July 27, 2011 / IANS, Jalgaon, Maharashtra / DC.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Nileema Mishra to donate Magsaysay prize money!
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Nileema Mishra, one of the Magsaysay Award winners this year, has decided to donate the entire prize money to her rural microcredit project, her family member said.
"In the past, she has got around half a dozen small awards, and every paisa she donated to her cause. Even the prize money from Magsaysay Award will go to Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN)," an elated father Chandrashekhar Mishra declared.
The award carries a purse of $50,000 (Rs.22 lakh).
The third of his four children, Mishra said that the family and the entire town of Bahadarpur with a population of around 10,000 is 'proud that her selfless social service has been accorded international recognition'.
Mishra will accompany Nileema to the Phillipines - her first foreign trip - for the award ceremony. The duo will leave from Mumbai on August 24.
Mishra said that since her early childhood, when she was less than ten years old, Nileema had made a name for herself in the neighbourhood by her outgoing and helpful nature.
"She had this passion, or craze you may call, for helping people, sometimes by sacrificing her own time and resources, making her a very popular figure in the town," Mishra said.
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