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Omba Founding Director receives award from Finland

Omba Founding Director receives award from Finland

The Founding Director of Omba Arts Trust, Karin Le Roux has been honoured with the Hän Honour of Namibia from the Embassy of Finland. The Finnish embassies around the world have given recognition to individuals doing exemplary work in promoting equality and inclusivity in their countries.

The Finnish Embassy confirmed that, Le Roux received the honour to celebrate her long standing work in advancing inclusivity and equality through the development of sustainable livelihoods for marginalised communities

“Omba Arts Trust supports artists and craftspeople in rural Namibia by selling and marketing their unique works,” they added.

H.E. Ambassador, Prikko-Liisa Kyöstilä, H.E. Ambassador from the Embassy of Finland said Le Roux is a pioneer in developing, marketing and researching the craft sector in Namibia. “Her important work has benefited thousand of Namibians especially in rural areas over the past 30 years,” Kyöstilä said.

The honours borrows its name from the Finnish word hän, which is an inclusive third-person pronoun encompassing both he and she at the same time, and, it is the symbol for a better world, where people are characterised by neither their background nor appearance and stands for equal opportunity for all.


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