We are delighted to announce that on Thursday (13th October 2016) Raise a Smile chairwoman, Esther Ridder, was honoured for her work with Raise a Smile by Germany's biggest women's magazine, Bild der Frau. Every year the magazine recognises 5 women for their outstanding commitment to charitable work and grants them the prestigious Goldene Bild der Frau award. Esther received the award in front of 600 invited guests at a ceremony at the Stage Theater an der Elbe in Hamburg.
In addition to the award Raise a Smile will receive a €10,000 donation which will go towards paying school fees for our sponsored pupils. In rural areas of Zambia over 90 % of all children drop out of school after primary school due to the prohibitively high costs of secondary schools. This donation will give more pupils the opportunity to complete their education.
Congratulations Esther, and we thank you for your tireless work for Raise a Smile!