Photos by Ian MacLellanEvans MUSWAHILI a finalist of the 2008 Justice Makers competition was announced the newest IBJ Justice Maker yesterday afternoon. IBJ Program Director, Sanjeewa Liyanage visited Evans at his home outside of Vihiga, Kenya under the pretext of visiting a finalist, surprising Evans and his family with the news.newjm.jpgThe Justice Makers Award is a grant of $5000 awarded to 8 individuals around the world. The award is decided online by public voting. Despite limited internet access, Evans and his supporters rallied together to finish10th in the competition.”We wanted to address gender based injustices and to reach out to women’s organizations. I told my friends, we will not be able to do this unless we convince the world that we need to do it, so go to the internet, register on the Justice Makers site, and vote.”Evans lost the competition in 2008, but his unwavering commitment to justice caught the attention of IBJ staff. In an email to IBJ, Evans declared that he was a winner regardless of the results because everyone is winner when justice is advanced in any part of the world.  When IBJ found the money to fund another project, Evans was one of the first finalists up for consideration.”It is good to learn that you could reach this village,” said Evans wife Ruth who welcomed IBJ staff to the family home, a small rural hut where Evans lives with his parents, wife and four children. “It’s just a wonderful day. When he lost, I told him there is still a chance, give yourself heart. And now we are very grateful.””I feel empowered, very happy. Its a long wait but a worthwhile one,” said Evans. ” I would like to thank IBJ for their efforts, to help me finally get the means to carry out this project. I send them an early promise that I will do my best to make this project a success.”Evans’ proposal to tackle gender based injustice can be viewed at〈=en

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