INTRODUCING QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS MAVIS AND HAUWA
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Reekelitsoe from Lesotho, and Chikondi and Pilirani From Malawi.
This week we are getting to know Mavis Elias from Namibia and Hauwa Ojeifo from Nigeria.
Mavis from Namibia
She is the founder of the EM Love Foundation, whose work ranges from providing donated food and clothing to low-income families, to hosting fundraisers for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mavis now leads a team of seven directors and has more than 40 volunteers working with her. She and her team have hosted a charity pop-up shop in collaboration with Street Store, a pop-up store that can be created in any community to enable the homeless to shop for free.
“It is a great honour and privilege to represent my country on an international platform, and I hope to give my best.”
In recognition of her community work, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia invited Mavis to serve on her One Economy Foundation, which works to promote inclusivity between different communities, via programmes focused on education, violence, and health.
Hauwa from Nigeria
Hauwa from Lagos has been awarded in acknowledgment of the work she is doing to help overcome the stigma around mental health in Nigeria.
She is the founder of the support group She Writes Woman, which focuses on mental health support and outreach among some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Through this organisation, she set up the country’s first 24-hour mental health helpline, which has so far assisted more than 200 women to gain the support they need.
Hauwa also operates ‘Safe Places’ – free monthly support groups for women, which include therapy and help from counselors, coaches and physicians, and carries out ‘Hope Visits’ to people in psychiatric hospitals who have not had visitors for a long time.
“I can’t wait to meet the other Award winners, learn about their work and how this programme will further empower us for social change. I’m really excited to see what the year ahead will bring.”