Meet the 2018 Messengers of Peace Heroes: 12 Scouts—six women and six men—recognized for their outstanding work to improve their communities and build a culture of peace.
World Scouting has honoured these outstanding Scouts with the prestigious Messengers of Peace Heroes Award at a ceremony at United Nations headquarters in New York, where they were part of a special Scout delegation marking International Peace Day. Each spoke briefly about their project and its impact before the ceremony.
The Messengers of Peace Heroes Award was established in 2012 to acknowledge the young people who have made extraordinary efforts to create a better world.
The Award is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 26 from anywhere in the world whose community service projects have made a demonstrable improvement in people’s lives. Each must be nominated for the award by their National Scout Organization or National Scout Association.
"We are immensely proud of the work these incredible young people have done to create positive change in the world around them, whether it’s ensuring clean water supplies for vulnerable children or protecting their country’s national heritage,” said Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement who attended the ceremony.
"They represent our Movement at its best and provide an inspiration to other Scouts as we seek to mobilise 50 million young people in a coordinated effort around the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."
Messengers of Peace is World Scouting initiative designed to encourage Scouts to do community service and tell the story of their experience in order to inspire others to action. In June this year, Scouts recorded a milestone one billion hours of service, two years ahead of target!
As part of the International Day of Peace, which falls on 21 September every year, the Heroes observed the Peace Bell ceremony at the Japanese Garden and held discussions with UN peacebuilding experts. Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, the Scouts also toured the offices of the BSA’s Greater New York Council.
2018 Messengers of Peace Heroes:
- Patrick Evans, 22, South Sudan
Improving health by providing clean water and education on sanitation to primary school children in Juba
(Goal 6 – Clean water, sanitation, Goal 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing)
- Doline Noukachessie, 21, Cameroon
Raising awareness and acceptance for leprosy patients
- Humaraya Ibnat Badhon, 20, Bangladesh
Empowering girls in Bangladesh through Scouting
- Hiu Lam Fung, 26, Hong Kong
Helping those living on the margins of society
- Junbert Pabon, 19, The Philippines
Helping young offenders turn their lives around.
- Violetta Pugacheva, 22, Ukraine
Helping those displaced by war find a new home
- Mikaeel Martinez Jaka, 17, US
Conserving local heritage and promoting peace in the US
- Camilo Ayala, 24, Colombia
Building peace and spreading hope in Colombia
- Maja Kocs, 26, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nurturing the next generation of leaders and peacemakers
- Carl Oehlenschlager, 18, Denmark
Inspiring a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Tunisia
- Marwan Ahmed Awny, 16, Egypt
Promoting peace and goodwill in Cairo
- Adriana Gamboa, 16, Mexico
Helping young Mexicans stay safe online