Micro-project wins the 2011 Harubuntu Award for civil society
A development project co-financed by BTC's Micro Intervention Program in Tanzania, the “Comprehensive Approach for the Development of Emboreet Village” (CADEV) project, has won this years' Harubuntu Award for Civil Society.
The Harubuntu awards are an initiative of the Belgian NGO Echos Communication and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, an association of villages and towns in Africa. Every year, both organisations team up to award African organisations that foster hope and create wealth and thereby demonstrate Africa's potential.
Mr. Toima Kiroya, a Maasai from northern Tanzania initiated the CADEV project. Life is hard in the Maasai steppe: developments see the traditional Maasai territories dwindling, there is a shortage of water, food is often scarce and education facilities lacking.
With the project, Mr. Kiroya aimed at providing the inhabitants of the village of Emboreet in the Maasai steppe with reliable water supply, dormitories for a secondary school and credit facilities to enable women to engage in income generating activities. In this way, a more sedentary lifestyle is promoted among the Maasai. This might be an important taboo to tackle in a traditionally nomadic community, but the villagers of Emboreet now increasingly appreciate the merits of settling down more permanently.
On the first of December 2011, Mr. Toima Kiroya, chairman of the Eclat Foundation and his wife Philomena Kiroya, received the Harubuntu award at an official ceremony in Brussels.