Helen Keller International presented the Helen Keller International Humanitarian Award 2016 to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, in recognition of her outstanding dedication to philanthropic causes.
The presentation ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office, U Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Directors-General from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Sports, delegation members of the Helen Keller International Europe led by President Dr Howard Cohn and responsible personnel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the ceremony, Dr Howard Cohn delivered his remarks and presented the Helen Keller International Humanitarian Award 2016 to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We need to break through from a situation of blindness and deafness, then we open ourselves to the world at large,” said the State Counsellor. “For Helen Keller, her handicaps were difficult. For many of us, the handicaps we face are social, humanitarian, financial and political and these we have to overcome through cooperation
“To give light to those who are blind is an opportunity given to very few of us.
And to give nutrition to those who are lacking it is opening the way for a better future for our children. The great majority of our children are medically stunted because of lack of proper nutrition. If given the right nutrition, they will be able to develop better mentally and physically, And they will be able to help build the future of our country in a way that will offer the greatest opportunities in the greatest numbers.”
The state counsellor expressed thanks to all those involved with Helen Keller International, which aims to making the vulnerable strong and thus capable of building lives that are meaningful and that will contribute to the well-being of the world in general.
“Helen Keller toured the world extensively in spite of the fact that she could not see and could not hear”, Day Aung San Suu Kyi said. “But she managed to communicate with more people than the average human being,” —GNLM