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"Heroes of the Heart" Award (HHA):
An Educational, Learning-Centred Initiative on the Inspiring Ways of the Heart
This is an effort to collectively build a community of ordinary, (unsung) 'heroes of the heart'.
It is designed to learn from loving ways the heart.
17th March (Friday): 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Sutter Hall/Loyola College of Social Sciences (Completed)
Programme (See Full Programme Schedule)
MC: Dr. Nisha Jolly Nelson and Dr. Jyothi Krishnan
2.00 to 2.10 PM: Opening/Fr. Ranjit George SJ
2.10 to 2.20 PM: Welcome/Fr. Sunny Kunnappallil SJ
2.20 to 2.40 PM: Heart-note/Keynote/ (PPT & Notes/PDF): Mr. Conrad Saldanha
2.45 to 3.45 PM: Award Presentation by Students ( to 7 Awardees)
3.45 to 4.00 PM: Felicitation and Close/Dr. Saji Joseph
Awardees/HHA Community Making In Progress
Lincy George (Murikkattukudi, Idukki), Babu C. Velamprarambil (Thumboly PO, Alappuzha) , Pravitha KP (Aroor PO, Cherthala, Alappuzha), Catherine Fattima (Cheriyathura, Thiruvananthapuram),
Mujeeb Rehman (Malappuram), Rony Kunjachan (Kollam), & Jolly Johnson (Menamkulam, Thiruvananthapuram)
HHA celebrates the 'inspiring ways of the heart' -- cutting across communities, fields/domains, faiths and ideologies. It is an effort to reach out to those who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness. By doing so, we hope to, over the years, co-create an active community, the members of which will serve as witness, models, mentors, teachers and guides for students of Loyola College (as well as others) and teachers. We hope to create an active learning-centred relationship between the heroes and young people/students.
The 'Heroes of the Heart' Award (HHA) will be established by a global community of friends and donor --those passionate about nurturing compassion-based learning and regenerative eco-social praxis. HHA, though conceived and managed by the Multiversity Platform, Loyola Extension Services/LES Multiversity, Loyola College of Social Sciences (LCSS), will work closely with bona fide partners and collaborators from anywhere in the world.
For 2023, the 'Heroes of the Heart' Award will be based in the state of Kerala, India. It is aimed to benefit 7 persons (transgenders, women and men). It also aims at recognising the work of Loyola College students and teachers. We hope the award will eventually reach out and serve a larger national, regional and global (glocal) community. For now, we have much support from South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Local Search Committee
A search committee is being constituted for this award. (The award event will be held at the premises of Loyola Extension Services, Thiruvananthapuram.) For now, the core committee consist of Ranjit George SJ (Director, LES), Dr. Saji Jacob (Principal, LCSS), Dr. Nisha Jolly Nelson (HOD of Department of Sociology), Dr. Jyothi Krishnan (Course Co-ordinator, Department of Disaster Management), . and Dr. M. Nadarajah (LES-MP).
Who Will Make Up the 'Heroes of the Heart' Community?
Transgenders, women and men
All ages but preferably from teen upwards
'Physically challenged' or able persons
All communities, faiths or sectors/fields/domains
Urban and/or rural/Across the various districts of Kerala/North to South (for 2023)
Single or continuous acts of kindness at personal costs, dangers, difficulties and challenges
Relatively unknown or has not been celebrated yet. ('Unsung' in a sense)
Individual, community or local organisation-based
Crowd Sourcing/Community Funding
We have targeted INR 200,000 to establish the award for 2023. Over the last months of 2022, we have raised from the local and global communities, about INR 150,000. INR 50, 000 will be the contribution of LES in terms of infrastructural expenses.
Expenses will involve payments for:
(i) research, identification, and verification of awardees,
(ii) travel and stay at LES overnight during awards function,
(iii) cash prize ( of NR 10,000/about USD 132),
(iv) citation and a special certificate, and
(v) an iconic trophy.
- We will also honour students and teachers involved in acts of kindness with a citation and certificate.
- Please also note that LES is a registered education-based Charity in the state of Kerala with FCRA approval/clearance. All financial details will be available here by January/February 2023. We also have 80G clearance. Donate to build the educational initiatives at LES and get your tax exemption.
We are very happy to announce the active support of the Global Sejahtera Network, a bonafide network based in Malaysia comprising of socially concerned global citizens who work "to foster a culture of dialogical inclusivity and peace in the world" (through Prof. Dr. Hj. Zulkifly Baharom). The HHA has greatly benefitted from the Global Sejahtera Network.