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Mrs. Farida Lambay awarded the ‘Seva Ratna’

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The Sahyadri Navratna Awards function hosted by Doordarshan Kendra, Mumbai, on 31st March 2013, was a very proud event for Pratham, with Mrs. Farida Lambay co-founder-Pratham Education Foundation and founder–Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children, receiving the prestigious award.

In its 12th year, this award function aims to felicitate, nine people or gemsas suggested by the word ‘Navratnas,’ who have excelled in their respective fields of interest. This covers a diverse range of fields like education, art, films, social work I think for an example, we underestimate what cell phones have done in India. Even if you are from a small village or a backward part of India, you know how to operate a cell phone. Now to know how to operate a cell phone, you obviously know English numbers and English letters, if you are replying and sending text messages in your own language, they are written phonetically in English.

I think for an example, we underestimate what cell phones have done in India. Even if you are from a small village or a backward part of India, you know how to operate a cell phone. Now to know how to operate a cell phone, you obviously know English numbers and English letters, if you are replying and sending text messages in your own language, they are written phonetically in English.


Mrs. Lambay was awarded the Seva Ratna for her outstanding contribution to the field of social work and for taking up the issue of child labor and education of underprivileged children.


The award was presented by Shree Kateekal Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra, who expressed his commendation for Mrs. Lambay by saying he was extremely proud of people like her who have given their entire life to a social cause and the welfare of the underprivileged.


The function was attended in big numbers by eminent personalities from the film, art and business world. An entertainment program followed the felicitation ceremony and it turned out to be an enjoyable evening; very well deserved by the modest recipients.


When asked what this tribute meant to her, Mrs. Lambay said “it means even greater responsibility towards what we have set out to achieve.” She expressed deep gratitude to her school of Social Work for training her and to her friends and family for their undying support, all through this journey. “I want to thank Madhav Chavan who made me believe that small is beautiful and it can be scaled up and to all my colleagues at Pratham and Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children, who keep me young and kicking.”