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Ockenden International Prizes
We reward successful on-the-ground projects for refugees and displaced people around the world.
About Ockenden Prizes
We recognise the value of outstanding refugee and/or internally displaced people projects, proven to instill self-reliance around the world. Photo from 2019 winner ULYP, Lebanon.
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Small Beginnings
Founders Joyce Pearce, Margaret Dixon and Sue Ryder with some of the 13 displaced children at 'Ockenden' during a two week vacation in August 1955

Winners of the 2020 Prizes 

The four winners of Ockenden International’s annual prizes for refugee and/or IDP projects announced.

It was in May 1979 that a cargo ship, the SS Sibonga, went to the rescue of two sinking fishing vessels in the South China Sea. On board one of the stricken vessels were four brothers: Tan, Quan, Ben and Truong Truong. Also with them were their parents, Phuoc and May, three young cousins, Lee, Tung and Tony and an uncle. In all, the Sibonga rescued more than 900 people. All with individual lives, but who quickly acquired a generic name: the Vietnamese boat people.

Second son Quan recounts the Truong family's 1979 South China Sea rescue from a sinking Vietnamese fishing vessel.

The brothers and their family arrived in the UK in late 1979 and were put in the care of the Ockenden Venture. The family grew to eight when two more sons were born – in 1980 and 1984.

It is sometimes difficult to identify the effect of Ockenden’s work. So when the six brothers spoke movingly in London’s Union Chapel recently about their survival and subsequent adventure, it was a rare glimpse . . . Read more . . .


Our Goals and Purposes

Ockenden International aims to support the rights of all refugees and displaced people – in any location – to a life of dignity and to help them achieve self-reliance and independence.
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We funded computers for a school in Northern India

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