October 30, 2018
Points of Light
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 running a nonprofit organization that spans across the globe. She knows that people didn’t take her seriously when she started out because of her young age, but that’s what she wants to change. Instead of the saying “The Youth are Our Future,” she wants it to be “The Youth are Our Present.” She wants to show young people all over the world that they don’t have to wait until they are adults to start bringing change to their communities. They can start now. That’s why she started AYANA International, a nonprofit empowering youth in developing countries all over the world by providing a weeklong program that enables them to create sustainable solutions for their community."
Read the full interview here.