Today, the Moshi/Tanzania-headquartered Amani Children’s Home, Centre for Street Children, was awarded the “Africa NGO Leadership Award 2016”. The Awards Ceremony was part of a two-day ‘Africa Leadership Conference’ in Hotel Le Méridien on the island of Mauritius. Amani received the Award for the effective ways in which it gives hundreds of street children their rights to quality education and a positive future with their families and communities. Dr. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Africa Regional Director, UNEP, United Nations, accepted the Award on behalf of Amani.
The Africa Leadership Conference and Awards are an initiative of a large group of international business leaders united under the World CSR Day and the Stars of the Industry Group. More than 100 international business leaders and CEOs, Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of various Universities in Africa, and senior Government officials attended the conference.
Dr. R. L. Bhatia, Founder of the World CSR Day and Chairman of the Jury: “Amani’s Executive Director and Management Team are outstanding professionals with great vision and professionalism, who have demonstrated excellent leadership and management skills and make a real difference in the lives of street children in Tanzania. Amani has an exemplary track record and strong strategies for the future. As international business community, we are proud to honour them with this Award and to celebrate their success.”
Meindert Schaap, Executive Director of Amani: “Currently, Amani works with 345 street children, both boys and girls, and operates in three cities in Tanzania – Moshi, Arusha, and Singida. More than 250 former street children are supported by Amani for their education. This Award is a great recognition of our important work and gives us the courage to continue expanding our reach, so we can help many more street children throughout Tanzania.”
“To have been selected for this Award by international business leaders also proves the professionalism of Amani’s operations. It reinforces how Amani is able to run a smooth, honest, and highly professional organization that helps hundreds of children ‘from Streets to Success’.”