On Wednesday, 7th March 2018, we held our 11th Annual Awards event at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. Recognising the remarkable achievements of two outstanding partners of the past year, Egmont Chairman Jeremy Evans opened the evening, speaking of the impact that Egmont partners have had, and continue to have, on the lives of children affected by HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Attendees were then invited to watch the first screening of Egmont's new film, exploring the work of Vukoxa in Mozambique. Vukoxa work with grandparents in Chokwé district - an area that is still experiencing very high levels of HIV prevalence - who are caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. You can watch the film here to learn more about Vukoxa's work and the impact Egmont support has had on the lives of hundreds of families.
Award winners Augustine Wasonga and Chitalu Chishimba were recognised for two distinct achievements. Augustine accepted the award for ‘Best Performing Organisation’ on behalf of Ace Africa Kenya. Augustine was commended for the effective work and tangible results that Ace was achieving across communities in the heavily affected areas of Siaya county, western Kenya, where HIV rates have remained high for decades.
Chitalu received the award for “Most Inspirational Individual’ recognising her dedication, perseverance and success in establishing Vision of Hope, a refuge for girls living on the streets of Lusaka, Zambia. Vision of Hope provides these girls with shelter, food, the chance of an education and vocational training so that they can move away from a life on the streets - helping to reduce their chances of infection and providing them with the hope of a future.
Thanks to all who attended the Awards ceremony and celebrated Egmont’s partners’ continuing achievements and life-changing work.