THE STORY

I founded CATALYST with the core aim to empower “social entrepreneurs” from around the globe with better leadership and management skills, and deeper insights into growing their organization successfully, through human potential methodologies like coaching and mentoring.

My visit to Kanthari (who empowers social visionaries to overcome adversity and drive ethical social change) in Kerala, India changed my entire perspective about leadership and what I would be a part of… in days ahead. It was there that I was driven with the noble idea to “empower the next generation of servant leaders”.

 

– Mel Leow, Founder of Catalyst and APIC

WHY EMPOWER AND INSPIRE “SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS”?

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with the heart for change. They think up innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are passionate, ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

They are visionaries. Rather than waiting for change to happen, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by committing their lives to changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move into new directions for the benefit of society.

OUR CATALYSTS

ADAMU BASHIRU

A social entrepreneur whose social impact has reach out to more than five thousand youth via his weekly motivational radio program on Joy FM 96.5. He is a catalyst for positive social change who works with his
team to help prisoners and youth—to empower, inspire, and cultivate critical thinking, life skills, self-reflection, and peer mentoring designed to curb re-offending crime in Nigeria.

These are being achieved through his organization he initiated in 2012 called Dream Again Prison and Youth Foundation with the vision of “Transforming prisons in Nigeria from punitive to effective correctional facility. His award includes: Oasis Award winner of Emerging Africa Leaders Academy

He is a fellow of Leap Africa, Kanthari International Alumni and Member
YouthActionNet (An initiative of International Youth Foundation). One of his favourite quotes comes from Mahatma Gandhi – “Be the change, you wish to see in the world”.

CHIPO CHIKOMO

Chipo is from Zimbabwe and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology and Sociology from Africa University. As a Social Entrepreneur, she founded Nhanga Trust, which works to transform the lives of female in-mates and ex-inmates through training them in Entrepreneurial skills.

She has an innate passion for sustainable development. She has made media appearances in recognition of her work which include Phenomenal Woman, Shining Star, Reaching Out and she has been part of a panel to discuss Social Entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe at the Food For Thought session at the US Embassy. She is also an alumnus of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2015 – Zimbabwe and Kanthari 2013 – India

She was recently selected for the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) 2016 in the USA. MWF is the flagship of President Barak Obama, selected fellows have a ‘yes we can’ attitude and that will lead Sub Saharan Africa into a new age of prosperity as it takes its place on the world stage. One of her favorite quote is from Maya Angelou, ‘Cause I am a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman that’s me’.

NYASHA MUGWAGWA

Nyasha Mugwagwa is a young Zimbabwean social entrepreneur. She is the Founder Impala Breeze Youth project an initiative to equip school dropout girls (those who drop out of school because of poverty) to be self reliant through mentorship, entrepreneurial and vocational training.

She is a social change agent who works hand in hand with her community to help stop child marriages, child prostitution, drug and substance abuse. Nyasha is a voice of the marginalized girls and her vision is for every girl to have access to education. She is a fellow of Stimulus Innovation Hub and kanthari.

Educate a girl…educate a nation.

SANDRA AFONNE

Sandra is a Social Entrepreneur whose passion for self-discovery among youths in Nigeria. Her belief that “everyone has got a Talent and that one’s ability to live their dream lies in discovering their God-given potential”, motivates her to work with the youths; by encouraging, directing and transforming their minds to identify their purpose and choose their career paths wisely.

Her vision is to see that massive unemployment among youths in Nigeria is reduced to the barest minimum rate. To drive this project, she founded Spancity International Talent Enhancement Foundation (SITEF) which having being incorporated as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria, deliberately and systematically Enhances and Promotes Talent among Nigerian Youths.

Her Educational Qualifications include: P.G.D. Education, B.A. German, Certificate & Associate Member of the Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria (ISMN).

RUTH OYINYOZA ADAMU

Ruth Oyinyoza Adamu is a Nigerian, a teacher, a linguist and a catalyst for positive change. She works with children/youth and is committed to helping them boost their self-confidence and self-worth.

She is an Ambassador and a Board Member at Dream Again Prison and Youth Foundation and a Facilitator at Dream Again capacity building initiative DACBI). She believes that when we train a child right, the society will be all right.

She is now working towards building a school where children will be helped in finding their paths early by involving them in participatory learning, critical and analytical thinking, and instilling in them the right mindset to dream big and to live the to live the dreams.

JAMES A. EDOGA

Working with the government for 15 years and having to move and work through communities and interact with youths, he discovered among other factors, ignorance,low self esteem, idleness and poor education to be strongly connected with juvenile offences and crime generally.
Research has shown the same to be among the factors responsible for Recidivism — the repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offenders. Another group James observed are the literate who scarcely read or study anything that should better their life. Helping these groups have become his desire and goal; thus inspiring a reading society, by aiming to set up mini-libraries in communities to engage the literate, idle youths and the like.
James is a humanitarian change catalyst and humorist, career & relationship counselor and author of the classic “Stop Ducking the Eagles”. He trains to coach individuals and teams to attain both personal and professional success. He is a husband and father with a passion to inspiring humanity towards emotional wholeness & wellness and a soaring solution-driven generation.

FASORANT, ISAAC DAMILOLA

Fasoranti is a graduate of Education Biology and is constantly looking for innovative ways to empower young people to translate knowledge into practical skills and better livelihood. Upon graduation he volunteered with Voluntary Service Overseas International Citizen Service program), which led him to impactDadd training sessions on using plastic bottles to light up villages in the hugely populated nomadic villagers in Northern Nigeria.

Fasoranti then relocated to India on a scholarship from Kanthari International and that experience helped him create an innovative vegetable-cutting machine made out trash and local materials whilst facilitating train-the-trainer sessions to ensure the product usage to help lift the locals out of poverty.

He later returned to Nigeria and founded Prikkle Academy. This non-profit organization aims to raise 1,000 creative and innovative young Nigerians over the next 5 years. He envisages starting an innovation center to solve problem-solvers in rural Nigeria to reshape the perception of rural communities dwellers and re-design thinking to create long lasting social impact.

MELODY MAKUWAZA

Melody is a Zimbabwean Social Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Facilitator, Etiquette and Image Coach and Aspiring Writer. She started a youth organisation called “The Mentoring Class”, which creates information platforms, facilitates role model interactions, mentoring opportunity and life empowerment skills for young people.

She is a change-maker who believes in unleashing the potential of young people and women. Melody is a member of Toast-Masters International and has successfully completed the Sigma Executive Training Program. She is also a “Warriors Without Weapons” Alumni and participated in the Sustainable Development Goals Training of Trainer Program. She is passionate about self-development, travelling and networking with likeDminded people.

One of the many quotes which resonates with her is by Steve Jobs… “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do”. And so she is motivated to do the same.

GIDEON OKIBE

Gideon is a Nigerian. An Information Technology entrepreneur, whose love for technology has brought many impactful programs to Society. He gained most of his ICT skills from working with communication systems and Information Technology Laboratories in the region.

His love for ICT motivated him to build a community of Information Communication System called Global Ray Technology with the Vision to grow individuals, social groups and young entrepreneurs with unrefined skills from an inactive state to a highly sophisticated program inventors in all field of technology.

His favorite quote is “building today for a better tomorrow”

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A CATALYST?

If you have a heart to impact your community (nation), join us on this journey today.

As a CATALYST, you will get a chance to learn from Coaches and Mentors who will help you grow and walk with you through your journey of becoming a change agent.

You will also get a chance to exchange ideas and glean from other CATALYST members from around the world.

Be a Catalyst to your community today!

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