Nailantei Leng'ete
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Anti-Female Genital Mutilation activist, Nice Nailantei Leng’ete had the honor to be awarded the 2018 Princess of Asturius Award in Spain by King Felipe VI.

Together with Amref Health Africa, the 27 year old were conferred among the 2018 Laureates of the Princess Austrias Awards, receiving a USD$57,500 (KSh5,810,375 ) award.

Amref Health Africa was awarded for its commitment to improve medical care using technology, especially the flying doctors program launched in 1957.

“Honoured to be conferred among The 2018 Laureates of the Princess Asturias Awards with Doctor Githinji by His Majesty Felipe VI The King of Spain,” Nice shared on Twitter.

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Nailantei Lenge’te has worked closely with Amref Kenya to eliminate female genital mutilation after she ran away from home at the age of eight to avoid the cut and complete her studies.

She was recently named in the top 100 most influential persons of 2018 in TIME’s magazine.

“AMREF received the 2018 Princess of Asturias Award for international cooperation in recognition work and communities we serve,” Leng’ete added.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation was founded in 1980 as a private nonprofit organization that promotes individuals, entities or organizations from around the world, who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.

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