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Scarcely do we hear or experience the stories of extraordinary people who go the extra mile to help humankind, and setting an example in stone with their iron-clad will. However, Amazons Watch Magazine does not hesitate to celebrate these unsung heroes who have managed through lives’ difficulty to make the world a better place for others. Amongst these rare existing individuals is Padma Shri. A one-woman army who was stocked with the purpose of building a hospital, for people who cannot afford medical care.

For 45 years she pledged her life to this course, which she birth when her husband, for whom she could not afford medical treatments, passed away.

“When my husband passed away, I was in shock initially. Then I realized I had four hungry mouths to feed… I had no education and couldn’t even tell the time. So I decided I would do whatever work that was available.”

Mistry tells IANS her story,

Her husband, Sadhan Chandra Mistry was an agricultural worker, who fell sick while working on the paddy farm. Suffering from a case of diarrhea, he was rushed to the hospital, but doctors and nurses refused to pay attention to him, as both the husband and wife were penniless.

 “When my husband passed away, I was in shock initially. Then I realised I had four hungry mouths to feed… I had no education and couldn’t even tell the time. So I decided I would do whatever work that was available.”

Widowed at a young age of 23, Subhasini had to take care of four children, all on her own. What followed was abject poverty and extreme hard work to make ends meet. She worked as a house maid, a manual labourer, and sold vegetables and made a living.

One determined soul, Subhasini did not let anything come in her way. She tells IANS, that she had put two of her children in orphanage because she could not afford their education. 

She sacrificed, saved, and economised which, as she says, was for the ‘greater good’.

According to India Today, she gathered enough savings over years to buy one-bigha (one-third of an acre) plot. In 1993, the Humanity Trust was formed and a temporary clinic was set up with the help of the residents. 

Gradually, a permanent building of Humanity Hospital came into being in Hanspukur village near Kolkata, in the year 1996. A lifetime of patience and crushing hardwork had led to this moment. The hospital building was inaugurated by the then-West Bengal governor, K.V. Raghunath Reddy.

Apart from building a hospital that runs on charity, her dream was to see one of her children as a doctor in her hospital. Now, among the 12 doctors at the hospital, one is Ajoy, her younger son, who carries on his mother’s vision.

She told United Nations in India, that ‘no one should be denied medical attention’. With this fundamental message in her mind, major surgeries take place in her hospital for less than Rs. 5000, whereas minor ailments are taken care of for Rs. 10 only. She has also started another hospital at Sundarbans.

This powerhouse of humbleness and magnanimity received Padma Shri earlier this year for her social work. She gathered the award clad in simplicity, wearing chappals.

She also received Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award in the mind-of-steel category, in 2009.

Now, Subhasini aims to make her hospital function like any other modern-day 24-hours facility hospital. As of earlier this year, an ICU was yet to be set up in the hospital. According to India Today, there remains, at times, a lack of ready availability of doctors and nurses since the hospital runs on donations and they are not paid.

Despite all the shortcomings, Subhasini keeps her head high and her heart strong to take down problems as they come. Unstoppable, this woman, is the real star of India. And it’s because of people like her that our faith in the genuine goodness of humankind gets reestablished.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, actor-turned-producer, Dev Adhikary announced that he will produce a biopic on the life of Subhasini.

Subhasini dedicated her whole life to realise her vision. We salute this testament of strength and philanthropy that extends beyond the ordinary.

Philanthropy in recent times can be seen in the light of a conscious act and an interventionist tool to fight discrimination of all forms. As an anti-discrimination system, philanthropy gives opportunity to the less privilege to measure up with the privileged folks. For example, giving a scholarship award to a poor individual to study at the Oxford University, providing comfortable homes for the homeless, providing funds for poor & sick people as well as providing food for the hungry all bear philanthropic leanings. These acts bridge the gaps in between the privileged few and the less privileged majority.

In line with the sustainable development goal 2, which seeks sustainable solutions to end hunger in all its forms by 2030 and to achieve food security, the impact inspire story for this week is centered on Topaz Page-Green a  philanthropist from South Africa who provides meals for school children in some parts of the country.  As you read this article bear in mind that you may never understand the real pain of discrimination until you experience it.

