Mayra Avellar Neves (Brazil)
Lovetta (Liberia), Baruani and Meshack (Congo), Rishika (India)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
At the International Children's Peace Prize 2008, the following speakers were present:
Lovetta (15 years old) is devoted to improving the living conditions of child-asylum seekers and former child-asylum seekers who are victims of the civil war in Liberia.
Meshack (18 years old) and Baruani (15 years old) who are both refugees from Congo, living in a refugee camp in Tanzania. They are devoted to the rights of child-asylum seekers who are victims of the civil war in the Congo.
Rishika (18 years old) is devoted to the rights of underprivileged children, victims of child labour and child prostitution.
In 2008, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu presented Mayra Avellar Neves, at the age of 17, the Children’s Peace Prize, for her ongoing fight against the violence in the favelas (slums) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and her own favela, Vila Cruzeiro, in particular.
The 2008 project fund supported two projects: one for youngsters in the favela’s (slums) and one against social exclusion of children. ‘Favela Forca on tour’ informs and educates children and young people about their rights by means of theatre. The project ’Vila Cruzeiro On-Line’ provides children from the slum the opportunity to increase their knowledge of technology and gives them the opportunity to use new communication tools.