In 2007 Thandiwe won the International Children’s Peace Prize. The three other nominees have all made an impressive difference in their environment, at a very young age, each in their own way:
Meshack Celestin Katabe - Congo DRC
Meshack is a refugee from Congo, who was forced to flee his country because of the war. He is living in a refugee camp in Tanzania together with 57,600 other child refugees and dedicates his time helping others in every way he can. He is working as a leader in providing activities to support child refugees and has won a competition for all child refugees in the area of intelligence, children’s rights, organization and good behavior.
Klodeta Bica - Albania
Klodeta from Albania is physically disabled and had to walk on crutches. She and her sister were walking to school everyday through the mountains and the often extreme cold. But this did not stop her. Klodeta has a passion for life and, through her courage and perseverance, is an example for all handicapped children in Albania who have it far from easy. Her message is: “you can do it if you want to”. In 2005, Klodeta worked together with a programme for handicapped children called: “Different, but the same”. Through this programme, 350 handicapped children in Klodeta’s area received better and increased opportunities in education, medical care and aid.
Chizaso Mtonga - Zambia
Chizaso from Zambia has lost both parents and has been living in an orphanage for several years. Chizaso was using theatre to spread her message. She was performing certain issues such as child abuse, through singing, dancing and acting. One of her acts is called ‘There isn’t a girl in the world that is free”. Once you watch one of her acts, you will never forget her. Chizaso wants people to be aware that children and especially girls have rights equal to everyone else in the world.