Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu
2016 Power of One Award Recipient
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu is a Research Scientist by profession and currently serves as a Research consultant for WHO funded project on mHealth in Niger working to improve the quality of care for preventable causes of death in children under five in rural Niger. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, a diploma in International Development from the University of British Columbia.
As a global youth Ambassador for a World at School, a global movement to put every child in school and learning Joannes has spent most of his youthful life advocating for access to quality education and working with children living with disabilities and communities orphaned by HIV/AIDS while ensuring that the rights of women and girls globally are protected and respected. He has also published articles that critically assess the educational challenges the worlds’ poorest children face through the lens of Hope For Children Cameroon, an organization which he founded in 2011 with the goal of educating every child one school, one village at a time. His organization has provided tuition assistance to over 300 children, and 500 children have benefitted from school supplies in schools and constructed clean and safe pit toilets in five different schools, serving over 1300 children.
His work on gender equality was featured by UN Women as one of the first IMPACT stories since the launch of the UN Women “HeForShe” Campaign, a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to stand up against the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally, and strengthens the support for Women's rights. To mark the second anniversary if the UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, Joannes shared his work on gender equality which brought together world leaders, change makers, activist and celebrities at the forefront of the HeForShe movement.
His involvement in advocating for universal education has earned Joannes several international awards namely; the 2014 Youth Courage Award from the Office of the UN Envoy on Global Education Gordon Brown, the Queen's Young Leaders Award for his exemplary leadership and commitment in transforming the lives of others while making a lasting difference in his community, African Youth Excellence Award for Public Service, Emma Watson’s Tribe scholarship and Women Deliver Young leader which recognizes young people who are working to build a world where the health and well-being of girls and women is a priority by Women Deliver.