East Africa Philanthropy Awards

Recognizing, highlighting and celebrating the  best practices and creativity in the philanthropy sector in East Africa.

In the wake of the changing climate of the philanthropy sector, where significant shifts in how the “business” of philanthropy is conducted, this year’s award seeks to Celebrate, Showcaseand Amplifyemerging and sustained good practice in promoting African philanthropy. Keeping in mind that pivots, innovations, and creativity that was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we aim to take stock and recognize the positive efforts the sector has made to ensure communities in the East African region, endure and even prosper in the face of the unforeseen adverse effects the global pandemic has had on them.
Specifically, we aim to:
1.     Celebrateprogressive system-change models in shifting power to local communities.
2.     Showcaseefforts to sustaining and building resilient community change efforts in times of crisis.
3.     Amplify voices of the unheard and/or overlooked innovations and creativity in building community resilience in times of crisis.

We are looking for nominations in the six categories as follows:
1.    Spirit of Philanthropy: (Individual Awards) ·      
These individuals have shown dedication in providing meaningful contributions to communities in addressing challenges they face, especially in times of crises. We are looking for examples of:                                          
    i.     Going beyond their calls of duty as members of this society to show kindness to their immediate or connected communities.                                              ii.     Rallying other peers or community members to reach out and support others who are in need.

The Jury Committee 2021 Awarded the following:
1. Gervas Evodius, Haki Zetu Organization-TANZANIA“It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard, and recognizing potential where others see despair”. Is an apt summary of what Gervas stands for:  Gervas is founder and director of Hakizetu Organization, which he has used as a vehicle to work towards building a just society where human rights and voice of the voiceless young women and girls are heard, supported and advocated at local, national and international arenas. In addition, he has been critical in steering the growth of other youth-led and youth serving initiatives including The African Vijana Organization, NOELI Foundation-Kenya, SPEAK-Kenya, ECAN, Dodoma Youth Development Organization, NIHEP.
2. Dianah Kamande HSC- Kenya, has been in the forefront in Championing for the rights of Widows, Survivors of Gender Based Violence, Orphans and Vulnerable children, through the organisation she founded calles Come Together Widows and Orphans Organisations. While this work is impressive, we see her individual drive come through in the face of the challenges that COVID-19 pandemic hit communities in Kenya. Dianah, rallied her friends and family through her social media platforms, and was able to feed over 2000 families, through her individual efforts. She utilised the Valentine celebration of love to extend her love to others, and hosted a Valentine's Eve fundraising Dinner where she was able to raise enough funds to support 45 Orphans and other vulnerable children with tuition fees arrears. In addition to these individual initiatives, she guided her organisation to ride on the strength of partnerships to extend their initial reach and be able to support Survivors of Gender Based Violence which was on the rise during the lockdown and cessation of movement. As a result, she was able to rescue 150 women and Girls and 15 men.
3. Rebecca Nayiga, ADD International-Uganda:Rebecca put together an initiative to support a section of often overlooked members of our communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she identified 9 persons with Disabilities in her community and mobilized food, medical relief, money and required physical support and assistive devices. Rebecca mobilized her friends and family and was able to even garner the support of some local businesses. As a result, they procured wheelchairs, clutches, knee boots, hand boots, hearing aids and walking sticks for nine and to ensure they continue to receive regular support in future, she connected them to respective Disability associations. These actions are a true example of what one person can do to transform the lives of many, not because of anything other than spotting a community need and taking decisive action, and rallying others to extend the same compassion to those who may be less fortunate than themselves. A true mark of leadership.

2.     Advocate for giving practice (Media Awards): ·    
 Outstanding reporting and coverage of the philanthropic actions in the region. A true champion and promoter of giving practices. We specifically want to show gratitude to media houses/journalists/reporters/photographers who:                                              
i.     Consistently identify acts of service and showcase them through their media channels.                                              
ii.     Go out of their way to show appreciation for the contribution of others in the giving space through their media articles and art
The Jury Committee 2021 Awarded the following:
Impacthub Media- Lilian Kaivilu who has shown unmatched zeal to highlight positive stories of change makers; organizations, institutions and individuals working to solve different challenges facing the continent of Africa today.  The media celebrates our local heroes, through stories that promote and inspire a giving culture to our communities.  Impacthub Media has highlighted award~winning stories of people and organizations offering scalable solutions to the problems facing the continent ofAfrica today.  Recently, they published Tales of pregnant women amid covid-19, curfew,movement restrictions and their coping mechanisms. Impacthub Media has defied the odds and the temptation of status quo in themedia industry to focus on winning stories of change makers.

3.    Pivoting actions to enable community resilience (CSO Awards)·    
 Responsive actions by the CSO fraternity in identifying and fortifying communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are specifically looking for:                                              
i.     Innovative solutions to address the emerging and often evolving needs of target communities                                          
  ii.     Good practices that ensured community involvement and effective feedback on the needs and solutions being provided                                     iii. Innovative resource mobilization practices that led to increased resources for the community solutions.

The Jury Committee 2021 Awarded the following:
Child Care and Youth Empowerment Foundation-Uganda-
In a bid to secure the lives of very vulnerable girls(10-24 yrs) and their babies during the lockdown in Uganda, from the effects of COVID19, Ruth through CCAYEF quickly intervened, reached out to cooperate companies and healthy care givers; who donated 6 hundred kgs of food (maize flour, soya flour and beans that supported 213 girls and their babies; provided transport facilitation to pregnant and disabled and HIV positive mother's to receive health care; and money to support 5 C- sections to 3 girls under 18 years. Through crowdfunding, she mobilized $300 that went in to support OVC households who have HIV positive children with food stuffs, and business start-ups. She also mobilized clothing for 60 children that were homeless and living in abusive homes during these times. Worked with Village Health Teams to give Psychosocial support to bereaved families and create linkages to GBV victims to report cases and locate support from political leaders to facilitate these cases.We love that in the face of adversity for the community CCAYEF serves, a programs coordinator was able to not only identify the emerging challenges their community was faced with through the stressor of COVID-19, and then work in an agile manner to identify and mobile local resource support using multiple channels to secure additional support. This demonstrates various things for us-not only does the organisation demonstrate agility in addressing community challenges, they also create an internal environment and provide necessary support that enables staff to take initiative in service to their cause.

