2015 has been quite the year!
In preparation for the WAF Award Event 2015, scheduled for Milan, WAFA volunteers held a fundraising event at the residence of the Italian Ambassador in Copenhagen. Over 60 guests attended from government, NGOs and interested organizations.
WAF Award Event 2015: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Then plans shifted on a dime, and the Award Event 2015 was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! The international and local teams worked tirelessly with spectacular results on October 22, 2015. Kuala Lumpur marks a transition for WAFA:
We now have an Asia chapter, based in Malaysia!
Because of each finalist’s unique qualities, our expert panel decided to award all three!
- ENPHO’s entrepreneurial dynamism ensures water quality in rural Nepal;
- SOIL’s affordable technology enables Haitian rural communities to manage their own hygiene, ensure their water security, and restore their land’s productivity;
- Turenscape’s ecological approach cleans polluted rivers and provides urban greenspace in China.
The Event inaugurated the WAF Youth Award, presented to Wyebank Secondary School in South Africa.
The Awards have expanded to include an Air category. The Water and Food Award is now the Water Air and Food Award (WAFA)! This addition could not be timelier, given the grim news from Indonesia and Beijing.
At the invitation of Turenscape’s founder, Dr. Yu Kongjian, WAFA President, Tina Lindgreen, visited China from November 3 to 11. Tina met decision-makers committed to sustainability, who are keen to host the WAFA 2016 Award Event in Beijing, in conjunction with Peking University’s high-profile Beijing Forum in early November 2016.
WAFA has been invited to submit a proposal to Viet Water 2016, an international conference in Hanoi in late November.
Let’s not forget COP21! Tina and WAFA volunteer Noé Levasseur attended the conference. Tina is convinced that many international organizations are willing to fund initiatives like WAFA, provided they see a credible organization on the ground. We’ve been on the ground for a while. Let’s make the cut!