Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2005 Nkosi Johnson
The Prize was posthumously dedicated to Nkosi Johnson, the South African boy who fought so courageously and effectively for the rights of children with HIV/Aids. Nkosi, here with Nelson Mandela, made sure children with HIV/Aids had the right to go to school in South Africa. His speeches at the international Aids conference in Durban moved the world. “Care for us and accept us – we are all human beings”.
Nkosi’s Haven was set up by Gail Johnson, Nkosi’s adoptive mother. It is a safe haven for mothers with AIDS and their children. The project is specially set up to prevent mothers with AIDS from sending their children to orphanages, as is often the case when the end is near. The children in Nkosi’s Haven are fully cared for. They also receive a good education, from nursery up to and including high school.