The Award is instituted by the India Australia Business Community Alliance (IABCA), a platform to strengthen the India-Australia relationship and its development through people-to-people links.
This is the first time that IABCA has brought the annual Awards event to India.
Mr. Daniel received the Award from Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, at a Gala event in Delhi this week as part of IABCA’s India Immersion Week celebrations in India.
Mr. Daniel said “I thank IABCA for recognising our work of providing the Gift of Sight to tens of thousands of Indians. I am humbled and pleased to have won the Award.”
“Since its founding in 2012, IVI has worked across 22 states in India, providing access to vision careening and corrective glasses to nearly 900,000 people,” he added.
Mr. Daniel won the Award in the ‘Social Impact’ category from among several finalists.
About India Vision Institute
IVI is an Indian not-for-profit NGO with the vision to provide access to primary eye care for the underprivileged and a pair of corrective glasses to every Indian in need of one. Our outreach and advocacy activities also include awareness generation, engaging communities, schools, partner institutions and others through talks, education, skill enhancement, and leadership development. Since 2012, IVI has helped change lives in 22 states of India. Through providing better vision and a pair of free corrective glasses, our Eye See and I Learn and Eye See and I Work programs help, respectively, school children do well in studies and adults in being more productive, ensuring their safe and secure livelihood. Vision and Road Safety is another priority for IVI and involves working with corporates/organizations on screenings and provision of free spectacles for commercial vehicle drivers. Beneficiaries have included women, children, transgender communities, workers, fisherfolk and weavers.