We’ve got some exciting news to share! On September 19th, our very own co-founder and COO, Tanyella Evans will be recognized for her incredible work in the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. She is one of six young humanitarians from around the world being honored with the prestigious award.
We couldn’t be more proud!
Check out Tanyella’s write-up in the official press release below:
Tanyella Evans, 28, will be honored for her extraordinary sense of Spirituality. Tanyella’s experience in social entrepreneurship and international development emerge through the lens of education and culture, with an over-riding belief that all human beings are inter-connected. Tanyella is driven by the philosophy that education is a basic human right, essential to prosperity and peace. Having made significant personal sacrifices to act on her beliefs, she co-founded Library For All, an organization that offers a digital library platform to make quality educational resources available to individuals across the developing world.
Prior to Library For All, Tanyella, who hails from the United Kingdom (UK), served as executive director of the Artists for Peace and Justice, where she led a team to establish a school of over 2,000 students in one of the poorest slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Tanyella also worked as a teacher in Uganda and trained at the Campaign for Female Education in the UK. She is a recipient of a United World College scholarship to Lester B. Pearson College, and graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Muhammad Ali decided to create the awards in an effort to recognise the humanitarian work of young adults.
Ali’s wife has spoken proudly of her husband’s work in a statement; “Of course he is proud of his accomplishments in the ring, but Muhammad’s proudest moments are those where he is able to touch the lives of others in positive and sometimes profound ways,” Lonnie Ali said. “Muhammad is a living example of how one person can inspire and improve the lives of others.
“The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards is his opportunity to formally recognize some of these young people for the good works they do and to encourage them and others to begin and continue to do good in their own communities and hopefully extend that good to the global community.”
Here’s a glimpse at the other recipients of the Six Core Principle Honorary award:
- Kyla LaPointe (24) is being honored for her Confidence as a leading advocate for child rights nationally and internationally. LaPointe played a key role in founding the New Brunswick Youth in Care Network and she also works with the North American Council of Adoptable Children.
- Hadiqa Bashir (13) has dedicated her life to the advocacy of women’s and girl’s rights against forced child marriage in Pakistan. She is being honored for her Conviction, as she pioneers the Girls United for Human Rights Group, empowering disfranchised girls in rural regions of Pakistan and eliminating socioeconomic inequality.
- Christopher Ategeka (31) grew up in rural Uganda where at the age of 7 he had lost both his parents to HIV/AIDs and raised his four siblings. He is being honored for his Dedication. Ategeka earned a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California and in 2011 he started Rides for Lives to address health inequity in Uganda, where he has helped more than 30,000 rural Ugandans.
- Veronika Scott (26) is receiving the Giving Award for her sustainable program, The Empowerment Plan. The organisation is addressing homelessness through employment, by providing homeless women with jobs as seamstresses, creating thermal, waterproof coats for other homeless individuals.
- Sasha Fisher (26) is the executive director of Spark MicroGrants and will be honored with a Respectaward. Spark enables remote villages in east Africa to design and launch their own social impact projects.
Well done Tanyella and to the other five recipients for your outstanding work. We need more courageous and determined individuals to initiate and lead programs that solve poverty and inequality in our world.
To find out more about the award, read the official statement here!