WEB DESK: World renowned philanthropist Bilquis Edhi has been honored with the ‘Mother Teresa Memorial Award’ in recognition for her altruistic services for the welfare of the deprived mankind at an event held on November 22 in Mumbai.
According to Economic Times, the award,in particular, has been bestowed upon her for her generous efforts to provide shelter and protection to the deaf and mute Indian girl Geeta in Pakistan.
Geeta, a disabled Indian girl was stranded in Pakistan for over a decade and during that period she was provided extreme care and protection in Edhi Shelter House.
“Geeta is like my daughter, this award is for her, as are the other awards I have received from India,” said Bilquis Edhi.
The award is labelled after the great Mother Teresa, who was conferred the ‘Nobel Prize’ and the Bharat Ratna for her selfless services to the poor and downtrodden.
The award honours those individuals and organizations that promote peace, equality, and social justice. Mother Teresa Awards have been given since 2005 annually or biannually.
An initiative of Harmony Foundation, an organization created by Abraham Mathai in Mumbai, this is the only award in the name of Mother Teresa recognised by the Missionaries of Charity.
“In view of the noble and humanitarian act of sheltering our dear Geeta — a deaf-and-mute woman who had accidentally crossed into Pakistan, the Harmony Foundation Board has unanimously decided to honour Karachi-based Bilquis Bano of the Edhi Foundation,” the foundation’s chairman and activist Abraham Mathai said.
In 2012, the award was presented to the youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai.