A unique idea - An exciting project at North Cape - An annual prize to destitute children.

Each year in June, The Children of the Earth Prize is awarded during a ceremony at North Cape, Norway. The prize currently amounts to 150.000 Norwegian kroner (NOK), equal to about 16.000 euros or 18.000 US dollars. The prize is presented to an individual or a project which, over time, has demonstrated compassion and ability to help children that suffer somewhere in the world. Anyone may nominate candidates for this prize.

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Each year, more than 230.000 people from all over the world travel to North Cape - the top of Europe. On the cliff overlooking the Arctic Ocean, they can observe the works of art that constitute The Children of the Earth monument. On a specific day in June, in the giant North Cape Hall blasted out in the rock beneath the monument, the annual Children of the Earth Prize is awarded for the benefit of destitute children somewhere in the world.

29 prizes from North Cape

Including the 29th annual ceremony in June 2017, The Children of the Earth Prize has been awarded to a total of 25 individuals (18 women and seven men) and seven organizations. The prize (3,3 million NOK in all), has been given to nine projects in Africa, seven in Europe, three in Asia, four in Central America/The Caribbean, three in South America, three in the Middle East and one in Norway.

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500 children

Some 500 school children from Magerøya island in Finnmark county – where North Cape is located – participate in the award ceremony. During the preceding days, the prizewinner has visited all the schools and lectured about the work being done for children in need in faraway places. The Children of the Earth Prize was awarded for the first time in 1989. Its background story is quite unique. Photo © Hans Paul Hansen

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