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Martin Luther King Award
On the 20th of January 2011 George Achibra was honored with “the Martin Luther King Award for Peace and Social Justice” at the Embassy of the United States of America in Accra. This award recognizes Ghanaians who personify the philosophy and actions of dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping to build a culture of peace making, dialogue and conflict resolution and it honours activists who have promoted social justice, stability, human rights and peace through nonviolent means. George Achibra received the Martin Luther King award for Peace and Social Justice from the U.S. Embassy in recognition of his unwavering commitment and visionary courage in stopping child trafficking, child labour and promoting child welfare in the Volta Region.

Iqbal Masih Award
Recently, on the 28th of February 2013 George Achibra won the 2012 Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labour.
The United States Congress established the annual Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labour in January 2009 to recognize exceptional efforts by an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labour. This non-monetary award honors the spirit of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child sold into bonded labour as a carpet weaver at age four. He escaped his servitude and became an outspoken advocate of children’s rights, drawing international attention in his first fight against child labour. The boy was killed in Pakistan in 1995 at age 13.
George was selected for his work in rescuing hundreds of children from child labour and child trafficking in impoverished fishing communities in Ghana.
“This award honors George Achibra’s selfless dedication in helping such children escape from harm and find new hope for their future,” according to Carol Pier, acting deputy undersecretary for the U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
The award was presented to George at a ceremony in Accra by the U.S Ambassador to Ghana.

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