Harmony Foundation Honors NGO’s and Individuals at the 6th Edition of the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice 2013
October 27, 2013 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Currently in its sixth edition, the award ceremony is an annual initiative by Harmony Foundation that highlights the various endeavors taken up by individuals and NGO’s to promote peace and strengthen humanity as a whole. Additionally, the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice are the only awards endorsed by the Missionaries of Charity, the organization founded by Mother Teresa. Distinguished personalities like Father Cedric Prakash (Indian human rights activist), Diep Saeeda (Lahore based human rights activist), Dr. Sudarshan Hanumappa (Indian social worker and tribal rights activist), Indian Rescue Mission (NGO which rescues minor girls from the flesh trade), Arunachalam Muruganantham (helping thousands of economically weak rural women by inventing machine which curtails costs of feminine hygiene products) and Maulana Mehmood Madani (for issuing a fatwa against terrorism in every form), were also awarded for their various initiatives. Chief Guests for the evening along with other dignitaries included leading film maker Mahesh Bhatt, Salim and Helen Khan, and several others who were among several high profile dignitaries in attendance.
Accepting the award, Mr. Sam Childers said, “This award belongs to the thousands of children in war-struck Sudan, and in many other parts of the world, who live a daily life with the constant fear and threat of attacks. I thank the Harmony Foundation profusely for this honor, and would like to dedicate this to my wife, and all my associates at Angels of East Africa, in Sudan, who tirelessly continue to rescue, and re-habilitate children caught in the crossfire of the rebel atrocities in the area.”
Dr. Abraham Mathai, President of the Harmony Foundation said, “We at Harmony Foundation strive to restore belief in compassion and egalitarianism. War, terror, and inequality are now a component of human civilization, plaguing our society with various injustice and turmoil. However, at the same time, we have a number of people from around the world, who are diligently and resolutely working towards communal integrity and peaceful coexistence. By acknowledging these individuals and organizations, we hope to highlight and reinstate faith in tolerance, social equality and peace in our society.”
About the Harmony Foundation:
The Harmony Foundation was founded in October 2005 by Dr. Abraham Mathai to establish communal and social harmony between various communities, castes and work towards the benefit of all the communities without any discrimination of religion, caste, creed, gender or region. The Harmony Foundation in association with patrons like Mahesh Bhatt, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat and Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, hosts the Mother Teresa Memorial International Awards for Social Justice to felicitate selfless and intrepid individuals who have channelized all of their energies and creativities toward social justice. The first recipient of the International Award was Baroness Caroline Cox, the Deputy Speaker – House of Lords, United Kingdom in 2005, followed by Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2006, Ansar Burney, former Human Rights Minister of Pakistan and Member of UN and His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the living icon of worldwide peace was conferred with the honor in the year 2010.
The foundation works tirelessly to ensure that the legacy of Mother Teresa is honoured and that social justice prevails. The foundation seeks to ensure barriers of divide fall down and peace loving people unite to fight hate.
Source: Business Wire India