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Sharjah International’s 2020 Refugee Advocacy and Support Award comes to Dzaleka

by Harold Kapindu
Trésor Nzengu Mpauni AKA Menes La Plume.jpg

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Dzaleka Refugee Camp’s Tumaini Letu organization has emerged winner of this year’s prestigious Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support.

The 2020 Sharjah International Award Ceremony took place online on Wednesday, 19th August due to the Covid 19 travel restrictions.

In his speech, Tumaini Letu Founder and Director who is also the winner of the 2018 World Bank Africa’s Social Inclusion Hero Award, Trésor Nzengu Mpauni popularly known as Menes La Plume described the award as a seed for growth.

The ceremony was graced with speeches from His Highness, Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member of the United Arabic Emirates and ruler of Sharjah and His Excellency Mr. Filipo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee.

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Tumaini was selected out of 180 nominated Organizations from Africa and Asia because of its unique and innovative approach in Refugee Advocacy and Support.

The organization was also selected because of the uniqueness of its flagship initiative, the annual Tumaini Festival which is the world fist international festival taking place in a refugee camp.

Across the six past years, Tumaini Festival has attracted 99,000 festival attendees, united 304 groups of artists from 18 different countries and seen the magic of brotherhood shared through different art forms.

By opening doors of Dzaleka Refugee Camp to the world, Tumaini Festival creates jobs and vital economic opportunity for the refugee community to raise money through various businesses.

The festival generate to the community an estimate of $150,000 per year.

Through this initiative, Tumaini has brought hope and inspired young refugees to dream big, and advocated for refugee rights bringing their voices to over 50 million people worldwide through media reach

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