The prestigious KISS Humanitarian Award 2013 was presented to the founder & president of Association François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB International), Countess Albina du Boisrouvray at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India on February 26, 2014. The award citation recognized her "concern for the millions of vulnerable children and a vision for a world having linkage between health, human rights and poverty eradication".
Madam Albina Du Boisrouvray, Founder, Association François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB International), Switzerland receiving the KISS Humanitarian Award 2013 from Ms. Rabbi Julia Neuberger, The Baroness Neuberger DBE, Founding Trustee, Walter & Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust, U.K., in the presence of Venerable Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, Founder & Director, Ripa Intl Centre for Buddhist Study & Practice, Switzerland, Ms. Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Smt Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS, Prof. N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT & Mr. R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS.
Rabbi Julia Neuberger, The Baroness Neuberger DBE, Founding Trustee, Walter & Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust, U.K. presented the award in the grand presence of Venerable Gyétrul Jigmé Rinpoché, Founder & Director, Ripa International Centre for Buddhist Study and Practice, Switzerland, Ms. Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands, Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.
FXB International, which works with vulnerable children all over the world, is named after her son, who was killed in an accident in 1986. The tragedy changed the course of her life and she established FXB International, which now leads over 100 programmes in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Her son - François-Xavier Bagnoud – was a recue pilot, who dedicated his life to providing assistance to others, and FXB International takes forward his compassionate mission, she said in her acceptance address. "I am humbled to see the fantastic work that is being done in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). It is absolutely remarkable and I congratulate the Founder of KISS Dr. Samanta for it", she stated. Investing in children is investing in world peace, she said, adding that she wishes to share the honour with FXB India Suraksha team.
Albina du Boisrouvray is a remarkable woman who was inspired by her grief, said Rabbi Neuberger, presenting the KISS Humanitarian Award - 2013. The world has hundreds of thousands of suffering children and needs many more Albinas, she added. Appreciating the work of KISS she stated, "I was delighted to see little children learning here in their own mother-tongue". Aspirations on the face of boys and girls of the institute make the occasion very special, said Ms. Lisa Jordan. Bernard van Leer Foundation has partnered with the institute to implement multi-lingual education, she informed. Speaking to the 20,000 cheering indigenous children present at the presentation ceremony, Venerable Gyétrul Jigmé Rinpoché said, everyone is born equal and possesses tremendous potential to become great. But this potential is unused in absence of guidance, he stated, adding that he was happy to see that KISS is providing this guidance.
Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries to the presentation ceremony, Dr. Samanta said that it is a honour for KISS to felicitate Madam Boisrouvray, who has distinguished herself by helping millions of children in distress across the world. KISS, which is the largest free residential institute for tribal children, shares her concern, he added.
The KISS Humanitarian Award was instituted by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar in 2008 to honour and recognize individuals with exceptionally high contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues and who have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians. The award is presented annually and its recipient is chosen by a high-level jury. KISS Humanitarian Award is being presented every year since its inception to great compassionate leaders of vision and concern for human values from different parts of the world.
Madam Albina du Boisrouvray is the sixth KISS Humanitarian Laureate. Previous recipients of this prestigious award are : His Excellency Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Hon'ble Prime Minister, The Royal Government of Bhutan (2012); Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2011); Rt. Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Eminent Social Worker & His Excellency the President of Mauritius (2010); Dr. Ham Kee-Sun, Eminent Educationist & Physician and Hon’ble President & Founder, Hanseo University, South Korea (2009); Ms. Edna Bomo Molewa, Noted Social Worker & Hon'ble Cabinet Minister, Social Development, South Africa National Assembly, South Africa (2008).
The award ceremony was presided by Smt. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS. Prof. N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University, Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS and Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS also spoke on the occasion.