Liberty's Unsung Heroes
Our ‘Unsung Heroes’ awards were launched in 2017 to recognise and reward the efforts of individuals who make a significant contribution, in their own time, to a community cause. This can be in a leadership role or by personally making a material difference above and beyond “one-off” fundraising and volunteering activities.
Members of the Liberty staff charity committee judge the entries and select a winner, plus two runners up, who all receive a cash donation for their cause, plus a small personal prize for themselves.
Our 2017 winner, Vineet Bhatnagar, talks about the Shine charity:
“I set up Shine in 2006 to tackle really high levels of illiteracy in Zambia.
Our teachers and volunteers work with children aged 8-15, teaching them to read and write in English following a programme that I created, with the aim of helping them access education and, in turn, find employment.
The £5k award from Liberty means a great deal to me and to the Shine team in Lusaka. We’ve bought equipment for milling maize, which means we can provide a meal for the school’s pupils, but which also generates an income by milling maize for the local community, so the school is now a step closer to being self-funding.
For the future, I hope to create a pig farm which will provide enough income to support a 2nd school. These ventures are a great example to Shine’s pupils of how social enterprise can benefit individuals, families and communities, even in the most remote or poverty-stricken areas.”