Before founding Lunchbox, Topaz Page-Green would never be seen walking along dirt roads in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, until she embarked on a journey with a friend to visit schools within the country. 

She was moved to start a charity to provide school-day meals to impoverished children across her native country and though this involves visiting children with bellies swollen from malnourishment and hearing endless stories of illness and abandonment, Ms. Page Green never felt overwhelmed by it.

Though her high cheekbones, lithe limbs and piercing light-green eyes betray her earlier career as a model, she searched for a diplomatic way to say she hated being one. “I found it difficult to apply myself,” said Ms. Page-Green, who modeled for MAC Cosmetics, Diesel and other brands after being discovered in an Underground station in London.

Ms. Page-Green moved to New York, in 2001 where she had the opportunity to get a visa via fashion, and that enabled her to stay and ultimately get a green card. She felt more at home at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she studied Africa, sociology and human rights. 

In 2004, while still studying and modeling, she visited Johannesburg, where one of her childhood teachers took her to visit the township of Soweto. Although she grew up outside of Johannesburg, she had never witnessed that level of poverty before.

One particular scene took her breath away, where she noticed a group of school children sitting apart from the others because they had no food and didn’t want to sit with those who did. “It rung in every single part of my body,” Ms. Page-Green said, punctuating her comments with salty language. “That’s not something you can walk away from.” This moved her into philanthropy and she started a charity to feed those children

With help from high-profile friends whom she met over the years, she has been able to keep up this good work till date. These friends include; Prada who is a repeat sponsor of the Lunchbox Fund’s annual gala, Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix , chairwoman and chairman of the charity’s executive board, as well as Salman Rushdie who sits on the advisory board.

Personal life of Topaz Page-Green

When she is not running the charity, Ms. Page-Green says she is a homebody, preferring to invite a few girlfriends over. She also makes pottery; her cupboards are full of monochromatic plates, mugs and saucers she created at a nearby community center. Nights out are spent at restaurants she thinks do vegetables well, like Navy and ABC Kitchen. 

Ms. Page-Green, in the meantime, is not entirely done with modeling. She stars in Kenneth Cole’s “Courageous Class” advertising campaign as one of five “role models” using their platforms to promote social causes. Wearing a belted coat and high-top sneakers, she is seated on a stool, flashing a warm smile toward the camera. The ad copy reads, “Model Turned Activist.”

“When it was to sell a pair of nylon tights or hair ties,” she said, “I felt a conflict in myself that was difficult to manage.” But when modeling is mixed with a charity, “I am able to relax more and enjoy myself.”

Source: New York Times

I subscribe to the school of thought that it is almost impossible for the indigent to be involved in philanthropy, however on the flip side, I have been convinced otherwise by the thought-provoking story of Chen Shu-Chu, a vegetable seller in Taiwan. 

In eastern Taiwan, 63-years-old Ms. Chen works 18 hours a day selling pepper, taro, mushrooms, and vegetables after which she uses the money to support the poor. She was not born with a silver spoon neither did she have a smooth upbringing. As a matter of fact, Chen lost her mother who died after a difficult childbirth while she was still in primary school, because her family could not afford a proper treatment.

Life has not been a smooth sail for Chen who has been dedicated to helping creating access to health and education for the poor over the past two decade.

According to BBC, she has donated over 10 million Taiwanese dollars ($350,000; £210,000) to the building of a school library and a hospital wing. She has also given to a local Buddhist organisation and orphanages.

In a world where philanthropy has been tagged to be the rich man’s game, Chen believes that no one is too poor to give.

“Everyone can do it. It is not just me. It is not how much money you make that matters, but how you use your money,” she says.

“I do not see money as being that important. After all, you cannot bring it with you when you start life and you cannot take it with you when you leave this life.”

It is amazing how in the midst of the hustle and bustle all over the world, while people are working enough to gather for themselves and their unborn children, we can still find souls who are living for others and most likely people they do not know. 

Although Chen struggled with poverty for most part of her youth, having had to quit schooling to work at the family’s vegetable stand in the Taitung Central Market, in order to support the family, these situations motivate Chen towards giving. 

