ABCP Newsletter and Annual Report--July, 2005 (abcp-nl05 header.gif (8364 bytes))

Sebastian Chuwa (2nd from rt.) poses with Young Laureates, Bruktawit Tigabu (left) of Ethiopia and Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu (3rd from rt.) of Nigeria.

Young Rolex Awards

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise have supported a generation of talented and imaginative innovators, each of whom has helped bring forward evolutionary advance in one of five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, the environment, and cultural preservation. Since its beginnings in 1976, 110 laureates from 40 countries have been honored.

In 2002 Sebastian Chuwa won an Associate Laureate Award from Rolex that enabled him to build a large nursery at the ABCP Moshi Mpingo Plot and to purchase a vehicle that has been pivotal in advancing the project. This November, Sebastian renewed some old friendships, as he was invited to attend awards ceremonies for a new Rolex initiative held in Switzerland.

Called the Young Laureates Programme, it was established to support the work of visionary young women and men under the age of 30. Five Laureates each received $50,000 to expand and support their projects. Rebecca Irvin, director of  the Rolex Awards describes the objective, “By providing project support at a critical juncture in the careers of young people, the Young Laureates Programme will reward bright new ideas and encourage the next generation to meet the challenges of the future.”

Ceremonies were held in Lausanne, Switzerland at the new Rolex Learning Center, located in one of Europe’s most prestigious institutes for technology and computer science, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Rolex has long-standing ties with the EPFL through collaboration on research. Many engineers who produce Rolex timepieces are graduates of the Institute.

The five 2010 Young Laureates were: Jacob Colker/USA for a project to enable Smartphone users to donate spare minutes to charitable organizations; Reese Fernandez/Philippines for helping impoverished women earn a living wage by creating elegant products from garment factory rejects; Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu/Nigeria, for developing an interactive rural radio service to improve the lives of farmers in Nigeria; Piyush Tewari/India, for training  a network of police and volunteers to provide rapid medical care in road accidents; and Bruktawit Tigabu/Ethiopia, for developing a health-education program for preschool children in Ethiopia.

See Young Rolex Awards for 2010 at the Rolex Awards website here.

Good Gifts Catalogue

The work of the ABCP has been funded by supporters of the Good Gifts Catalogue since 2006. Their contributions have funded major planting efforts in Tanzania, mainly at Makuyuni, east of Mt. Kilimanjaro, where land set aside by the Village Council is now home to over 25,000 mpingo trees. The villagers have been so enthusiastic about the project that last year the Village Council dedicated another 5 acres. (continued on pg. 3, see Good Gifts Catalogue)

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A true conservationis is a man
who knows that the world
is not given by his fathers,
but borrowed from his children.
John Madison
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