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Haroon wins global citizen award

Updated: Mar 25, 2021


Waislitz Foundation
Haroon Yasin founded Orenda, producing an entertaining digital curriculum that embeds education in the child’s daily life so they can learn better. PHOTO: ImageCollab

Haroon Yasin, co-founder and chairperson of Orenda, developer of a digital education curriculum, has been recognized by Global Citizen and the Waislitz Foundation, global advocacy groups, as the 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Award grand prize winner on 11 August. The awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250 000 that recognize excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty with the grand prize being $100 000 and three prizes of $50 000 each. Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen says they are thrilled to recognize this year’s winners whose work exemplifies the values and practices of being a global citizen and are inspired by their dedication and impact towards eradicating extreme poverty. He says all applicants were evaluated based on individual merit in five key areas including global citizenship, proof of concept, disruption, scalability and adaptability.

“Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, founder of ColdHubs, a solar-powered walk-in cold room producer, was announced as the Disruptor Award winner, while Farhad Wajdi, founder of Ebtakar Inspiring Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan Organization, which empowers unemployed youth and underprivileged women to pursue social enterprises, won the Citizen Choice Award. Muzalema Mwanza, founder of Safe Motherhood Alliance, producer of safe baby delivery kits to women in rural areas, won the COVID-19 Response Award,” says Evans. Evans says Haro