Amend has been awarded the inaugural World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Prize for its School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program.
The WRI Ross Prize for Cities was created “to elevate examples of urban transformation around the world and inspire others to learn from these changes.” It is sponsored by business leader and philanthropist Stephen M. Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies and a WRI Board Director.
Amend was chosen for the prestigious award, which focuses on urban transformation, from among a shortlist of sustainabilty projects from many sectors including a program in South Africa to improve the livelihoods and capacities of informal vendors, restoration of a highly polluted river and public green space in Turkey, a waste pickers cooperative in India, and an aerial cable car connecting the most marginalized residents of Medellín, Colombia, to the city.
Accepting the award onstage, Amend Program Director Ayikai Poswayo said: “We accept this award on behalf of the children of the world, and their families, who have sustained road traffic injury or faced road traffic fatalities. To have our program, SARSAI, receive such recognition is really an honor, but, more importantly, an opportunity for us to spotlight the often neglected issue of safe journeys for children and the requirement for us to design our cities with the needs of the most vulnerable at the core.”
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