Life did not get any better after her mother died and she had to quit school. Few years down the line her younger brother came down on a flu. Again her family was struck with another impossible situation and because of their inability to raise enough money to pay for his advanced medical care, he died.

The loss of her brother was a difficult situation for the family but for every incident that caused Chen pain, she turned it into a motivation to give back so that others do not have to pass through what she has suffered. 

“I feel I owe people a lot. I feel I have to make more money to help others,” she says.

“I feel very happy after donating money. I feel like I have done something right. It’s a feeling that comes from the inside. It makes me so happy that I smile when I go to bed.”

She is an amazing personality, whose acts of kindness raise so many eye brows including that of the director of an NGO, Kids Alive International, who after he receiving a donation from Chen, was further convinced that truly, you do not have to be rich to help others.

According to the director, Mr. Daniel Lu, “She is a vegetable lady, alone and single. It is not easy for her,” he says. “I thought if she gives T$5,000 that would help.”

“When she gave me T$1m, I was surprised. [I said:] ‘Wow, you give me T$1m? What can I do?’ She said: ‘Whatever you had planned, you do it; you help the kids.””

I have heard people say that good deeds can be likened to pregnancy, which means that it cannot be hidden from the public knowledge for too long. Same with Chen, her loving acts of kindness has not gone unnoticed. She has attracted both local and international attention through her rare philanthropic activities. Once her news began to spread across, it got into the ears of the media and in 2010, Times Magazine selected her as one of the 100 most influential people. Also the Reader’s Digest named her “Asian of the Year” and Forbes Asia selected her as one of their “48 heroes of Philanthropy”.

Few years back, she was also named one of six Ramon Magsaysay Award winners for helping the poor and given a $50,000 cash prize.

She portrays what philanthropy should be like and spurs the hearts of others to do same, an example was when she donated the entire $50,000 cash prize to Taitung’s McKay Memorial Hospital, this particular act was mind blowing and it prompted many people to support the hospital in building a new medical wing.

She is unbelievable and her story has moved people from far and near to visit Taiwan just to see Chen the vegetable seller. On one occasion a visitor from Hong Kong who has been inspired by Chen left her a note of admiration amongst her vegetables.

Chen is unmarried and has no children. She is a Buddhist and a strict vegetarian who lives on easy diets like cured tofu and rice. Being an unmarried vegetarian has helped her save so much. She is also Altruistic and has little desire for material things. Having attracted the media, she is unwilling to be in the public scene, she has said that she will only want to engage in media activities such as being interviewed if the reports will motivate others to be kind to people.

Although Chen has health problems, she has no plans to retire, saying she hopes to “do this forever.”

“My wish is that I can work till the day I collapse. Money is only useful if you give it to people who need it.”

 

By Miracle Nwankwo

“Growing up in a family centered on public service, the idea that one should take what they have and give back in some way was always just part of my childhood and what I thought I would do,” says Lauren Bush Lauren.

In times where many close their eyes to the screaming needs of the poor and vulnerable, only very few humanitarians have made it a commitment to never cease to burn with the unending desire to give back to less-privileged population in the society. These ones are the reasons why we can be certain that the rain will never cease to fall on both the well-endowed and the needy.  

Amongst these many humanitarians is Lauren Bush Lauren a daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush (née Smith), a granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and niece of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Lauren is a mother of two, an entrepreneur, model, fashion designer and philanthropist. She is also the CEO of the FEED Project which she co-founded with her father-in-law Ralph Lauren to fight child hunger. 

After debating joining the Peace Corps, Lauren decided to take a different route. “I really wanted a way to rally my peers in the fight to end hunger—which does feel like this massive, overwhelming world issue,” she says. “At the same time, I loved fashion and design. So FEED really came out of this passion and interest in design, married with a way for folks to engage in this very overwhelming issue of world hunger and give back in a very tangible way.”

Today, Lauren presides over the altruistic empire of FEED. From an array of tasteful totes to the successful FEED Suppers, the organization offers a mirepoix of options to engage in the fight against the global hunger crisis. Every FEED product has a number on it, and that number signifies the amount of meals you’re able to donate, or kids you’re able to feed, when you make that purchase. She recently celebrated the company’s 100 million-meal goal and its 10th anniversary as a wonderful milestone. “For me, that was definitely a reflection moment of feeling so grateful that people have rallied behind FEED as a concept, and as a product company, in order to have that large an impact,” she says.

