AFRICA SMILED – A poem by Bridget Dore, dedicated to Madiba (Nelson Mandela)

Africa smiled a little when you left.
“We know you,” Africa said,
“We have seen and watched you,
We can learn to live without you,

But We know We needn’t Yet.”

And Africa smiled a little when you left.
“You cannot Leave Africa,” Africa said.
“It is always with you,
There inside your head.
Our rivers run In currents In the swirl

Of your thumbprints;
Our drumbeats
Counting out your pulse,
Our coastline,
The silhouette of your soul.”

So Africa smiled a little when you left.
“We are in you,” Africa said.
“You have not left us, Yet.”

A poem by Bridget Dore for Nelson Mandela.

An absolutely beautiful poem that describes what it is to be African, for a little piece of Africa resides in our very soul no matter where we are in the world.

FINALIST for the Aspirin Award Nomination Bayer Foundations

The Award 2016

Societal ecosystems are complex and face diverse challenges. Innovations often reach those who need them only thanks to support from social initiatives. It is this pioneering commitment to society that the Bayer Cares Foundation has been honoring with the Aspirin Social Award in a pilot since 2010. After redesign in 2016, the new Aspirin Social Innovation Award today focuses on social innovation in health and nutrition with international scope.

Nominations

We want to honor the most powerful social changemakers in the world – people with new answers for the challenges of society in areas connected to health and nutrition. Therefore, we organize the award in strategic partnership with non-profit organizations and leading entrepreneurship networks. Carefully selected nominations came from these networks.

Selection and benefits

Every year, five winners receive the award with prize money of 20,000 € each. The international foundation jury selects four winners in a competitive multi-step process with the following selection criteria:

  • Innovative power
  • Excellence of doing
  • Opportunity for change
  • Relevance for society
  • Entrepreneurial spirit (but nominees must be registered non-profits or b-companies)
  • Fit with Bayer mission „Science For A Better Life“

The 12 finalists will pitch live at the final Jury Day. An international jury selects four additional winners using the following selection criteria:

  • Innovative power
  • Excellence of doing
  • Opportunity for change
  • Relevance for society
  • Entrepreneurial spirit (but nominees must be registered non-profits or b-companies)
  • Fit with Bayer mission „Science For A Better Life“