The African Child Policy Forum presented the 2012 Larissa Award to the ISIBINDI Initiative in recognition of its exceptional work in providing a quality alternative care in Africa. This year, the Larissa Award was dedicated to “Children in Need of Alternative Care in Africa”. Ms Najat Maalla M'JID, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography presented the Award to the winner in the presence of Ministers dealing with children’s affairs from Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Malawi and Uganda as well as other senior Government delegations from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Nigeria. In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Zeni Thumbadoo, the founder of the Isibindi initiative, gave a brief description of Isibindi - a community-based care and protection option for children in South Africa. The Isibindi model has received public acclaim and is currently being scaled up through a South African government initiative. Sixty-seven Isibindi projects have been replicated across South African provinces, serving over 100,000 children. The Isibindi initiative was chosen as the winner for its unique multi-actor involvement in the provision of comprehensive care for orphans and vulnerable children including linkages with the government structures that guarantee sustainability of service provision.