• Tue Mar 22 2011
  • NGOs launch children awards

A coalition of six child development Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), has launched awards to recognise individuals and organisations that have made significant efforts to improve the lives of children.The awards are code-named “Tumaini Awards”.
Vision Reporter
Journalist @ New vision
A coalition of six child development Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), has launched awards to recognise individuals and organisations that have made significant efforts to improve the lives of children.The awards are code-named “Tumaini Awards”.
By Jeff Lule

A coalition of six child development Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), has launched awards to recognise individuals and organisations that have made significant efforts to improve the lives of children.The awards are code-named “Tumaini Awards”.

Launching the awards at Centenary Park in Kampala yesterday, the chairperson of the initiative, Stella Ayo Odongo, said the awards were intended to inspire children, media members, individuals, NGOs, corporate companies and community-based organisations that were working towards protecting children’s rights.

Organisations behind the awards include ANNPCAN Uganda chapter, Child Fund Uganda, Compassion International, Save the Children Uganda, World Vision and Uganda Rights NGO Network.

A total of sh50m in cash and prizes will be given out in the awards.

Odongo said the partnership was formed amid rising concern over challenges in realising the four core rights of children.

The rights are the child right to survival, development, participation and protection.

Odongo said although children constitute 56% of the country’s population, most of them in Uganda continued to leave under deplorable conditions characterised by high mortality rate of 135 deaths in every 1,000 birth.

The national director of World Vision, Rudo Kwaramba, said media articles published or broadcast between March 2009 and 2011 would be considered for the awards.

The categories include best intervention in health, child protection, education, livelihood, while the media is for the best child-focused radio story/reporter, television story/reporter, best child focused newspaper article/reporter.

Others are lifetime achievement award and Day of African Child award.
Nomination forms will be printed in various newspapers, including New Vision, or can be obtained from www.tumainiawards.com or picked from the district offices of various coalition members throughout the country.

Nomination ends on April 15, 2011.

Complete forms can be submitted to one of the district offices of the mentioned coalition members, while soft copies can be emailed to awards@tumainiawards.com.
Odongo said all winners would be announced at the awards ceremony slated for June 10, 2011.

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