Ghanaian teenager, Andrew Adansi-Bonnah (13), is among the final three persons nominated for for the 10th International Children’s Peace Prize by KidsRights.
Other nominees are 17-year-old Russina teen, Alexey and 18-year-old Neha from the United States of America.
The nominees have each shown special dedication to children’s rights. The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of the children’s rights organization KidsRights and is being presented for the tenth time this year. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Tuesday November 18th. Desmond Tutu is travelling to the Netherlands especially to present the prize.
An independent Expert Committee has selected Alexey, Andrew and Neha from nominees all over the world. Marc Dullaert, chairman and founder of the KidsRights Foundation, says “Andrew, Neha and Alexey are a source of inspiration to both children and adults all over the world. They are the proof that children can make a difference.”
Ghanaian nominee Andrew organizes food aid projects in the fight against famine. Andrew was eleven when he saw images of the famine in Somalia. He decided to take action to help these children.
In the project Save Somali Children From Hunger, he collected money in the neighborhood and drew attention to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. His activities did not go unnoticed, as he was soon invited to appear on radio and television.
He is currently working on a food aid project to ensure that children in Ghana get three nourishing meals a day.
Alexey fights against the oppression of homosexual and transgender youth in Russia. Alexey is the face of the battle against the discrimination of the LGBTI youth (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed).
He is the driving force behind the project ‘Children-404’; an online community where young Russian homosexuals and transgenders can exchange experiences. Alexey himself is openly homosexual and knows how important this support is.
When the initiator of the project was persecuted for homosexual propaganda, Alexey organized a protest campaign, through which he inspired other youngsters to follow his example. He has been attacked twice on the street, but nothing can stop him in his fight against oppression.
Neha lives in Philadelphia (US) and is of Indian descent. On an annual visit to her grandparents in India, Neha realized at the age of nine that orphans had fewer opportunities in life than she did. When she got home, she set up her own foundation: Empower Orphans.
What started as a local fund-raising campaign grew into an organization that has now collected over 1 million dollars and helped 25,000 children in India and in her own country.
Neha also inspires children in other countries to start up campaigns. So besides being a change maker herself, she is also creating an international movement of changemakers.
The 10th anniversary of the prize will be celebrated by the publication of the book ‘Changemakers’, containing texts by, inspiring interviews with, and unique photographic material of the ten Children’s Peace Prize winners.
It will be available as a limited edition directly after the presentation of the Children’s Peace Prize on November 18th.
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