Benjamin Bocio is a 24 years old dentist and social entrepreneur from the Dominican Republic, who at the age of 14 co-founded FUMEBO a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health resources (medical and dental services) to vulnerable communities in the Dominican Republic. Through the foundation, he has served over 70,000 patients without quality access to healthcare. Due to his humanitarian work in his native country and after last year he addressed more than 2000 young leaders at the One Young World Summit in London; he became one of the young ambassadors of the Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, where his mission is to travel with Yunus and to share with the world how humanity can fight poverty and economic inequality by giving access to healthcare.
With more than 24,000 confirmed cases, the Dominican Republic is the most affected country in the Caribbean by Covid-19. Through FUMEBO, Benjamin have donated protective materials (e.g. hand sanitisers, face shields, gloves, N-95 masks) to Health care providers working in the frontline. He also created an initiative called “Vital Boxes”. An initiative based on providing essential resources (food, antibacterial soap, gloves, masks, dental products, etc.) to people living in underprivileged communities.
Due to the impact of the initiative, Benjamin is one of the recipients of Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund a grant for young leaders created by One Young World a UK-based not-for-profit organization that gathers young leaders from around the world to develop solutions to the globe’s most pressing issues. Partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and United Way. The fund is supported by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emma Watson, and Jayathma Wickramanayake, among others.
With the grant, Benjamin seeks to help 1,000 low-income households, which is an estimated equivalent of 6,800 beneficiaries. He says that his ultimate goal is a healthier world for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.