POSTED: December 1st 2014

Samsung Generations For Peace Awards Presented by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein presenting the Award for Impact to Mercia Takavarasha, member of Zimbabwe Olympic and Paralympic Committee / Generations For Peace
HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein presenting the Award for Impact to Mercia Takavarasha, member of Zimbabwe Olympic and Paralympic Committee / Generations For Peace

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Together, the Corporate Marketing Director of Samsung Electronics Levant, Fadi Awni Abu Shamat, and the Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, presented the 4th Samsung Generations For Peace Awards at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in a special awards dinner. Recognizing the Generations For Peace volunteers, who are changing their own communities all over the world, through their extraordinary efforts to bring attention to local issues of violence and conflict.

Separated into four categories, which reflect the four "drivers of change" of Generations For Peace, include innovation, impact, quality, and sustainability. At the heart of the Samsung partnership, which has supported Generations For Peace in the Levant region since 2008, is the shared focus of these four elements.

HRH Prince Feisal congratulated the award winners, during the presentation of the awards, stating, “In our work together to support local actions to ‘make hope happen’, we are most effective when we keep a relentless focus on our four ‘drivers of change’: innovation, quality, impact and sustainability. My deep respect for your inspirational example, as role models and change-makers, is the reason I am standing here today; to congratulate you and assure of our continued support and encouragement on your journey ahead, as you continue to…’Pass it on’!”

The award winners for the Innovation Award, were a group of Generations For Peace volunteers from Indonesia. Showcasing their commitment to organizing novel awareness-raising activities and events, like storytelling or artwork, along with their combined efforts with educational institutions. Using creative approaches has captured the imaginations and brought forth commitments of support from various participants along with vital stakeholders.

In addition, Tornike Chargeishvilli from Georgia, received the Quality Award. Through the implementation of programs, which focus on vulnerable children in the SOS village, Tornike has ensured that social interaction between children and participants, from the local community, has increased. Not to mention, the program has proven to be an outstanding model for numerous locations in Georgia to mimic.

Furthermore, Mercia Takavarasha from Zimbabwe and Christian Hatumimana from Rwanda, were both presented awards for Impact. Just one of Mercia's many achievements, is that she organized a series of Advocacy For Peace events, which involved more than 3,000 youth and children in Harare. While Christian, headed a group of volunteers to train an additional 35 volunteers from four provinces in Rwanda, in which Sport For Peace activities have reached over 3,000 youth and children.

A group of teachers from Jaber Bin Haean elementary school, Princess Taghreed Secondary School For Girs, Al'Ma'moun School For Boys, and Nussaibah Al Mazeneah secondary school, in Jordan, were presented the Sustainability Award. The teachers were recognized for leading the way to reduce systemic violence in their schools. The program has changed relations between students and teachers. The program , over the last year, among the students, has shown improved educational performance by a reduction in systemic violence. As a result of the program's success, additional donor support has been expanded to provide the program to more schools in other communities from 2014 through 2016.

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