Karin Strydom (SAWIP US Board Chair), Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Jaya Tiwari (SAWIP Executive Director) and the SAWIP Team 2013.

On June 25th 2013, the South Africa Washington International Program held its Annual Forum and Fundraiser at the Woodrow Wilson Centre. Congressmen John Lewis and Ed Royce were awarded 2013 SAWIP Ubuntu award at this event.

Ubuntu award recognizes extraordinary commitment and contribution to furthering the causes of civil-rights, equality, peace and social reconciliation in the U.S. or abroad. Previous year’s recipients included Late Congressman Donald Payne (posthumously) and Senator Johnny Isakson for their shared commitment to Africa and a determination to work across traditional party lines in support of enlightened African policy and programs.

Congressman John Lewis was honored for his lifelong leadership and commitment to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties; unflinching advocacy for equality and justice for all human beings in U.S. and abroad; and his relentless effort to inspire others, especially young people around the world, to use nonviolent means to achieve social and political goals. Congressman Royce was honored for his tireless work to promote development, economic opportunity, human rights, improved health care, good governance and other issues of importance to communities throughout Africa.