World Children’s Prize
The annual World Children’s Prizes have gone to a Rwandan orphans’ organization, a Canadian activist, and the sister of the Dalai Lama.
The 100,000 dollar award was set up by the Swedish Children’s World Association in 1999. It is split into three parts, and honors efforts to better the lives of children worldwide.
The Global Friends’ Award, decided in a vote by nearly 3.8 million children around the world, has gone to the Association of Orphan Heads of Households, a Rwandan network of 6000 orphans whose parents were killed during the 1994 genocide.
The World Children’s Prize, which is decided by a jury of children who have been exposed to child labor, war or poverty, has been awarded to Canadian Craig Kielburger, who as a 12 year old started Free the Children, an organization that has built 400 schools in 20 countries.
Jetsun Pema, the Dalai Lama’s sister, has received the World Children’s Honorary Prize for spending the last 40 years working with Tibetan refugee children in India.