BCC World Challenge chooses a local Bacolod NGO as winner!


A local Bacolod Organization helping indigenous people for clean water won the latest BBC World Challenge. Read the entire story below from Yahoo!

Philippine NGO wins BBC World Challenge

Bacolod City (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – A local Philippine nongovernment organization has won the top prize at the BBC World Challenge 2010 for its perfected model of a hydraulic ram pump that has brought water to remote villages in the Philippines and other parts of the world.

The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. (AIDFI) based in Barangay (village) Mansilingan, Bacolod City, won the top prize of US$20,000, according to Hazel Stuart, a British national based in Bacolod City.

Stuart, who makes television documentaries, said in an email that she attended the awarding ceremonies held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Monday.

“Auke Idzenga of AIDFI won the whole thing out of 800 projects worldwide. It got down to 60, then 12, then the final three,” Stuart said.

The entry from Peru came in second and Guatemala was third place.

Idzenga, the AIDFI chief executive officer, was in Amsterdam and has yet to issue a statement on AIDFI’s BBC World Challenge victory.

According to the BBC World Challenge website (http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/timeline.php), the awards ceremonies will be broadcast on December 4 on the BBC World News and announced on the website on the same day.

Now on its sixth year, the BBC World Challenge is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at grassroots level.

On November 18, AIDFI’s entry “Running Water Uphill” also won the Community Initiative Award of the Energy Institute Awards held in London.

The AIDFI program centers around the locally perfected model of the old hydraulic ram pump, a device that can pump water to very high elevations without the use of electricity or fuel.

AIDFI has so far installed 170 ram pumps for about 50,000 beneficiaries, Idzenga said earlier.

Congratulations to the people behind the AIDFI Program! Such recognition only shows that what you are doing definitely brings impact not only to the people you’re helping but also to others as well!

If you want to know more about the organization, kindly click on this one – AIDFI.

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