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Lucy Mazingi scoops NANGO's Director of the Year award
Kamurai Mudzingwa, National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO)
October 30, 2009

Lucy Mazingi, the director of Youth Empowerment Trust (YET), scooped the 2009 Director of the year award at a glittering ceremony organised by the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) in Victoria Falls recently during the Directors' Summer School.

The youthful looking Mazingi shed tears of joy as she went to receive the prestigious and glittering trophy from the guest of honour, Honourable Paurina Mpariwa, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare.

"This is a big surprise," she said in an emotionally charged voice, "Thank you for recognising the work that we do with the youth. The youth sector is marginalised by many people who do not understand young people and only associate them with bad things such as violence and drug abuse," said Mazingi.

She added that she had worked with the youth for a very long time and she finds her work with them revitalising:

"I have helped lots of youths whom you see in many spheres of life. Sometimes we help these youths behind the scenes. Working with the youths makes me feel younger everyday and you would never guess my correct age by merely looking at me," quipped Mazingi.

To land the Director of the Year accolade, Mazingi shrugged off stiff competition from NGO directors under the umbrella body who number more than a thousand.

Meanwhile ECONET scooped the NANGO Chairperson's Award for Philanthropy in recognition of the giant corporate's social responsibility. The mobile service provider was honoured for its consistency in providing social services to the communities that it serves.

120 NGO directors witnessed the awarding ceremony sponsored by Barclays Bank.

Below is the full list of winners;

1. NGO Director of the Year Lucy Muzingi (YET)
2. NANGO Lifetime Achievement Award - in recognition of civil society individuals/organizations that have demonstrated lifetime dedication in serving the marginalized. Lynde Francis [post humous]
3. Human Rights Roll of Honor Award - dedicated to individuals/organizations that have shown sacrifice in pursuit of human rights Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
4. NANGO Award for Excellence in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS - consistency and innovation with results in the fight against the pandemic ZNPP+
5. NANGO Award for Excellence in the Fight Against Poverty and Hunger Care International
6. NANGO Chairperson's Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance - in recognition of civil society organizations that have demonstrated good corporate governance Childline
7. NANGO Chairperson's Award for Philanthropy - in honor of corporate social responsibility Econet
8. NANGO Peace Award - for individuals/organizations consistent in the pursuit of peace and justice Jestina Mukoko
9. Community Development Award - dedicated to CBOs relentless in community development Lower Guruve Development Association
10. NANGO Media Responsibility Award - in recognition of organisations/media house that have demonstrated responsible reporting on development and human rights
11. Community Development Award Bekezela - Bulawayo

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