Hivos partner receives Asias Nobel Prize for helping poor

25 augustus, 2011

Award foundation president Carmencita Abella said Tri, along with an  Indian engineer and a Philippine charity group, had helped harness the  technologies to empower their countrymen and worked to create waves of  progressive change across Asia.

Asian Nobel PrizeEach  year six people or organizations are named joint winners of the  Magsaysay award. The award, often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize, is  named after a famous Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane  crash. It aims to honor people who address issues of human development  in Asia with courage and creativity.

Tri Mumpuni, 46, was  recognized after her IBEKA foundation built 60 small power plants  harnessing the energy of water stored in dams to bring electricity to  half a million people, the awards foundation said.

She was once  kidnapped with her husband by former separatist rebels in Aceh province  while pursuing her nongovernmental group’s project to bring electricity  to rural Indonesia.
 The winners are to receive their awards in Manila on August 31.

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