Since 2012, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Injaz Al-Arab, organizers of the Ripples of Happiness program, brought bright young minds together from across the Arab world to come-up with innovative solutions and answer the community needs.
This year, more than nine university student teams participated from Saudi Arabia and Palestine to make a positive contribution to society and create real impact through teamwork and perseverance.
The university award was won by The Princess Noura University team. Their project titled ‘We Are All One’ aims to put a smile on the faces of cancer patients and spread positive message amongst children through series of interactive sessions. The team was awarded a USD 10,000 grant to fund and scale their project.
The program was also open to high school students across Jeddah and Riyadh for the first time. Thanaweyya 116 in Jeddah was awarded the winner with its project ‘Daikhar’, which aims at raising the community’s awareness on savings and consequences of debts.
The winners, who were selected by a judging panel that included representatives from The Coca-Cola Company, Injaz Al Arab and Al Olayan Group, were announced during INJAZ’s annual event in Jeddah.
Omar Bennis, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at The Coca-Cola Company Middle East, said: “Ripples of Happiness is one of the aspiring projects we established regionally. With our partnership with Injaz Al Arab, we were able to nurture more than 3,000 younger talents since 2012 and involving 200 volunteers from across the private sector. Through this initiative, we believe we can achieve the ripple effect of enabling youth, transforming communities and preparing future generations to contribute in their country’s development.”
The winners of the ninth semester demonstrate powerfully how Ripples of Happiness can inspire students to help change our world, one step at a time with societal programs that connects each problem with bright solutions that impact.
“With our strong partnership with Coca-Cola, we inspired astonishing Arab talents, prepare and empower the youth to succeed in the global economy. We’re proud to announce the winning ideas of this cycle, and we’re eager to witness how the teams will now implement their ideas to transform their societies and create a long-term impact”. Akef Al-Aqrabawi, CEO of INJAZ Al-Arab, said.
Watch this space for real insights behind each innovative idea and to learn more about the winning teams.