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Swaziland participant to receive Katherine Fleming award

October 1, 2016 - Antigonish, Nova Scotia – Coady International Institute

For the first time in its 17-year history, the Katherine Fleming International Development Award will be presented to a Coady participant from Swaziland.

Dr. June Webber, Coady director and StFX vice-president, has announced that Mabuyakhulu Abingo Siphiwe Phumla will receive the award during StFX's homecoming weekend (9:30am, Saturday, Oct. 1 in Dennis Hall). The award and endowment fund were established by the family, friends and classmates of Katie Fleming, StFX alumna ’85, who dedicated her life to fighting poverty in Africa. It is awarded each year to a woman from Africa taking part in the Diploma in Development Leadership.

Ms. Mabuyakhulu is founder and director of Compassionate Swaziland, a charity that works with schools and community groups to provide comprehensive care and support to HIV/AIDS-affected children and young people. This includes providing sexual and reproductive health rights education and preventing gender-based violence, which is a regular cause of new HIV infections and a barrier to finding support. 

Quotes

“Siphiwe is an inspired Swaziland leader with a vision for equity, inclusion and voice for the women and girls of her sub-Saharan country. Siphiwe acknowledges the importance of her role as a woman leader to build tomorrow’s leadership who will have the confidence and skill to create strong, resilient communities.”  – Dr. June Webber, Coady Institute director and StFX vice-president

“It is an honour for me to accept this award, especially on behalf of the women and children I work with. 

I feel that the work I have been doing with them has given me the opportunity to speak to the world about the social and economic challenges they face every day.” – Siphiwe Mabuyakhulu

Quick facts

  • Ms. Mabuyakhulu is one of 41 participants from 18 countries attending the 2016 Diploma in Development Leadership program in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
  • Previous award recipients have come from Zambia (4), Kenya (3), Nigeria (2), Tanzania (2), Ghana (2), Zimbabwe (1), Botswana (1), and South Africa (1). 
  • Compassionate Swaziland won a 2015 Global Rising Stars award for its work improving the lives of vulnerable children in two regions of the country.
  • Since 1959, StFX’s Coady Institute has delivered education programs to provide community builders with the knowledge and skills to create the change they want for themselves.

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rperry@stfx.ca

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