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Child 10 Award and Summit 2017

  • About Child 10


    Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation and the non-profit organization Reach for Change have founded the Child 10 Award to highlight, support and connect bold leaders of grassroots organizations that work with innovative solutions to address urgent and pressing issues for children. Every year, the Child 10 Awardees meet in Stockholm for the Child 10 Summit, an exceptional opportunity for them to share best practices and to build on collective knowledge and experience to continue and scale their work for children.

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 Forum 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 November in Stockholm.


Read about our selection process and criteria

Last year's Child 10 Award


We are extremely happy to present below the Child 10 Awardees 2016, ten remarkable individuals who, across the world, make a fantastic and inspiring work for the protection of some of the children who are the most vulnerable to abuse and trafficking: Children on the Run.

Find out more about our ten Awardees 2016 lower on this page. You can also read more about Child 10 selection process and criteria by following the link below.

Order the Child 10 Booklet 2016

The Child 10 Awardees 2016

Child 10 awardees map


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 2016 is proudly supported by Stenbecks Stiftelse, Grand Hôtel Stockholm , Pondus Kommunikation , and Fishtank Production AB .



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