In a bid to empower the senior citizens, Harmony for Silvers Foundation, an NGO founded by Tina Ambani, will honor 10 senior citizens from across the country for their contribution towards the society.
“Ageing doesn’t mean slowing down. In celebration of this fact, Harmony for Silvers Foundation will be proudly honoring 10 Silver achievers for their contributions towards the well being of the society,” The Foundation chairperson Tina Ambani said in a statement.
The winners of the first annual Harmony Silver Awards 2007 will be declared on the occasion of World Elderly Day.
The award will carry a cash reward of Rupees 51,000 and a citation for each winner.
“This award is the culmination of a process that began with the hot list of Silver achievers, featured in the Harmony magazine every January for the last four years,” Tina Ambani, wife of Anil Ambani, Chairman of Anil Dhirubahi Ambani Group (ADAG), said.
The Foundation believes it is only fitting that these men and women are honored on a public platform, bringing their work to centre-stage and showing the world what the elders can do, she added.
The Foundation aims at creating an environment where silvers, irrespective of their cultural beliefs, can retain their dignity and fulfill their potential.
The 10 awardees were selected by a panel comprising actor activist Shabana Azmi, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Rebiero, actor Rahul Bose amongst others and the awards will be given away by playback singer Asha Bhonsle. Amongst those selected for the award include a lady aged 87-years, who finally cleared her Secondary School examination after numerous failures. One person from Ladakh has succeeded in finding an innovative way of solving the severe water problem in the region.
Discovery of artificial limbs by another senior citizen from Jaipur has given new life to many.
“Every society has a social contract to fulfill to its Silvers. We owe them at least a basic level of financial and social security, healthcare, shelter, barrier-free movement, and an enabling social environment where they can fulfill their potential,” Tina Ambani said.
With this in mind, in July ’04, Harmony magazine published a cover story called ‘Silvers in the State’, highlighting what the government had done for the elderly in India – and what still remained to be done.
“In February 2005, our Foundation handed over its Silver Manifesto to the Finance Minister with a list of our recommendations on what needed to be done — across the board — for elderly in India,” she said.
“In February this year, we released a report, National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP): Taking it Forward (Review and Recommendations). The report reveals the present state of NPOP, voicing the need for its urgent implementation, and offers practical solutions for elderly,” Ambani said.
Harmony believes the elderly need to be aware of their rights and the power they yield, she added.
I am Hemant Gupta, 52, want to be a part of ‘Kokila Maa’ family at the age of 60. I would like to be a member of your NGO (Senior Citizen Care Center) on the payment of Rs. 5 lakh.
Because I cannot use my money better than Mr. Anil Ambani, as everybody knows Mr. Anil Ambani is “THE BEST” person on the earth for senior citizens, even for everyone. He is the only man who can serve better opportunities to them.
The amount of Rs.5lakh is likely to be as one time insurance payment for ten years upto 70 years of age. This is the only family who can show us “Swarg se pehle Swarg” on this earth.
I am sure that your NGO, Harmony for Silvers Foundation will reply to this and we will be able to our fulfills our dreams.
This is from Lucknow. My real brother has sold our family house and vanished somewhere. This has left me aged 50 yrs and my 80 yrs widow , sick mother on road. i tried to fought legally and thru poilce but of no help.
We had sustantial property and other assets. But destiny brought us on road. I ve approached to you for some financial help in constructing a roof over our head. Kindly let me know if a i may be fortunateenough to get some assistance from you.
i am trying to restructure my fallen life I shall even try to repay the financialhelp after reestabling us.
i never step backward to contribute my knowldge for the betterment of people. i will be honored if u give me a chance to put up a presentation which will bring new life for the elderly person. i am making very clear committment that we dont have any financial demand to serve for human kind. i am a health professional and designed a programme where leftout elderly person and needy will get very good way of living.
waiting for reply.
i am from south mumbai and i would like to work in your ngo voluntarily so if there is any work for me please contacy me.
I am a45 years young woman a teacher by profession.I am fond of writing and want to write motivational , awareness related and informative articles for the magazine for the senior citizens.I can write in Hindi,English and punjabi. Suparna khattar
TINA. , i am very interested to work for silver ngo ,i reside in south mumbai in colaba. iwould love to work voluntarily. thank you hoping to hear fm you at your earliest.