Vision for a Nation Wins Top Prize at the UK Charity Awards 2016

Vision for a Nation is proud to announce that it has been awarded Top Prize in the “International Aid and Development” category by the United Kingdom’s Charity Awards Programme – the UK charity sector’s most prestigious and longest-running awards programme.

The award was based upon the measurable success of its ground-breaking nationwide primary eye care programme in support of the Government of Rwanda that now provides local and affordable eye care to 100% of the nation’s 10.5 million people. Vision for a Nation proved “demonstrated achievement” in all ten “Hallmarks of Excellence” – including leadership, innovation, effectiveness and sustainability. The project has been funded by James Chen, UBS Optimus Foundation, DFID and a range of other donors.

Vision for a Nation was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Mermaid Theatre in London on Thursday 9 June, hosted by former-BBC television personality, Bill Turnbull. “International Aid and Development” was one of ten categories.

Tania Mason, Editorial Director for the Charity Awards organiser, Civil Society Media, congratulated Vision for a Nation on winning the highly-coveted award, saying: “We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was particularly high. Vision for a Nation Foundation should be very proud to have won their category. Their work has delivered amazing results. For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities win awards.” Charity Awards Judge Su Sayer, Chair of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “This is a win for the charity, a win for the Rwandan government, a win for everybody – a real no-brainer.”

John Rhodes, Chairman of Vision for a Nation, comments: “We are extremely honoured to be recognised with this prestigious award. With Vision for a Nation’s support, Rwanda has become the first emerging nation in the world to provide all of its people with local access to affordable eye care. It is testament to the vision and generosity of our Founder and the commitment of Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Minister of Health in Rwanda, and of our staff and other partners.”

James Chen, Founder of Vision for a Nation and the Clearly global vision campaign, comments: “Globally, 2.5 billion people have no access to local and affordable eye care. Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. Vision for a Nation Rwanda is the culmination of many years of hard work, innovation and partnership with the Government of Rwanda, and demonstrates what can be achieved through leadership, focus and execution. Rwanda provides a model for other nations around the world to follow and represents a significant step forward in our quest to bring improved sight to millions of people globally.”

Award with Patty Boulaey
CEO Tom Rosewall and Strategy Director Seb Ford with Patty Boulaye OBE
Woman reading bible with new glasses
Vision for a Nation received the award for its groundbreaking national programme in Rwanda
VFAN Charity Awards Win
VFAN Team: Seb Ford, Tom Rosewall and Peter Desmond