January 29, 2009
Prestigious award for head of WaterAid in Mali
Fatoumata Haidara wearing her medal.
Credit: WaterAid / Abdourahmane Coulibaly
The President of Mali has recognized the work of WaterAid's Country Representative in Mali, Fatoumata Haidara, by awarding her with a Chevalier de L’Ordre National - a prestigious national honor.
The award, which was given to Ms. Haidara on January 19 after a successful third Local Millennium Development Goals Initiative conference in Mali, notes WaterAid's contribution to the water and sanitation sector in improving access to water, sanitation and improved hygiene for poor and marginalized citizens.
This award will also contribute to WaterAid's growing credibility in the sector.
Speaking about the honor, Fatoumata said that she was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the organization as recognition of the impact that WaterAid has had in Mali.
"I am very pleased that my team's work has been recognized at a high level and I believe this will motivate us to continue with our dedicated work," she commented. "This award will also contribute to WaterAid's growing credibility in the sector."
In a letter to WaterAid’s international management team Fatoumata expressed her thanks for the clear and supportive guidance she has received, which she believes have been critical to this achievement.
"Alongside your continuing support, the contributions and insights you were able to provide on your visits helped us to ensure that we continue to improve on our work," she wrote.
For more information, please email Abdourahmane Coulibaly
, Communication and Campaigns Officer in Mali, or Jonathan Rich
in WaterAid's America press office.