PAST LARISSA AWARD WINNERS
Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) is an international non-governmental organisation working to ensure that all children have the chance to grow up in the love of a family. Our vision is a world in which children no longer suffer institutional care.
Rwanda has committed itself to becoming a country free from children’s institutions. HHC supports this by establishing effective family strengthening systems which protect vulnerable children and families from deprivation and breakdown. HHC strengthens communities and child protection mechanisms, prevents child abandonment, and monitors and assists the families of children who have been reintegrated into the community.
HHC’s ‘Community Hub’ model is providing integrated child protection and family strengthening services in Rwanda. Community Hubs are child-friendly community resource centres that serve children, parents and communities through a range of diverse services that respond to identified local needs and prevent the breakdown of families. The Community Hubs have a transformative impact on reducing vulnerabilities and preventing child abandonment and institutionalisation.
HHC developed the Community Hub model in Rwanda in 2005, and has since established eight Hubs across three districts which have to date benefitted over 8,000 community members. Sustainability is at the heart of the service, and local ownership enables full handover for long-term community benefit. Both rural and urban locations were selected using the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme poverty criteria and consultation with local authorities and populations to ensure that the most vulnerable families
are reached where services to meet children’s needs were lacking.
2012 | ISIBINDI Initiative for providing quality alternative care to children South Africa
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.
2010 | Katalemwa Cheshire Home for exeptional work in addressing nneds of Children with Disabilities in Uganda
The African Child Policy Forum presented the 2010 Larissa Award to Katalemwa Cheshire Home in recognition of its exceptional work in addressing the needs of Children with Disabilities in Africa. This year's theme was "Protecting, Caring and Providing for Children with Disabilities in Africa". The Award was presented to the organization for its comprehensive and holistic interventions that are remarkably innovative, for its success in engaging parents and other stakeholders, and also for depending on local experts who are always kept up-to-date with fast-evolving disability programming through training and capacity building. Its programme focuses on medical and social rehabilitation with consideration of HIV/AIDS, gender mainstreaming, provision of assistive devices, promotion of quality inclusive education and livelihoods progammes to enable Children with Disabilities live independent lives. Each year, the organization directly supports 50,000 children with disabilities and their families. Mme Agnes Kabore presented the Award to Katalemwa Cheshire Home, who accepted it. Also present at the event were board of trustee, senior govenrnment officials, members of the parliament and other international child rights organisations.
2007 | Kembatta Women's Self-Help Center (KMG) for exceptional work in combating and preventing violence against children and women in Ethiopia
The African Child Policy Forum presented The 2007 Larissa Award to the Kembatta Women's Self-help Centre ( Kembatti Menti Gezima - KMG) and its founder Dr. Bogalech Gebre, in recognition of their exceptional work in combating and preventing violence against children and women.
This year's theme was "Ending all forms of Violence against Children in Africa". Dr. Assefa began the proceedings by briefing the gathering about the inception of Larissa Award and further on thanked Professor Dharam Ghai, patron of the Larissa Award. A documentary on KMG was shown at the ceremony revealing the impacts that KMG has had on people living in Kembatta.
Dr. Salim a. Salim extolled that work KMG has done in empowering women and teaching their communities to abolish harmful customary practices and other forms of abuse. Dr. Salim presented the Award to Dr. Bogalech Gebre, who accepted the award on behalf of KMG. Dr. Bogalech in her acceptance speech rallied against sanctioned violence within the home. She declared that violence against women is accepted by communities because women are perceived as a lower order human being.
Also present at the event were board of trustee, senior government officials, members of the parliament and other international child rights organisations.
2005 | L’Espoir d’Adjouffou for providing medical, nursing, counselling, welfare and nutritional care to the inhabitants of Adjouffou.
In 1998, Ms Lotti Latrous and Dr Germain Gnode visited Adjouffou, a suburb of Abidjan in Ivory Coast, West Africa. They shared their concern for the people, many of whom were suffering from diseases for which they could not get affordable treatment. They decided there and then to establish L’Espoir d’Adjouffou, with the objective of providing medical, nursing, counselling, welfare and nutritional care to the inhabitants of Adjouffou.
In the Centre, people can get medical treatment for a nominal fee.The Centre has seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients coming in for the treatment of HIV-affected diseases.
In order to be able to provide shelter, care, assistance, respect and love to those who are terminally ill (mostly from AIDS), and who have often been rejected by their families and communities, a hospice (Centre L’Espoir d’Eux) has been established in 2002. There are close to 30 children in the Centre.
The organization wants to provide care of young orphans, many of whom are HIV positive. These children are to be accommodated in an orphanage on the site of the Centre L’Espoir d’Eux or placed in appropriate care. The programme aims to provide for a decent and autonomous life through health care, education, counselling and training.
From the Jury Report
‘L’Espoir d’Adjouffou places the approach to the protection and care of orphans in a broad context of health care and well-being for a wider community. The issue of orphans is not separated from the attention, respect and love required for others who share the misfortune of poverty and ill health. The approach emonstrates how the care of orphans can be integrated into larger programmes.
The orphans who are the primary beneficiaries of the Centre are from the most disadvantaged groups: parents who are ill from HIV/AIDS, who have been ostracized from their communities.The approach places priority on prolonging as long as possible the lives of the mothers. Once the mothers (or fathers) enter the hospice, it is accepted that their illness is terminal and that eventually solutions for the orphans will be needed. Efforts to give the very young children the benefit of their mother’s care for one to three years are noteworthy. Mothers/fathers who are dying know that their child(ren) will be fed, educated, loved and generally looked after.
The creative and innovative approaches to mobilizing resources (both inkind and in cash) that draw on small contributions from many individuals and the entrepreneurial community in both Abidjan and Switzerland may provide inspiration for similar efforts elsewhere.
The dispensary was established in 1999, the hospice in 2002 and the orphanage is now underway. L’Espoir d’Adjouffou has demonstrated that programmes can start with small incremental steps, consolidate them and make them successful and then expand.’
For all these reasons, the Jury has selected L’Espoir d’Adjouffou as the winner of the Larissa Award® 2005. The Larissa Award® 2005 consists of a small bronze statuette and a financial contribution to your work of USD 5000,-.