Marguerite Barankitse Awarded Inaugural Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity
Marguerite Barankitse accepts the inaugural Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity from George Clooney
Marguerite Barankitse accepts the inaugural Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity from George Clooney, Co-Chair of the Selection Committee and Aurora Prize Co-Founder Ruben Vardanyan at the presentation ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia (Photo by: 100 LIVES)
George Clooney, Co-Chair of the Selection Committee, presents the $1 million Aurora Prize to Marguerite Barankitse at ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia
Marguerite Barankitse from Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital in Burundi was named as the inaugural Laureate of the $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. At a ceremony held in Yerevan, Armenia, Barankitse was recognized for the extraordinary impact she has had in saving thousands of lives and caring for orphans and refugees during the years of civil war in Burundi.
As the first Aurora Prize Laureate, Barankitse will receive a $100,000 grant and continue the cycle of giving by donating the accompanying $1,000,000 award to organizations that have inspired her work. Barankitse plans to donate the award to three organizations in order to advance aid and rehabilitation for child refugees and orphans, and fight against child poverty. These organizations are: the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de La Grande-Duchesse du Luxembourg, Fondation Jean-François Peterbroeck (JFP Foundation), and the Fondation Bridderlech Deelen Luxembourg.