"These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another."

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 9, 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this month asked their followers to nominate their favourite charities and they would endorse them on their Instagram account SussexRoyal.

“Highlight various causes, people or organisations doing amazing things for their communities and the world at large”, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle said.

The comments boxes were flooded with responses and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who usually select charities based around a theme.

“Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve. These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another,” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wrote.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose the following 15 charities:

Beyond Blue:

Equipping everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best possible mental health – For support: 1300 22 4636.

Love the Oceans
LTO Conservation is a charity in Mozambique enabling marine conservation through research, education and diving.

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Here at Love The Oceans our organisation is split in half between scientific marine research and community outreach work, and we pride ourselves on a holistic approach. This is because the Marine Protected Area we’re working to establish will be community managed and we’re using a bottom-up approach. There has to be a community with the skill set to be able to manage the MPA effectively, so our educational outreach is essential, and the MPA will be established through effective and multi-pronged research that allows us to lobby for comprehensive conservation measures to protect the amazing flora and fauna in this incredible region. . . . #forcesforchange #lovetheoceans #ocean #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #volunteer #volunteering #volunteerabroad #volunteerafrica #africa #mozambique #ecotourism #gapyear #community #culture #explore #travel #scubadiving #bigblue #ourblueplanet #sussexroyal #forceforchange

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Art of Hope

The only American non profit fully committed to supporting mental health needs of war-torn refugees.

Rafiki Mwema

The charity, founded by Sarah Rosborg and Anne-Marie Tipper, is housing 70 Kenyan children as young as 18 months old who have suffered horrific abuse, often at the hands of those they trust most at therapeutic houses, known as Doyle Farm. They have also helped re-establish a further 150 children back into their home community via the Rafiki Mwema Outreach Programme.

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What a whirlwind 🌬 Thanks to our personal PR team consisting of one of our directors who is a Mum and business owner herself, Claire at @barefruitmarketing who has been taking calls non stop and arranging interviews, newspapers, online and TV meetings for myself (Sarah) with all of this @sussexroyal chaos. A wonderful chaos!! (Harry & Megs, how can we ever thank you guys!?) There is so much attention coming our way.. of course I will talk all day/night about Rafiki to anyone who will listen and this has been my problem/passion for years! Dreams are coming true 🙌🏾 and the work we are doing and the change that is happening with the therapy we use and love we give is finally being seen by so many more. IMAGINE if this healing could go further than our homes in Kenya. It can! Sarah is available in Australian for any media. Any time. Anne Marie and Peter are available in the UK for media anytime and will be in Australia from Aug 16. Please DM or go to our website to get number for Claire to arrange. Let’s speak up and change the world! 😍 how amazing is my daughter in this photo. She was so excited to go to the radio station with me. She shares me with so many so I love when she can do some fun things with me. Next excitement for her is… ‘Mummy is going on TV!!’ ..side note. All of these ideas/changes need money, so that’s the aim of the game. Anne Marie has the skills and INCREDIBLE talent in what she does but we can’t continue on without funds. We need sponsors/companies who want to see this change to help us continue this work. Fully tax deductible in Australia. 🙏🏼 #rafikimwema

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Global Wellness Day

Global Wellness Day, which is Saturday, 13 June 2020, is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social platform created for living well.

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Wow! What an amazing week! 🤗 We are grateful to @sussexroyal for choosing Global Wellness Day among the 15 “Forces for Change” social responsibility projects! We are truly overwhelmed and thankful for so many new supporters. 🙏🏻 . . We are delighted to welcome all our new followers and we would like to give some information to better introduce ourselves. Belgin Aksoy @_belginaksoy a successful Turkish businessperson, cancer survivor and a wellness activist, founded GWD in 2012, with the world’s shared dream. All of us would like to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. Belgin strongly advocates that “Wellness is not a luxury but a necessity, the inherent right of every individual!” . . The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness. 🍏💗 . . With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day as an entirely not-for-profit day, on the second Saturday of June every year in 150+ countries at 7.000+ locations only with complimentary activities, thanks to GWD Family of 90 GWD Ambassadors, 26 Key Supporters and 4 Advisors from over 110 countries across the world. 🌎 . . Stay tuned for more on GWD as we share more about our mission and celebrations! 🌸 #globalwellnessday #wellness #gwd2020 #forcesforchange #sussexroyal #belginaksoy

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Lion Guardians

Conservation organisation that promotes coexistence between people and lions.

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The 2019 Lion Guardians Games – or Guardians Naboishu – is in the books, and we’re all still reeling from the joy we felt and the progress we made as a team. This year, we focused on activities to help us work together…with some friendly competition thrown in for good measure! By the end of the festivities, we had gained deeper insight, new knowledge, and stronger connections with the extended Lion Guardians family.⠀ ⠀ Thanks to the participants that joined us from near and far, and those that worked so hard to make this year’s Guardians Naboishu such a great success! In particular, we want to send a big Lion Guardians hug to Ecosys, whose generous support helped make the event possible.⠀ ⠀ #naboishu #conservation #teamwork #thankyou #lions⠀ ⠀ Image by @philip.j.briggs.photography

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Earth Day Network

Building the world’s largest environmental movement.

