Kudos to Compassionate Kozhikode

Project wins international Social Media for Empowerment Award

Updated - March 18, 2016 05:40 am IST

Published - March 18, 2016 12:00 am IST - KOZHIKODE

: Compassionate Kozhikode, a platform to bring together people with a motive of altruism, has won the district administration yet another international honour: Social Media for Empowerment (SM4E) Award.

Instituted by not-for-profit organisations Digital Empowerment Foundation and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the SM4E award in the category of Community Mobilisation was given to ‘Compassionate Kozhikode’ at a function this week in the national capital, an official release said here on Thursday.

“It is a great achievement for the team. Only recently we got featured on the list of ITB-Berlin (world’s largest tourism trade fair) as one amongst the 50 inspiring stories across the globe. And our initiative is just 13 months old,” said District Collector N. Prasanth.

Compassionate Kozhikode, which shared the award with Annakshetra Foundation, strives to foster the people’s ethos of sharing things for mutual betterment.

The SM4E awards this year were selected from among 266 entries from eight South Asian countries.

The winners were selected after a rigorous jury process that saw a lot of debate and discussion to ensure that only the best and most promising initiatives win across each of the 10 categories.

The District Collecor noted that ‘Compassionate Kozhikode’ had been widely discussed at the national and international fora, with the annual World Travel Market in London having recently described it as a “Groundbreaking Destination Concept”.

Encouragement

“An international award like SM4E gives us added encouragement to go ahead with the project which has already overwhelmed us by people’s response from across continents,” he added.

A virtual jury filtered the entries before short-listing a set of nominations that were sent to the ‘grand jury’ for the final process.

Osama Manzar, Moderator, Social Media for Empowerment Awards Grand Jury 2016, said “the District Collector's bilingual Facebook page has more than 1.85 lakh followers, who complement the activities with community participation offline.

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