A Kids Rigts Initiative

International Children's Peace Prize Projects 2009

The International Children's Peace Prize is accompanied by a AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Prize Fund of 100,000 Euro. This is given by KidsRights to concrete projects in the spirit of the commitment of the young winner. The project contributes to the mission of the winner and has positive impact on his or her environment.


World Vision, Tanzania

The 2009 Children’s Peace Prize winner, Baruani Ndume, lives in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, set up for refugees from the DRC. Baruani’s wish was for the 2009 prize money to be invested in a project which would improve the lives of children both inside and outside the refugee camp and would bring the two communities closer together.

Therefore, the goal of the project is to improve the confidence and competence of children in primary school, both in Nyarugusu refugee camp and in surrounding host villages. The schools promote the development of children’s potential and talents through, for example, sports and cultural activities. To create more understanding between children from the refugee camp and children of the hosting communities, interschool competitions are organized.

An additional joint effort between children from the refugee camp and children from the surrounding villages is the making of a monthly radio show during which children’s rights issues are addressed. The radio show airs both in the refugee camp and in the hosting communities. Baruani is, of course, helping as an expert in this part of the project. With his experience in making his own radio show, he can help the other children to use this broadcasting platform to advocate for children’s rights.