Lauren’s philanthropic journey first began with a U.N. World Food Programme trip to Guatemala when she was just 19 years old. Today, the same program is a main beneficiary of FEED. “It felt like such an easy, amazing, life-changing program that needed, and obviously still needs, a lot more support,” she remembers. “For me it really began with that firsthand experience of traveling around the world as a student. That really opened my eyes to the issues of poverty and hunger,” Lauren says, noting that approximately 795 million people around the world are hungry. “They literally don’t know where the next meal is coming from,” she says, clearly emotional. “You hear these sorts of crazy statistics, but going and being able to travel and meet with these families and commun ities and children and see that reality firsthand opened my eyes and my heart to that issue of hunger specifically. And from that experience, I wanted to do anything I could to help give back and especially help provide meals and nutrition to kids.”

Lauren notes that FEED helps the hungry both abroad and here closer to home with Feeding America as its partner in the U.S. “Every country is different and community is different—has different challenges,” she says. Lauren explains that in 62 of the poorest countries around the world, children are going to school and are given a free school lunch (a very basic kind of nutrient-rich porridge supplemented locally with whatever the community can provide or whatever the school garden can grow).

”It’s this kind of essential meal that kids rely on, and the reason kids are going to school, and are sent to school, often in places where dire poverty exists. So it’s just this awesome program, because not only is it getting kids fed and nourished, but it’s really giving them an opportunity to go to school and an incentive for kids to stay in school.” Current initiatives include work with Feeding America, No Kid Hungry and funding primarily home-grown school meals through the World Food Programme to encourage buying locally from farmers and feed locally in schools. “It stays a lot more sustainable, and you’re helping even more people because you’re supporting these farmers and their families, as well as being able to get food to school children,” she says.

Seeing children playing and laughing, engaged in school and with a better chance at a life to break out of the poverty cycle, is what makes this newly minted second-time mom happiest. “I took my first trip since becoming a mother last summer, and it was all the more emotional to see moms with their babies, who care so much about their kids and wanting the best for their kids, to have, at the very least, enough food to eat and proper nutrition and not being able to provide that,” she says of witnessing those heartbreaking moments. “Even here in America, it’s a struggle for so many. So I think it really has hit home, the work of FEED, all the more since becoming a mom.”

Source: Hamptons

By Miracle Nwankwo

After Nepal faced a disastrous earthquake that claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000, the country suffered a huge loss that led to new beginnings for many individuals.

But in a little place in Kathmandu of Nepal existed a beautiful home called the Butterfly Home, a home for peculiar kind of children whose parents have been held bound behind the four walls of Nepal prison yards. They were picked up from these prisons away from their inmate parent to this home.

The owner of this home is a young Nepali social worker Pushpa Basnet founder of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) the academic arm of the foundation.

Pushpa was still an undergraduate when the burden to establish a home for the children of prisoners which she often met during her social work service to the prison yards, filled her heart.

Even when her world came crashing after the disastrous earthquake that consumed Nepal, Pushpa refused to throw away this vision because she had nurtured these children as her own and having to end the journey of a lifetime humanitarian service was a no way for her.

Having carried these children away from their biological parents with a promise to give them a hope, she has dedicated her life to a successful future for them.

Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is a non-profit organization, for children of prisoners, giving them quality education and a normal childhood outside the four walls of the prison and it is located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

As a social worker, Pushpa visited a lot of prison yards during her undergraduate years and was shocked to discover that many children grow up behind bars with their imprisoned parents.

At the sight of the children, she was always heartbroken and she thought of any solution to help in any way she could. When Pushpa was only 21 she raised money and launched Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in 2005, providing daycare program for children. However, it was still not enough, the children needed a home so that they could erase the shambled ideologies about life that was created as a result of their parent’s imprisonment and having to grow up around that predicament.

By 2007, she established a residential home for the children to live outside the prison and under her care. 

She became the savior of many convicts in Nepali prison who would now rest safely knowing that their children are safe and in the care of a loving heart.

The Early Childhood Development Center rescues both children behind bars throughout urban and rural regions.

