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Magali Malherbe, Children of the Dawn NGO Director, winner of the 2014 Trophées des français de l’étranger award.

On Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, the on-line newspaper for French expatriates held the prize-giving ceremony for the 2014 Trophées des français de l’étranger that spotlight the achievements of French men and women abroad.

Magali Malherbe, National Project Manager for the Children of the Dawn NGO, which has received support from Solidarity Accor since 2011, was handed the Humanitarian and social trophy by the Caisse des Français de l’Etranger.

Magali declared herself delighted to take the award home to South Africa. She added, "Our youngsters were convinced we were going to win! From a professional viewpoint, this award is recognition for the quality of the work we do and opens up fresh doors for us. From a personal viewpoint, it rewards over 10 years of hard work and also encourages me to pursue this path, at a time when our first protégés are bearing witness to our success."

Discover Magali's exceptional story!

When Magali was 20, she decided to enrol in a volunteer programme at Port Elizabeth in South Africa.  For six months she worked with a charity promoting and defending Human Rights. There she met her future husband, and finally decided to settle in Africa. Struck by the appalling situation of HIV/AIDS orphans, in 2002 she decided to set up the Children of the Dawn association, which started with a pilot project supporting 10 children. It quickly met with success so Magali soon registered the association as a non-profit organisation, becoming its manager in 2006. Today, Children of the Dawn sponsors 819 young people in 8 rural areas of South Africa.