Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice

Harmony Foundation hosts the Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice. This is a platform to acknowledge and recognize the extraordinary work of individuals or organizations who aim to promote peace, harmony and social justice.

2021

The first chapter of the awards premiered on December 30th, 2021.

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H.H Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Awarded in Special Category for UAE’s phenomenal long term roadmap towards achieving environmental goals like the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, ‘UAE Energy Strategy 2050’ amongst many others in the UAE under his acclaimed leadership and guidance.
On his behalf, his son H.H.Sheikh Mansour bin Mohamed bin Rashid
received the award.

H.H Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi

Admirably known as the Green Sheikh was awarded for his immensely inspiring, and compassionate efforts and endeavours to raise awareness of environmental concerns and promote environmental protection worldwide.
On behalf of him, his son Sheikh Omar Bin Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi
received the award.

ARSHI AYUB ZAVERI

Awarded for her seminal and ingenious efforts in leading Oxygenate,
dedicated to combating climate change and
serious threats to the environment.

MAITHA AL HAMELI

Awarded for her sincere, earnest, and committed efforts
in protecting marine biodiversity.

BHAMLA FOUNDATION

Awarded for their exceptional and phenomenal endeavours 
in addressing health, environmental and cleanliness issues in India.

HABIBA AL MARASHI

Awarded for her exemplary and notable achievements
in environmental protection, conservation and sustainability in the UAE.

GOUMBOOK

Awarded for their exceptional efforts in raising awareness about sustainability and green living and for their monumental efforts to create a global community focused on environmental responsibility.

GIDON BROMBERG

Awarded for his indomitable, and monumental efforts in co-founding and leading EcoPeace Middle East, which promotes sustainable development
and advances peace efforts.

DIA MIRZA

Awarded for her astounding & notable efforts in leading pivotal environmental campaigns across India as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNEP, India

AFROZ SHAH

Awarded for his impeccable & seminal efforts to lead one of the world’s largest beach clean-up movements in India that has
inspired people around the world

H.H. Sayyida Tania bint Shabib Al Said

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Awarded for her astounding and remarkable efforts to protect and conserve Oman’s natural heritage through the phenomenal environmental work of the Environment Society of Oman.

2020

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2019

Evelien Holsken
Dr. Torsten Trey DAFOH
(Doctors Against Forced Organ Trafficking)

For launching the unique programme "THE SCHOOL FOR JUSTICE" that supports and trains rescued girls to become advocates to fight for the cause

For continuously upholding ethical medical practices against forced organ harvesting

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Hasina Kharbhih
Junior Nzita Nsuami
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For economically empowering more than 72,000 vulnerable victims who would have fallen prey to trafficking

For spearheading the international campaign through the United Nations against the use of child soldiers in war

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Priti Patkar
Ajeet Singh
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For addressing the larger issue of commercial sex exploitation and trafficking

For his efforts in creating the first red-light area free from the commercial sexual exploitation of minors in India

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Alezandra Russell
Jeevika
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For freeing over 30,000 bonded labourers and earnestly committing to eradicate the practice in the State of Karnataka

For exposing the hidden world of male sex slavery and rehabilitating them

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Kailash Satyarthi
Office for the rescue of the Yazidis
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For its undaunted determination towards rescuing Yazidi women and girls held in captivity by ISIS as sex slaves

For the fight against child labour and trafficking in India and Southeast Asia

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Rob Williams

For reforming and rehabilitating child soldiers rescued from armed groups

2018

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili

For being an ardent and passionate advocate who is a ray of hope for young girls & women in slavery and captivity.

Dr. Nashwa Al Ruwaini

For being an intrepid and artistic entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has remarkably transformed the outlook of women of the region.

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Salman Sufi

For introducing reforms that have provided legal, medical and counselling services to women in Pakistan who are victims of extreme violence.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

For being a pacesetter who has set an example nationally for women to emulate.

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Laila Talo Khudher Alali

For overcoming sexual abuse and slavery and being at the forefront in the battle against sexual exploitation of Yazidi women.

Idrees Bashar Silo Taha

For facilitating daring rescue missions inspired by selfless acts of mercy at great personal risks and safety.

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Women for Afghan Women

For overcoming sexual abuse and slavery and being at the forefront in the battle against sexual exploitation of Yazidi women.

Adv. Deepika Singh Rajawat

For defying threats and intimidation to ensure justice, for the underage minor victim of rape and murder.

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Barefoot College

For equipping rural women with technical skills to advance and modernize their communities.

Sister Lucy Kurien

For working ardently and passionately to restore the dignity of destitute women to lead normal lives.

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Laxmi Agarwal

​For being a prolific campaigner and an active voice for the victims of acid attack.

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Suhani Jalota
Shahida Akter
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2017

UNHCR- The UN Refugee Agency 

For their unceasing, unrelenting humanitarian efforts for refugees Award received by Mr. Yashuko Shimizu, Chief of Mission for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  for India and Maldives

Priyanka Chopra

Hollywood Actor, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for child rights, Miss World (2000), Padmashree Awardee

For actively promoting children rights and supporting refugee children

Mercy Corps

For empowering victims of crisis and transforming communities worldwide

Caritas Internationalis

For providing holistic solutions to vulnerable communities worldwide.

Hellenic Rescue Team - HRT

For conducting search and rescue mission during refugee crisis.

Shigeru Ban

Awarded for his contribution in rehabilitating refugees through humanitarian architecture.

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For providing the three essentials- food, water and  clothing to refugees and for raising awareness  against human trafficking.

Bayat Foundation

For being the agents of hope and support in  rebuilding the neediest of the needy in Afghanistan.

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Donia Quadros

For her selfless work with  refugee children in Jordan

Zakat Foundation

For working in India to safeguard the right and well being of refugees

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Isra AID

For providing humanitarian relief and holistic support to refugees

Tom Uzhunnalil

For his bravery, resilience & forgiving heart

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Khalsa AID

For recognizing the whole human race as one by  providing necessary humanitarian relief

in disaster and conflict zones

2016

H.E. Nana Akufo - Addo

Hon'ble President of Ghana

For sacrificing his political ambitions for the sake of national peace and reconciliation.

White Helmets

For their immense resilience and bravery in rescue operations in war-torn Syria

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H.H. Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, UAE

Award received by H.E. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohamed Al Owais, Cabinet Member and Minister of Health & Prevention, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs

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Karambir Singh Kang
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2015

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Medecins Sans Frontieres

Doctors without borders

Awarded for their effectiveness and efficiency towards rapid response in crisis situations worldwide. The organization has received the Nobel Prize for their pioneering humanitarian work in several continents.

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2014