Dr Auma Obama was the recipient of the 2014 10th Prix Courage Award, that is presented yearly by the French luxury cosmetic company Clarins und the German TV programme “MonaLisa” to deserving women doing exceptional work with disadvantaged, sick or neglected children and young people.
The prize money goes towards supporting the work of the receipient. It enables her to help her beneficieries, through her Foundation, Sauti Kuu, to get out of their difficult soci-economic situations to give them the chance of a better future. Dr. Auma Obama was presented with the Prix Courage on October 15, 2014, in Munich for her work. “ML Mona Lisa” followed this up with a TV report on October 18, 2014, showcasing Dr Obama’s work.
In 1996 Jacques Courtin-Clarins, founder of the French luxury cosmetic company Clarins, first awarded the “Prix de la Femme Dynamisante” in Paris. The award was named after Clarin’s legendery fragrance and body treatment “Eau Dynamisante”, that at the time was celebrating its 10th year on the market.
In 1995 the popular German TV programme ‘Mona Lisa’ started to celebrate women, who were doing exceptional work helping disadvantaged children. They were honoured as “ML – Woman of the Year” and celebrated on the TV programme. In 2004 Clarins und ML Mona Lisa decided to merge their initiatives and in 2005 the Prix Courage Award was presented for the first time in Germany.
Each winner is presented with a cheque for 20.000 Euros and continues to get a small amount of financial help for their work each year afterwards.