For the eleventh consecutive year Vodafone Foundation welcomes the winners of the program World of Difference. The 10 young people are ready to face the challenges of our time and will work for 6 months in the Non-Profit Organization of their choice, while the Vodafone Foundation covers their salary.
Despite the difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ten winners of the program – aged 18 to 35 – motivated by the belief that technology can change the world for the better, managed to stand out in the program. Thus, by utilizing digital tools and adapting their way of working to the new data, the winners will work for strengthening NGOs and their beneficiaries, with the aim of eliminating stereotypes, empowering people with disabilities, promoting literacy in children, cultivating social & environmental awareness, but also strengthening social entrepreneurship.
«The program World of Difference is now an institutional program, with more than 434,000 of our fellow human beings benefiting. At the Foundation Vodafone, believing that technology is an important tool both for the development of modern society and for achieving a social goal, we try to create a significant wave of change. The emergence this year of 10 young people who will work in the NGO of their choice and will contribute in different fields, fills us with optimism for the future of the country “, reports the Alexandra Papanikolaou, Head of Vodafone Greece Social Offer Programs.
Specifically, this year 10 winners of the program are the following:
Emma Raibaut – Librarian at the NGO We Need Books
Emma’s main goal is to enhance literacy in all children and especially in those far from their country of origin. Utilizing the technology, it will contribute both to the digital cataloging of the Organization’s books and to the creation of a complete digital lending library.
Henry Umunnakwe – Project Manager at Humane
Henry will create and manage the “Be-Humane” platform. It aims to modernize the voluntary network of empowerment of people with disabilities, with the direct connection of supply and demand, in real time and location. Thus, a network of empowerment of individuals will be created, with visible & invisible disabilities and chronic diseases.
Christine Gerothodorou – E-shop Administrator & Social Media Specialist of the Fabric Republic program ΑΜΚΕ ΙΑΣΙΣ
Christina’s main intention is to strengthen the online store of the clothing bank of the Organization but also to promote the idea of upcycling. Its aim is to develop an ethical and sustainable mentality regarding the consumer habits of the citizens.
Dimitra Kondova – Campaign Manager at AMKE With Other Eyes
Dimitra’s goal is the development of the digital campaign “Speak up” of the Organization, which will function as a digital tool for breaking down stereotypes around disability. In this way, it will bring to the fore aspects of the daily life of people with disabilities, with which the general public is less familiar.
Mary Kotsoni Interactive Multimedia Developer at InterMediaKT
Through her six-month work, Maria will create the digital platform “Web Guide for Caregivers”, which will improve the mental and physical health of both family caregivers and the people they care for and who are particularly tested during the period. of the pandemic.
Michael Marinakis – Educational Content & Public Engagement Coordinator στην All For Blue
Through his work at the Organization, Michalis will create digital educational material on the protection of the marine ecosystem, contributing to the awareness and active action of students, through STEM education.
Dimitris Boufidis – #SDG_crew’s Digital Support Manager for Sustainable Development Goals at Corps of Greek Scouts
Dimitris’ goal is to spread the message of sustainable development throughout Greece, through the creation of a mobile application, which will provide tips, ideas, examples and good practices for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Eri Pavlakis – Operations Manager at NGOs Women Do Business
The purpose of Eris is the development of the electronic platform “Social Entrepreneurs” of the Organization. In this way, anyone who wants to start a social enterprise, will be able to find all the necessary information gathered, on how to start, to whom to address and what steps to follow.
Stella Pistofidou – Head of Information Systems at the Association Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece.
Stella, through her work, aims to create a mobile application, which will contain books in audio format. Thus, it will facilitate access to read literary books to people with limited or total loss of vision.
Chryssa Hadjivassiliou – Project Manager at the Charitable Association Drama Gentlemen’s Association – House of Open Hospitality
Chryssa, in the first half of its work, will create a reliable tool for the association – a digital database – that will contribute to the storage of large-scale data and will also help in the organization and documentation of the beneficiaries of the Organization.
Meet the new winners and the work they have undertaken https://youtu.be/iWXD4OKgcrM and find more information at https://www.vodafone.gr/vodafone-ellados/vodafone-world-of-difference/
Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.
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