Refugees International has announced that social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren is this year’s recipient of the organization’s highest honor, the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award.
The award recognizes those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action, and will be presented by HM Queen Noor of Jordan.
“It’s such a privilege to be receiving this honor from Refugees International,” said Mrs. Lauren, Co-Founder and Chief FEEDer of FEED Projects. “In so many countries around the world, displaced families live with the constant threat of malnutrition and starvation. RI has worked tirelessly to get these populations the assistance they need. And this past year in particular, during the famine in the Horn of Africa, RI’s independent advocacy was absolutely critical.”
While serving as Honorary Spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004, Lauren Bush Lauren was inspired to create the FEED 1 bag, the proceeds of which provide a child with school meals for an entire year. Since 2007, FEED Projects has contributed over $6 million to the WFP’s school feeding program – or more than 68 million meals for school children – through the sale of its eco-friendly line of products. Mrs. Lauren also serves as Chairman of the Board of The FEED Foundation, which supports sustainable solutions to food, nutrition, and agricultural challenges worldwide.
“Lauren Bush Lauren is a truly inspiring young leader,” said Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International. “From our years of work with displaced families, we know that school meals are critical to keeping children healthy and in the classroom. In her brief career, Mrs. Lauren has used the power of social entrepreneurship to deliver this critical assistance to thousands of children. We are thrilled to be honoring her this year.”
Mrs. Lauren will be presented with the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award at Refugees International’s 33rd Anniversary Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 10th, at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. For more information about the event, please click here.
Source: Black Tie Magazine