Pushpa also ensures that the children go to visit their parents during holidays because she is also concerned about the relationship between them and their parents. 

While she thought about these children she was also thinking of ways to engage their parents, then in 2009, she came up with an amazing programme for these inmate parents. The programme was under the sponsorship of ChangeFusion Nepal and entails coaching the parents to make handicrafts inside the cell.

The core aim of her initiative is to make the female prisoners and also former inmates to be involved in income generating activities that will enable them to sustain their livelihood and contribute towards raising their children. 

For many Nepali convicts, they feel indebted to this human savior who has not only brought them hope but has also succeeded in making life worth living.

On this account, her effort has been hugely recognized and commended both in Nepal and outside the country, she has also received supports as well as fund-raise from local and international organizations.

Pushpa received the CNN Hero Award for 2012 and in 2016.

Perpetual hunger and starvation will never cease in the world until people realise that love is meant to be dispersed. This reality is yet to eat deep into the world but a number of persons have already begun to run with this mindset. 

Speaking of those with this unique mindset, Taiwanese model and actress Lin Chi-ling once said “I have grown up in love, it would be a wonderful thing if I could give love and care to those who are ill.”

These are not just mere words put together to create an emotional feeling but an expression of a burning desire which is already being expressed through acts of goodwill. Lin Chi-ling is the only celebrity who made it to Forbes Magazine’s list of 40 Asian “Heroes of Philanthropy” for 2018. Her emergence on the list was hinged on her selfless donations to help humanity including building homes for the less fortunate.

According to Forbes, it had been looking for individual philanthropists who gave from their own personal fortune, not through company funds, and out of the 40 Asians chosen, Lin Chi-ling stood out as one of the persons who gave their personal funds.

Chi-ling was born on the 29 November 1974 in Taipei, Taiwan, she had her early education at Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School. She later attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and then attended the University of Toronto.

After graduating from the university, Lin returned to Taiwan to pursue a career in fine art in order to get a position at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Unfortunately, she was not given because she did not have a postgraduate degree in the field. However, when she was 15 years she was discovered by model talent scout Lin Chien-huan. So she continued to model part-time before leaving the industry and working as an administrative assistant for the Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation. In 2000, Lin left Fubon and spent three months studying in Japan, then returned to Taiwan and modeling, with Catwalk Production House.

She was invited to model in a television advertisement in Hong Kong in 2002, which blew the internet and attracted attention and interest on Chi-ling. In 2003, a notable television producer Ge Hongfu offered Chi-ling a position as hostess of a fashion program on Shanghai Oriental Television. In 2004, she starred in a broad series of advertisements in Taiwan that included big giant building-size posters, billboards, and television commercials. And in a twinkle of an eye, rose to the top of the industry and became an instant celebrity model. Her rise to fame initiated a Taiwanese craze for supermodels, an effect commentators named “The Lin Chi-ling Phenomenon” 

Her popularity grew throughout the rest of 2004, as she began modeling in Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese advertisements, and continued when she began doing Japanese advertisements in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Chi-ling served as Taiwan’s goodwill ambassador to the Japan Tourism Association. She has had numerous roles in television over her time as a model, being the host of TVBS-G LA Mode News, TVBS-G Fashion Track, the Golden Melody Awards and the Top Chinese Music Chart Awards in 2005.

After a long period of time of engaging in showbiz, the Taiwanese charity angel has now dedicating part of her life to giving back to society. In 2011, she established a charity organization called the Chiling Charity Foundation which supports child welfare through its provision of access to quality education and medication.

According to Forbes, Lin has given at least US$3.2 million (NT$98.8 million) for charity purposes. About half went to disadvantaged children or emergency relief projects in Taiwan, with Lin auctioning off her used wardrobe and selling charity calendars to raise the funds. she has donated the other half of the total to China’s Nest-Building Fund to build dormitories for schoolchildren in remote parts of the country, Forbes reported. Recently, she told the media about her intentions to build more dormitories.

She claims to be imprinting a mark that will continue to exist after she is gone which was inspired from the words of a cancer-stricken friend, who asked her, “How would you like to be remembered after you’re gone?”

