Betty Makoni with On The Up authors Rob and Nikki Wilson.
Last night we celebrated the completion of the On The Up project started by Nikki and Rob Wilson. In 2011, Nikki and Rob decided to leave their jobs and embark on a journey across Africa to meet social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in the lives of Africans. Their journey took them from the Cape to Cairo and along the way they met with eighteen individuals and organizations. Betty Makoni, founder of the Girl Child Network, was one of the individuals profiled in the book that the Wilson's wrote upon returning to England. The Royal Commonwealth Society hosted an event yesterday to celebrate the completion of the book and several of the individuals profiled in the book were able to speak. The projects discussed were diverse and included irrigation pumps in Kenya, production of equipment for disabled people in South Africa, training rats to detect land mines in Tanzania, funding education for former child soldiers in Southern Sudan, and Betty shared about empowering girls in Zimbabwe.