XIX Natura Award winners

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A decision has recently been reached regarding the nineteenth Natura Award, which since 1994 has recognized and thanked the work of many people and organizations, and which has been supporting humanitarian aid and nature protection projects. This time, the winners have been three entities, with different projects in Ethiopia and India.

A decision has recently been reached regarding the nineteenth Natura Award, which since 1994 has recognized and thanked the work of many people and organizations, and which has been supporting humanitarian aid and nature protection projects. This time, the winners have been three entities, with different projects in Ethiopia and India.

AFRICA NOS MIRA. This entity will receive € 26,000 for its project on the expansion and equipment of a primary school, which also includes services of access to safe water. The Gobezay school is in Mekarm, a rural area north of Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea. Through this project, four new classrooms will be built and equipped in this primary school, for 200 students. Furthermore, collecting rainwater through the roof, and storing it in a tank will improve access to potable water. Additionally some latrines will be built in two blocks, differentiated by sex.

NAYA NAGAR has been awarded € 23,450.84 for a number of community projects in Rajeev Nagar (Gurgaon, India), where they have been working since 2009. These projects include strengthening the Mera Parivar training centre for women, the Mera Parivar school and the establishment of the “Right to Identity” program. In Rajeev Nagar, many children do not attend school, and their parents are also illiterate and work in the shadow economy. Many times they don’t even have identity documents, and without them, they cannot access any social benefits. Naya Nagar works to increase school attendance, and for adults to be aware of their rights and the places where they can look for help, especially women, who are most discriminated in India.

FUNDACIÓN VICENTE FERRER. Fundación Vicente Ferrer has been awarded with € 20,611 for the project “Creation of resources for women in rural India by livestock activities in the region of Kadiri”. The project aims to contribute to improving the situation of women in rural areas, providing training and resources to increase their income to benefit themselves and their families. To do this, they facilitate cows and / or buffaloes, cattle types allowing them to increase milk production and, consequently, also their income. These breeds of cattle can produce about 10 litres of milk per day for a period of about 220-250 days a year.

So, Natura has delivered this year a total of € 70,061.84 in its nineteenth Award. The remaining nearly 10,000 € up to initially planned 80,000 € will be added to next year’s award.

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