The Vodafone Foundation is celebrating our 25th anniversary!
A quarter century of creativity, empowerment, support and vision in 27 countries around the world. Here in New Zealand, we’ve provided $25,000,000 in funding to inspiring individuals and organisations making a difference in our communities. Our World of Difference and Fellowship programmes have partnered with more than 100 passionate kiwis working to improve the lives of our young people. And, with the 2017 World of Difference recipients about to be announced, we thought there was no better time to reflect on the great work of our past recipients.
When a young person is disengaged for whatever reason, it becomes difficult for them to get into their education and employment. That’s why Marcus Powell set up Crescendo – an organisation that aims to build young people up through music and expression. With the Vodafone Foundation, Marcus has received funding, mentoring support and the networks to build Crescendo into a recognised and sustainable charity. And now nothing’s stopping him from giving young people the love and opportunities they need to grow.
When young people are cared for, everyone benefits. Kahurangi Taylor recognised this and put her hand up to help; the Vodafone Foundation responded. Kahurangi is working with Ngati te Ata, building a youth led organisation where rangatahi can learn and lead change for whanau, hapu, Iwi and the community.
The Foundation’s support meant Kahurangi went from being one woman volunteering, to an organisation of 5 staff members, with five times the impact. Kahurangi wants to provide support and development opportunities and normalise Maori success.
Dream big, go big & go hard. That’s what Shana Malio-Satele tells kids who walk in the door to MATES, a mentoring and tutoring scheme led by Shana. The sad truth is, youth in lower socio areas are more vulnerable to disengaging in school and getting in trouble outside of it. Shana saw this as a problem, and saw that with a bit of mentoring she could help. So, she joined MATES –focussing on academic and personal development for youth. Shana asked the Vodafone Foundation for help, and they answered. Allowing Shana to think limitlessly, take risks, and do things she never thought were possible to help.
We have many past recipients, just like Marcus, Kahurangi & Shana who are doing more than their bit for New Zealand communities. We can’t wait to follow and support them all in making their mark and making New Zealand a better place for youth.