Use your mouse to make a difference around the world

Posted on October 14, 2008


A series of advertisements caught my eye as I was reading the last couple of issues of Newsweek. Aside from the fact that these more-than-half-page ads dominated the spreads of the magazine’s first few pages, keywords such as “meaningful action” and “sustainable solutions” called out to the budding social entrepreneur in me.

A photo from the Yurt Kindergartens in Kyrgyztan

A photo from the Yurt Kindergartens in Kyrgyztan

The source of these ads is World Challenge, an annual competition supported by Shell, BBC, and Newsweek that “honors inventive local solutions to our planet’s most difficult problems.” The winner will receive a grant of $20,000, and two runners-up will each receive $10,000–all for the future of their projects.

The World Challenge Website shows the 12 finalists from India (2 entries), South Africa, Colombia, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya (3 entries), Brazil, Paraguay, and Kyrgyztan, and it allows anyone from anywhere in the world to vote for their favorite project. I’m still trying to decide which project will get my vote–because they’re all equally worthy of that mouse click!–but maybe if you vote too, then I won’t have to feel guilty about choosing one over the others.

Please spread the word and make a difference for people from other parts of the globe! Voting closes on 21 November 2008.