we the future: accelerating sustainable development solutions
I was so grateful to be in New York City during Global Goals Week when world leaders come together from all over the globe to discuss the progress and actions for the future. Global Goals Week occurs annually (9/23-9/16 this year) and marks the anniversary of the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each of the goals below strives to create a better world by 2030. Global Goals Week is filled with events at the United Nations and brings together organizations, NGOs, governments and individuals to ideate and partner to make change (globalgoals.org).
On 9/21, I attended the Livestream of the We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions event at General Assembly. The event highlighted a diverse group of 25 speakers with their bold vision for change. Each speaker had a unique perspective and background that make the day highly inspiring and energizing.
Before the Livestream began at General Assembly, 5 social entrepreneurs presented the amazing work they are doing. Kevin presented his portable and affordable eyeglasses model that makes sight easily accessible. Mohamad discussed his start-ups ability to bring safe medications everywhere. Albert spoke of his hydralic water pump that is beneficial to communities and the environment. Massa shared the work her NGO is doing to bring STEM education to Syrian refugees. I was blown away by the impact each of these people and their team's are making.
I was fortunate to be sitting next to Massa at the event and able to speak with her about her mission. She is so incredibly passionate about bringing quality education to everyone and ensuring that no matter the circumstances, each child receives that. Massa explained that the students are not only learning how to code at a young age, however, they are also enabled to develop and execute projects that better the well-being of their community in the refugee camps.
Massa's NGO SONBOLA is doing absolutely incredible work to empower youth, increase access to education, improve health and well-being and therefore, create a better world. The curriculum, opportunity and mindset that SONBOLA fosters is so inspiring and perseveres even in a time of conflict and volatility. The education SONBOLA provides improves the livelihood of the students and empowers them to make a difference.
I was so moved by Massa and her stories of the students SONBOLA has worked with and the impact the program has had on their own life and others. Visit the following link to support SONBOLA via donation, volunteering, advocacy or sponsorship.