. Carefully selected and curated from hundreds of...

AYANA is excited to announce its funding of a new youth-led project focusing on sanitation and sustainability in Muhunga, Rwanda!

Rwanda is a landlocked nation located in east-central Africa, and its capital is the city of Kigali. With an estimated population size of ab...

Today, our founder, Mahika Halepete, was awarded a Point of Light award. The Point of Light award celebrates "power of the individual to spark change and improve the world." 

"Mahika Halepete is just 16 years old, a junior in high school. But yet, she founded and is run...

This post was written by AYANA's founder, Mahika. 

Earlier this month I flew to Kigali, Rwanda, to be there in person as we launched a new AYANA program in partnership with Rwanda Youth Solutions in Muhanga, Rwanda. 25 bright and creative young people were in attendance...

Human centered design are three words that you do not often see put together. However, this concept is just as simple as it sounds. When developing an idea, a product, or an organization, the idea is to put total emphasis on the needs of your consumer. Human centered d...

“Violence against women and girls in Kenya as it is in other parts of the world is an aftermath of profound social systems that advance and proliferate it.”-Wanjala Wafula


Women in Kenya continue to suffer after generations of abuse, and a lack of education is at the c...


After my trip to New York for the United Nations Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, I was given the opportunity to fly to DC for an event held by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Ashoka is an incredible organization which works to engage "a community o...

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