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Jakarta Post

Christy Zakarias, first Indonesian to receive Int'l Diana Award

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 30, 2013   /  05:52 pm

Christy Zakarias, an Indonesian student, has been awarded the International Diana Award for her work in Kampung Lengkong, a community in the Cisadane river basin, Tangerang, Banten.

The executive director for the Diana Award gave the award to Indonesian ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Hamzah Thayeb, in London, Antara news agency reported on Tuesday.

Christy would receive the award certificate, signed by Prime Minister David Cameron, at the British Embassy in Indonesia, Jakarta.

Since the 8th grade, the 14-year-old student of Sinarmas World Academy, Tangerang, had given free English lessons to elementary school children in her neighborhood and along with a friend Christy founded the '€œRiveria'€ organization.

The International Diana Award was created in 2011 to honor the year that would have been Princess Diana'€™s 50th Birthday. There are 150 receivers of the Diana Award from all over the world.

Christy, who was nominated by the Global Issues Network Indonesia, is the first Indonesian to receive the award. (asw)

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