CHRISTINE DU PREEZ – SOUTH AFRICA
Hoedspruit Training Trust Director, she won the Hlokomela award for her HIV and AIDSeducation and treatment programme targeting workers, including foreign migrants in the agriculture, nature conservation and tourism sectors in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. The programme aims to reduce the HIV vulnerability through peer education awareness raising, prevention and treatment. An estimated 12 000 people are reached through these activities.
She received the award and was the winner of the SA’s Most Influential Women in Civil Society Organisations & Related Services.
She was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in April 2014. She is providing migrant and residential farm workers in rural areas in South Africa with a set of on-site integrated health solutions, especially related to HIV/AIDS, by employing a peer-to-peer caregiving structure that reinforces behavior change towards a positive lifestyle. This is done in parallel to the building of a working environment that is conducive to the acceptance of their health condition both by their peers and their employers.
The PPS Professional woman of the year award 2014. Awarded to Christine in recognition of her efforts to increase employment levels within a community through a job-creation initiative that aims to uplift and motivate other women.
Behind the humanitarian work and caring Du Preez is an ethicalwoman who values honesty, openness, trust and commitment.
“I try to live out all these values, and I hope that I am an example to my fellow farm workers and others around me.”