We are very exited to share with you the news that we got the top prize in the International Aid & Development category at this year’s Charity Awards.
It is such an honour as this the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.
The Charity Awards shortlist is chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, themselves all distinguished figures in the charity sector.
The judges score each shorlisted organisation against six Hallmarks of Excellence and then they get together for two days of discussions to select the winners.
We have been recognised for our work rescuing children of very young age from working in the worst forms of child labour in Nepal from dawn to dusk, in extremely hazardous conditions in brick factories.
As you know our aim is not only to help the children by taking them out from dangerous situations and providing them with education, but also support their families. In fact, 93 children are being assisted while their families are given the provision of rice for the same amount the children were earning at the factories. At the same time, we are working on a sustainable plan for the families in the future.
As you know our investigation into child labour at the brick factories resulted in a VICE World News documentary by Sahar Zand. Our Sansar are estimating that there are around 2500 children working at the brick factories in Province 2 and we are hoping to expand the project to other areas soon. Our job is not ending here. We will continue to push boundaries and find new ways to free children from illegal work in Nepal and provide them with access to education and a brighter future.
If you haven’t read our Blog on this documentary, click here: Child labour in Nepal – Our Sansar
Alongside the other nine category winners, Our Sansar was presented with the trophy at a black-tie ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 7 June, hosted by broadcaster, commentator and writer Ayesha Hazarika.
Here in the picture are our Trustees and the presenters of the Award.
“Against the backdrop of a devastating pandemic followed closely by an eye-watering cost-of-living crisis, the external environment has seldom been more challenging for UK charities. Yet the standard of entries in this year’s Charity Awards proves that the sector is as resilient, tenacious and effective as it has ever been. To win an award is a real badge of honour, and the team at Our Sansar should be truly proud of their achievements.”
“It is such an honour to win this award as so much work has gone into ensuring children stop working in brick factories and are given an opportunity to go to school, often for the first time in their lives. I would like to thank all who believe in us and support us in this unforgettable journey!”