Wednesday 22 November 2017

Global award for Haven founders

Humanitarians: Carmel and Leslie Buckley of Haven at the Pro Diplomat awards in Little Island. Photo: Gerard McCarthy Photo: Gerard McCarthy
Humanitarians: Carmel and Leslie Buckley of Haven at the Pro Diplomat awards in Little Island. Photo: Gerard McCarthy Photo: Gerard McCarthy
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Haven Partnership founders Leslie and Carmel Buckley were presented with the VoxPro Diplomat Global Achievement Award at a ceremony in their native Cork on Friday night, attended by ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from more than 45 countries.

The award founders, John X Miller and Michael Mulcahy, honorary consuls of Hungary and Poland respectively, said: "This award is designed to recognise outstanding and significant global humanitarian contributions. Leslie and Carmel are extremely worthy recipients, and the VoxPro Diplomat Global Achievement Award recognises their compassion and foresight in seeking to assist Haitians affected by extreme poverty and the challenges of daily existence through the establishment of the Haven Partnership."

Haven is an Irish non-governmental organisation which was founded by Leslie and Carmel Buckley in 2008.

Haven works solely in Haiti and is strongly committed to empowering the people of that country to build strong and sustainable livelihoods by facilitating the provision of sustainable water and sanitation, training and education, and shelter solutions.

Its mission is to build thriving communities which prosper independently, and in which every person has a safe place to call home.

Accepting the award, Leslie Buckley said: "Carmel and I are deeply humbled to receive this award. We accept it as a tremendous and welcome recognition of the fantastically selfless work that Haven and its volunteers undertake on the ground in Haiti."

He added that their work and efforts are even more needed in the aftermath of the terrible destruction wrought in the country by Hurricane Matthew.

VoxPro directors and founders Linda and Dan Kiely added: "VoxPro is delighted to be associated with, and to sponsor this humanitarian-focused award. We feel it is part of our company's social responsibility programme and ethos."

Sunday Independent

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