Actress Maggie Q to Receive World Tourism Humanitarian Award on November 5, 2018 for her Dedicated Work on Behalf of Kageno, an Ngo With Projects in Kenya and Rwanda
Maggie Q will be presented the award as part of the annual World Tourism Awards ceremony sponsored by Corinthia Hotels, The New York Times, United Airlines and host sponsor Reed Travel Exhibitions. Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor and world renowned travel expert, will host the Award presentation.
The World Tourism Humanitarian Award is being presented to Maggie Q, Good Will Ambassador for Kageno, in recognition of her humanitarian efforts by raising funds in support of Kageno, an organization that transforms impoverished communities, specifically in Kenya and Rwanda, by focusing on programs for clean water, health care, conservation and education.
Maggie Q, stated that she was highly honored to get this recognition for her support of Kageno, « which has been a beautiful model in responsible tourism. » She added, « My friend and Kageno founder, Frank Andolino, never planned on visiting a country and returning soon after to give back to the culture and its people. It happens when you open your heart to the need, and tell yourself, I can do more. »
About Kageno (“A Place of Hope” in local Kenyan Dholuo dialect)
Kageno believes that there is no « single solution » for communities living in poverty. There has to be change across multiple sectors, to effectively transform an impoverished community. This is why Kageno works with community leaders to develop programs in four key areas: Education, Healthcare, Ventures (Income Generation), and Environment.
Kageno helps villages build schools, health centers, pharmacies, sanitation and clean water systems and develop programs to help them protect their fragile environments. It then builds community centers with learning tools and internet access, identify training programs that support the program’s efforts to build local economies. Kageno programs give members of the community the ability to develop skills and start new businesses, create jobs, invest in their environment, control the spread of infectious diseases and ultimately live better, healthier lives.
Kageno designs programs designed to be sustainable, after its initial investment the projects are nurtured for several years until the point where the community can take over and run the programs on their own. As an example, the initial programs in Rusinga Island have been turned over to the community and are being successfully run without further investment or dependency on Kageno.
Maggie Q’s Impact on Kageno
Maggie Q has been a major force behind Kageno from its inception 15 years ago when she generously funded the construction of a medical clinic, sponsored ten at-risk children, and donated to Kageno’s healthcare and conservation initiatives. Since then, Maggie has traveled to Rwanda and Kenya to visit Kageno project sites, hosted Kageno events, spoken at fundraisers and successfully raised awareness of Kageno’s work to the global community.
Maggie Q’s activism has also benefited a major environmental initiative by Kageno in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park, the largest remaining mid-altitude forest in Africa. With 13 primate species, over 300 bird species (27 which are endemic to the Albertine Rift), over 150 species of orchids and over 100 species of butterflies, Nyungwe is an incredibly rich and biodiverse jewel in need of protection.
Many local people in the Nyungwe Forest area engage in activities such as illegal logging and poaching. These activities are detrimental to the long-term integrity of the forest and to the natural resource based livelihoods of the local population. Other detrimental activities include illegal mining for gold and columbo-tantalite, a mineral used for the production of cell phones.
Kageno’s support of the communities around the Nyungwe Forest National Park has raised awareness of the necessity of natural resource protection, contributing to the conservation of the park’s resources and linking conservation with development and improvement of living conditions within the communities.
Kageno Founder, Dr. Frank Andolino, said “Maggie’s impact has been powerfully felt by the thousands of people, especially women and children, and ecosystems in the countries and communities where Kageno serves. Her support is key to the success of our mission to transform impoverished communities into places of hope and opportunity.”
This year Maggie’s passion and support will help raise funds for Kageno to build a new full service maternity center, and an Eco-lodge, the construction of which will give jobs to ex-poachers and jobless locals, and bring tourism dollars into the community.
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