Help us Reach the Nobel Peace Summit in Mexico!

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Support the Chaeli Foundation USA (in collaboration with The Chaeli Campaign South Africa) and help send a delegation of young people to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates “Leading by Example Youth Program” in Mérida, Mexico, September 2019. This program is part of the 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Chaeli Foundation USA is a registered 501(c)(3) charity. Help us inspire the next generation — because peace can’t wait!

The Chaeli Foundation USA is a registered 501(c)(3) charity in the United States of America (tax ID# 82-2360189). Donors can deduct contributions under IRC Section 170. Registered address: 20 South Olive Street, Suite 202A, Media, Philadelphia, PA 19063. Queries:

how you can help us

“The Chaeli Foundation USA has set an ambitious goal of sending a delegation of young people to the 2019 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Mérida, Mexico — who will join the legacy of more than 6,000 young people who have come before. We are excited at the prospect of sharing our spirit of collaboration and inclusion with other attendees, and creating lasting, life-changing memories with young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience this life-changing event. This is a unique opportunity for young people to learn from, and engage with, Nobel Peace Laureates.

“We believe in the power of young people to change the world and attending this summit would be an experience that our delegates will never forget.”

We have gathered a powerful and inspired group of young people from different countries and different cultures to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to learn lessons in peace from global leaders and Nobel Peace Laureates. These lessons will be taken home to empower others in their communities. We want to give this opportunity to up to 20 young people  — and for this we need your help.

what we need

We want to send a diverse, international delegation to the Peace Summit in Mexico in September 2019. Having delegates in different countries means that costs will vary depending on which country each travels from. At this time, we have confirmed representatives from the United States and South Africa, who you can view below.

U.S. delegates will require a minimum of $1,500 each to cover flights and accommodation. For delegates traveling from South Africa, we need to raise  $2,500 per person.

Will you consider becoming a champion for peace by making a gift? We will accept any donation, large or small.


meet the delegates whose lives you will change

Chaeli Mycroft (24)

Chaeli is an internationally recognized ability activist, who won the 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize and the 2018 World of Children Hero Award. She is currently doing her PhD in Public Law at the University of Cape Town, with a focus on young adults creating social change.

Baruani Ndume (26)

At age 15, Baruani harnessed the power of radio to reunite refugee children with their families. As a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has overcome every challenge with dignity and determination. His project, “Running for Refugees,” supports refugee children through marathons.

Fanelo Arens (25)

After completing his Bachelors’ Degree in Media & Philosophy, Fanelo decided to attempt a law degree —no small feat when you consider that he suffers from the lifelong challenge of  severe dyslexia. However, this has never stopped him from achieving what he sets out to do.

Ashleigh Lopez (24)

Ashleigh is passionate about social justice, transformation, fighting against gender-based violence and for the rights of differently abled people. She lives with an invisible disability — Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) — a disabling and complex illness, which creates daily challenges. Ashleigh doesn’t allow this challenge to determine her goals in life.

Ctaum Van Den Berg (17)

Ctaum lives in Mitchell’s Plain, a disadvantaged area on the Cape Flats, an area of Cape Town, South Africa. He has been a Chaeli Campaign Ambassador since 2016 and  is not afraid to lead with charisma. He courageously tackles controversial issues with confidence and respect.

Gabriel Schreiber (13)

Gabriel is the second youngest person in the world to complete the Freedom Swim, from Robben Island to Big Bay, South Africa — a distance of 5 miles. He was the first Ambassador for the “Bet I Can” Chaeli Campaign. Recently relocated to the U.S., he continues to share the ethos of our organization in his new country.

Jane Schreiber

Delegation Leader / Former Fashion Editor & Entrepreneur.

Jane is a powerful businesswoman and has worked in various industries, including the founding of a successful kids modeling agency that she ran for 12 years. Her involvement in the Chaeli Foundation has made her a community builder, and she has raised her two boys to be socially conscious and agents of change — wherever they may find themselves.

Juliana Farello (21)

Juliana is from El Segundo, California. She began her studies in advertising but ultimately transferred to Liberal Studies after discovering a passion for working with children and has chosen to specialize in Special Education. She is a tutor at Lions for Learning, where she assists teachers and tutors children in math, grammar and Spanish.

Reece Slade (15)

Reece is a Grade 10 student at Reddam House school in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been a Chaeli Campaign Ambassador for four years and has become a mentor for his chapter. He has committed himself to educating children about how to live a more sustainable life. This has led to the founding non-profit Earth Kids Org.

Zelda Mycroft

Delegation Leader / CEO, The Chaeli Campaign. 

Zelda is passionate about unearthing the untapped potential of people and focusing on ability, rather than disability. She lives with a sense of endless possibility and believes in the normalization of society through effective inclusion of people with disabilities.

David Ives

Delegation Leader / Executive Director, Emeritus Albert Schweitzer Institute. 

David has spent his life pursuing global peace and has been widely recognized around the world for his efforts. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer of a documentary on the life of  1952 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Albert Schweitzer.

Grace Oglesby (19)

Grace was born in Vietnam and grew up in Thailand. She moved to the U.S. to complete her studies, where  she has found it challenging. Relocating to a new country and having to navigate unfamiliar social norms has been difficult, but despite the cultural differences, she has embraced the change and is passionate about education and equity for all.

Christopher Kleynhans (15)

Chris is a Grade 10 student at Wynberg Boys’ High School in Cape Town. He joined the Chaeli Campaign Ambassadors four years ago and now serves as a mentor for his chapter. He’s a great swimmer and founded Swim for Change to raise awareness around mental health issues.

Jean Altomari

Delegation Leader / Founder & Board Member of Chaeli Foundation USA. 

Jean is an American disability and human rights activist from Philadelphia. She’s a Pennsylvania State Trooper and a strong adaptive athlete in wheelchair racing and handcycling.

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