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Child 10 Award and Summit 2017

  • About Child 10


    Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation and Reach for Change founded the Child 10 Award to highlight, support and connect bold leaders of grassroots organizations working to address pressing issues for children. Every year, the Child 10 Awardees meet in Stockholm for Child 10: an exceptional opportunity for them to share best practices and to build on collective knowledge to continue their work for children. This year, ECPAT Sweden joins Child 10 in the movement to protect one of the most vulnerable groups in our world today: children on the run from war and conflict.

The Child 10 Founders


The Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation invests in and channels the knowhow of three generations of entrepreneurs into ventures supporting the most vulnerable, women and children.

Reach for Change identifies and supports Change Leaders – exceptional individuals who have; a strong desire to promote children’s rights, an innovative idea to change the world for children, and the passion and the drive to create this change.

Read more about Reach for Change

Child 10 Award 2017


When danger becomes the safest route

Since Child 10 Award 2016 the situation for children on the run has gotten continuously worse; with more children having to leave their homes and being subjects to constant perils and having their rights as children and human beings unfulfilled.

In 2017, we will select 10 social entrepreneurs helping the close to 28 million children on the run from war and conflict to receive the Child 10 Award 2017 and to participate in the Child 10 Summit in Stockholm.


Read about our selection process and criteria

The Child 10 Awardees of 2017


The Child 10 Awardees work tirelessly to bring justice to children on the run from war and conflict. This year’s Awardees work across three continents, providing mental, physical, social and legal support, education, and most importantly – a childhood for uprooted children who need the love and warmth of adults the most.

The ten grassroot children’s rights activists are determined to eradicate the inequality and human rights violation many children face today. Read more about them below. 

Order the Child 10 Booklet 2017

The Child 10 Awardees 2017

Child 10 awardees map



Action pour les enfants (APLE)


Seila Samleang, Cambodia


Nearly 10% of Cambodian children are subjected to sexual abuse or exploitation before the age of 18. Since 2003, Seila Samleang has led APLE to partner up with the local police to assist them with child-friendly investigation processes, and offer legal and social support to the children affected.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]



Murhabazi Namegabe, DRC


Ceaseless conflicts in the Great Lakes Region of Africa have caused thousands of child refugees to separate from their families, and forced them into a cycle of continuous relocation. Murhabazi Namegabe helps unaccompanied minors find refuge at BVES’s homes and centers, and assist with family reunification while protecting their safety.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]



Wereje Benson, Uganda & DRC


In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, over 11 million children have no access to education, and 1 in 10 children become child soldiers. Benson Wereje founded CIYOTA to provide proper education, accommodation and medical care to empower child refugees to create a better future for themselves.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]

Collateral Repair Project (CRP)


Amanda Lane, Jordan


While most NGOs assist conflict-affected children at refugee camps in Jordan, 87% of the children actually live outside of these camps without any educational guidance or psychological support. Amanda Lane leads CRP, an NGO that offers educational and financial aid to urban child refugees.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]

Damnok Toek


Sam Sovannarith, Cambodia


Due to socio-economic instability in Thailand and Cambodia, nearly 25 unaccompanied children cross the border each day in search of a better life. Sam Sovannarith aim to prevent child trafficking and sexual exploitation, rehabilitate traumatized youths and guide them to social inclusion.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]

Friends of Orphans


Ricky Richard Anywar, Uganda


In Northern Uganda, 60,000 children have been abducted and forcibly militarized, and many young girls suffer from sexual assault and unwanted pregnancy. Ricky Richard Anywar founded FRO to provide self-employment based vocational training for former child soldiers, underaged mothers, and other vulnerable children.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]



Sooi Schneider & Tobias Glad, Sweden


Unaccompanied North African child refugees struggle for inclusion into Swedish society, as they lack access to information and education, and often get their asylum visas refused. Sooi Schneider and Tobias Eriksson-Glad created Habibi to help unaccompanied youths gain access to information and provide mental support, as a first step to social integration.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Right To Play Palestine


Jamil Sawalma, Palestine


The current political conflict in Palestine has negatively affected the country’s education, resulting in 50% of school children being subjected to verbal and/or physical abuse. Jamil Sawalma trains school teachers to use a more child-centered and play-based teaching approach to ensure a safe educational space for children.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]

Save the Children TF-CBT


Jannes Grudin & Erica Mattelin, Sweden


Child refugees in Sweden often live with untreated posttraumatic stress disorder which turns into a chronic condition. Jannes Grudin and Erica Mattelin have partnered up with local NGOs and clinicians to provide medical aid to children who need psychological support.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

The Schoolbox Project


Belle Sweeney, Greece & US


In Greek refugee camps, children from nearly ten different countries coexist. There is one thing these multinational refugees have in common: trauma. Belle Sweeney and her team provides trauma-informed education, art and play in mobile schoolhouses made out of converted shipping containers.


