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Harambee award for the person to show the real story in Africa

March 4, 2010

Tags: Canonization, Solidarity, truth
Africa continues to be an unknown territory for many. Not only for those who visit its deep jungles or its deserts. Even those who read the headlines daily don’t get the full grasp of the reality on the continent.



Harambee, an NGO, says the media rarely tells the full story on Africa. In an effort to change that, it’s established the 'Communicating Africa' award, which offers professional audiovisual journalists a challenge.

Rosalinda Corbi, International Coordinator of Harambee Africa International NGO: “It’s about recognizing Africa through a news report. The award has two categories, one for western journalists and another for African journalists. Each one can tell their own story about Africa according to their point of view.”

It’s an award for journalists to shed some light on the rich untold stories about the history of this continent. It’s not about giving a naive or simplistic view of Africa, but instead an effort to show that even in a place ravaged by war and hunger there is also hope and there’s the hard work of many organizations.

That’s why the prize is just the tip of the iceberg and Harambee wants to gradually change the bias about the continent whose expectations are as great as its people.

This NGO came into being out of donations that were collected around the 2002 canonization of Saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. Since then Harambee has been dedicated to African development.

So far it’s financed 28 projects in 14 African countries to the tune of more than one and half million euros. One way of providing a contribution for the development of the continent, is by focusing on the education of children.

Giovanni Mottini, President of Harambee Africa International NGO: “We’re convinced that education is a priority to Africa because in about 10 or 15 years today’s kids will be the future of these countries. Among them will be those responsible for making the tough decisions in these countries. That’s why education is our priority.”

Harambee means “all together” in Swahili and it illustrates exactly what Africa needs and the nature of this organization. All together, for a continent that has so much to show the world.

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