Plan India, a leading child development organisation committed to creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, their families and communities, honoured the last mile champions, who have bridged the gaps between communities and service providers, catalysing remarkable social and behavioural change countrywide.
These awards were instituted to acknowledge the integral role of frontline community workers who have endlessly contributed at the grassroot level.
Awards were given in eight categories comprising of Anganwadi Workers (AWW), Anganwadi Helpers (AWH), Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), Community Volunteers, Youth Champions, and Outreach Workers (ORW) in Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and HIV/AIDS. Special Jury and Special Recognition honours were given to two community members in recognition of their contributions. The nominations were filed from 13 states that Plan India works in – Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and West Bengal.
The top 24 nominations were then shortlisted by facilitating partner Grant Thornton, who presented their findings to the National Jury comprised of distinguished members from government, corporates, media and youth led organisations who selected the final ten awardees based on marks scored against evaluation criteria and the unique initiatives of each nominee.
Shabana Azmi, veteran actress, who was the Chief Guest for the occasion, gave away the awards to the winners. Other delegates to grace the event were Govind Nihalani, Chair Emeritus, Plan India, Rathi Vinay Jha, Chairperson, Plan India Board, Ranjan Chak and Udayan Sen, Members, Plan India Board.
Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said, “Plan India’s work is possible due to the tireless efforts of frontline community workers who reach out to those most disadvantaged. They are the last mile champions who successfully enable entire families and communities to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and barriers that held them back. The Plan India Impact Awards is an initiative to recognize their efforts, tell their inspirational stories and provide impetus to their life changing work.”
Winner in the ASHA category award, 35-year-old Vinita Negi from Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand said,
List of Award Winners
• Anganwadi Worker – Madina
• Anganwadi Helper – Seema Devi
• Accredited Social Health Activist – Vinita Negi
• Auxiliary Nurse Midwife – Meera Devi
• Ahana Worker – Sharif Uddin Tapadar
• Outreach Worker – Basanti Jarika
• Community Volunteer – Bhagaban Mohanta
• Youth Champion – Shalini
• Special Recognition – Bharati Biswal
• Special Jury – Sanjay Murmu