Improving the lives of children affected by HIV & AIDS

Highlights from the 2014 Egmont Awards

On Wednesday, 19th March 2014, we held our sixth Annual Awards at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.

The Awards highlight the remarkable achievements in improving the lives of those affected by HIV&AIDS that Egmont partners deliver each year. Trustee, Alison Mayne, opened the evening, speaking of her personal journey discovering the impact that Egmont partners have in sub-Saharan Africa and why she continues to support their effective, sustainable and life-changing work. 

Guests saw a short film featuring the work of NASFAM in Malawi illustrating the impact they were making with their adult literacy programme.

Award winners Loyce Lema and Hildah Mahachi were recognised for two distinct achievements. 
Loyce was given the ‘Most Inspiring Individual’ Award for her work in establishing Envirocare in Tanzania.   In her acceptance speech, she spoke of her motivation to provide justice for the most neglected in her community after a five-year-old girl was sexually abused by her uncle. Envirocare established a fund to help care for the girl and appealed against her uncle’s ‘not guilty’ verdict. The uncle was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and 16 years later the girl has graduated as a nurse.

Hildah received the award for ‘Best Performing Organisation’ on behalf of the Rafiki Girls Centre.  As Director, Hildah leads a programme supporting 60 unskilled and vulnerable young girls each year to undertake vocational courses. 406 young women have graduated from their programme, and 75% of these are in employment, many are now the main bread-winners in their families. 

To celebrate the award, Hildah and Loyce led the room in a Swahili song accompanied with dance, to enthusiastic cheers from the guests.