One in a Bil­lion

An In­dia-based phi­lan­thropist re­ceives a pres­ti­gious hu­man­i­tar­ian award for his work with ill and des­ti­tute women

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oc­tors Ra­jen­dra Dhamane and his wife Sucheta es­tab­lished the non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Mauli Seva Pratishthan in 1998 with the goal of pro­vid­ing food, shel­ter, coun­selling and med­i­cal care to thou­sands of men­tally ill and home­less women in the In­dian city of Ahmed­na­gar, many of whom have been abandoned by their fam­i­lies or abused emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally, and to help pro­vide care for their chil­dren. In recog­ni­tion of this work, Ra­jen­dra Dhamane re­ceived this year’s The One In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award and US$100,000, which was pre­sented at a star-stud­ded Ro­tary gala on June 7. The three other fi­nal­ists for the an­nual award, which was es­tab­lished by David Har­ilela in 2012 to recog­nise ef­forts to make the world a bet­ter place, each re­ceived US$50,000. “We need to draw at­ten­tion to the good­ness of mankind that ex­ists in the world,” David said in be­stow­ing the award. www.theonero­

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