Project Description

Shota Matsumoto

Age 16, England

When I was younger, I met a Rwandan refugee at school, who experienced the Rwandan genocide and lost his leg. This experience reminded me that whilst my life is safe and comfortable, there are many people who because of conflict are suffering from a variety of issues and some have even lost their family. I wish I could take away their suffering.

To try and help, I organised with my classmates to raise money to help refugees who need prosthetics. When the man visited my school again, he showed us a video of Rwandan refugees, who also lost their legs in the genocide wearing prosthetic legs that we helped raise money for. Since then, I’ve become more eager to help suffering people across the world.

I’ve implemented a programme to solve food imbalance called Onigiri Action and succeeded in providing about 10,000 meals for children in need. Since 2020 I’ve been focusing on the Zambian food crisis. We shared our research with WFP at the Food Summit held in Fukuoka in Japan.

As I wanted to take part in social action with teenagers from different backgrounds, I decided to study abroad in the UK. I’m now here and ready to make people all over the world smile and be happy.