Plan Zimbabwe wins top award
2 June 2009: Plan Zimbabwe has won a prestigious award for its important contribution to the healthy development of children in the country, despite difficult working conditions.
The National Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted Plan the winner of Manicaland Province’s Social Responsibility award for being “innovative and creative in a challenging economy”.
Honourable Gordon Moyo, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, represented the Prime Minister, Right Honourable Morgan Tsvangirai, as the guest of honour to present the award in Mutare on 27 May.
Justin Kufakweimba, Plan Programme Area Manager for Mutare, said accepting the award was a great honour.
“We are very excited to have received this award and the recognition it shows for the dedication of our team in Manicaland Province,” he said. “2008 was a challenging year and being chosen above other NGOs recognises the impact that our projects have had for the children of Zimbabwe in a difficult time.”
Making an impact
The judging team said Plan’s programmes targeted the most distressed members of the community and the decision was based on the visibility and impact of projects that Plan implemented under a challenging operating environment in 2008.
Every year, Plan Zimbabwe invests between US$10-16,000,000 to improve child rights, health, education, food security, and combat HIV and AIDS in the country’s 8 districts.
Plan is not a member of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce but each year the chamber looks beyond its members to recognise the organisation or individual that best exemplifies commitment to develop less privileged communities.
Plan Zimbabwe is now in the running for the national award which will be announced on 26 June in Bulawayo.