This year, the Harmony Foundation honored 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi (India) with the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice, for his crusade and activism to speak up and become a voice for the voiceless minors who are entrapped in the most brutal forms of modern-day slave practices as the result of human trafficking. The award was accepted by daughter Asmita Satyarthi , who is actively involved in her father's work, since he could not be there. Mother Teresa Memorial Awards were held on November 3rd 2019, at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai.
Noted with appreciation was Kailash Satyarthi's courage and fearlessness to rise up and speak against this prevalent evil that is depriving humanity of its dignity and worth. His remarkable and persistent contribution and unbeatable spirit to the societal welfare has been immense which has saved several innocent lives from being desensitized, especially the nationwide march for the demand of stern legislative changes against child trafficking and sexual abuse.
Harmony Foundation an international NGO based in Mumbai, which works in the realm of Social Justice was founded in October of 2005. Its raison d’être is to establish and strengthen social cohesion among various communities and to work towards the benefit of all without any discrimination- whether it be religion, creed, sex or their origins. Each year Harmony Foundation identifies a theme that highlights the need of the hour affecting humanity worldwide. In view of the same, this year’s theme has been decided as, ‘Combating Contemporary Forms of Slavery,’ a practice that is still a very real and a widespread phenomenon, affecting millions worldwide.
The Mother Teresa Memorial Award is unique in its existence because it is the only one, endorsed by Sr. Prema, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata. Some of the previous recipients have been Ms. Malala Yousufzai, a Nobel laureate who has become a global icon for the education of the girl child, H.H. The Dalai Lama, also a Nobel laureate, the current Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Deputy Speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords Baroness Caroline Cox, and Aid Groups like Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the largest volunteer medical organization worldwide.
Photo: Dr. Abraham Mathai Founder Chairman – Harmony Foundation (L) with Asmita Satyarthi and dignitaries.(Courtesy: Harmony Foundation).