Alexon Grochowski and Mark Benjamin Lozano. DFA photo
Two Filipinos were among the 60 social activists chosen to participate in this year's Global Changemakers' Global Youth Summit in Zürich, Switzerland.
Mark Benjamin Lozano and Alexon Grochowski, picked from a pool of 4,000 candidates worldwide, were included in the annual week-long summit created by the British Council in 2007, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
Lozano is the co-founder of One Million Lights Philippines (OML PH), a non-profit organization that provides clean, safe energy to off-grid communities through solar lamp lights.
Because of its success, Lozano and his OML PH co-founder were conferred the Spirit of EDSA Award by former President Benigno Aquino III.
The De La Salle University graduate also served as the logistics head of the Voices of the Future program for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in the Philippines.
Grochowski, meanwhile, established Haiti's first inclusive primary school integrating children living with disabilities into traditional classrooms through her non-profit le Centre d’Education Inclusif.
Her work earned her awards and features from Business Insider, Cornell Chronicle, Clinton Global Initiative University, and Estee Lauder Companies.
A half-Polish Cornell University graduate, Grochowski plans to grow CEI in Haiti and expand it to other countries, including the Philippines.
Global Changemakers was created to empower youth leaders as "catalysts for social change by providing them with skills, contacts, opportunities and a worldwide community of like-minded people."
It has supported 280 youth-led projects in 128 countries and partnered with various organizations such as the World Bank and World Economic Forum to affect the lives of over four million people. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News