We are delighted to reveal that Pump Aid was announced as the winner of the International Aid and Development Award at the 2017 Charity Awards this year. Our small business-led approach to improving access to water in Malawi was recognised by this prestigious programme.
The Charity Awards take place each year to celebrate and highlight best practice across the sector. The panel of judges, each with years of experience in leading civil society organisations assess each entry against ‘10 Hallmarks of excellence’.
Our winning project:
Governments and NGOs have invested billions in rural water services across Africa yet many water points today are not functioning when simple repairs could have brought them back into life. Responding to this challenge, we piloted a business-led approach that has transformed the lives and life chances of almost 22,000 people and it is for this work that we were presented with the International Aid and Development award.
Alongside nine other category winners, Pump Aid was presented with the award by Charlie Webster at a star-studded black-tie ceremony at the Pavilion, Tower of London on Thursday 8 June, hosted by BBC Journalist and presenter Louise Minchin.
Pump Aid’s Chief Executive, Michael Chuter said, ‘This is a fantastic validation of the changes we’ve made in our approach at Pump Aid, working to strengthen local economies and empower some of the world’s poorest communities, establishing a foundation for growth and prosperity. I am immensely proud of our dedicated team both here in the UK and in Malawi.’
Some of our team in Malawi were equally as proud and happy to have won the award.
We are all deeply proud to have secured this prestigious recognition and to be among other charities demonstrating the strength and depth of the sector supporting communities across the UK and overseas. Pump Aid’s work has also been recognised by vital funders including UK Aid Direct.
We couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our partners, supporters and volunteers, so a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of you!
Watch the video of the winning project.
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