Announcing the 2021 winners

Join us on May 20 for a special event to announce the winners of the third annual Juliette Gimon Courage Awards.


Thursday, May 20, 2021


1:00pm-2:00pm EDT


Online via Zoom


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The 2021 Courage Awards will recognize the courage and perseverance of three local nonprofits working to advance the rights of children and young people living in difficult circumstances around the world.

Speakers will include John Hecklinger, President and CEO of Global Fund for Children; Maya Ajmera, Founder of Global Fund for Children, President and CEO of Society for Science, and Publisher of Science News; Marianne Gimon d’Ansembourg, Juliette’s sister and an independent consultant and Refugees International Board member; Alicia D’Addario, a Senior Attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative; and representatives of the winning organizations.

The 2021 Courage Award Announcement is the capstone event to conclude our Celebration of Courage Campaign. This month of virtual events honors the community courage changing children’s lives. The award announcement follows galas in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as a global conversation with young leaders on COVID-19.


About the awards

Juliette possessed a brave and passionate spirit that helped to change hundreds of thousands of young lives. The Courage Awards honor her legacy.

Juliette Gimon Courage Awards 2021Juliette Gimon, former Board Chair of Global Fund for Children, passed away on February 24, 2018. Global Fund for Children established the Juliette Gimon Fund for Courageous Leadership, a more than $1 million endowment made possible by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and other generous donors.

Annual awards from the fund – the Juliette Gimon Courage Awards – recognize innovative grassroots organizations around the world that are positively impacting children in especially challenging circumstances. Some recipients will have overcome considerable obstacles to pioneer an innovation that transforms circumstances for children and youth. Others will demonstrate the courage of resilience, thriving amid unusual contextual challenges; still others will have leaders who have navigated personal hardship and channeled adversity into their organization’s cause.


Meet our past winners


Watch the announcement | Read the press release

Avani – India: In India, Avani rescues children from hazardous labor in Kolhapur’s brickyards and sugarcane farms and coordinates their comprehensive rehabilitation – providing them with safe housing, food, education, vocational training, and more.

Challenging Heights – Ghana: Working along Ghana’s Lake Volta, Challenging Heights rescues children from slavery in the fishing industry and provide them with comprehensive rehabilitation services, including helping them safely reunite with their families.

Learn more about the inaugural Courage Awards in 2019.

Watch the announcement | Read the press release

ASOGEN – Guatemala: In the Guatemalan states of Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, and Sololá, ASOGEN is the only community-based organization to offer survivors of gender-based violence the legal aid, medical services, and psychological support they urgently need.

Mavi Kalem – Turkey: Mavi Kalem has spent nearly two decades mobilizing community volunteers to empower impoverished women and children in Istanbul, including rapidly adapting to meet the needs of Turkey’s growing Syrian refugee population.

Check out the stories below to learn more about the Courage Awards!

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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