By Miracle Nwankwo

Every philanthropist has a unique and inspiring tale about their journey in philanthropy, and often times their acts and willingness to give to the society is inspired by the struggles of their past. However, it is one thing to be shown kindness and it is another thing to be willing to return the favor.

This episode of Impact Inspire brings the spectacular story of a rare gem, someone whose heart yearns daily with a desire to reciprocate an act of kindness that was shown her in a better form.

She is an African woman, born in the midst of excruciating poverty in a little village in Wedza District of rural Zimbabwe.

Her name is Fiona Mavhinga, the founding partner of CAMA a foundation whose goal is to help girls and young women to access education, facilitating their transition into higher education and employment, and creating opportunities to develop their leadership and activism.

Fiona had her growing up days very tough; as the first child of the family she was very keen on education and everyone around her saw her passion.

Her very supportive family sent her to live with her grandmother when she was old enough to go to school, so that the distance to school could become shorter since her grandmother lived closer to the school than they did. 

Reducing the distance to school was not the only problem that Fiona and her family had to deal with; they were also faced with financial problems. Despite all their efforts, there were days when the family went hungry because of Fiona’s fees, yet on many occasions, she was sent home from school for not paying her fees. Nevertheless, with the hope of a brighter future, the family struggled to meet Fiona’s school-going costs. While staying with her grandmother, they woke up at 4am every morning, and worked every weekend, selling vegetables at the market, trying to earn enough money to make ends meet.

Fiona’s mother, on the other hand was also committed to supporting her daughter’s education. She was a trader who traded dried fish for maize, and then sells the maize to provide for Fiona’s school fees. 

The distance between Fiona’s grandmother’s house to the school was 5km, apart from the days that her cousins and uncle would carry Fiona part of the way to school, she walked every day to school to receive a full day of lessons, after which she returns home studying late into the night next to a paraffin lamp, having spent her evenings working on the vegetable plot that their livelihood was dependent on. 

Fiona was not the only girl in her community that really wanted go to school, but due to the poverty that consumed most rural areas in Zimbabwe many of her friends in the rural village lost their dreams to poverty, and their lives have become so drastically different from that of Fiona who was lucky enough to pull through with the support and determination of her family.

Having concluded her secondary school amidst the intense heat of lack and want, she was then faced with the challenge to further her education. She had written her final exams and obtained the best results both in her school, and her entire province. For the cause of her excellence, she was offered an admission into the Zimbabwe university.  

The possibility of going to the university was not in view and Fiona was too stubborn to give up. She thought of many possible solutions and a way out but none of the options involved letting go of her dreams. In the end, like the old saying “when there is a will, there is a way”, a perfect help came to her at the very time she needed it.

The story of her life got better when Camfed stepped in to support her, it was a dream come through for Fiona who cried tears of joy and relief.

Camfed is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

With the help of Camfed, Fiona went to the University to study Law and graduated. After her graduation she worked as a lawyer for three years and later went on to work with the Bank of Zimbabwe.

However, that was not her destination as she had a dream and a purpose to drive into fulfilment. She wanted to return this same act of goodwill and together with the support of Camfed and other beneficiaries of the NGO (the first 400 young women whose education Camfed had supported), Fiona formed the Camfed Association, CAMA.

CAMA is a powerful Pan-African network with a unique movement of rural philanthropists whose major focus is to help the adolescent girl with access to education.

In 1998 when they started out, the 400 former Camfed-supported students came together to multiply the impact of donor funds by offering training, technology, business loans, and mentoring support to young women at the critical time when they leave secondary school.

Currently, the Group has a target to grow to more than 130,000 by 2019. Also in 2014, they set a target in partnership with their parent organisation Camfed, to support one million adolescent girls to go to secondary school within just five years. After two years, at the end of 2016, they had passed the halfway mark.

In 2017, it reached the 100,000 mark. Many women and girls are now beneficiaries of the CAMA Network and Fiona is still optimistic. She looks forward to a brighter future with CAMA meeting the educational needs of billions of women and girls in Africa. And she also hopes that with these impacts, these beneficiaries can now take up top positions in the societies and help change the world.

The group has also established its presence in other African countries like Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi with its executive representative resident in those countries.

Fiona has been celebrated on different platforms and has also received awards for her efforts including Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.