Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, Priyanka Chopra was honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for helping Syrian refugee children and refugees in distress.
The harmony foundation in the year 2005 initiated the Mother Teresa Memorial Awards. The prestigious award celebrates the global imprint and legacy of Mother Teresa. The award was received on behalf of Priyanka by her mother Dr. Madhu Chopra. On receiving the award, Priyanka said, “Thank you, Harmony Foundation. I am truly honoured to receive the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for social justice. Mother Teresa embodies the values of compassion and kindness, and I am so humble that you deemed me worthy of this award. Meeting refugee children around the world have been both heart-breaking and truly inspiring to me. Despite for being displaced for no fault of their own, these kids are filled with positivity and hope, looking for ways to make the world a better place. I sincerely pray that they fulfill their dreams and ambitions and I truly truly believe, this is something we can help nudge forward, just by extending our hands and support. I am so glad that this year’s theme is ‘Compassion Beyond Borders’ because this is truly what the world needs today. And, I know we normally think that these problems are beyond our reach and there is nothing we can do about it but that’s not true. Here’s a step in the right direction. I, Priyanka Chopra put a challenge forth to the children of India, lend a helping hand to refugee children in Syria, Iraq, South-East Asia, Africa by bringing awareness to the student community in India, and by participating in Harmony Foundation’s initiative child to child connect. Together we can make a difference!”.