Derry man Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire, has been honoured at a special awards ceremony at Stormont.
The All Party Group on International Development this week paid tribute to local people who have made an outstanding contribution to international development.
Richard was given the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his tireless campaigning and work across the globe.
Blinded by a rubber bullet at the age of 10, Richard, in 1996, gave up a successful business career to found Children in Crossfire and dedicate himself to improving the lives of children across the world suffering privations.
Children in Crossfire has become a highly respected international development organisation working in partnership with local organisations, specifically in Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Gambia, to deliver programmes which protect and promote the rights of young children through the provision of healthcare, education services and advocacy initiatives.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Richard said: “This is an incredible endorsement and acknowledgment of Children in Crossfire and the work that we do in Ireland and Africa.
“I see this very much as recognition of the hard work of everyone associated with Children in Crossfire.
“Without our supporters, staff, volunteers, board members and partners overseas, it would not be possible to achieve anything and I sincerely hope that everyone who has supported me and Children in Crossfire share in this achievement.”
Vice Chair of the All Party Group on International Development Jim Wells MLA said: “It has been a great privilege to meet so many incredible people and hear their stories of how they have made a difference in the developing world.
“I have been humbled by the efforts of so many people who have made contributions, and delighted that we have been able to recognise them in this way.”