Tiny Tickers Charity

Tiny Tickers works to improve the early detection and diagnosis of heart defects in babies – giving them a better start in life.

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This week has been HUGE for our tiny charity! We'd like to say another big thank you to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for choosing us as one of their Force for Change charities and also to all our supporters who nominated us. The awareness this support has created for us is game-changing and will certainly help save tiny lives. We've also really enjoyed learning about the other changemakers who were chosen alongside Tiny Tickers by @sussexroyal. A big group hug to all these wonderful grassroots organisations who are creating change and connecting communities. Make sure you pop over to their feeds and take a look at the amazing work they're doing: @beyondblueofficial @rafikicastle @artofhopeglobal @lovetheoceans @lionguardians_ @globalwellnessday @earthdaynetwork @plan_uk @children @pawsitivechangeprogram @fwmission @beescause @wavesforchange @blinknoworg #forceforchange #forcesforchange #sussexroyal #charity #thankyouthursday #thursdaythoughts #thankyou

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Plan International

Help us give every child, every chance

Pawsitive Change Program

A Marleys Mutts program pairing shelter dogs with inmates in California Prisons. Giving both a 2nd chance at life on the outside. Fighting recidivism

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Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up! With this program we aim to help restore dignity and acceptance to the incarcerated. We forget their punishment is to be incarcerated, not to be burdened with prejudice and discrimination for the rest of our lives. We aim to showcase the talent, humility, empathy, love and acts of service which exist behind bars. If/when these men get through a decade or more in prison, they deserve to have a path to humanity and redemption. We hope to help provide that path by giving them the necessary tools to seek opportunity within the pet/rescue industry. The tools they gain within this program go far beyond vocational, but I can assure you that as they pursue becoming better people, they’re also becoming talented dog trainers and rescuers! We have four programs ready to go online as soon as we have the financial resources to do so, including our first women’s/federal program at Victorville! By supporting our program, you’re supporting second chances for those in the greatest need—incarcerated pets and people. We hope you’ll support our program and help us become the foremost industry leader in canine/prison rehabilitation!

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Children International

We aim to create a world without poverty where every child, family and community is connected, productive and thriving. Together, we can multiply good.

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As one of 15 organizations followed by @sussexroyal this August, we are sharing the transformational stories of sponsored youth who are building futures free from poverty. Meet Musowe. With pen and video in hand, this community youth reporter and sponsored youth found his voice through our journalism program. Today, he's tackling issues in his Zambian community, such as the importance of sanitary conditions, employment opportunities and the power of dialogue to bring people together. We believe in young people like Musowe around the world who are Forces of Change, capable of creating lasting change for their futures and the futures of their communities! Check out the link in bio to see how you can make a difference today by sponsoring a child or donating to our mission to end child poverty. . #ForcesForChange #MyVoiceMyFuture #endchildpoverty #SussexRoyal #ChildrenInternational

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Blink Now Foundation

Founded by Maggie Doyne and Tope Malla, BlinkNow directly supports the Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School in Surkhet, Nepal.

beescause

Dedicated to increasing the global bee population. One hive at a time – together we make a difference.

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🐝💛Beescause is honoured to announce we are one of the 15 selected Forces For Change by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Thank you! Our small Beescause family is so grateful for this recognition by the British Royal Family. We are beyond happy to see the efforts of a small cause like ours recognized by Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and honored to be shared to their global influence to help bring postive change the world. We can't wait to keep working hard to better this planet and help our bees! Congrats to all these other causes making BIG CHANGES! #forcesforchange #Repost from @sussexroyal This month we turned to you for ideas of accounts to follow featuring people, organisations and causes that you find inspiring or noteworthy. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed! Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve. These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another. We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you! Thank you for being part of this collective conversation with us; we hope everyone has enjoyed discovering many of these accounts and engaging with each other on how we can all be Forces For Change. Please follow all the other supported and amazing organizations: @rafikicastle @lionguardians_ @beyondblueofficial @lovetheoceans @artofhopeglobal @globalwellnessday @earthdaynetwork @tinytickers @plan_uk @children @pawsitivechangeprogram @fwmission @wavesforchange @blinknoworg

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Free Wheelchair Mission

We believe in a world where everyone who needs a wheelchair has one. Join our mission to lift another million individuals into a wheelchair by 2025.

Waves for Change

Award winning NGO transforming disused beaches into community-owned safe spaces. Africa and Beyond.

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We love this moment from the @wavesforchange safe space in Harper, Liberia. Harper is on the border between Ivory Coast and Liberia. In 2017 we started training a local team to transform the beachfront at Harper into a safe surf therapy hub. Surfing had never existed in Harper before. Today, over 150 children use the beach each week. A team of 8 local coaches, lead by W4C Liberia manager Mr Ross (pictured) deliver surf therapy programmes that combine surfing with evidence-based mind/body therapy. This week, our Liberian team come to Cape Town for an annual exchange. We love working with ocean-side communities across Africa to turn beaches into locally owned safe spaces. #wavesforchange #surftherapy #africa #sussexroyal

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