Lagos - Elizabeth Orlando, the locally-based United States humanitarian, will be recognized for her local voluntary work when she receives the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA).
Orlando is one of six volunteers that will be honoured at the event scheduled for next Monday in the United States.
The awards recognize United States Government employees, family members, including domestic partners, and other members of household at embassies and consulates who gave exceptional volunteer service to their communities, mission, or host country or rendered outstanding assistance in emergencies.
Orlando, a Foreign Service Officer posted in Abuja, spearheaded numerous projects and fundraisers in aid of the African School of Excellence, which benefits 500 poor and disadvantaged children, Hope for Survival Orphanage and the Abuja Children’s Home, where financial donations contributed to the purchase of medicine and medical supplies.
She served as vice president of the American Embassy Recreation Association and established two new Toastmasters chapters at post.
She also partnered with other organizations to provide environmentally sustainable technologies to locals.
She attracted the interest of Wishing Well Africa to provide clean water supplies and solar power to a school in Suleja, facilitated a partnership with Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) which recycled plastic bottles and constructed eco-friendly, low cost housing in Zaria and provided recycled paper to a local organization to make “bricks” which are used as an inexpensive, alternative fuel source.
This year, Orlando, serving as the Mission’s “Green Queen,” worked with the Nigerian Ministry of Environment to host a large scale Earth Day event at which the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) donated land to plant trees, including a small grove named after her.
– CAJ News