4.    Augmenting resilience through systems change (private & corporate philanthropist): ·      
Shifts in how funding decisions and actions are done to ensure that the right people are reached at the right time with the right actions to minimize effects of the crises to communities around us. We are looking for:                                            
  i.     Quick actions to change systems/processes to accommodate the new and emerging challenges communities are facing in times of crises?                                            
ii.     Deliberate efforts to ensure the inclusion of marginalized communities in the solutions offered                                          
 iii.     Promotion of progressive principles and values of Diversity, equity and inclusion in systems and practices of philanthropy
5.    Philanthropy lifetime Achievement Award:
This award will honour a visionary leader and philanthropist throughout the community doing extraordinary things to make East Africa a better place for growth and development of Philanthropy. With the Lifetime Achievement  Award, we showcase individual excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work and inspiration to others. We publicly affirm present achievements, seek to encourage further work on the part of the recipients and hope to motivate others to follow their lead in service to the East African communities.

The Jury Committee 2021 Awarded the following:
1. Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation in Tanzania; we appreciate you for contributing to the under resourced areas in this region, including: providing exceptional support in education, even before other support was secured; advocating for the advancement of science and technology in Tanzania, promoting wildlife conservation, encouraging research into oncology-a scientific study that is still in its budding stages in the region;  and finally, for generally ensuring the livelihoods of the communities in which they uplift and work for the last 195 years!!! We want to say a very big thank you.
2. Her Royal Highness, the Nnabagereka (Queen) of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda: for going beyond her call of duty and shining a spotlight to the plight of women and children in disadvantaged situations and in so doing, cultivating the virtues of “Ubuntu Bulamu”, youthful industriousness and civic engagement. You have done this for decades in Uganda and we want to acknowledge and deeply appreciate your efforts towards an equitable, inclusive and peaceful world grounded in human virtues.  
3.   Hirji Shah, Holds the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS), and the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW). He is the Director, Kenya National Qualification Authority; Director University of Nairobi Enterprise and Service Limited; Director Centre for Corporate Governance, Trustee Chandaria Foundation; Trustee Federation of Kenya Employers. He needs no introduction, the many decades of influencing the sector is well recognized and known in the country. We honor him for the silent and yet significant and life changing contributions he has made over the years, offering valuable technical leadership and oversight in both the private and public sectors he has served. He has offered the mustard seed effect in all the positions he has served with lots of changes and impact. He continues to show leadership and guidance in many of the responsibilities he still holds in both private and public spaces.

6.    The Jury Award:This award is issued at the discretion of the jury and will be given to a person or an organization that has exhibited extraordinary performance in offering philanthropic services to humanity. The Award is not pre-defined, but must be defined by the judges during the scrutiny of the available data. No nominations will be accepted for this category. The Award will not overlap with the other awards-it will not be pre-stated or pre-defined, but will be defined by the judges during the scrutiny of the available data before them. [Evidence of extraordinary services/features and perceived impact to the society.)

The Jury Committee 2021 Awarded the following:
1. Kennedy Odede, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOfCO)-
is the founder and CEO of SHOFCO, Kennedy is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. Kennedy grew up in Kenya's Kibera slum, the largest slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty first hand. The oldest of eight children, he became a street-child at the age of ten. Still, he dreamed about changing his community. In 2004, he had a job in a factory earning $1 for ten hours of work. He saved 20 cents and used this to buy a soccer ball and start Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum. Kennedy is driven by a focus on holistic and sustainable solutions to the problems that plague informal settlements, we anticipate that the mark that Kennedy leaves will last for years to come. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy worked tirelessly to ensure that the urban slum dwellers who were largely left to fend for themselves do not suffer. Kennedy led in the mobilization of grassroots and community-driven responses to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Despite lockdowns and restrictions, Kennedy spearheaded a resource mobilisation effort that not only provided rapid response and mitigated against the effects of COVID-19 relief on the community, he has used his cumulative experience so far to instigate and nurture global conversations that are agitating for more support and resources to be channelled to local communities. A telltale sign of a true leader is how he or she responds to adversity. Throughout his life, Kennedy has met adversity without hesitation. This award recognises and encourages Kennedy’s continuous efforts to inspire action from those around him. We want to encourage you to keep providing inspirational and impactful philanthropy leadership.
2.Lizza Marie Kawooya Is the one behind My Voice Podcast in which sheshares voices, personal stories, opinions and experiences of youth and adolescents on particular life-related topics geared towards eradication of Gender-Based Violence and Gender inequality. Beyond voicing experiences Lizza’s has supported in raising the dignity of girls and women from the low resourced community of Nyowa village, Gulu town through a fundraiser that successfully placed over 100 girls on menstrual management. My voice podcast also delves into issues within the community. These include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-worth, mental health, among others. She has hosted important people on the podcast such as Mrs. Angela Nakafeero who is the Commissioner, Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development. Lizza is also part of an organization called enjuba as head of fundraising. They buy books for children and train teachers in rural areas on how to teach children. Lizza Marie Kawooya continues to serve her community.

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