Contact details:
Email: [email protected]

Child 10 Awardees 2016:

Josefa Condori Quispe


Thousands of young girls in Peru, often from poor rural families, are being exploited and forced into modern slavery. Josefa Condori Quispe, who was sent away to work as a maid when she was only eight years old, now helps young domestic workers get out of a cycle of abuse.


See more about Josefa and CAITH here .

Anta Mbow

Empire des Enfants, Senegal

Nearly 8,000 children live on the streets of Dakar. Many have been sent to the Senegalese capital by relatives in rural areas to learn the Quran. But instead of learning, they end up begging in the streets, where they are vulnerable to abuse. When Senegalese-born Anta MBow moved back to Dakar after living in France for decades, she was shocked to see the number of street children – and decided to open a shelter.


See more about Anta and Empire des Enfants here .

Martine Umulisa

Kaami Arts, Rwanda

In Rwanda, there are an estimated 3,000 street children facing hunger, drug abuse and violence. To survive, they are forced to beg, steal or prostitute themselves. Some take drugs to forget their problems. Three years ago, Rwandan artist Martine Umulisa helped set up a theatre for street children. Through arts, youngsters with psychological trauma can regain confidence and break the cycle of abuse.


See more about Martine and Kaami Arts here .

Christopher & David Mikkelsen


War, conflict and natural disasters have forced millions of people from their homes. According to UNICEF, there are today 50 million children on the move. Many have lost contact with their parents or other family members. To help displaced people find their loved ones, Danish-American brothers David and Christopher Mikkelsen launched REFUNITE, a platform for missing persons that has over 500,000 registered users.


See more about Christopher & David and REFUNITE here .

Debbie Beadle

ECPAT UK Youth Programme, UK

An estimated six million children live in slavery around the world. In the UK, at least 4,000 children are thought to be living in conditions of modern slavery, often trafficked from other countries. In 2009, Debbie Beadle started a weekly support group for young victims of trafficking.


See more about Debbie and ECPAT UK Youth Programme here .

Eve Saosarin

M’Lop Tapang, Cambodia

Youth from poor, rural provinces in Cambodia flock to beach resorts in hope of a better future. But many drift into a spiral of drug use, social isolation and abuse. Social entrepreneur Eve Saosarin, who grew up in a refugee camp, started helping six run-away children who lived on the beach. Now his organisation M’Lop Tapang helps more than 5,000 vulnerable youngsters.


See more about Eve and M'Lop Tapang here .

Delphine Moralis

Missing Children Europe, Belgium

Across the EU, 250,000 children are reported missing each year. Around 125,000 of them have run away from home or from institutions, escaping violence or neglect, sexual exploitation and abuse. Frustrated by the lack of Pan European cooperation and multidisciplinary solutions, Delphine Moralis led the development of a 24-hour hotline for the investigation into missing children.


See more about Delphine and Missing Children Europe here .

Nyakwesi Mujaya

Makini, Tanzania

There has been a rapid increase of street children in Tanzania in the past years. NGOs estimate there are more than 10,000 homeless children at risk of exploitation, neglect and violence. In 2010, Nyakwesi Mujaya created a drop-in centre where street children can express themselves artistically and regain their self-esteem.


See more about Nyakwesi and Makini here .

Abdul Manaff Kemokai

Defence for Children, Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, there are around 50,000 street children vulnerable to exploitation, child labour and prostitution. Many are victims of abuse or pushed into criminal activities, but instead of receiving help from the authorities street children are often blamed. Abdul Manaff Kemokai, director of Defence for Children Sierra Leone, oversees community-based legal centres that offer assistance to youngsters who have ended up on the streets.


See more about Abdul and Defence for Children here .

Margaretha Ubels and Ishmael Hammond

Special Attention Project (SAP), Ghana

A large proportion of street children and school drop-outs in Ghana show symptoms of learning difficulties. Being branded slack and indifferent, many children with dyslexia and other special needs drop out of school and wind up in the streets where they are vulnerable to abuse. Margaretha Ubels, a Dutch national who has been working in Ghana since the early 90s, and Ghanaian Ishmael Hammond have set up the Special Attention Project to help these children back to school.


See more about Margaretha & Ishmael and Special Attention Project (SAP) here .

Child 10 Partners and Supporters

The Child 10 2017 is proudly supported by Stenbecks Stiftelse, Grand Hôtel Stockholm , Pondus Kommunikation , and Fishtank Production AB .



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