Scarred by the experience of war and tested by the demands of postwar reconstruction, Japan saw among her people the rising spirit of mutual help and commitment to peace and understanding in the world. A sterling example of this spirit is the community of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), a program established in 1965 under […]
In India, manual scavenging is a blight on humanity. Consigned by structural inequality to the dalits, India’s “untouchables,” manual scavenging is the work of removing by hand human excrement from dry latrines and carrying on one’s head the baskets of excrement to designated disposal sites. This degrading hereditary occupation involves 180,000 dalit households cleaning the […]
Zakat (“charity”) is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith. It is the obligatory, annual tax on an adult Muslim’s wealth that is dedicated to helping the poor and needy. With the world’s largest Muslim popu;ation, Indonesia’s potential zakat funds for social amelioration was estimated in 2015 at around 30 billion US dollars. Sadly, only ten […]
The 14th Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines, Maria Leonor Robredo, delivers her congratulatory remarks during the 58th Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on August 31, 2016. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor.
Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation Chairman Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. delivers the Chairman’s Message during the 58th Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila on August 31, 2016.
“It’s not just about figures on a sheet of paper. Not about statistics. It’s way more than this. It’s about the way we do it. The way we care for the victims of the road. With love. Love and compassion, when our volunteers do their best to alleviate the suffering of victims and their families.”RelatedVientiane […]
“I believe the greatest asset of our volunteers is their ability to foster these relationships on the ground. By establishing personal friendships, JOCVs are able to gain a unique and deep understanding of the society and its needs—all the while respecting local practices and values. It is in this spirit of companionship that JOCVs have […]
“We dedicate this award to all the poor people who have the passions and work-ethos to rise despite the limitations. We also would like to present this award to donors both individuals and institutional who have earnestly lend a hand and move together to lift up the dignity of the poor. ”RelatedDompet Dhuafa (Awardee) 2016 […]
“This award proves the skeptics wrong. Indeed, gender and age are irrelevant in this crusade, the primary qualification being unassailable integrity, earned through consistent application of the rule of law. I pray that you —and all young Filipinos —imbibe the same moral value and pass it on to the next generation.”RelatedCarpio Morales, Conchita (Awardee) 2016 […]
“Democracy demands that society’s wealth, physical and cultural be shared with openness, respect and love. This calls for empathy and not just tolerance; an embrace not putting up with one another.RelatedKrishna, Thodur Madabusi (Awardee) Cultures are not bound by the lines that we draw on a map. It is in fact art that reveals to […]