The Guardian Post Newspaper Achievement Award
The Sustainable Run for Development (SURUDEV) a Bamenda-based non- governmental organization has won The Guardian Post Newspaper Achievement Award for the 2015 best NGO of the year for championing the fight against poverty in rural communities through the promotion of sustainable agriculture. The award ceremony took place on March 4, 2016 at the Mountain Hotel in Buea.
Presenting the award to SURUDEV’s boss, An Official of The Guardian Post Newspaper Award Committee congratulated the NGO for her enormous contribution in promoting environmental safety, building climate change resilience and promoting food security especially in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. He explained that just like for the other laureates, SURUDEV was nominated along other NGOs and readers casted their votes followed by the sitting of the award committee which proclaimed SURUDEV the overall winner in this category.
Accepting the award, the Executive Director of SURUDEV, Kari Jackson thanked The Guardian Post for recognizing the efforts his organization is putting in place and pledged to do more ‘ I feel humbled going home with this trophy. To think that SURUDEV was voted best NGO only inspires me to do more. I take it as a challenge to reach more communities and help in providing solutions to key environmental problems’ Kari told The Guardian Post.
Reacting to the recognition, SURUDEV’s Public Relations Officer, Regina Fonjia Leke, who accompanied the Director to receive the award said ‘ It brings me great pleasure to know that people are actually watching what we are doing’ She told The Guardian Post that SURUDEV is consolidating its position as one of the leading non-profits in promoting environmental protection through a series of communication strategies notably; the launch of a new monthly environmental newsletter dubbed ‘The Ecologist’, which is currently in its third edition and a weekly radio program called ‘Your Environment With SURUDEV’. She says the reason for this is to better advocate for Cameroonians to be more actively engaged in seeking solutions to environmental problems such as climate change, deforestation, water and sanitation, wildlife conservation, loss of water catchments, all crucial problems currently plaguing people in the Northwest Region of Bamenda.